Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Cumulative Reading List

Whew, what a year.

 flags books involved in this year's Read of England series.
  marks books involved in my annual American Revolution series.

-- January --
1. Lives of the Planets: A Natural History of the Solar System,  Richard Corfield (Science)
2. The Empty Throne, Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction)
3. Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, Bernd Heinrich (Science)
4.  The Pigman, Paul Zindel (Fiction)
5. The Cult of the Presidency, Gene Healy (Politics)
6.  A Renegade History of the United States, Thaddeus Russell (History)
7. Nullification, Tom Woods (Politics/Law)
8. Casualties, David Rothstein (Historical Fiction)
9. Map of BetrayalHa Jin (Fiction)
10. Green is the New Red: A Social Movement Under SiegeWill Potter (Politics)

11. Politics on a Human Scale: The American Tradition of Decentralism, Jeff Taylor (Politics)
12. The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online and the Cops Followed,  Nate Anderson
13. The Human Zoo, Desmond Morris (Science/Sociology)
14. I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai (Memoir)
15. Kindle Fire HD for Dummies, Nancy Muir
16. The Kindness Diaries, Leon Logothetis (Travel)
17. Whiskey Sour, J.A. Konrath (Detective Thriller)
18. The Iron Web, Larken Rose (Political Thriller)
19. The Rebels: A Brotherhood of Outlaw Bikers, Daniel Wolf (Anthropology/Crime)
20. Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, Susan Freinkel (Political Journalism)
21. The Marriage Game, Alison Weir (Historical Fiction)

22. Selma 1965, Charles Fager (History)
23. @ War: the Rise of the Military-Internet ComplexShane Harris (Military/Technology)
24. Here  Comes Everybody, Clay Shirkey (Social Science)
25. Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation, John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweniger (History)
26. Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist, Scott Hahn (Religion)
27. What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, Michael Sandel (Economics)
28. Breaking through Concrete: The Urban Farm Revival, David Hanson and Edwin Marty
29. "The Importance of Being Earnest", Oscar Wilde (Play)
30. Born Fighting: The Scots-Irish in America, Jim Webb (Pop History)
31. The Adventures of Henry Thoreau, Michael Sims (Biography)
32. The Chosen, Chaim Potok (Fiction)
33. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (Classic, Fiction)

-- April --
34. Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko (Politics / History)
35. Medieval Essays, Christopher Dawson (History)
36. The Inimitable Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse (Hysterical Fiction) 
37. Come Rack! Come Rope! Robert Hugh Benson (Historical Fiction) 
38. Armada, John Stack (Historical Fiction) 
39. Ruled Britannia, Harry Turtledove (Alt-History) 
40. Joe Steele, Harry Turtledove (alt-history)
41. The Other Queen, Phillipa Gregory (Historical Fiction) 
42. Boudica, Vanessa Collingridge (History) 
43. Faith and TreasonThe Story of the Gunpowder Plot, Antonia Frasier (History) 
44. Bachelors Anonymous, P.G. Wodehouse (Fiction) 
45. In a Dark Wood, Michael Cadnum (Historical Fiction) 
46. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction)
47. The Fiery Cross: The Ku Klux Klan in AmericaWyn Craig Wade (History)

-- May
48. The Fall of Saxon England, Richard Humble (History) 
49. The Copperhead, Harold Frederic (Historical Fiction)
50. Agincourt: The Battle that Made England, Juliet Barker (History) 
51. Hanging Curve, Troy Soos (Historical Fiction)
52. Very Good, Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse (Fiction) 
53. The Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton (Religion) 
54. The South Since the War, Sidney Carton (Journalism/History)
55. Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology, Eric Bendts
56. The Wars of the Roses, Alison Weir (History) 
57. Harvest of Rage,  Joel Dyer (Politics/Sociology)
58. Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, James Wesley Rawles (Doomer Fiction)
59. The Americans: The Colonial Experience, Daniel Boorstin (History) 
60. Why Waco? James Tabor and Eugene Gallagher (Religion)

-- June --
61. The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson, William Murchinson (Biography) 
62. The Ashes of Waco, Dick Reavis (Political Journalism)
63. The English People on the Eve of Colonization, Wallace Notestein (History) 
64. American Colonies, Alan Taylor (History) 
65. The Terrorist Next Door, Daniel Levitas (Politics)
66. America's British Culture, Russell Kirk 
67. Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Klan, Nancy MacLean
68. Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, Ivan Eland
69. The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis
70. American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll,  Bradley Birzer 
71. The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America, F.H. Buckley 
72. A Year of Living Prayerfully, Jarod Brock
73. Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition in America,  Daniel Okrent
74. Beyond: Our Future in Space, Chris Impey

-- July --
75. The Whiskey Rebels, David Liss 
76. We Could Not Fail: The First African-Americans in the Space Program,  Richard Paul and Steven Moss
77. I Am Forbidden, Anouk Markovits
78. Engines of War, Christian Wolmar (History)
79. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the 1960s, Johnathan Leaf (History/Social Commentary)
80. The Lamb's Supper, Scott Hahn (Religion)
81. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter Miller
82. Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, Melanie Warner
83. James Madison and the Making of America, Kevin Gutzman 
84. The Great Cities in History, ed. John Julius Norwich
85. The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
86. Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis
87. Before the Throne, Naguib Mahfouz
88. Vanished WorldMuslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain,  Chris Lowney

-- August --
89. Pedal to the Medal: The Work Lives of TruckersLawrence Ouelett
90. Cod, Mark Kurlansky
91. 10 Don'ts On Your Digital Devices, Eric Rzesut, Daniel Bachrach
91. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design, Charles Montgomery
92. The Devil Knows Latin, E. Christian Kopf (Social Criticism)
93. Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, Jules Evans (Philosophy)
94. Tevye's Daughters, Sholom Aleichem (Fiction)
95. Leofric: Sword of the Angles, S. Arnott (Historical Fiction)
96. The Spice Route, John Keay (History)
97. Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism, ed. Hershel Shanks (Religion)
98. The Quartet, Joseph Ellis (History)

-- September --
99. Ornament of the World: How Muslims,  Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, Maria Menocal (History)
100. Here be Dragons, Sharon Key Penman (Historical Fiction)
101. The Eagle's Conquest, Simon Scarrow (Historical Fiction)
102. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis (Fantasy)
103. The Magician's Nephew, C.S. Lewis (Fantasy)
104. Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis (Fantasy)
105. The Horse and his Boy, C.S. Lewis (Fantasy)
106. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis (Fantasy)
107. The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis (Fantasy)
108. The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis (Fantasy)
109. A Family Guide to Narnia, Cristen Ditchfield
110. Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney (Classic)
111. Grendel, John Gardner (Fiction)
112. ST TOS: Foul Deeds will Rise, Greg Cox
113. Zebra Derby, Max Shulman
114. In Search of Ice Age Americans, Kenneth Tankersley
115. The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
116. The Egyptians, Barbara Watterson
117. "Saint Joan", George Bernard Shaw
118. "A Man For All Seasons", Robert Holt

-- October --
119. The Seven Deadly Sins: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin,  Kevin Vost
120. Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Montgomery
121. The Lady from Zagreb, Philip Kerr
122. The Way: What Every Protestant Should Know about the Orthodox Church, Clark Carlton
123. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
124. Carrie, Stephen King
125. The Great Heresies, Hilaire Belloc
126. ST Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers, James Swallow
126. Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America, Margaret McGuinness
127. ST Terok Nor: Night of the Wolves, S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison
128. ST Terok Nor: Dawn of the Eagles, S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison
129. Joan of Arc, Hilaire Belloc (Biography)
130. Downtown: Its Rise and Fall,  Robert Fogelson (History)
131. The Miracle of Dunkirk, Walter Lord (History)
132. Hitler's Undercover War: The Nazi Espionage Invasion of the USA,  William Breuer (History)
133. The Lost History of Christianity:  The Thousand Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, Philip Jenkins (History)
134. Battle of Britain, Len Deighton (History)
135. I Saw It Happen in Norway, C.J. Hambro (History)
136. Images of America: Selma, Sharon Jackson (History)

-- November --
137. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, Rick Atkinson (History)
138. V for Vendetta, Alan Moore and David Lloyd (Graphic Novel)
139. The Battle of the Atlantic,  Barrie Pitt (Time-Life History of WW2)
140. Operation Compass, 1940, Jon Latimer (History)
141. One Year After, William Forstchen (Science Fiction)
142. We Who Dared Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing, ed. Murray Polner and Tom Woods
143. Battles for Scandinavia,  John Elting (Time-Life History of WW2)
144. That Was Then, This is Now, S.E. Hinton
145. Spam Nation, Brian Krebs (Journalism)
146. Foxes of the Desert, Paul Carell (History)
147. "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol", Tom Mula
148. Convoy, Martin Middlebrook (History)
149. The Horse in the City,  Clay McShane and Joel Tarr (History)
150. BlitzkriegRobert Wernick (Time-Life History of WW2)
151. The Rising SunArthur Zich (Time-Life History of WW2)
152. Oil on the Brain, Lisa Margonelli (Journalism)
153. The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang (History)
153. Flying Tiger: Chennault of China, Robert Lee Scott (History)
154. Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin,  Roger Moorhouse (History)
155. Russia Besieged, Nicholas William Bethell (Time-Life History of WW2)
156. December 6th, Martin Cruz Smith (Historical Fiction)

-- December --
157. Yamamoto: The Man Who Planned Pearl Harbor, Edwin Hoyt (Biography)
158. The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World, Phillip Schewe (Journalism)
159. Pearl Harbor: The Day of Infamy  -- An Illustrated History, Dan van der Vat (History)
160. Horse: How the Horse Shaped Human Civilization, J. Edward Chamberlin (History..ish)
161. Bataan: The March of Death, Stanley L. Falk
162. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan, Elizabeth Norman
163. Hack:  Driving a Yellow Cab, Melissa Plaut
164. Forgotten Ally: China's World War 2, Rena Mitter
165. Horses at Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America,, Ann Norton Greene
166. Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham
167. Emma, Jane Austen


  1. Oh, I can only DREAM of reading that many books in a year.... [sobs]

    1. Quantity definitely won out over quality this year! Not like 2012...that had well over a dozen superb reads.

      This number is inflated a bit because of Narnia and those Time-Life histories, but even so I felt pretty good when I hit my goal back in mid-November. :-D

      I look forward to another year of reading about your books!

  2. I should be off to a good start at least. 2 in my review pile (both very good) and I'm about 1/4 through my next one which is very good indeed - so far!


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