Monday, June 30, 2008

Books Read: 1st Half of 2008

I've posted some book reviews up before, but this time I thought I'd just do a list of every book I can remember reading so far this year. I'll undoubtedly forget some, but I should get most of them.

1. Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster-Bujold
2. Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster-Bujold
3. The Hallowed Hunt - Lois McMaster-Bujold
4. Goblin Quest - Jim C. Hines
5. Goblin Hero - Jim C. Hines
6. Harrowing the Dragon - Patricia A. McKillip (short stories)
7. Genesis Quest - Donald Moffitt
8. Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch
9. To The Power of Three - Laura Lippman
10. In Big Trouble - Laura Lippman
11. Blood Child - Octavia Butler (short stories)
12. Dawn - Octavia Butler
13. Imago - Octavia Butler
14. Scardown - Elizabeth Bear
15. Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear
16. Dust - Elizabeth Bear
17. Undertow - Elizabeth Bear
18. Knitting Rules! - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
19. Poems of Color - Wendy Keele
20. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce
21. In the Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce
22. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man - Tamora Pierce
23. Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce
24. Old Man's War - John Scalzi
25. The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi
26. The Last Colony - John Scalzi
27. The Android's Dream - John Scalzi
28. The Wizard's Dilemma - Diane Duane
29. A Wizard Alone - Diane Duane
30. So You Want to be a Wizard - Diane Duane (3-novel omnibus)
31. Karate-do My Way of Life - Gichin Funakoshi
32. Beyond Black Belt - William Duessel
33. One Foot in the Grave - Wm. Mark Simmons
34. The Longevity Diet - Brian M. Delaney
35. Melusine - Sarah Monette
36. The Lightening Thief - Rick Riordan
37. The Chains That You Refuse - Elizabeth Bear (short stories)
38. Passage: The Sharing Knife, book 3 - Lois McMaster-Bujold
39. The Mad Scientist's Club - Bertrand R. Brinley
40. New Amsterdam - Elizabeth Bear
41. Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs
42. Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs
43. Dragon Bones - Patricia Briggs
44. Steal the Dragon - Patricia Briggs
45.When Demons Walk - Patricia Briggs
46. The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
47. Off Armageddon Reef - David Weber
48. Knitting for Anarchists - Anna Zilboorg
49. Mastery - George Leonard
50. Komarr - Lois McMaster-Bujold
51. The Golem's Eye - Johnathan Stroud
52. Ptolemy's Gate - Johnathan Stroud
53. Orca - Stephen Brust
54. Dzur - Stephen Brust
55. For Us, The Living - Robert A. Heinlein
56. The Fire Rose - Mercedes Lackey
57. Crossroads and other tales of Valdemar - Mercedes Lackey, ed. (short stories)
58. Knit Three Ways - Melissa Mathay
59. Grave Peril - Jim Butcher
60. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher
61. Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
62. The Way of Aikido - George Leonard
63. Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster-Bujold (on audio)
64. Barrayar - Lois McMaster-Bujold (on audio)
65. Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference - Michael Swan & Bernard Smith
66. Survey Research Methods - Floyd J. Fowler
67. Blood Lure - Nevada Barr
68. The Cup of Morning Shadows - Rosemary Edghill
69. The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
70. What Not to Wear - Stacy London & Clinton Kelly
71. Sai - Karate Weapons of Self-Defense - Fumio Demura
72. Bo - Karate Weapon of Self-Defense - Fumio Demura
73. Tonfa - Karate Weapon of Self-Defense - Fumio Demura

It's felt like I haven't gotten much reading time this last six months, but as you can see, that doesn't mean I don't read, just that I slow down some. I know I'm missing some - mostly non-fiction, but at least one fiction book (new author, a werewolf detective, no idea of the book name). With non-fiction, though, I tend to absorb the information without paying too much attention to the author or book title. Which has led in the past to buying multiple copies of the same book because I knew I was interested in the topic, but didn't remember I'd read the specific book. The list also contains some books I read to my kids, and some I read out-loud for a friend doing thesis research.

As you can tell, I read heavily in SF and fantasy, moderately in mystery, and a decent assortment of non-fiction. I usually read more theology stuff than is showing up in this list, but my non-fiction gets read in topical clumps more than my light reading. Right now I'm running heavy in the martial arts, due to impending eligeability for black belt. I really wish our local library had more martial art books - most of them aren't very good, and the library and bookstores have so few of them I can't look them over to see which ones I ought to be ordering. (If anyone has any suggestions for don't miss MA books, please let me know. My personal favorites are Mastery by George Leonard, and Living the Martial Way by Forrest Morgan.) Also, if anyone wants an opinion on any book listed above, just ask and I'll give you a review.


Bill said...

Show off! :p It becomes ever so slightly less impressive when you know that you've read half of them before. Still, I wouldn't be able to re-read half that list in 6 months.

Perpetual Beginner said...

You made me curious, so I went back and counted. 26 of those are rereads, which I suspect is a lower percentage than usual. With all the traveling this spring people have been handing me new books to read, which is always lovely.

I think I'm going to try to keep a running list for the next six months. I've gotten interested in the patterns of what I'm reading.

Becky said...

Wow! You read a lot. I think I've finished maybe two books this year. Things I learned From Knitting, by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and Dawn's Light by Terri Blackstock. At least those are the only two I remember finishing.

AikiAddict said...

As far as MA books, I would highly recommend any books by Dave Lowry. They are all excellent reads.

Perpetual Beginner said...

Ah, excellent! Thank you, AikiAddict. I will add them to my wishlist pronto.

I do read a lot, Becky. I'm not quite the most prolific reader I know, but I am the second-most. And at that I've slowed down a lot over the years. These days I read 2-5 books a week, depending on length and difficulty. Up until my junior year of college, I read a minimum of a book a day. I'd say I've dropped from an average of 600-800 pages a day to 300-400 pages a day - but it's still the single thing I do the most other than sleep.

I can't tell you how much it warmed my bibliophilic heart this month when, for the first time, I had to steer Robbie around the grocery store because he was just too engrossed in the book to put it down for little things like navigating through produce.