10 December 2005

A bit of business from last year...

I'm pretty sure I read a lot more non-fiction last year as opposed to this year, but you'll be able to compare for yourselves in a few weeks when I put up the 2005 list.

Don't ask me why the list is in reverse chronological order: it must've made sense to me at the time.

The 51 Books I read in 2004
51. "Track of the Cat" by Nevada Barr
50. "For My Own Amusement" by R.F. Delderfield
49. "The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt" edited by Ian Shaw
48. "Madeleine (et nunc manet in te)" by Andre Gide
47. "I Knew A Phoenix" by May Sarton
46. "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
45. "The Words" par Jean-Paul Sartre
44. "Chance Meetings" by William Saroyan
43. "Nietzsche as critic, philosopher, poet and prophet: choice selections from his works" by F.W. Nietzsche, compiled by Thomas Common
42. "All I did was ask: Conversations with writers, actors, musicians, and artists" by Terry Gross
41. "Self-Consciousness" by John Updike
40. "Goodness had nothing to do with it" by Mae West
39. "But Beautiful: a book about jazz" by Geoff Dyer
38. "Out of sheer rage: wrestling with D.H. Lawrence" by Geoff Dyer
37. "The Fellowship of the Ring" J.R.R. Tolkien
36. "The goddesses and gods of Old Europe" by Marija Gimbutas
35. “Yoga for people who can't be bothered to do it" by Geoff Dyer
34. "The language of the goddess" by Marija Gimbutas
33. "Rivers in the desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles" by Margaret Leslie Davis
32. "As you like it" by W.Shakespeare
31. "When your body gets the blues" by Marie-Annette Brown and Jo Robinson
30. "Feynman's Rainbow" by Leonard Mlodinow
29. "Fat girls and lawn chairs" by Cheryl Peck
28. "Ask me again tomorrow: a life in progress" by Olympia Dukakis
27. "You'll never eat lunch in this town again" by Julia Phillips.
26. "The Broke Diaries" by Angela Nissel
25. "I'm the one that I want" by Margaret Cho.
24. "Roman Mythology" by Stewart Perowne.
23. "A House Somewhere" collection of essays by several authors
22. "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown
21. "The Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein
20. "Isn't It Romantic" by Wendy Wasserstein
19. "Uncommon Women and Others" by Wendy Wasserstein, a play
18. "Original Story By: a memoir of Broadway and Hollywood" by Arthur Laurents.
17. "A geography of time: the temporal misadventures of a social psychologist (or how every culture keeps time just a little bit differently" by Robert Levine
16. "The Right Brain and the Unconscious: Discovering the Stranger Within" by Dr. Rhawn Joseph
15. "Eureka! What Archimedes really meant and 80 other key ideas explained" by Michael Macrone
14. "Guardian of the Horizon" by Elizabeth Peters
13. "Talking pictures: people speak about the photographs that speak to them" by Marvin Heiferman and Carole Kismaric.
12. "Complete guide to pilates, yoga, meditation and stress relief" no author given.
11. "The Optimist's Daughter" by Eudora Welty
10. "Black White and Jewish autobiography of a shifting self" by Rebecca Walker
9. "Blindness" by Jose Saramago
8. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
7. "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham [reread]
6. "Just Checking: scenes from the life of an obsessive-compulsive" by Emily Colas.
5. "The Opposite of Fate" by Amy Tan.
4. "Amelia Peabody's Egypt: a Compendium" by Elizabeth Peters and others
3. "Sex and the city" by Candace Bushnell
2. "Conversations with Wilder" by Cameron Crowe
1. "Out on Leash" by Shirley MacLaine


  1. This list makes me feel like such a loser.

    What have I been doing? Nothing so edifying as reading good literature.

    *bows head in shame*

  2. Don't feel like a loser. Last year was my first stab at the 50 book challenge, and I was making up for years of not reading much at all.

    This year's list has much less nonfic and 'literature.'

  3. I should pick up "Feynman's Rainbow." I became acquainted with one of Feynman's friends, Ralph Leighton, who wrote "Tuva or Bust!" about Feynman's dream to visit Tuva in the former Soviet Union. I helped Ralph get visas for some throat singers from Tuva to come to the United States. He had GREAT Feynman stories - that man must have been simply amazing to know.

  4. Visas for throat singers, of course. Your life is just chock full of 6 degrees reduced to 1 or 2 degrees of separation. Cool.