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Books 2008

Here are the books I read in 2008, presented in the order in which I read them. I have emphasized the ones I liked best, and minimized those I liked least:

  1. From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek's Dr. McCoy by Terry Lee Rioux
  2. Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake by Frank W. Abagnale with Stan Redding
  3. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
  4. Abduction by Robin Cook
  5. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
  6. Killjoy by Julie Garwood
  7. No Second Chance by Harlen Coben
  8. Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
  9. What's So Funny? by Donald E. Westlake
  10. Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
  11. John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek
  12. Deadly Beloved by Max Allan Collins
  13. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier
  14. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
  15. A Person of Interest by Susan Choi
  16. Walden Two by B. F. Skinner
  17. Living Walden Two by Hilke Kuhlmann
  18. Doctor Thirteen: Architecture and Mortality by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
  19. Keeper by Greg Rucka
  20. The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap by Amy Sullivan
  21. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
  22. The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin
  23. Eureka! by Jim Lehrer
  24. Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power
  25. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  26. The Legion Companion by Glen Cadigan
  27. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three by John Godey
  28. Utter Incompetents: Ego and Ideology in the Age of Bush by Thomas Oliphant
  29. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  30. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
  31. The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham
  32. Green Arrow: Year One by Andy Diggle and Jock
  33. Is It Utopia Yet?: An Insider's View of Twin Oaks Community in Its Twenty-Sixth Year by Kat Kinkaide
  34. Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
  35. Superman vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon by Jake Rosen
  36. The Ghost War by Alex Berenson
  37. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  38. Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman
  39. Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
  40. Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas by Christina Binkley
  41. I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson
  42. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  43. The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress by Mark Twain
  44. John Tyler: The Accidental President by Edward P.Crapol
  45. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  46. I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  47. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  48. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
  49. The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies: Being an Account of the Hatred Felt by Many Americans for President Abraham Lincoln During the Civil War and the First Complete Examination and Refutation of the Many Theories, Hypotheses, and Speculations Put Forward Since 1865 Concerning Those Presumed to Have Aided, Abetted, Controlled, or Directed the Murderous Act of John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theater the Night of April 14. by William Hanchett
  50. Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
  51. Hit and Run by Lawrence Block
  52. Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England by Jerry Ellis
  53. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  54. Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel
  55. Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
  56. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  57. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
  58. Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness: Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia by Erik Reece
  59. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  60. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  61. The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins
  62. The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  63. Charlotte's Web with Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
  64. Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America by Jeffrey L. Sheler
  65. Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
  66. The First Patient by Michael Palmer
  67. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  68. The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks by Susan Casey
  69. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  70. Boy in the Water by Stephen Dobyns
  71. Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams by Michael D'Antonio
  72. Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
  73. The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus by Joshua Kendall
  74. The Horizontal World: Growing Up In the Middle of Nowhere by Debra Marquart
  75. Holy Fools by Joanne Harris
  76. Blue Streak: Inside jetBlue, the Upstart that Rocked an Industry by Barbara Peterson
  77. A Pocketful of History: Four Hundred Years of America--One State Quarter at a Time by Jim Noles
  78. Strip for Murder by Max Allan Collins
  79. American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the It Girl, and the Crime of the Century by Paula Uruburu
  80. The Appeal by John Grisham
  81. Rome 1960 by David Maraniss
  82. The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop
  83. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  84. Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture by Daniel Radosh
  85. Riding the Waves: A Life in Sound, Science, and Industry by Leo Beranek
  86. A Patent Lie by Paul Goldstein
  87. 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn
  88. Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions by Christian Lander

Eighty-eight books, I think that's pretty good. And I achieved my goal of balancing fiction and non-fiction, reading forty-four of each. The ratio would be slightly weighted in favor of fiction if I included books I re-read, but I don't, so there you go.


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