Jan. 9th, 2014 06:10 pm
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Amazingly, I have now been keeping a book log for 10 years. Last year's is here, and these are the books I read this year:

1. Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others
2. Flann O'Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds
3. Ted Chiang, The Lifecycles of Software Objects
4. Sarah Ruhl, The Clean House
5. Neal Stephenson, Anathem
6. Ursula Le Guin, The Word for World is Forest
7. Geoff Ryman, Lust
8. Iain M. Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata
9. John Vonhof, Fixing Your Feet
10. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars
11. Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender
12. Mick Napier, Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out
13. Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In
14. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
15. Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves
16. Mark Henderson, The Geek Manifesto
17. Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou, Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
18. Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
19. William Glasser, Choice Theory
20. George Gamow, Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland
21. Susan Jeffers, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
22. Alan Watts, Still The Mind
23. James Merrill, The Changing Light At Sandover
24. Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test
25. Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
26. Alice Munro, Dear Life
27. David Sedaris, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
28. Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon
29. Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself
30. Anne Dickson, The Mirror Within
31. Geoff Ryman, The Child Garden
32. Brian Jacques, Mariel of Redwall
33. Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed

If I had to choose, I'd say my favorites were the two Geoff Ryman books.

Date: 2014-01-09 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How did you like The Mists of Avalon?

Date: 2014-01-10 10:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A lot! It was one of those books though where I had heard so much about it going in that I found it a bit surreal to actually read. I think a lot of my friends were reading it back in high school.

Date: 2014-01-09 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How did you like Anathem? I got stuck about halfway through and totally lost interest.

Date: 2014-01-10 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I found the first 200 pages totally tedious, and the last 200 totally mesmerizing. There is a huge payoff if you stick with the book IMO, both storywise and philosophically. But I think Neal Stephenson's success has freed him from the boundaries of rigorous editing, and that's not really a good thing. (This is also why I only read the first book of the Baroque cycle, so I sort of knew what I was getting into. I still love his earlier books though.)

Date: 2014-01-10 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think that is a very astute assessment. I think I was *just* getting to the interesting part, but I was so burned out from the tedium I just put it down and moved on to something else. I was bummed, because I enjoyed two of Stephenson's other books. Maybe I'll pick it up again later, though now I have a bunch of other things on my to-read list.

Date: 2014-01-09 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read Cloud Atlas this year. Interesting story that I think I understood better after watching the movie.

Have you read All You Need Is Kill? Another book to movie coming out this year.

Date: 2014-01-10 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I liked the structure of Cloud Atlas better than the story itself, I think. But I should go watch the movie. And no, I have not read All You Need Is Kill. Is it worthwhile?

Date: 2014-01-10 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought so, but I do tend to enjoy military sci fi. Groundhog Day combined with fighting aliens with power armor.

Date: 2014-01-10 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Impressive list, as usual. This time I barely know any title, though --is it mostly sci-fi?

Date: 2014-01-10 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There is a fair bit of sci-fi but also a fair bit of psychology. This is actually my shortest list since I started keeping track, alas.

Date: 2014-01-11 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for sharing!! I have been meaning to do my top 50 list of books (I just did my top 50 essential albums)... I see several on your list that look intriguing so perhaps I will give them a shot!

Have you read any Phillip K. Dick or is that too "pulp fiction" sci-fi for you? I read a collection of his short stories last fall and I really enjoyed them.
Edited Date: 2014-01-11 10:06 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-01-12 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I liked your album list though I also didn't know most of it!

I read some Philip K. Dick a long time ago. I always felt like he was one of those sci-fi writers with excellent ideas and mediocre writing skills, but worth reading. I haven't checked out his short stories, though.


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