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So many books, so little time. So, what the heck am I doing writing this interminable list when I should be READING???
Reading List 2001
104
23,122 pgs
Reading List 2002
80
20,767 pgs
Reading List 2003
101
24,050 pgs
Reading List 2004
81
21,653 pgs
Reading List 2005
106
24,846 pgs
Reading List 2006
82
21,436 pgs
Reading List 2007
69
22,268 pgs
Reading List 2008
111
30,900 pgs
Reading List 2009
98
29.878 pgs
Reading List 2010
78
23,946 pgs
Reading List 2011
83
24,133 pgs
Reading List 2012
77
22,319 pgs
Reading List 2013
67
22,412 pgs
Reading List 2014
68
21,248 pgs
Reading List 2015
65
19,081 pgs
Reading List 2016
46
14,060 pgs
Reading List 2017
58
17,801 pgs
Reading List 2018
55
17,033 pgs
Reading List 2019
38
12,201 pgs
Reading List 2020
43
11,685 pgs
Reading List 2021
33
11,114 pgs
Reading List 2022
55
15,112 pgs
Reading List 2023
41
12,497 pgs
Reading List 2024

    If you're curious, or simply nosey, this section is a listing of the books I've been reading lately. My reading habits tend to be all over the map as far as genre, and I also seem to have the retention ability of a screen door with the screens ripped out, and the door held open. So, more to the point, this list helps me to remember what books I've read so I don't end up buying them again. Wow, using the internet to store extra memory, how futuristic can you get?
     Now, enjoy! (Oh, and feel free to send me free books. No pressure, just a suggestion... )
~ 2024 ~

    January 2024
        The Lost Book of the Grail ~ Charlie Lovett (2017) fantasy (320 pgs)
Interesting read for book and history lovers.
        Project Hail Mary ~ Andy Weir (2021) science fiction (478 pgs)
Wonderful book, lots of surprises. A hard-science sf book that made me care about the characters.
        Flatterland ~ Ian Stewart (2001) math, science (294 pgs)
Less a sequel to the wonderful “Flatland”, and more a confusing attempt to explain other ideas in math.
        A Carnival of Snackery ~ David Sedaris (2021) autobio (566 pgs)
Second volume of his edited diaries, the man is entertainingly weird for sure!
        IV ~ Chuck Klosterman (2006) essays (399 pgs)
Essays, opinions, and interviews on Rock and roll and more modern culture. Always fun.

    February 2024
        Half Life ~ Shelley Jackson (2006) sf (436 pgs)
Great style, wonderful premise, but falls apart at end with no real ending.
        Dossier~ Stepan Chapman (2001) sf/fantasy (166 pgs)
Wonderfully odd short stories, with one of the worst cover image choices I've seen in a while.
        The Return of Count Electric ~ William Browning Spencer (1993) odd short stories (253 pgs)
Great collection of weirdly twisted and darkly humorous sort stories

    March 2024
        The Happiness Hypothesis ~ Jonathan Haidt (2006) psychology/philosophy (243 pgs)
Evidently, I am one of the lucky ones, just a naturally happy person. I thought it might be that!
        The Moaning of Life ~ Karl Pilkington (2013) humor (330 pgs)
Not bad, just not the laugh filled fest I was told to expect. Seen similar before, done better.
        Three Rocks: The Story of Ernie Bushmiller ~ Bill Griffith (2023) biography, comics (265 pgs)
Exceptional graphic novel telling of the story of the creator of the Nancy comic strip.
        The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd ~ Richard Zacks (2002) history (406 pgs)
Detailed (sometimes a bit too detailed) telling of the life and legend of Captain Kidd.

    April 2024
        The Starless Sea ~ Erin Morgenstern (2019) fantasy (494 pgs)
Some good ideas, but seems to go on forever, and never did engage me in the story.
        Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded ~ John Scalzi (2008) essays (368 pgs)
Wide range of subjects, some think pieces, always funny.
        Origins: Lives and Worlds of Modern Cosmologists ~ Alan Lightman and Roberta Brawer (1990) science bio (492 pgs)
Quick interviews with over two dozen scientists on how they got into science, and thoughts on the start of it all.
        Where Bigfoot Walks ~ Robert Michael Pyle (1995) nature, history (320 pgs)
Lots of talking about walking can skim, but some nice history of the whole Bigfoot mythos among it all.

    May 2024
        Sleeping in Flame ~ Jonathan Carroll (1988) novel, weird (273 pgs)
Another great read. Just heard this: If he had three names and was South American, he would be a magical realist.
        A Void ~ George Perec (1969) novel (285 pgs)
Brilliantly weird, written without using the letter "e" at all. Parody of Poe at one point is hilarious.


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