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Ten random things: January 11

Ten books I read in 2006:

  1. Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, Citizen Girl
  2. Michael Crichton, Next
  3. Candace Havens, Charmed and Dangerous
  4. Greg Iles, Turning Angel
  5. Marilyn Johnson, The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries
  6. Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures
  7. Kris Radish, Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral
  8. Bill Willingham, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall
  9. Nina Munk, Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner
  10. Paolo Coelho, The Alchemist

If anyone cares, a semi-complete list of the books I read in 2006 can be found behind the cut. I say "semi-complete" because I deliberately excluded graphic novels that were compilations of previously published material, and because I didn't do thorough job of keeping track of what I read last year, so I may have forgotten some. Barring those two caveats, however, it's as complete a list as I'm capable of making. The books are listed in alpabetical order, because I can't be arsed to figure out what I read when. Books in boldface are books I particularly enjoyed.

Books I read in 2006:

  1. John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
  2. Eliott Hester, Adventures of a Continental Drifter: An Around-The-World Excursion Into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food
  3. Lori Korchek and Marshall Taylor, Adventures of Cow
  4. Paolo Coelho, The Alchemist
  5. Lynne Rae Perkins, All Alone in the Universe
  6. Dar Williams, Amalee
  7. Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese
  8. L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
  9. L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  10. L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island
  11. Kris Radish, Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral
  12. Michael Lewis, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
  13. Brad Meltzer, The Book of Fate
  14. W. E. B. Griffin, By Order of the President
  15. Candace Havens, Charmed and Dangerous
  16. Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, Citizen Girl
  17. Michael Capuzzo, Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916
  18. Regie Nadelson, Comrade Rockstar: The Life and Mystery of Dean Reed, the All-American Boy Who Brought Rock 'n' Roll to the Soviet Union
  19. Lynne Rae Perkins, Criss Cross
  20. Dennis Lehane, Darkness, Take My Hand
  21. Marilyn Johnson, The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries
  22. Christopher Moore, A Dirty Job
  23. Ken Kalfus, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country
  24. Dennis Lehane, A Drink Before the War
  25. Jennifer Trynin, Everything I’m Cracked Up To Be: A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale
  26. Bill Willingham, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall
  27. Alex Berenson, The Faithful Spy
  28. James Parish, Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops
  29. Claire Naylor and Mimi Hare, The First Assistant
  30. Bill Merritt, A Fool’s Gold: A Story of Ancient Spanish Treasure, Two Pounds of Pot, and the Young Lawyer Almost Left Holding the Bag
  31. Nina Munk, Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner
  32. Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama
  33. Dennis Lehane, Gone, Baby, Gone
  34. Matt Gaffney, Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the Mad Geniuses Who Create Them
  35. Bill Buford, Heat
  36. Lawrence Block, Hit Parade
  37. John Grisham, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
  38. Susannah Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  39. Joseph Finder, Killer Instinct
  40. Claude Smith, Lapping America: A Man, a Corvette, and the Interstate
  41. Dar Williams, Lights, Camera, Amalee
  42. Chris Anderson, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More
  43. Kyle Mills, Love Monkey
  44. Christopher Moore, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
  45. Scott McCloud, Making Comics
  46. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Match Me If You Can
  47. Michael Crichton, Next
  48. Mark Childress, One Mississippi
  49. Jimmy Carter, Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis
  50. Eliott Hester, Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendant's Tales of Sex, Rage, and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet
  51. Dennis Lehane, Prayers for Rain
  52. Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichon, Pride of Baghdad
  53. Max Allan Collins, Road to Paradise
  54. Timothy Beal, Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith
  55. Steve Berry, The Romanov Prophecy
  56. Dennis Lehane, Sacred
  57. Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  58. Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
  59. Tony Hillerman, The Shape Shifter
  60. Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island
  61. Louis Sachar, Small Steps
  62. Steve Berry, The Third Secret
  63. Greg Iles, Turning Angel
  64. Robert Crais, The Two Minute Rule
  65. Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess
  66. Marjorie Williams, The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family, and Fate
  67. Patrick Creadon, Wordplay: The Official Companion Book
  68. Will Clarke, The Worthy
  69. Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures
  70. Nikki Katz, Zen and the Art of Crosswords: A Journey Down and Across

Confidential to jmatonak: I think you'd get a kick out of the first book listed behind the cut, as it involves an effort by the protagonist to develop a mathematical formula that will describe his past relationships and predict the outcome of his future ones. The math went completely over my head, but there's a lengthy appendix in which a University of Chicago math professor explains the mathematical principles underlying the formula, and it seems pretty sound.

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