Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Cumulative Reading List

Considering I usually struggle to get to 150, I'm somewhat pleased and somewhat terrified by my results this year. The usual year in review will follow this weekend.
Previous years:    201120122013

-- January --
1. The Red Queen, Matt Ridley
2. Stonehenge: 2000 B.C., Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction)
3. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, Matthew Crawford
4. Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community, Wendell Berry
5. It's the Little Things, Lena Williams
6. Toward a Truly Free Market: Distributist Perspectives on on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More, John C. Medaille
7. The Liberty Amendments, Mark Levin
8. Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein (Science Fiction)
9. The First World War, John Keegan
10. Silent Thunder: in the Presence of Elephants, Katy Payne
11. The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, Frans de Waal
12. Ship of Rome, John Stack  (Historical Fiction)
13. An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris (Historical Fiction)
14. Poor but ProudAlabama's Poor Whites, Wayne Flynt
15. When Elephants Weep, Jeffery Masson and Susan McCarthy

-- February --
16. The Pagan Lord, Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction)
17. The Gift of Good Land, Wendell Berry
18. Food Rules, Michael Pollan
19. And Then There Were Nuns, Jane Christmas
20. Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front Porch Anarchists, Bill Kauffman
21. Forgotten Voices of the Great War, ed. Max Aurthur
22.  From Chunk to Hunk: Diary of a Fat Man, Fred Anderson
23. The Martian, Andy Weir (Science Fiction)
24. What's Wrong with the World G.K. Chesterton
25. Look Away! A History of the Confederate States of America,  William C. Davis
26. On Desire, William Irvine 
27. A Place on Earth, Wendell Berry (Fiction)

-- March --
28. Voyage, Stephen Baxter (Science Fiction)
29. Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Niño and the Fate of Civilisations, Brian Fagan
30. dirt: the erosion of civilizations, David R. Montgomery
31. Daily Life in Anglo-Saxon England, Sally Crawford
32. The Age of Empathy, Frans de Waal
33. The Simple Living Guide, Janet Luhrs
34. The Redneck Manifesto, Jim Goad
35. The Call of the Mall, Paco Underhill
36. Sycamore Row, John Grisham (fiction)
37. The Metropolitan Revolution, Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley
38. Star Trek Cold Equations: The Body Electric, David Mack (Science Fiction)
39. I'll Take my Stand: the South and the Agrarian Tradition, various authors
40. The Long Loneliness, Dorothy Day
41. An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd (Fiction)
42. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil WarTony Horwitz

43. Raiders of the Nile, Steven Saylor (Historical Fiction)
44Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity, James L. Cobb
45. The Yellowhammer War: the Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama, ed. Kenneth Noe
46. Fire on the Waters: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea, David Poyer (Historical Fiction)
47. Why We Buy, Paco Underhill
48. Waterloo, Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction)  
49. Human Scale, Kirkpatrick Sale
50. The Age of Revolution, Sir Winston Churchill 
51. Conscience, Louise Walker
52. A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, William Bernstein

53.  More Work for Mother, Ruth Schwartz Cowan
54. Point of Purchase, Sharon Zukin
55. Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping,  Rose George
56. The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919, Mark Thompson
57. The Last Patriot, Brad Thor (fiction)
58. Who Killed Homer? Victor Davis Hanson
59. Captain of Rome, John Stacks (historical fiction)
60. The Burden of Southern History, C. Vann Woodward
61. Getting it Right, William F. Buckley Jr (Semihistorical Fiction)
62. The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond
63. The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood (Fiction)

-- June --
64. The Smoke at Dawn, Jeff Shaara (Historical Fiction)
65. Divergent, Veronica Roth (Spec. Fiction)
66. The Vikings, Rob Ferguson
67. Anthem, Ayn Rand (Fiction)
68. Global Weirdness: [..] the Weather of the Future, Climate Central
69. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving (Fiction)
70. That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis (Fiction)
71. The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis
72. Power, Inc: The Intense Rivalry Between Big Business and Government, David Kothkopf
73. The Great War at Sea, A.A. Hoehling
74. The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell
75. The Odyssey, Homer
76. American Sphinx: the Character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Ellis
77. No Time Like the PastGreg Cox (Fiction)
78The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenmore Cooper (Fiction)
79. Good Natured: the Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals, Frans de Waal
80. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne (Historical Fiction)
81. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass
82The American Tory, ed. Morten Borden 
83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

84. Everyday Life in Early America, David Freeman Hawke
85. George Washington's Secret Six, Brian Kilmead and Don Yaeger 
86. Common Sense, Tom Paine  
87. Jefferson: A Novel, Max Byrd   (Historical Fiction)
88. Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
89. An Edible History of Humanity, Tom Standage
90. Last Orders, Harry Turtledove (Fiction)
91. The Small-Mart Revolution, Michael Shuman
92. Insurgent, Veronica Roth (Spec. Fiction)
93. Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
94. Allegiant, Veronica Roth (Spec. Fiction)
95. ST Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Greg Cox
96. Fighting Traffic: the Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City, Peter Norton
97. ST Eugenic Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh Volume II, Greg Cox
98. Castles of Steel, Robert K. Massie

-- August --
99. The Men Who Lost America, Alexander Jackson O'Shaughnessy 
100. Tending the Epicurean Garden, Hiram Crespo
101. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (Fiction)
102. Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol, Ian Gately
103. Thank You for Smoking, Christopher Buckley (Fiction)
104. ST Eugenics Wars: To Reign in Hell, Greg Cox (Fiction)
105. The Bishop in the West Wing, Andrew Greeley (Fiction)
106. The Age of Steam, Thomas Crump
107. The Maltese Falcon,  Dashell Hammett (Fiction)
108. ST Mirror Universe: Sorrows of Empire, David Mack (Fiction)
109. Drink: A Social History of America,  Andrew Barr
110. The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen

-- September --
111. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote (Fiction)
112. Wiseguy, Nicholas Pileggi
113. Earth, Richard Fortey
114. Living Downtown: the History of Residential Hotels in the United States, Paul Groth
115. Tobacco: the Story of How Tobacco Seduced the World, Iain Gately
116. The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien (Fiction)
117. Collision of Empires, Prit Buttar
118. An Honourable Defeat: A History of German Resistance to Hitler, Anton Gill 
119. The Age of Voltaire, Will Durant
120. One Second After,  William R. Forstchen (Fiction)
121. The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity, Taylor R. Marshall
122. A Day with a Perfect Stranger, David Gregory (Fiction)
123. Seeing like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition have Failed, James  Scott
124. The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, Joel Salatin

125.Remembering, Wendell Berry (Fiction)
126. They Thought They Were Free: the Germans, 1933-1945, Milton Mayer 
127. Their Last Ten Miles, Jim Harrell (Historic Fiction)
128. Civisliation: A Personal View, Kenneth Clark
129. The Roots of American Order, Russell Kirk
130. The Belt of Gold, Cecelia Holland
131. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, Brant Pitre
132. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Sadistic Ficion)
133. The Unknown War, Sir Winston Churchill
134. Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut
135. Between the Testaments, D.S. Russell

-- November --
136. A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich
137. Master of Rome, John Stack (Historical Fiction)
138. Under the Eagle, Simon Scarrow (Historical Fiction)
139. Life, Death, and Growing Up on the Western Front, Anthony Fletcher
140. No Hill Too High for a Stepper, Mike Mahan
141. Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: A New Statement of an Old Ideal, ed. Tobias Lanz
142. Varieties of Scientific Experience, Carl Sagan
143. Race with the Devil, Joseph Pearce
144. Joan of Arc: A Spiritual Biography, Siobhan Nash-Marshall
145. The Strange Career of Jim Crow, C. Van Woodward
146. Galliopoli, Alan Moorehead
147. The Wild Birds, Wendell Berry (Fiction)
148. Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae, Steven Pressfield (Historical Fiction)
149. ST: Twilight's End, Jerry Oltion (Fiction)

--  December --
150. A Fatal Advent, Isabelle Holland (Fiction)
151. Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls (Fiction)
152. The Forgotten Man of Christmas: Joseph's Story, Harold Edington
153. The Handmaid and the Carpenter, Elizabeth Berg (Fiction)
154. The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Mark Twain (Fiction)
155. Sailing from Byzantium, Colin Wells
156. Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire, William Cavanaugh
157. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen (Fiction)
158. Lord of the World, Robert Hugh Benson (Fiction)
159. Brian's Winter, Gary Paulsen (Fiction)
160. The River, Gary Paulsen (Fiction)
161. The Return, Gary Paulsen (Fiction)
162. Why Things Bite Back, Edward Tenner
163. Galileo's Finger, Peter Atkins
164. Homefront, 1914-1918; I.F.W. Beckett
165. Gray Mountain, John Grisham
166. Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Eric Metaxas
+ Anatomy of the State,  Murray Rothbard


  1. I must admit that's a VERY impressive list! I wish I could read so many books. My aim is 70 a year and I normally manage that. I would be delighted to hit 100 though!

    From your list I've read: 8, 12, 48, 59, 106, 107, 116, 128, 137 and 148.

    I look forward to this years reviews. My 'Best of 2014' will be up on Saturday.

  2. No surprises on our shared reading -- staples and a few books I've read because of your blog!

    There are a bunch of small works inflating the number here (5 Gary Paulsen novels, the christmas material), but even so it was a ...productive year!

  3. I have a few (hopefully more than a few) interesting reads planned for 2015 already. No doubt there will be a few surprises in there too. One thing I want to do in the next few years is to break out of my comfort zone - at least now and again.


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