Thursday, July 3, 2008

Looking Back Into the Nighttable Library (Update 1)

Since this sort of random work is sort of fun and keeps me sane, gonna update my previous reading list.

Finished Since Last Update

1. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Primary Books

These are the books that I am currently (actively) reading, as opposed to stalled in the middle for some unknown (probably time-related) reason.

(Ranked in order of interest; that is, I read the high ones more often because they are more interesting.)

1. Che Guevara, a Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson
Progress: 56/754 pages.

2. Reading Lolita in Tehran; A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi.
Progress: 36/347 pages.

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Progress: 148/663 pages.

4. Mao: The Untold Story by Jung Chang and Jon Holliday
Progress: 22/617 pages.

5. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
Progress: 302/332

Secondary Books

These are the books that are technically in progress, but are stalled - either because I'm currently reading five bloody books, or because I've become a bit bored with them. Some of them I started weeks ago; some, years. Hopefully, this summer, I'll work through them all, either reaching the final page or discarding them, as I occasionally do when a book disappoints me fatally.

Despite having 5 active books, I still occasionally make small steps toward completing these.

(In no real order...)

Orson Scott Card's Children of the Mind (61/370)
Victoria Finlay's Colour (289/438)
Leonard Mosley's Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (24/350)
Kathy Reichs' Cross Bones (84/348)
Michael Cox's The Meaning of Night (74/585)
Jared Diamond's Collapse; How Societies Choose to Succeed or Fail (62/525)
Carol Shields' The Stone Diaries (104/361)
Pamela Douglas' Writing the TV Drama Series (158/243)
George Monboit's Bring on the Apocalypse; Essays on Self-Destruction (116/203)
Richard Cohen's By the Sword (414/484)
Dr. Douglas Ubelaker and Henry Scammel's Bones (20/319)
James Hollis' The Eden Project (28/144)
Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth (12/973)
Junichiro Tanizaki's The Makioka Sisters (7/530)
Robertson Davies' The Cunning Man (14/514)
Nancy Farmer's The House of Scorpion (14/380)
Gregory Maguire's Lost (12/335)
Ann-Marie MacDonald's The Way the Crow Flies (11/712)
Lian Hearn's Across the Nightengale Floor (14/287)
Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (17/547)
Ian Rankin's A Question of Blood (88/440)
Philip Kerr's A Philosophical Investigation (161/330)
Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible (88/649)
Sujata Massey's The Flower Master (44/375)
Douglas Coupland's Eleanor Rigby (3/249)
R.A. Salvatore's The Crystal Shard (120/364)

Tertiary Books

If those weren't enough, there's those other books. The ones I've picked up at Goodwill or Costco or Chapters over the years and never actually started. Most of them are very recent acquisitions, while others have just been waiting quite a while. Again, these will slowly work up to the above lists, and either get finished or dropped as I see fit.

(In no real order...)

Victor Hugo's Les Miserables
Iain Banks' Dead Air
C.S. Godshalk's Kalimantaan
Andre Alexis' Childhood
Mineko Iwasaki's Geisha, A Life
Edward Ruthorfurd's Rebels of Ireland
Steven Taylor's Roma
Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes
Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth
Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule
Ian Rankin's The Hanging Garden
Ian Rankin's Black & Blue
Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur
Mitch Albom's Tusdays With Morrie
H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds
Donna Jo Napoli's Zel

So, yeah. Took a bit of a look around, found a few left off last list, a few bought since. read a few pages of a couple secondaries, switched around the primaries a bit. I doubt anyone thinks this is very interesting but me. :) Still, what is life but a series of in-progress lists?

1 comment:

Kara said...

You read like a librarian! By that I mean a single, 40 something year old woman.