Monday, January 01, 2007

So Many Books, So Few Days In A Year

OK, after much coffee and a hot shower, I'm feeling a little more awake, though I suspect this may be a temporary illusion. While it lasts, though, I will take the opportunity to present, as I usually do on January first, a list of all the books I read in the past year.

If I've counted right, 2006's total is 131 books, which seems pretty respectable to me. It's higher than 2005's count of 125, and considerably higher than the four or five years before that, when it typically fell below a hundred. I have been trying to resist the lure of the shiny, shiny internet enough to get a bit more reading done, and it seems to be working. Also, thanks to my self-imposed book-buying quota, I seem to have ended the year with 31 fewer books than I started it with, which is encouraging, even if at this rate it's going to take me something like 15 years to get the infamous To-Read Pile down to zero. (And, yes, if you do the math, that does imply that I bought or otherwise acquired an even 100 books this year. It's an addiction, I tell ya!)

I'm not sure what else to say about this list... There's a lot of Doctor Who novels on it, which probably won't surprise anybody. And the fiction-to-nonfiction ratio continues to shrink, a trend I've noticed increasingly in the last few years, and one which I don't predict is going to reverse itself any time soon.

Anyway, enough analysis. Here's the list:

2006 Books

Everybody Comes to the Nightside by Simon R. Green
Farscape Forever! edited by Glenn Yeffeth
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
The Dancer from Atlantis by Poul Anderson
Walking with Dinosaurs by Tim Haines
Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear by Terrance Dicks
The Wreck of the River of Stars by Michael Flynn
Collapse by Jared Diamond
The Year of Intelligent Tigers by Kate Orman
The Stainless Steel Rat for President by Harry Harrison
Resonance by Chris Dolley
Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres
Forever Knight: These Our Revels by Anne Hathaway-Nayne
This Is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow
The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos by Terrance Dicks
The Borderlands of Science by Michael Shermer
The Other Extreme by T.J. MacGregor
So Many Books by Gabriel Zaid
Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Darwin Awards II by Wendy Northcutt
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
Holy Tango of Literature by Francis Heaney
Accelerando by Charles Stross
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte
The Slow Empire by David Stone
Finding Serenity edited by Jane Espenson
The Little Country by Charles deLint
The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems by Oscar Wilde
Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars by Terrance Dicks
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Day of Creation by J.G. Ballard
Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell
The Whole Man by John Brunner
Black Seas of Infinity by H.P. Lovecraft
What If...? by Marshall Brain
Dark Progeny by Steve Emmerson
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney
The Deathworld Trilogy by Harry Harrison
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater
The Odyssey by Homer (trans. by Robert Fagles)
Doctor Who - K-9 and Company by Terrance Dudley
John Glenn: A Memoir by John Glenn & Nick Taylor
Mammoth by John Varley
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
New Rules by Bill Maher
To Dream in the City of Sorrows by Kathryn M. Drennan
Bad Trip by Joel Miller
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
The City of the Dead by Lloyd Rose
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin (trans. by James E. Falen)
Raising Hell in the Nightside by Simon R. Green
102 Minutes by Jim Dwyer & Kevin Flynn
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGeuin
Grimm Reality by Simon Bucher-Jones & Kelly Hale
Bound by Law? by Keith Aok, James Boyle & Jennifer Jenkins
Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
The Ig Nobel Prizes by Marc Abrahams
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Monkeyluv by Robert M. Sapolsky
Mortal Engines by Stanislaw Lem
The Adventuress of Henrietta Street by Lawrence Miles
The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher
Coyote by Allen Steele
Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons by Terrance Dicks
Wizard by Trade by Jim Butcher
Abducted by Susan A. Clancy
Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Paul Magrs
The Difference Engine by Doron Swade
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold & Larry Niven
In the Theater of Consciousness by Bernard J. Baars
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman
Hope by Mark Clapham
Rumspringa by Tom Shachtman
Imperial Earth by Arthur C. Clarke
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Lieutenant Hornblower by C.S. Forester
Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade
Strange New Worlds III edited by Dean Wesley Smith
Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams
Mathematics and Humor by John Allen Paulos
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Four Frontiers by Robert A. Heinlein
Small Things Considered by Henry Petroski
Anachrophobia by Jonathan Morris
Metallic Love by Tanith Lee
Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins
Song in the Dark by P.N. Elrod
Dave Barry's Money Secrets by Dave Barry
Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor by Terrance Dicks
The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
Us and Them by David Berreby
Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
Little Gods by Timm Pratt
Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent
Trading Futures by Lance Parkin
Fear: A Cultural History by Joanna Bourke
Your Eyelids Are Growing Heavy by Barbara Paul
The End by Lemony Snicket
Mina: The Dracula Story Continues by Marie Kiraly
The Future of Ideas by Lawrence Lessig
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Feynman's Rainbow by Leonard Mlodinow
Red Lightning by John Varley
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Breaking the Spell by Daniel C. Dennett
The Book of the Still by Paul Ebbs
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos by Philip Martin
The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust
The Family That Couldn't Sleep by D.T. Max
Vacuum Flowers by Michael Swanwick
In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman
Snow White and the Seven Samurai by Tom Holt
Adverbs by Daniel Handler
The Stories of English by David Crystal
The Crooked World by Steve Lyons
Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
Wizard at Large by Jim Butcher
Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
Ingathering by Zenna Henderson


  1. That's much more than respectable. That's very nearly three times the number of books I read this year.

  2. Oops:

  3. I suspect, though, after a short perusal, that your list contains a higher percentage of really good books than mine does. :)

    (And, man, I find the whole LibraryThing concept very cool and sort of tempting, but the thought of entering my whole library into is it way too daunting.)

  4. That's why I've only added 2006 books. It does a number of a different things, but right now I'm really just using it to keep track of the books I'm reading as I read them.