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    2009 reading list (mine was 77 books)

    I saw on facebook where people have a collage of all their status updates, so i thought it would be interesting to check my library record and see what i read this year. you can post yours here too if you like. curious how many books others read.

    Nicholas Nickleby. Pt. 2 / Charles Dickens
    The Afghan / Frederick Forsyth
    The golden compass / Philip Pullman
    Frankenstein / Mary W. Shelley
    Dune / Frank Herbert
    The chaos code / by Justin Richards
    The naming of the dead / by Ian Rankin
    Foreign body / Robin Cook
    Little Dorrit Pt. 1 / by Charles Dickens
    Dune messiah / Frank Herbert
    The subtle knife / Philip Pullman
    For whom the bell tolls / by Ernest Hemingway
    The jungle / by Upton Sinclair
    Tooth & nail / by Ian Rankin
    Crime and punishment / Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Empire of blue water / Stephan Talty
    Just a guy / Bill Engvall
    The book of fate / Brad Meltzer
    Cinnamon kiss / Walter Mosley
    Idlewild / Nick Sagan
    Losing my mind / Thomas DeBaggio
    Twilight / Stephenie Meyer
    The Venetian betrayal / Steve Berry
    The great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The world is flat / Thomas L. Friedman
    Marco Polo / Laurence Bergreen
    Einstein / Walter Isaacson
    The book of lies / Brad Meltzer
    The amber spyglass [sound recording] / Philip Pullman
    Witch hunt / by Ian Rankin
    Bad Boy Brawly Brown / Walter Mosley
    What color is your parachute? / Richard N. Bolles
    Angels & demons / Dan Brown
    Artemis Fowl : the lost colony / Eoin Colfer
    New moon / Stephenie Meyer
    47 / Walter Mosley
    The witches of Eastwick / John Updike
    Sarek / A.C. Crispin
    Superior Saturday / Garth Nix
    A house called Awful End / Philip Ardagh
    Ghosthunters and the G I L i G / by Cornelia Funke
    Eclipse / Stephenie Meyer
    A whole new mind / Daniel H. Pink
    The White tiger / by Aravind Adiga
    Pebble in the sky / Isaac Asimov
    The fourth order / Stephen Frey
    The cold moon / Jeffery Deaver
    The good guy / Dean Koontz
    Shopgirl / by Steve Martin
    Atlas shrugged / Ayn Rand
    The Thief Lord / Cornelia Funke
    The blue nowhere / by Jeffery Deaver
    Prey / Michael Crichton
    The falcon at the portal / by Elizabeth Peters
    The tempest tales / Walter Mosely
    Artemis Fowl. 6, The time paradox/ Eoin Colfer
    Against medical advice/ James Patterson, Hal Friedman
    The Lazarus vendetta /Robert Ludlum ; written by Patrick Larkin
    The piano tuner / by Daniel Mason
    Born standing up/ Steve Martin
    Powers / Ursula K. Le Guin
    The currents of space / Isaac Asimov
    Origin / Diana Abu-Jaber
    Fever / Bill Pronzini
    The curious case of Benjamin Button / by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Book yourself solid / Michael Port
    For the relief of unbearable urges / Nathan Englander
    End of the world blues / Jon Courtenay Grimwood
    The ha-ha / by Dave King
    Hearts in Atlantis / by Stephen King
    Midnight / Dean R. Koontz
    The Janson directive / Robert Ludlum
    Counting heads / David Marusek
    Somewhere in heaven / Christopher Andersen
    Suspicion of malice / by Barbara Parker
    Breaking dawn / Stephenie Meyer
    Under the dome / by Stephen King

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    Oh wow, how fast do you read? I keep on picking up books, reading the first 50-100 pages or so for a few days, then dropping them because I don't have the time for it.

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    The Road
    All 7 Harry Potter books (for the first time)
    The Watchmen
    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    Shakespeare: Life as Stage by Bill Bryson
    The Joke by Milan Kundera

    Man. That doesn't seem like an impressive amount of reading at all. I'll have to do better in 010.
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    Mines quite small

    Pandora's Star / Peter F. Hamilton
    Judas Unchained / "
    The Dreaming Void / "
    The Temporal Void/ "
    The Time Ships / Stephen Baxter

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    Experiencing Architecture / Rasmussen
    The Place of Houses / Moore, Allen, Lyndon
    Thermal Delight / Heschong
    The Architecture of Happiness / Botton
    Sea Shells / Valery
    Atmospheres / Zumthor
    For One More Day / Albom
    John Livingston Seagull / Bach
    The Architect‘s Studio Companion / Iano, Allen
    Building Construction / Mehta, Armpriest, Scarborough
    Only Revolutions / Danielewski
    House of Leaves / Danielewski

    We architects tend to read a lot of buildings, too... Studied about 100 in great depth over this year. The best is while you can stand there and see their "pages" forming day by day as they're built.

    I highly recommend Only Revolutions and House of Leaves.
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    Um yeah I avoid the library like plague. Mainly because I have four books some four to five years over due and my cat chewed one of them so I'm afraid to return them. Shit. I should sort that out as one the first things to do in 2010. The good thing is they haven't called in a while so maybe they've forgotten about it or assumed I'm dead.

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    Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad
    The Divine Invasion - P.K. Dick
    History of the Future - Robert A. Heinlein
    The Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
    Complete Works - Julio Cortazar
    Selected Short Stories - H.G.Wells
    Live in the Fast Lane - Eddie Irivine
    The Worlds of Damon Knight - Damon Knight
    The Innocent Saints - Miguel Delibes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yiako View Post
    The Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
    How was it? I'm about to order it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanE View Post
    I highly recommend House of Leaves.
    Highly recommended by me as well. favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanE View Post
    How was it? I'm about to order it haha.
    Great. It's a series of short histories about imaginary cities, each one with a characteristic carried to the extreme of absurd, until it becomes logical. It's like Marco Polo's traveling told by Stanislav Lem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanE View Post
    How was it? I'm about to order it haha.
    It was great. I highly recommend it .

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    The whole Dark Tower series except the First which I can't find, and the last which I read several years ago
    The Road (audio book though)
    Larry Wingets Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get A life
    Larry Wingets It's Called Work For A Reason
    The Great Political Theories by Michael Curtis
    How to Talk To Anyway by Leil Lowndes
    Emotional Intelligence (I forget the authors name)
    Working With Emotional Intelligence (same author)
    And some others... I can't remember what they're called.

    I do need to read more in 2010 though.
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    Man you guys put me to shame. All i got is:

    Death By Black Hole, Neil Degrasse Tyson
    Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Tolkien
    The Silmarillion, Tolkien
    Frankenstein, Shelley
    Lord of the Flies (cant remember author)
    Heart of Darkness, Conrad

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    I meant to write down all the books I read but failed to do so, I'm going to try and actually do it this year.

    Some highlights I recall -

    War and Peace - Tolstoy
    The Kingdom of God is Within You - Tolstoy
    The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
    Blindess - Jose Saramago
    A re-read of LOTR
    For Esme, With Love and Squalor & Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction - J.D. Salinger
    The Great God Pan - Arthur Machen
    My Antonia - Willa Cather
    A crazy amount of H.P. Lovecraft, I think it turned into some sort of screwed up comfort blanket.

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    The Analyst - John Katzenbach.
    A madman's tale - John Katzenbach.

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    I listen to most books while i make art at work. reading much more than this is actually not good for you. over stimulates the brain. the year i had my melt down i had read like 200 books.

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    some of the most memorable from 2009
    *i liked Frankenstein, because it was so different than our modern take on Frankenstein's monster.
    *Loved Empire of blue water, found the real history of the pirates of the Caribbean much more interesting than the Disney trilogy.
    * The Twilight series was a bit too girly, but i made it through and by the end of the fourth book was pretty into it.
    * 47 might have been my favorite. i like all the walter mosley i've read, but this one pulled in sci fi into american slave times, which seemed really fresh.
    * Marco Polo was really cool too.

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    I think I watched 77 movies this year... Does that count too?

    I did read a couple books at least.

    A short history of progress
    The Fifth Child
    Deadly Feasts
    A short history of nearly everything
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    A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
    A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
    A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin
    A Feast for Crows - George R. R. Martin
    I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
    Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass) - Philip Pullman
    The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
    The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
    Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Screw Inner Beauty - Kate Harding
    The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
    Push (aka Precious) - Sapphire

    That's all I remember anyway... must try recording them this year. I was so smitten with Martin's work, can't wait for the next book to come out! My sister has been raving on about some guy named Stephen Erikson, looks like he'll be one for me to tackle this year.

    Thanks for this post too, some interesting titles I haven't heard before that bear some investigation

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