Reading List

Thomas Jefferson’s library at the Library of Congress

Ever since the end of 2008, I’ve been keeping a careful list of all books I’ve read and whether they are new books or re-read books. I like to pick out patterns and see what books I re-read the most. So far they are the Harry Potter books, the Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, George Orwell, and Robert Graves’ I, Claudius. In 2014, for instance, my goal is to read new books and keep re-reads to a minimum. Here is my list so far. This post was originally made in 2012, and I try and keep it updated:

READING LIST

2008
* M*A*S*H*: A Story of Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (December 16)

2009
* Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (February)
* Cosmos [re-read] by Carl Sagan (February / early March)
* The Godfather [re-read] by Mario Puzo (March 13)
* Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley (March 31)
* Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect by Elissa Wall (April 2)
* American Gods [re-read] by Neil Gaiman (April 24)
* Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (May 6)
* The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (May 10)
* Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (May 13)
* Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith (May 19)
* Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith (May 21)
* Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke (May 22)
* Germ by Robert Liparulo (May 25)
* A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. (May 31)
* A Study in Scarlet and the Sign of Four [re-read] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (June 30)
* Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [re-read] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (July 12)
* The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes [re-read] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (July 24)
* The Hound of the Baskervilles [re-read] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (July 29)
* The Return of Sherlock Holmes [re-read] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (August 6)
* Down and Out in Paris and London [re-read] by George Orwell (August 8)
* Keep the Aspidistra Flying [re-read] by George Orwell (August 10)
* I, Claudius [re-read] by Robert Graves (August 15)
* The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (August 18)
* Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (September 2)
* Relic [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (September 7)
* Reliquary [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (September 12)
* The Last Days of Hitler by H.R. Trevor-Roper (September 14)
* Level 26 by Anthony E. Zuiker (September 21)
* In the President’s Secret Service by Ronald Kessler (September 24)
* Fiasco: A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops by James Robert Parish. (November 12)
* The Exorcist [re-read] by William Peter Blatty (November 20)
* 2001: A Space Odyssey [re-read] by Arthur C. Clarke (November 24)
* Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium by Carl Sagan (November 27)
* 2010: Odyssey Two [re-read] by Arthur C. Clarke (December 1)
* Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Interchangeable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up by Bob Harris (December 2)
TOTAL: 35

2010
* The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan (January 10)
* MASH: An Army Surgeon in Korea by Otto f. Apel Jr., M.D. (January 15)
* Notorious Royal Weddings by Leslie Carroll (February 6)
* Panic in Level 4 by Richard Preston (February 6)
* All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (February 16)
* The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (March 12)
* Geek Love [re-read] by Katherine Dunn (March 16)
* The Twelve Caesars [re-read] by Suetonius (March 21)
* The Milwaukee Murders: Nightmare in Apartment 213 by Don Davis (April 13)
* Mental Floss History of the World by Erik Sass and Steve Wiegand (April 13)
* Third Degree by Greg Iles (April 19)
* The Cabinet of Curiosities [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (April 29)
* Still Life With Crows [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (May 1)
* Brimstone [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (June 22)
* Dance of Death [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (June 28)
* Book of the Dead [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (July 3)
* The Wheel of Darkness [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (July 27)
* Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (July 29)
* Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (July 31)
* Packing For Mars by Mary Roach (August 12)
* Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [re-read] by JK Rowling (August 14)
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [re-read] by JK Rowling (August 16)
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [re-read] by JK Rowling (August 18)
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [re-read] by JK Rowling (August 23)
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [re-read] by JK Rowling (September 5)
* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [re-read] by JK Rowling (September 7)
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (September 14)
* The Joy Luck Club [re-read] by Amy Tan (September 20)
* Lost Boy by Brent Jeffs (September 24)
* The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (October 9)
* The Eyes of the Dragon [re-read] by Stephen King (October 12)
* I, Claudius [re-read] by Robert Graves (October 18)
* Claudius the God [re-read] by Robert Graves (November 1)
* Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson (November 13)
* The Lost Continent: Adventures in Small Town America by Bill Bryson (November 14)
* The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories edited by Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matherson, and Charles G. Waugh (December 15)
TOTAL: 36

2011
* An Age Like This: The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Vol. 1 by George Orwell (January 26)
* My Country Right or Left by George Orwell (January 30)
* Animal Farm [re-read] by George Orwell (January 31)
* Jurassic Park [re-read] by Michael Crichton (February 21)
* At Home: A History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (February 24)
* The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (March 1)
* World Without End by Ken Follett (March 7)
* The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (March 10)
* Star Wars by George Lucas (March 13)
* The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut (March 14)
* Return of the Jedi by James Kahn (March 15)
* The Road to Wellville [re-read] by T. Coraghessan Boyle (March 21)
* Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis (March 23)
* A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (March 27)
* Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (April 3)
* The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind (April 6)
* Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (April 10)
* Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire (April 13)
* A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire (April 17)
* The Axis Of Evil World Tour by Scott Fisher (April 20)
* Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (April 25)
* The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (May 1)
* The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (May 9)
* A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome by Alberto Angela (May 19)
* Jaws by Peter Benchley (May 28)
* Coma by Robin Cook (June 6)
* White Noise [re-read] by Don DeLillo (June 11)
* A Clockwork Orange [re-read] by Anthony Burgess (June 16)
* Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (June 17)
* Raptor Red [re-read] by Robert T. Bakker (June 21)
* Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption–From South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T (June 25)
* The Immortals by Michael Korda (July 10)
* Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Mauier (July 13)
* The Importance of Being Kennedy: A Bittersweet Comedy About America’s Royal Family by Laurie Graham (July 17)
* We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (August 14)
* A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (August 18)
* Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger (August 20)
* Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (September 20)
* The Green Mile by Stephen King (October 2)
* Stephen Fry in America: Fifty States and the Man Who Set Out to See Them All by Stephen Fry (October 12)
* Making History by Stephen Fry (October 23)
* Revenge by Stephen Fry (October 25)
* Mormon America: The Power and the Promise by Richard Ostling (November 9)
* The Boys From Brazil by Ira Levin (November 10)
* Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer (November 25)
* The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie (November 30)
* Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (December 1)
* This Is Paradise: My North Korean Childhood by Hyok Kang (December 2)
TOTAL: 48

2012
* Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire (January 3)
* My Man Jeeves by PG Wodehouse (January 4)
* Right Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse (January 12)
* Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (January 14)
* In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Eric Larson (January 22)
* Caligula (Roman Trilogy 1) by Douglas Jackson (January 26)
* Burmese Days by George Orwell (January 31)
* Keep the Aspidistra Flying [re-read] by George Orwell (February 4)
* The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (February 8)
* Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (February 16)
* Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (February 26)
* 1984 [re-read] by George Orwell (February 27)
* The Help by Kathryn Stockett (March 9)
* Moab is My Washpot by Stephen Fry (March 14)
* The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry (March 26)
* MASH (re-read) by Richard Hooker (March 28)
* Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [re-read] by JK Rowling (April 2)
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [re-read] by JK Rowling (April 2)
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [re-read] by JK Rowling (April 9)
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [re-read] by JK Rowling (April 14)
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [re-read] by JK Rowling (April 19)
* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [re-read] by JK Rowling (April 23)
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [re-read] by JK Rowling (April 27)
* Ender’s Game [re-read] by Orson Scott Card (April 28)
* Ender’s Shadow [re-read] by Orson Scott Card (May 1)
* Uncle John’s Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader by BRI (May 4)
* McTeague: A Story of San Francisco by Frank Norris (May 5)
* Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (May 6)
* And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts (May 14)
* Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare (May 16)
* The Godfather [re-read] by Mario Puzo (May 29)
* The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner (June 1)
* The Godfather’s Revenge by Mark Winegardner (June 8)
* The Family Corleone by Ed Falco (June 10)
* Pompeii by Robert Harris (June 13)
* The Last of the Wine [re-read] by Mary Renault (June 19)
* I, Claudius [re-read] by Robert Graves (June 23)
* Claudius the God [re-read] by Robert Graves (June 30)
* Cosmos [re-read] by Carl Sagan (July 23)
* Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer by Warren St. John (July 27)
* Skeleton Crew [re-read] by Stephen King (August 7)
* The Family by Mario Puzo (August 19)
* Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin by Piers Bizony and Jamie Doran (August 21)
* Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault (September 23)
* Orwell Remembered by Audrey Coppland and Bernard Crick (September 26)
* Harriet the Spy [re-read] by Louise Fitzhugh (September 27)
* Orwell: The Authorized Biography [re-read] by Michael Shelden (October 5)
* Death From the Skies by Phil Plait (October 12)
* Night Shift [re-read] by Stephen King (October 18)
* Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (October 21)
* Different Seasons [re-read] by Stephen King (October 30)
* Cujo [re-read] by Stephen King (November 2)
* Ten Kids, No Pets [re-read] by Ann M. Martin (November 17)

* A Christmas Carol [re-read] by Charles Dickens (November 29)

* Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling (December 13)
* The Shining [re-read] by Stephen King (December 23)
* Days of Wine and Roses by David Westhelmer based on a screenplay by JP Miller (December 28)

TOTAL: 57

2013

* Good Omens [re-read] by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (January 10)
* There’s A Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom [re-read] by Louis Sachar (January 15)
* Sixth Grade Secrets [re-read] by Louis Sachar (January 19)
* Where Children Sleep by James Mollison (January 31)
* Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel (February 10)
* Live From New York: An Uncensored History at Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales (February 21)
* Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor by Anthony Everitt (March 4)

* I Am Not a Cop by Richard Belzer (March 7)
* Banished: My Life in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain (March 11)
* A Study in Scarlet [re-read] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (March 18)
* Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (March 30)
* Relic [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (March 31)
* Reliquary [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (April 3)
* The Cabinet of Curiosities [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (April 4)
* Still Life With Crows [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (April 7)
* Brimstone [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (April 16)
* Dance of Death [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (April 19)
* The Book of the Dead [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (April 28)
* The Wheel of Darkness [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (May 7)
* Cemetery Dance [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (May 20)
* Fever Dream [re-read] by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (May 23)
* Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (May 25)
* Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (May 30)
* Christine [re-read] by Stephen King (June 3)
* QI Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson (June 5)
* The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [re-read] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (July 10)
* The Valley of Fear [re-read] by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (July 16)
* At Home: A Short History of Private Life [re-read] by Bill Bryson (August 16)
* Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky (August 20)
* Roots: The Saga of an American Family [re-read] by Alex Haley (August 25)
* Me Talk Pretty One Day [re-read] by David Sedaris (September 14)
* Naked [re-read] by David Sedaris (September 16)
* Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (September 18)
* Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (September 29)
* Andy Kaufman Revealed [re-read] by Bob Zmuda (October 3)
* Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman [re-read] by Bill Zehme (October 17)
* The Second Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson (October 24)
* The De-Textbook by Cracked.com (November 4)
* Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (November 6)
* Carrie [re-read] by Stephen King (November 8)
* Women of the Pleasure Quarters: The Secret History of the Geisha by Lesley Downer (November 25)
* The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero (December 2)
* Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin (December 5)
* A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres (December 8)
* Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor’s Story of Life and Death in the People’s Temple by Deborah Layton (December 13)
* Dear Andy Kaufman I Hate Your Guts edited by Lynne Marguiles (December 25)
TOTAL: 46

2014

• IT [re-read] by Stephen King (January 2)
* The Private Life of Chairman Mao by Li Zhi-Sui (January 26)
* My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (February 19)
* The Cases That Haunt Us [re-read] by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker (March 2)
* Diary of a Young Girl [re-read] by Anne Frank (March 7)
* 11/22/63 by Stephen King (March 15)
* Contact by Carl Sagan (March 26)
* Banished [re-read] by Lauren Drain (March 29)
* Orwell Remembered [re-read] by Bernard Crick and Audrey Coppard (April 23)
* Remembering Orwell by Stephen Wadhams (April 29)
* Eric & Us: A Remembrance of George Orwell by Jacintha Buddicom (May 1)
* Animal Farm [re-read] by George Orwell (May 5)
* Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (May 14)
* New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (May 21)
* Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer (May 29)
* 1984 [re-read] by George Orwell (May 31)
* Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (June 12)
* Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice (June 21)
* George Orwell by Gordon Bowker (August 9)
* Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: Royal Family Life by Ruth Binney (August 15)
* Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King by Penny Junor (August 18)
* The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Andrew Marr (August 23)
* The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor by Penny Junor (August 29)
* Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (August 30)
* Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (August 31)
* On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families by Jeremy Paxman (September 8)
* The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (September 14)
* If I Did It by OJ Simpson (September 17)

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