Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Cumulative Reading List


-- January --
1. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had it Coming, Mike Brown (Science)
2. Stagecoach:  Wells-Fargo and the American West,  Phillip Fradkin (History)
3. Picking Up:  On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City, Robin Nagle
4. Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions, Fr. David Huneycutt
5. Destiny, Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, Tamim Ansary
6. Dictator, Robert Harris (Historical Fiction)
7. Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your WorldBruce Schneier (Technology and Society)
8. Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy, Frederica Mathews-Green (Religion)
9. Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence, Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson
10. Future Crimes:  Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About ItMarc Goodman
11. Warriors of the Storm, Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction)
12. Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism, Bill Kauffman (Politics)
13. Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cab Driver, Graham Hodges (History)

- February --
14. Swiped! How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves, Adam Levin (Technology and Society)
15. Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, Ralph Nader (Politics)
16. The War of the Three Gods: Romans, Persians, and the Rise of Islam,  Peter Crawford (History)
17. Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, Matt Ridley (Science)
18. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke (Science Fiction)
19. Lost to the West: the Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization, Lars Brownworth (History)
20. A  Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age, David Hefland (Science/Skepticism)
21. An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies, Tyler Cowen (Food)
22. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein (Science Fiction)
23. The Lives of a CellLewis Thomas (Science)
24. Unnatural Selection:  How We are Changing Life Gene by Gene, Emily Monosson (Science)
25. The Social Conquest of Earth, Edward O. Wilson (Science)
26. Equal to the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani (Historical Fiction)

-- March --
27. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
28. Fin Gall: A Novel of Viking-Age Ireland, James Nelson (Historical Fiction)
29. The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology can Change Your Life, Luc Ferry (Philosophy)
30. All Other Nights, Dara Horn (Historical Fiction)
31. Dixie's Forgotten People: The South's Poor Whites, Wayne Flynt (History)
32. Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan ('retold' by James Thomas)
33. The Scotch-Irish: A Social History, James Leyburn (History)
34. Armed and Dangerous, William Queen and Douglas Century (Police)
35. The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connnelly (Legal Thriller)
36. The News: A User's Manual, Alain de Botton
37. The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy/ English Lit)
38. The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson (Travel)
39. The First Congress,  Fergus Bordewich (History)
40. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh (English Literature)

-- April --
41. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (English Literature)
42. Lord of the Flies, William Golding (English Literature)
43. Frodo's Journey, Joseph Pearce (English Literature / Religion)
44. The Invisible Man, H.G.Wells (Science Fiction)
45. My Man Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse (Humor)
46. Bilbo's Journey, Joseph Pearce (English Literature)
47. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (English Literature)
48. The English Resistance: Underground War Against the Normans, Peter Rex (History)
49. When the Eagle Hunts, Simon Scarrow (Historical Fiction)
50. Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian (Historical Fiction)
51. The Promise, Chaim Potok (Fiction)
52. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (Mystery)
53. Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas (Memoir)
54. Waterloo, Bernard Cornwell (History)
55. The Quest for Shakespeare, Joseph Pearce (Biography)
56. Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi (Literature/Memoir)
57. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
58. In the Days of the Comet, H.G. Wells (Tedious Fiction)
59. The Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin (Science/Memoir)
60. Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR, Neil Thompson
61. ST: The Patrian Transgression, Simon Hawke

-- May --
62. After the Prophet: the Epic Shia-Sunni Split, Lesley Hazleton
63. Aces over Ypres, John Stack (Historical Fiction)
64. Diving Companions: Sea Lion, Elephant Seal,  Walrus, Jacques-Yves Cousteau
65. Sphere, Michael Crichton (Science Fiction)
66. Rome Sweet Home,  Scott and Kimberly Hahn
67. Iran and the United States: An Insider's View, Seyed Hossein Mousavian (History/Geopolitics)
68. On the Grid: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems That Make Our World Work, Scott Huler
69. Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America, Nick Rosen
70. The Planets, Dava Sobel (Scienceish)
71. In God's Path: The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire, Robert Hoyland (History)
72. 8.4, Peter Hernon (Science Fiction)
73. The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval, and Modern Iran, Homa Katouzian (History)
74. All the Shah's Men,  Stephen Kinzer (History/Geopolitics)
75. The Grid, Phillip  Kerr (Science Fiction)
76. Memorial Day, Vince Flynn (Rambo Fiction)

-- June --
77. Liberty, DefinedRon Paul (Politics)
78. Trojan Horse, Mark Russinovich (Cyberthriller)
79. Earthquakes in Human History, Jelle de Boer,  Donald Sanders (Science/History)
80. Big Box SwindleStacy Mitchell (Politics)
81. Saving Congress from Itself, James Buckley (Politics)
82. Volcanoes in Human History, Jelle de Boer, Donald Sanders (Science/History)
83. Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security, Richard Clarke (Politics)
84. When Asia Was the World, Stewart  Gordon (History)
85. The Orthodox Church, Kallistos (Timothy) Ware  (Religion)
86. Sons of Anarchy: Bratva, Christopher Golden
87. Green, Blue, and Grey: The Irish in the American Civil War, Cal McCarthy
88. Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff, Matt Kibbe (Politics)
89. The Great Taos Bank Robbery, Tony Hillerman
90. ST DS9: Wrath of the ProphetsPeter David, Michael Jan Friedman, and Robert Greenberger
91. Freedom and Virtue: the Conservative-Libertarian Debate, ed. George Carey (Political Philosophy)
92. The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Origin of Right and Left, Edmund Burke (Political Philosophy)
93. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, Juan Gonzalez (History)
93. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather (Historical Fiction)
94. White Fang, Jack London (Adventure Fiction)
95. O Pioneers!, Willa Cather (Historical Fiction)

-- July --
96. The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey (Fiction)
97. Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States, Felipe Fernández-Armesto (History)
98. The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday (Self-Help)
99. Enterprise: the First Adventure, Vonda McIntyre (Star Trek)
100. Literary Converts, Joseph Pearce (Literature)
101. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Carne (Historical Fiction)
102. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Phillip K. Dick (Science Fiction)
103. Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, Richard Francis (Science)
104. 10% Human, Alanna Collen
105. Requiem, Michael Jan Friedman and Kevin Ayan (Star Trek)
106. Go Directly to Jail, ed. Gene Healy
107. Inferno, Dante; trans. Anthony Esolen
108. Crescent and Star: Turkey between Two WorldsStephen Kinzer
109. A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold through Arab-American Lives,  Alia Malek
110. The Journey Home, Edward Abbey (Essays)
111. Fire on the Mountain, Edward Abbey (Fiction)
112. The Ugly Little Boy, Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg (Science Fiction)
113. The Spanish Frontier in North America, David J. Weber (History)

--August --
114. Glass Houses: Privacy, Secrecy, and Cyber Insecurity in a Transparent World, Joel Brenner
115. ST DS9: Devil in the Sky, Greg Cox and John Gergory Betancourt
116. The Director, David Ignatius. (Cyberslumberer)
117. AirframeMichael Crichton (Thriller)
118. Rising Sun, Michael Crichton (Thriller)
119. Playing to the Edge, Michael Hayden (Politics/Memoir)
120. small is still beautiful, Joseph Pearce
121. The Ordinary Spaceman, Clayton C. Anderson (Astronaut Memoir)
122. Send More Idiots, Tony Perez-Giese
123. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, Anthony Beevor (History)
124. Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51, Phil Patton
125. The Thin Man, Dashiel Hammett
126. Miracle at MidwayGordon W. Prange, Donald M. Goldstein,  and Katherine V. Dillon
127. The Pawnbroker, Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo (Thriller)
128. The Porch and the Cross, Kevin Vost
129. The Cargo Ship Diaries, Niall Doherty
130. The Arabs in History, Bernard Lewis (History)
131. Las Alamos, Joseph Kanon (Thriller)
132. Wheat Belly, Ken Davis (Health/Nutrition)
133. Real Dissent, Tom Woods (Politics)
134. When Tigers Fight: The Story of the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945; Dick Wilson (History)

-- September --
135. Rescue Warriors: The US Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes, David Helvarg
136. Murder at Fenway Park, Troy Soos (Mystery)
137. How the Scots Invented the Modern World, Arthur Herman (History)
138. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth, Brad Birzer
139. Musonius Rufus on How to Live, adapted Ben White. (Philosophy)
140. ST: The Better Man, Howard Weinstein
141. ST: War Drums,  John Vornholt
142. Bloodletter, K.W. Jeter
143. America First! Its History, Culture, and Politics, Bill Kauffman
144. Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation, T.H. Heppenhimer
145. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
146. Deke! Manned Spaceflight from Mercury to the Shuttle, Deke Slayton and Michael Cassutt
147. The Pride and the Fall: Iran, 1974-1949, Anthony Parsons
148. Azazel, Isaac Asimov
149. Night of the Living TrekkiesKevin David Anderson and Sam Stall

-- October --
150. Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
151. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorn, John Tiffany
152. Timeless Mexico, Hudson Strode
153. World War Z, Max Brooks
154. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer, Rick Riordan
155. West of the Revolution, Claudio Saunt
156. The Brave Cowboy, Edward Abbey
157. Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran, Fatemeh Keshavrarz
158. The Greeks, H.D.F. Kitto
159. Dubh-Linn, James Nelson

-- November --
160. Heretics and Heroes, Thomas Cahill
161. Hidden Order, Brad Thor
162. Divided Highways: Building the Interstates, Transforming American Life, Tom Lewis
163. Don't Get Above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class, Bill Malone
164. The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure, Henry Petroski
165. When It was Worth Playing for: My Experiences Writing about the TV Show SurvivorMario Lanza
166.  Bye Bye Miss American Empire, Bill Kauffman (Politics)
167.  Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age, from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane, S. Frederick Starr (History)
168. The Motel in AmericaJefferson S. Rogers, John A Jakle, and Keith A. Sculle
169. Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater, Erik Prince
170. The Works: the Anatomy of a CityKate Ascher
171. Columbine, Dave Cullen
172. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,  Yuval Noah Harari
173. Conclave, Robert Harris

-- December --
174. The Flame Bearer, Bernard Cornwell
175. Danger Heavy Goods, Robert Hutchinson
176. The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. Danny Jackson
177. The Aeneid for Boys and Girls, A.J. Church
178. You Have the Right to Remain Innocent, James Duane
179. Inside the Kingdom, Robert Lacey
180. Glimpses of World History, Jawaharlal Nehru
181. The Chinese in America,  Iris Chang


  1. I am impressed! And jealous! I wish I could read as widely and deeply as you. But my curmudgeonly eyes and mind refuse to permit such joys. Well done!

  2. courageous, this glorious plan... i like the demonstration of faith that we'll still all be here by next December... good luck!

  3. That is a very impressive list! I am jealous over the number of books that you completed. It also looks to be some great books.

    May 2017 be great year for reading.

  4. I *really* wish I could read HALF that number in a year! [grin] Looking forward to what you get around to as the year progresses.

  5. Thanks all! Here's hoping the coming year will be just as varied, informative, and fun! Approaching my ten-year anniversary come May...!

  6. Wow! I am blown away by all the books you've read. There's a few I'm going to have to put on my TBR list (like I need more books on that pile). Happy New Year!


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