2008 Books

Since 2006 I have kept track of every book I've read (this only counts books I've completely read, so many technology and reference books do not make the cut). My list from 2007 is here and I've just posted my list for 2006. As before, the fact that I read the book does not constitute endorsement of it.

In 2008, I read 41 books.

Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up, John Allen Paulos

30 Days of Night, Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith

Post Office, Charles Bukowski

The Gods Themselves, Issac Asimov

Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko

Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, Richard Rhodes

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and Their Employees), Patrick Lencioni

Babel-17, Samuel R. Delany

Founders at Work, Jessica Livingston

Lucky or Smart? Secrets to an Entrepreneurial Life, Bo Peabody

Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi

Silas Marner, George Eliot

Day Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko

The First Salute, Barbara Tuchman

Women, Charles Bukowski

O Pioneers!, Willa Cather

Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson

The Chosen, Chaim Potok

The World Without Us, Alan Weisman

The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760-1785, Don Cook

Twilight Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko

Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed? (And Other Unsolved Economic Mysteries), Jared Bernstein

Brain Rules, John J. Medina

Second Contact, Mike Resnick

The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner

Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering, Robert L. Glass

Beggars in Spain, Nancy Kress

Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert

Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles C. Mann

Behold the Man, Michael Moorcock

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion Year History of the Human Body, Neil Shubin

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way, Bill Bryson

Choosing the Right Pond: Human Behavior and the Quest for Status, Robert H. Frank

Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper, Diablo Cody

Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball

Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a Curious Character, Richard P. Feynman

Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture, Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter

Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human, Paul Bloom

— January 2, 2009

2006 Books

Inspired by Kevin Drum, in 2006 I began recording all the books that I read that year. However, I did not post my list from 2006. Here it is! In 2006, I read 54 books -- more than one a week!

For those interested in my taste in books, you may want to check out my Good Reads profile.

Camp Concentation, Thomas Disch

Profiles of Courage, John F. Kennedy

Ice Station Zebra, Alistair MacLean

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick

A Military History of Sovereign Hawai'i, Neil Bernard Dukas

The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste Elin McCoy

Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy, Lindsay Moran

Moneyball, Michael Lewis

Spin, Robert Charles Wilson

V for Vendetta, Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle

Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Aproach to Web Usability (1st edition), Steve Krug

Pandora's Star, Peter F. Hamilton

Shadow Cities, Robert Neuwirth

Real World Web Services, Will Iverson

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

The White Mountains, John Christopher

The City of Gold and Lead, John Christopher

The Pool of Fire, John Christopher

Suburban Nation, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

Superman: Red Son, Mark Miller

Misquoting Jesus, Bart D. Ehrman

Learning the World, Ken MacLeod

Stiff, Mary Roach

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford

The Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi

Judas Unchained, Peter F. Hamilton

Fallen Dragon, Peter F. Hamilton

Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

The Truth About Dogs, Sephen Budiansky

Information Dashboard Design, Stephen Few

Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs

Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman

Bicycle Magazine's Bicycle commuting Made Easy

Confessions of a Tax Collector, Richard Yancy

Forty Signs of Rain, Kim Stanley Robinson

Fifty Degrees Below, Kim Stanley Robinson

Speed of Dark, Elizabeth Moon

The Prestige, Christopher Priest

Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine De Saint Exupery

The Inverted World, Christopher Priest

Bios, Robert Charles Wilson

The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

A Good Hard Kick in the Ass: Basic Training for Entrepreneurs, Rob Adams

City of Truth, James Morrow

Blind Lake, Robert Charles Wilson

Polaris, Jack McDevitt

End of an Era, Robert J. Sawyer

Perdido Street Sation, China Mieville

Newton's Wake, Ken MacLeod

Tortilla Flat, John Steinbeck

A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick

— January 2, 2009