Year in Review About Books

If you remember a post I did at this time last year I put up a partial list of books I read in 2007 and challenged myself to read more classic literature books. Well, on my count I read 25 books that I would consider of a literature type. Some were on my list of best 100 novels of all time. Some weren’t. Late in the year I got hooked on David Morrell and Ken Follett books.

92 books read in 2008. I estimate somewhere around 50K pages. I plan to keep up my challenge to read more classic books this coming year. I’m currently reading Anna Karenina and War and Peace (along with others) so I’m getting off to a good start going into 2009.

The Hobbit-Tolkien
Better Home and Gardens Kitchen Planner
Main Street-Sinclair Lewis
Slaughterhouse 5
The Winter of our Discontent (excellent)
The Grapes of Wrath (excellent)
How to Grow more Vegetables (again)
Animal Farm
Crime and Punishment
The Green up Guide to Home Improvement
Spiritual Compass
The Davis Dynasty
Cell (Stephen King)
Tortilla Flat (Steinback)
Lord of the Flies
Wild Fermentation
Chicken Tractor
Raising Chickens: A Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens
Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
The Unvanquished (Faulkner) (good though it had an abrupt ending)
Prozac Nation
The Next Rodeo
Being Caribou
A Guide to Building Community in America
A Handmade World (Kunstler) (very enjoyable, although male driven, you’re right Sharon)
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Independence
The Poisonwood Bible (excellent)
Sustainable Ethanol
The Transition Handbook
Gaia’s Garden (again)(excellent)
Shopping for Porcupine
How to Grow Stevia (pamphlet)
Stevia Recipes/Cookbook
Ecotopia Emerging (enjoyed)
Edge Cities
EcoTopia (enjoyed)
The Worst Hard Time
Band of Brothers (good)
In Defense of Food
Inside the 3rd Reich
Behind Japanese Lines: An American Guerilla in the Philippines
Gone with the Wind (excellent)
The Sound and the Fury (partway, quit, it’s hard to read)
Knights of Bushido (Japanese War Crimes from WWII)
To Kill a Mockingbird (excellent)
Humanure Handbook
East of Eaden (very good)
Neoeconomy (good)
What Happened? The Scott McClellen story of the Bush Administration
$1000 and an idea
Lasagna Gardening (very good)
Gods of War
Bag of Bones (Stephen King)
Catcher in the Rye
The Collectors
Franny and Zooey
Pleading Guilty
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (good)
Depletion and Abundance (good, but read most of it on Sharon’s blog. If you don’t read her blog buy her book.)
Reinventing Collapse (liked)
Eating Fossil Fuels
Black Like Me (dated but still powerful)
The Da Vinci Code (excellent)
Angels and Demons (very good)
Deception Point (other Dan Brown book)(good)
Odd Thomas
The Prodigal Summer (very good)
Forever Odd
Brother Odd (Koontz’s Odd Thomas series)
Creepers (good)
The Urban Homestead
The Pillars of the Earth (excellent)
World Without End (excellent) sequel to Pillars of the Earth
The Brotherhood of the Rose
Life in a medieval castle
Cedar Rapids: 100 years of history
Code to Zero
Growing food in small spaces
The Audacity of Hope (a policy book. Hard to read and a lot of rehash of his policies. He has good stuff in here but sadly some have already changed as he campaigned)
The Hit List
The Hammer of Eden
Eye of the Needle
Lie down with Lions
The Fifth Profession
A Dangerous Fortune (I’ve been on a roll with Ken Follett and David Morrell books lately)
The Spy who came for Christmas
The Covenant of the Flame


5 responses to “Year in Review About Books

  1. I recommend checking out some Clive Cussler books. I have been read TONS of the Dirk Pitt novels, and they are great. I’ve read 5 already here on vacation while chillin on the beach.

  2. Thanks for reading our book, the Urban Homestead!

  3. I’m reading The $64 Tomato. Hilarious. Every gardener should read this so they can have a great laugh.

  4. Wow! That’s a pretty impressive list. I would agree with you on “The Sound and the Fury” – it is very difficult to read – at least the Benji and the Quentin sections (the first two parts :). The last two parts aren’t as difficult.

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