Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Reading List

This may qualify as the most boring blog post ever. But I was thinking that it would be good to have an inventory of our books, and thought I might well put that list on the blog for safekeeping. So here goes (nothing implied in the order other than the arrangement on our bookshelves):

Books in our Library That I Have Read % = Kindle
Ambrose: Undaunted Courage
Sullivan: The Arts of China
Giannetti: Understanding Movies
Munsterberg: The Art of Japan
Rice: Islamic Art
Craven: Indian Art
Oster: The Mexicans
Rivera: Family Installments
Pettigrew: Prejudice
Morrison: Sula
Goodbird: Goodbird
Wideman: Sent for you Yesterday
Sandoz: These Were the Souix
Shenkman: Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History
Bobrick: Wide as the Waters
Hawkins: A Brief History of Time
Burke: Connections
Clarke: Report on Planet Three
Gleick: Chaos
Barry: Practical Logic
Gould: Eight Little Piggies
Paterniti: Driving Mr. Albert
Gould: Questioning the Millennium
Sagan: The Dragons of Eden
Trotter: Coal, Class & Color
Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
Poe: The Short Stories
Verne: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
McCartney: Sold Out
Charpentier: How to Read the Bible
The Holy Bible
Borden: Hit the Bullseye
Fox: On Becoming a Musical Mystical Bear
Buechner: Telling the Truth
Thayer: Management of the Hanford Engineer Works in WWII
Sanger: Working on the Bomb
Nicklaus: My Story
Yeager: Yeager
McCain: Faith of My Fathers
Bamford: The Puzzle Palace
Cronkite: A Reporter's Life
Fuller: We Almost Lost Detroit
Cherniack: The Hawk's Nest Incident
Michener: The Source
Woodward: The Bretheren
Clarke: 2010
Crichton: Timeline
Grimwood: Replay
Asimov: The Martian Way
Vonnegut: Timequake
Asimov: Robot Visions
Heinlein: The Past Through Tomorrow
Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land
Hebert: Dune
Heller: Catch-22
Magriel: Backgammon
Lavigne: Hell's Angels – Into the Abyss
Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Thwait: Afloat on the Ohio
La Plante: Hog Fever
Miller: The Biker Code
La Plante: Detours
Fulton: One Man Caravan
Rogers : Investment Biker
The Boy Scout Handbook
McWhorter: The Power of Babel
Zumwalt: My Father, My Son
Keegan: The Price of Admiralty
Woodward: The Commanders
Ford: The Button
Clancy: Every Man a Tiger
Kernan: Crossing the Line
Rockwell: The Rickover Effect
Tyler: Running Critical
Waller: Big Red
White: They Were Expendable
Cosby: Time Flies
Fulgrum: Uh-Oh
Fulgrum: It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It
Adams: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Adams: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
Keillor: Lake Wobegon
Barry: Cyberspace
Luciano: The Umpire Strikes Back
Murphy: Golf in the Kingdom
Feinstein: A Good Walk Spoiled
Feinstein: A Season on the Brink
Warren: A Purpose Driven Church
Rogers: The IBM Way
Lansing: Endurance
Brehm: That Others May Live
Adams: Mostly Harmless
Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide 'Trilogy'
Clancy: The Sum of All Fears
Clancy: Without Remorse
Clancy: The Hunt for Red October
Clancy: Red Storm Rising
Clancy: Patriot Games
Clancy: Clear and Present Danger
Coonts: Flight of the Intruder
Clancy: The Cardinal of the Kremlin
Gouillart: Transforming the Organization
Martin: The Digital Estate
Adams: Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook
Klass: UFOs Identified
Christensen: The Innovator's Dilemma
Doody: Reinventing the Wheel
Iacocca: Iacocca
Iacocca: Talking Straight
Collins: Good to Great
Shiller: Irrational Exuberance
Clarke: Profiles of the Future
Barker: Paradigms
Ambrose: Nothing in the World Like It
Sobel: Longitude
Friedman: Free to Choose
Marx: The Communist Manifesto
Wright: On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors
Clancy: Teeth of the Tiger
Bethany: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Kelly: Out of Control
Diamond: Guns, Germs and Steel
Grizzard: When My Love Returns from the Ladies Room…
Orr: Set up Running
Unwin: The Probability of God
Graham: The Intelligent Investor
Asimov: Foundation
Asimov: Foundation's Edge
Crichton: Airframe
Crichton: Sphere
Sagan: Contact
Orwell: 1984
Tammet: Born on a Blue Day
Rainer/Geiger: Simple Church
Shorto: Island at the Center of the World
Chaisson: Epic of Evolution
Wells: War of the Worlds
Wells: The Time Machine
George: Authentic Leadership %
Clancy/Franks: Into the Storm %
Miller: Blue Like Jazz
Jacobs: Getting Around Brown
Solis/Breakenridge: Putting the Public Back in Public Relations
Levinson: The Box

Books In Our Library That I Plan To Read (* = or need to finish; # = reading now; % Kindle)
Gottman: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Eggerichs: Love & Respect
Warren: Better Together
Kasich: Courage is Contagious
Ambrose: The Victors
Brokaw: The Greatest Generation
Keneally: Schindler's List
Davis: To Appomattox
Warren: A Purpose Driven Life
Nixon: Beyond Peace
McCullough: Truman
Auletta: The Highwaymen
McManus: An Unstoppable Force
Friedman: The World is Flat
Marx: Das Kapital*
Winik: April 1865
Goodwin: Team of Rivals
Alcorn: The Treasure Principle
Schroeder: The Science of God
Welch: Winning
Dreyfus: On The Internet
Bryson: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Singer: Writings on an Ethical Life
Alcorn: Heaven
Hemphill: Empowering Kingdom Growth
Eldridge: Wild of Heart
Lewis: Out of the Silent Planet
Lowenstein: Origins of the Crash
Mahar: Bull
Godin: Tribes
Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential %
Machiavelli: The Prince %
Tressel: The Winners Manual %
Doggett: You Never Give Me Your Money %
Riley: Ship's Doctor % *

Books I Plan To Read But Don't Own
Kozol: The Shame of the Nation
Rubin: In an Uncertain World

Books in our Library That I Have Resisted Reading
Morgan: The Oxford History of England
Bronte: Wuthering Heights
Hugo: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Kipling: The Light that Failed
Bronte: Jane Eyre
Butler: The Way of All Flesh
Redfield: The Celestine Prophesy
Mitchell: Gone with the Wind
Doyle: Hound of the Baskervilles
Barnes: Brief Gaudy Hour
Phillips: How to Deal with Annoying People

Books I've Read But Are Not in Our Library (anymore)
Card: Ender's Game (Catherine nailed this one)
Ryan: The Adolescence of P-1
Clancy: Rainbow Six
Clancy: Into the Storm
Clancy: Submarine
Coonts: The Cannibal Queen
Naisbitt: Megatrends
Toffler: Future Shock
Blanchard: The One Minute Manager
Roberts: Leadership Secrets of Atilla the Hun
Asimov: I Robot
Clarke: Rama
Clarke: Rendezvous with Rama
King: The Tommyknockers
King: The Green Mile
King: Needful Things
Koontz: Demon Seed
Jones: Colossus
Jones: The Fall of Colossus
Huxley: Brave New World
Harris: I'm Okay, You're Okay
Covey: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Kidder: The Soul of a New Machine

In the end, this list doesn't look very long. I know there are many other books I've read in paperback and have pitched in some sorting out of junk in our basement. And who knows how many I've checked out of a public library, read and returned without remembering them. But the truth is that I don't read as much now as I used to. Maybe it's because I have to wear reading glasses these days, or maybe that the reading lamp on our headboard has gone kaput and I haven't fixed or replaced it. Regardless, I've decided that Tuesdays are reading days, and will strive to work through the growing pile of books on the 'yet to be read' list.

Perhaps now is time for one of those hypotheticals: If for whatever reason, I had to live with only ten of these books to read over and over for the rest of my life, what would they be:

1. The Holy Bible
2. Adams: The Hitchhiker's Trilogy
3. Cosby: Time Flies
4. Asimov: The Martian Way
5. Wells: War of the Worlds
6. Clancy: Red Storm Rising
7. Fulton: One Man Caravan
8. Clancy: Hunt for Red October
9. Asimov: I Robot
10. Clarke: Rendezvous with Rama

I guess the thinking is that if the situation is that I can only have ten books, they had be ones that could serve to remove me mentally from whatever situation would bring about such a restriction. I suspect the list will change over time.


TS said...

You could cataloge them at http://librarything.com . You could "tag" your books with cryptic letters like "u" (for 'unread'), which makes any list easily found. I love librarything.com.

Paul said...

Thanks for the tip!

BS said...

Some of these books I own, some I have read, some I want to read. Interesting list. Perhaps audio books would help as you can listen while doing other chores like painting a room, etc.

Paul said...

BS: I'll loan you One Man Caravan. It's an account by Robert Fulton who rode a modified Douglas motorcycle around the world in 1932-1933. Much of his journey was paralleled by Jim Rogers in 1990 on a BMW, chronicled in his book "Investment Biker." It's cool to compare the two, especially noting how the countries changed.

Audio books are an interesting idea. I listen to music on my iPod Shuffle while mowing grass (which takes about 3hrs/week during the growing season). Trouble is that I lost the rubber thingys on my earpieces somewhere on the Natchez Trace...