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This is where I’ll list all the books I read. Enjoy.

What I’m reading now:

“Dracula,” by Bram Stoker

2011: 9,069 pages read

29. “The Sun Also Rises,” by Ernest Hemingway
28. “Assassination Vacation,” by Sarah Vowell
27. “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
26. “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century,” by George Friedman
25. “Freedom,” by Jonathan Franzen
24. “The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America,” by Walter Borneman
23. “The Sparrow,” by Mary Doria Russell
22. “Dawn,” by Octavia E. Butler
21. “Far Bright Star,” by Robert Olmstead
20. “Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election,” by Jeffrey Toobin
19. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” by Mark Haddon
18. “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms,” by N.K. Jemisin
17. “Ship of Fools,” by Richard Paul Russo
16. “The Defining Moment: F.D.R.’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope,” by Jonathan Alter
15. “Angel with the Sword,” by C.J. Cherryh
14. “Into Thin Air,” by Jon Krakauer
13. “The City & The City,” by China Mieville
12. “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” by Max Brooks
11. “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” by Michael Lewis
10. “Genesis,” by Bernard Beckett
09. “The Quiet American,” by Graham Greene
08. “Look to Windward,” by Iain M. Banks
07. “Beginnings, Middles, & Ends,” by Nancy Kress
06. “The Reader,” by Bernhard Schlink
05. “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl,” by Timothy Egan
04. “Housekeeping,” by Marilynne Robinson
03. “Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle,” by Murray Morgan
02. “Fevre Dream,” by George R.R. Martin
01. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” by Stieg Larsson

2010: 16,618 pages read

52. “Gone With the Wind,” by Margaret Mitchell
51. “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” by Harvey Karp MD
50. “Rabbit, Run,” by John Updike
49. “The Wishsong of Shannara,” by Terry Brooks
48. “The Turn of the Screw,” by Henry James
47. “The Birth Partner,” Penny Simkin
46. “The Elfstones of Shannara,” by Terry Brooks
45. “What’s the Matter With Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America,” by Thomas Frank
44. “Storm Front,” by Jim Butcher
43. “The Windup Girl,” by Paolo Bacigalupi
42. “The Baby Owner’s Manual,” by Louis & Joe Borgenicht
41. “Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy,” edited by Roger Harms MD
40. “Interpreter of Maladies,” by Jhumpa Lahiri
39. “How Great Generals Win,” by Bevin Alexander
38. “Oryx and Crake,” by Margaret Atwood
37. “The Cone-Gatherers,” by Robin Jenkins
36. “Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876,” by Roy Morris, Jr.
35. “Never Let Me Go,” by Kazuo Ishiguro
34. “The Enchantress of Florence,” by Salman Rushdie
33. “The Photographer’s Guide to Puget Sound and Northwest Washington,” by Rod Barbee
32. “Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries,” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
31. “Redemption Ark,” by Alastair Reynolds
30. “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” by Malcolm Gladwell
29. “Photographing Yellowstone National Park,” by Gustav W. Verderber
28. “The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds,” by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
27. “Ethan Frome,” by Edith Wharton
26. “Snow Falling on Cedars,” by David Guterson
25. “The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome,” by John F. Wasik
24. “The Photographer’s Guide to Glacier National Park,” by Gordon Sullivan
23. “Origins of the Bill of Rights,” by Leonard W. Levy
22. “The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite,” by Michael Frye
21. “The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones
20. “The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008,” by Paul Krugman
19. “A Short Course in A700 Photography,” by Dennis P. Curtin
18. “The Photographer’s Guide to Death Valley,” by Shellye Poster
17. “And Then There Were None,” by Agatha Christie
16. “The Celts: A History,” by Peter Berresford Ellis
15. “The Sword of Shannara,” by Terry Brooks
14. “Immortality,” by Milan Kundera
13. “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer,” by Roy Peter Clark
12. “Finch,” by Jeff VanderMeer
11. “Revelation Space,” by Alastair Reynolds
10. “Havasupai Legends,” by Carma Lee Smithson & Robert C. Euler
09. “Riders of the Purple Sage,” by Zane Grey
08. “The Island at the End of the World,” by Sam Taylor
07. “The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount,” by Gershom Gorenberg
06. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Díaz
05. “The Stolen Child,” by Keith Donohue
04. “Reading Like a Writer,” by Francine Prose
03. “Boneshaker,” by Cherie Priest
02. “Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West,” by Hampton Sides
01. “Vector Prime,” by R.A. Salvatore

Book of the Year, Fiction: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Díaz
Book of the Year, Non-Fiction: “Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West,” by Hampton Sides

2009: 14,587 pages read
44. “Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000,” by Dolores Hayden
43. “The Ox-Bow Incident,” by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
42. “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
41. “East of Eden,” by John Steinbeck
40. “Elantris,” by Brandon Sanderson
39. “The Day the Falls Stood Still,” by Cathy Marie Buchanan
38. “The Men in the Walls,” by William Tenn
37. “Heart of Darkness,” by Joseph Conrad
36. “The Cold War: A New History,” by John Lewis Gaddis
35. “The Terror,” by Dan Simmons
34. “Ubik,” by Philip K. Dick
33. “Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains,” by Jon Krakauer
32. “All Quiet on the Western Front,” by Erich Maria Remarque
31. “Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?,” by David Fromkin
30. “A Taste of Magic,” by Andre Norton & Jean Rabe
29. “The Black Hole,” by Alan Dean Foster
28. “Old Twentieth,” by Joe Haldeman
27. “Battle Cry of Freedom,” by James M. McPherson
26. “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” by Thomas Hardy
25. “The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth,” by James N. Frey
24. “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” by Audrey Niffenegger
23. “Black Swan Green,” by David Mitchell
22. “The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America,” by Kenneth Pollack
21. “A History of the Supreme Court,” by Bernard Schwartz
20. “Angels & Demons,” by Dan Brown
19. “Martin Eden,” by Jack London
18. “Teach Yourself Geology,” by David Rothery
17. “Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau,” by Ron Blakely & Wayne Ranney
16. “1984,” by George Orwell
15. “1776,” by David McCullough
14. “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry
13. “Loving Frank,” by Nancy Horan
12. “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” by Lawrence Wright
11. “Dreamers of the Day,” by Mary Doria Russell
10. “In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu’s Congo,” by Michela Wrong
09. “Lud-in-the-Mist,” by Hope Mirrlees
08. “A Cultural History of Tibet,” by David Snellgrove & Hugh Richardson
07. “Altered Carbon,” by Richard K. Morgan
06. “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho
05. “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” by Karen Armstrong
04. “The Secret River,” by Kate Grenville
03. “The Comfort of Strangers,” by Ian McEwan
02. “How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy,” by Orson Scott Card
01. “The Left Hand of Darkness,” by Ursula K. LeGuin

Book of the Year, Fiction: “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” by Audrey Niffenegger
Book of the Year, Non-Fiction: “Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains,” by Jon Krakauer

2008: 12,489 pages read
36. “How the Irish Saved Civilization,” by Thomas Cahill
35. “Stations of the Tide,” by Michael Swanwick
34. “Moby-Dick,” by Herman Melville
33. “Climbing Mount Improbable,” by Richard Dawkins
32. “Creating Characters: How to Build Story Peoples,” by Dwight V. Swain
31. “Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England,” by Juliet Barker
30. “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien
29. “Life in a Medieval Castle,” by Joseph & Frances Gies
28. “The Blade Itself (The First Law, Book 1),” by Joe Abercrombie
27. “The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941,” by Robert S. McElvaine
26. “How the States Got Their Shapes,” by Mark Stein
25. “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,” by Anne Lamott
24. “We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” by Shirley Jackson
23. “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism,” by Michelle Goldberg
22. “Perdido Street Station,” by China Mieville
21. “Spindrift,” by Allen Steele
20. “Tigana,” by Guy Gavriel Kay
19. “The Knights Templar,” by Stephen Howarth
18. “Coraline,” by Neil Gaiman
17. “The Curse of Chalion,” by Lois McMaster Bujold
16. “The Postman,” by Antonio Skármeta
15. “Life in a Medieval City,” by Joseph & Frances Gies
14. “The Medieval Soldier,” by Vesey Norman
13. “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning,” by Chris Hedges
12. “How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,” by Howard Mittelmark & Sandra Newman
11. “Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors,” by James Reston, Jr.
10. “Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare
09. “A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3),” by George R.R. Martin
08. “Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic,” by Tom Holland
07. “Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler,” by Rick Steves & Gene Openshaw
06. “A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People,” by Steven Ozment
05. “Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture,” by Ross King
04. “The Aspern Papers,” by Henry James
03. “Seven Ages of Paris,” by Alistair Horne
02. “Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy,” by Frances Mayes
01. “A History of Venice,” by John Julius Norwich

Book of the Year, Fiction: “Perdido Street Station,” by China Mieville
Book of the Year, Non-Fiction: “A History of Venice,” by John Julius Norwich

2007: 17,753 pages read
52. “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck
51. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” by Jean-Dominique Bauby
50. “Second Foundation (Foundation Novels, Book 3),” by Isaac Asimov
49. “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,” by Barack Obama
48. “Tehanu (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 4),” by Ursula K. LeGuin
47. “100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask,” by Ilyce R. Glink
46. “I Am Legend,” by Richard Matheson
45. “Saving for Retirement (Without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery),” by Gail MarksJarvis
44. “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini
43. “The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1),” by Philip Pullman
42. “Suite Française,” by Irène Némirovsky
41. “The Count of Monte Cristo,” by Alexandre Dumas
40. “The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome,” by Chris Scarre
39. “Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s,” by R.A. Scotti
38. “Heidi,” by Johanna Spyri
37. “A Room With a View,” by E.M. Forster
36. “The Old Man and the Sea,” by Ernest Hemingway
35. “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq,” by Thomas E. Ricks
34. “Rocannon’s World,” by Ursula K. LeGuin
33. “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy
32. “Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade,” by James Reston, Jr.
31. “The History of Love,” by Nicole Krauss
30. “The Children of Húrin,” by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
29. “Cannery Row,” by John Steinbeck
28. “The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11,” by Ron Suskind
27. “The Years of Rice and Salt,” by Kim Stanley Robinson
26. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, Book 7),” by J.K. Rowling
25. “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” by Jules Verne
24. “Building Harlequin’s Moon,” by Brenda Cooper & Larry Niven
23. “The Vikings: The Last Pagans or the First Modern Europeans?,” by Jonathan Clements
22. “No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” by Reza Aslan
21. “Stardust,” by Neil Gaiman
20. “The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) Report,” by Timothy Ferris
19. “Year’s Best: SF 10,” edited by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer
18. “The Anatomy of Fascism,” by Robert O. Paxton
17. “The Farthest Shore (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3),” by Ursula K. LeGuin
16. “The Chronoliths,” by Robert Charles Wilson
15. “The Last Wilderness,” by Murray Morgan
14. “The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2),” by Ursula K. LeGuin
13. “The Undercover Economist,” by Tim Harford
12. “A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1),” by Ursula K. LeGuin
11. “The Coming of the New Deal: The Age of Roosevelt, Vol. II (1933-35),” by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
10. “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood,” by Marjane Satrapi
09. “Dune,” by Frank Herbert
08. “It Can’t Happen Here,” by Sinclair Lewis
07. “The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time,” by Jeffrey D. Sachs
06. “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury
05. “A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2),” by George R.R. Martin
04. “The Vikings: The Last Pagans or the First Modern Europeans?,” by Jonathan Clements
03. “Ringworld,” by Larry Niven
02. “The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal,” by Jared Diamond
01. “The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq,” by George Packer

Book of the Year, Fiction: “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy
Book of the Year, Non-Fiction: “Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade,” by James Reston, Jr.

2006: 15,337 pages read
45. “Einstein’s Dreams,” by Alan Lightman
44. “Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation,” by Joseph J. Ellis
43. “The Forever War,” by Joe Haldemann
42. “Foundation and Empire (Foundation Novels, Book 2),” by Isaac Asimov
41. “The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future,” by Vali Nasr
40. “Hammerfall (The Gene Wars, Book 1),” by C.J. Cherryh
39. “The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad,” by Fareed Zakaria
38. “The Coming of the Third Reich,” by Richard J. Evans
37. “Middle Passage,” by Charles Johnson
36. “The Martian Chronicles,” by Ray Bradbury
35. “Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1),” by Robin Hobb
34. “Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West,” by Tom Holland
33. “Treasure Island,” by Robert Louis Stevenson
32. “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
31. “To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World,” by Arthur Herman
30. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, Book 6),” by J.K. Rowling
29. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, Book 5),” by J.K. Rowling
28. “City of Illusions,” by Ursula K. Leguin
27. “Thebes of the Hundred Gates,” by Robert Silverberg
26. “The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years,” by Bernard Lewis
25. “When Gravity Fails,” by George Alec Effinger
24. “Tau Zero,” by Poul Anderson
23. “War and the American Presidency,” by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
22. “Theodore Rex,” by Edmund Morris
21. “What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East,” by Bernard Lewis
20. “Parable of the Sower,” by Octavia E. Butler
19. “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell
18. “What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election,” edited by Anita Miller
17. “Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card
16. “Notes From a Small Island,” by Bill Bryson
15. “Excession,” by Iain M. Banks
14. “War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals,” by David Halberstam
13. “Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate,” by George Lakoff
12. “Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics,” by Jerome Armstrong & Markos Moulitsos Zuniga
11. “Chasm City,” by Alastair Reynolds
10. “Songs of a Distant Earth,” by Arthur C. Clarke
09. “Changing Planes,” by Ursula K. LeGuin
08. “His Excellency, George Washington,” by Joseph J. Ellis
07. “Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book 1),” by Lian Hearn
06. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” by Arthur C. Clarke
05. “The Shipping News,” by E. Annie Proulx
04. “Foundation (Foundation Novels, Book 1),” by Isaac Asimov
03. “Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883,” by Simon Winchester
02. “Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days,” by Alastair Reynolds
01. “War and Peace,” by Leo Tolstoy

Book of the Year, Fiction: “Chasm City,” by Alastair Reynolds
Book of the Year, Non-Fiction: “Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West,” by Tom Holland

2005: 7,191 pages read
18. “The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory,” by Brian Greene
17. “Memoirs of a Geisha,” by Arthur Golden
16. “Ilium,” by Dan Simmons
15. “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World,” by Jack Weatherford
14. “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley
13. “A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1),” by George R.R. Martin
12. “Childhood’s End,” by Arthur C. Clarke
11. “The Life of Andrew Jackson,” by Robert Remini
10. “Middlesex,” by Jeffrey Eugenides
09. “The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad,” by Fareed Zakaria
08. “The Guns of August,” by Barbara W. Tuchman
07. “Siddhartha,” by Herman Hesse
06. “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” by Jared Diamond
05. “A Canticle for Leibowitz,” by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
04. “1812: The War that Forged a Nation,” by Walter Bondemann
03. “Dharma Bums,” by Jack Kerouac
02. “What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Created a United States,” by James F. Simon
01. “A Short History of Byzantium,” by John Julius Norwich

Book of the Year, Fiction: “A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1),” by George R.R. Martin
Book of the Year, Non-Fiction: “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” by Jared Diamond

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