Books Read (for pleasure) 07/03 - 12/07

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  1. "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
  2. "Nobody's Fool" by Richard Russo (a second reading)
  3. "Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe
  4. "A Man In Full" by Tom Wolfe
  5. "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky (second reading)
  6. "A Great Wall" by Patrick Tyler
  7. "The Shipping News" by Annie Proulx
  8. "China's New Rulers" by Andrew Nathan
  9. "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
  10. "1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Mendes
  11. "1984" by George Orwell
  12. "Shogun" by James Clavell
  13. "Love In the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
  14. "House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende
  15. "The New Chinese Empire" by Ross Terrill
  16. "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
  17. "At the Hands of Persons Unknown" by Philip Dray
  18. "Empire Falls" by Richard Russo
  19. "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry
  20. "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker
  21. "River Town" by Peter Hessler
  22. "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe
  23. "The ABC Murders" and "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie
  24. "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand
  25. "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham
  26. "That Old Ace in the Hole" by Annie Proulx
  27. "Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley
  28. "A Problem From Hell: American in the age of genocide" by Samantha Powers
  29. "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck
  30. "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri
  31. "Life of Pi" by Yan Martel
  32. "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell them" by Al Franken
  33. "To Live" by Yu Hua
  34. "The Blank Slate" by Stephen Pinker
  35. "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Addams
  36. "I Am Charlotte Simmons" by Tom Wolfe
  37. "The Alchemist" by Paul Coehlo
  38. "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult
  39. "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck (second reading)
  40. "The Winter of our Discontent" by John Steinbeck
  41. "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser
  42. "Family Matters" by Rohinton Mistry
  43. "The Gunslinger" by Stephen King
  44. "The Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevelier
  45. "Mohawk" by Richard Russo
  46. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nobokov
  47. "The DaVinci Code" by Dan Brown
  48. "Vernon God Little" by DBC Pierre
  49. "And the Dead Shall Rise" about Leo Frank by Steve Oney
  50. "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy
  51. "The Great Fire" by Shirley Hazzard
  52. "Code of the Street" by Elijah Anderson
  53. "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson
  54. "Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd
  55. "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak
  56. "Living to Tell the Tale" by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
  57. "The Body Farm" by Patricia Cornwell
  58. "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides
  59. "Postcards" by Annie Proulx
  60. "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown
  61. "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie
  62. "Drop City" by TC Boyle
  63. "American Sphinx" by Joseph Ellis
  64. "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood
  65. "Positively Fifth Street" by James McManus
  66. "Straight Man" by Richard Russo
  67. "Dona Flor and her Two Husbands" by Jorge Amado
  68. "Motherless Brooklyn" by Jonathan Lethem
  69. "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" by Yu Hua
  70. "The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides
  71. "Rabbit Run" by John Updike
  72. "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky (amazing!!)
  73. "Temple Bombing" by Melissa Fay Greene
  74. "The World According to Garp" by John Irving
  75. "Deception Point" by Dan Brown
  76. "The Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell
  77. "Bushwhacked" by Molly Ivins
  78. "The Risk Pool" by Richard Russo
  79. "Beach" by Alex Garland
  80. "A Home at the End of the World" by Michael Cunningham
  81. "Secret History" by Donna Tartt
  82. "In Evil Hour" by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
  83. "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry
  84. "The Inner Circle" by TC Boyle
  85. "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon
  86. "America" by the Jon Stewart and the Daily Show
  87. "War Trash" by Ha Jin
  88. "Shalimar the Clown" by Salman Rushdie
  89. "Female Chauvanist Pigs" by Ariel Levy
  90. "Night Draws Near" by Anthony Shadid
  91. "Mao" by Jung Chang
  92. "The News from Paraguay" by Lily Tuck
  93. "The Fortress of Solitude" by Jonathan Lethem
  94. "The Book of Joe" by Jonathan Tropper
  95. "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
  96. "1776" by David McCulloch
  97. "End of Faith" by Sam Harris
  98. "Everything Is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer
  99. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer
  100. "Why I am not a Christian" by Bertrand Russell
  101. "Demons" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  102. "Never Let me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro
  103. "Oracle Bones" by Peter Hessler
  104. "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire
  105. "Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro
  106. "The Ox-Bow Incident" by Walter Clark Tilburg
  107. "The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger.
  108. "Timothy Leary" by Greenfield
  109. "Don Quixote" by Cervantes
  110. "A Personal History" by Katherine Graham
  111. "Three Junes" by Julia Glass
  112. "The Sportswriter" by Richard Ford
  113. "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson
  114. "When We Were Orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro
  115. "Nicholas and Alexandra" by Robert Massie
  116. "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" by Baigent et al
  117. "Memories of My Melancholy Whore" by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
  118. "The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf
  119. "Thirteen Moons" by Charles Frazier
  120. "Scoop" by Evelyn Waugh
  121. "Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made" by Jim Newton
  122. "What is the What" by Dave Eggers
  123. "American Pastoral" by Phillip Roth
  124. "The Echo Maker" by Richard Powers
  125. "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins
  126. "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" by Bill Bryson
  127. "America's Constitution: A Biography" by Akhil Reed Amar
  128. "I, Claudius" by Robert Graves
  129. "Independence Day" by Richard Ford
  130. "A Crack in the Edge of the World" by Simon Winchester
  131. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
  132. "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy
  133. "The Inheritance of Loss" by Kiran Desai
  134. "The Executioner's Song" by Norman Mailer
  135. "Snow" by Orhan Pamuk
  136. "The Fixer" by Bernard Malamud
  137. "The Executioner's Song" by Norman Mailer
  138. "Snow" by Orhan Pamuk
  139. "Wonder Boys" by Michael Chabon
  140. "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" by Daniel C. Dennett
  141. "Black Swan Green" by David Mitchell
  142. "An Artist of the Floating World" by Kazuo Ishiguro
  143. "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" by Michael Chabon
  144. "Arthur and George" by Julian Barnes
  145. "The Yiddish Policemans' Union" by Michael Chabon
  146. "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens
  147. "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" by JK Rowling
  148. "The Final Solution" by Michael Chabon
  149. "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini
  150. "Absurdistan" by Gary Shteyngart
  151. "The Orientalist" by Tom Reiss
  152. "The Diana Chronicles" by Tina Brown
  153. "Waiting" by Ha Jin
  154. "A Plain View of the Hills" by Kazuo Ishiguro
  155. "The Magus" by John Fowles
  156. "The Emperor's Children" by Claire Massud
  157. "Another Country" by James Baldwin
  158. "The Death of Artemio Cruz" by Carlos Fuentes
  159. "The Russian DebutanteĀ“s Handbook" by Gary Shteyngart
  160. "The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll" by Alvaro Mutis
  161. "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright
  162. "Our Inner Ape" by Franz de Waal
  163. "Into the Wild" by John Krakauer
  164. "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" by Jeffrey Toobin
  165. "All the KingĀ“s Men" by Robert Penn Warren
  166. "Bridge of Sighs" by Richard Russo
  167. "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature" by Stephen Pinker
  168. "Everyman" by Philip Roth
  169. "The Tin Drum" by Gunter Grass (great)
  170. "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb
  171. "Gentlemen of the Road" by Michael Chabon
  172. "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver
  173. "Rhett Butler's People" by Donald McCaig
  174. "The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature" by Geoffrey Miller
  175. "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver

How did you like The Orientalist? I have been thinking about reading that...

I enjoyed it overall, but I definitely thought it lacked a bit of a central core. I'm still not sure at the end of the book why Lev Nussinbaum was so interesting to the author. I kept waiting for a climax or revelation that never actually occurred. However, I did think it was well-written. If you have better books on your "to read" list, I would jump ahead to others before spending time on this one.

The Tin Drum!!! That book is amazing! One of my all-time favorites. I would suggest the movie as well by Volker Schlondorf.

I found it on my shelf last night, and realized I've been meaning to read it for years. You've made me 100% positive I want to read it next, thanks!

How are you liking The Savage Detectives? Bolano looks really intriguing.

I just started it, and only have time to read while commuting on the subway to work, so I'm on page 26...But so far, it's pretty good. I for some reason was under the impression that it was going to be a stream of consciousness thing, and I'm relieved to report it's not, though I still don't know what the plot is. It's "hip" if that makes sense. I'll let you know more once I get a definite impression

Alright, very mixed feelings on this book. I really liked the first part, but the second part was a bit more difficult (and the second part is the bulk of the book). It's divided into sections by character, and there were so many characters, I couldn't remember who's who, or what was going on. It is definitely more stream of consiousness, which is not a style I enjoy. That being said, I did finish it and for some reason found it intriguing. But it's not one I'm going to recommend. Very difficult.

I just read "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson, and this one was excellent, definitely deserved to be in the NYT's Top 10 of the Year.

I almost picked it up but went with Faulkner. Out Stealing Horses looks great! It won the Dublin/Impac award, which is of pretty high quality in my estimate. You should check out their website, gives you lots of great ideas for books to read. The longlist gives synoposis of the 100+ books nominated.

http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/