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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

the book I read...

Perhaps for the first time since he sang a song about some rabbits [warning - do not click this link unless you are prepared for tears], I have been somewhat inspired by Art Garfunkel. It turns out that Garfunkel has been keeping a list of all of the books that he has been reading since 1968. Book 1 was "The Confessions" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and was finished in June 1968, and Book 1023, the most recent, was "The Magnificent Ambersons" by Booth Tarkington. Inbetween he's read all kinds of things, although most of them sound very serious indeed (Goethe, Jung, Darwin, Proust... stuff like that).

I'm going to start my own list.

I've already got a list of the gigs that I attend around here somewhere, which I originally started partly out of a sense of regret that I had long since thrown away the concert tickets that I had been collecting since I saw the Cult at Wembley Arena in about 1988. Those tickets provided solid, documentary evidence of all those ropey metal gigs I attended in my youth, and at some point I chucked them all away....

Anyway.

Keeping a list of the books that I read is something else that I've been meaning to do for ages and have never quite got round too (I've not found Shelfari terribly satisfactory in this regard). This isn't going to be the next Alphabeticon or anything like that, and I'm certainly not about to wander around my bookshelves detailing what I've read. This isn't going to be retrospective, it's simply going to be an ongoing list of the books that I've currently got on the boil.

I'm afraid it's not going to be as highbrow as Mr. Garfunkel's list by any stretch of the imagination, but I think my reading tastes may be as broad a church as my musical tastes.... perhaps broader.

So, here we go, listed by the date when I started them.


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Dates:
Title:
Author:Pub.

TBR



59
October 2009
Resurrection Men
Ian Rankin2002
58
September 2009
The Falls
Ian Rankin2001
57
September 2009
Set in Darkness
Ian Rankin2000
56
August 2009
Last Seen Wearing
Colin Dexter
1976
55
August 2009
Last Bus To Woodstock
Colin Dexter1975
54
July 2009
Dead Souls
Ian Rankin1999
53
July 2009
GoldfingerIan Fleming1959
52
July 2009
Beggar's Banquet
Ian Rankin2002
51
June 2009
The Hanging Garden
Ian Rankin1998
50
June 2009
Wisden 2009
Scyld Berry (ed.)2009
49
May 2009
The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins
2006
48
May 2009
Black and BlueIan Rankin1997
47
April 2009
Let It Bleed
Ian Rankin1996
46
April 2009
Dr NoIan Fleming1957
45
March 2009
Mortal Causes
Ian Rankin1994
44
March 2009
The Black Book
Ian Rankin1993
43
March 2009
Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part In Its Downfall
Luke Haines
2009
42
Feb 2009
Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough
Duncan Hamilton
2007
41
Feb 2009
Strip Jack
Ian Rankin
1992
40
Feb 2009
Tooth and Nail
Ian Rankin1992
39
Jan 2009
Hide and Seek
Ian Rankin1991
38
Jan 2009
Knots and Crosses
Ian Rankin1987
37
Dec 2008
The Art of Conversation
Catherine Blyth
2008
36
Dec 2008
Britain in Revolution 1625-1660
Austin Woolrych
2002
35
Nov 2008
Wolverine: Origins
Bill Jemas, Paul Jenkins, Joe Quesada
2001-2
34
Nov 2008
The New Avengers 2: Sentry
Brian Michael Bendis2005
33
Oct 2008
The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
2008
32
Oct 2008
Kingdom Come
Mark Waid & Alex Ross
1996
31
Oct 2008
The New Avengers 1
Brian Michael Bendis
2005
30
Oct 2008
Weapon X
Barry Windsor-Smith
1991
29
Oct 2008
Ultimate Marvel Team Up Ultimate Edition
Brian Michael Bendis
2001/2
28
Oct 2008
World War Hulk
Greg Pak, John Romita Jr
2007
27
Oct 2008
Planet Hulk
Greg Pak2006
26
Oct 2008
Snuff
Chuck Palahniuk2008
25
Sept 2008
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Anne Brontë1848
24
Sept 2008Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories
Ian Flemingvariously from 1960
23
Sept 2008 Sandman: Fables & Reflections
Neil Gaiman 1991,92,93
22
Sept 2008 Sandman: A Game of You
Neil Gaiman 1991/92
21
Sept 2008 Sandman: Seasons of Mists
Neil Gaiman 1990/91
20
Sept 2008 Sandman: Dream Country
Neil Gaiman 1990
19
Sept 2008 Sandman: The Dolls House
Neil Gaiman 1989/90
18
Sept 2008
Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes
Neil Gaiman
1988/9
17
August 2008
Batman: Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller & Klaus Janson & Lynn Varley
1986
16
August 2008
Civil War: Front Line (vols 1 & 2)
Paul Jenkins
2006/7
15
August 2008
Civil War
Mark Millar
2006/7
14
August 2008
Civil War: Road to Civil War
Brian Michael Bendis & J. Michael Straczynski
2007
13
August 2008
Batman: Killing Joke
Alan Moore & Brian Bolland
1986
12
August 2008
Batman: Dark Victory
Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale 1999/2000
11
August 2008
Batman: Long Halloween
Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
1996/7
10
August 2008
Batman: Hush (vol 1 & 2)
Jeph Loeb & Jim Lee
2003
9
August 2008
Daredevil: Yellow
Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
2002
8
July 2008
Batman: Year One
Frank Miller & David Mazzuchelli
1987
7
July 2008
No Country for Old Men
Cormac McCarthy
2005
6
July 2008
The Road
Cormac McCarthy
2006
5
July 2008
Once Upon a Time in the North
Philip Pullman
2008
4
June 2008
You're Not the Only One
(you can buy it here - it's for Charity and everything)
Sarah J Peach (ed)
2008
3
May 2008
Devil May Care
Sebastian Faulks as Ian Fleming
2008
2
April 2008
Wisden 2008
Scyld Berry (ed.)
2008
1
March 2008
Life: A Users Manual Georges Perec
1978


Um. And that's it for now. Nothing else to see here for now. I'll just add this to my sidebar and keep it updated, for my own entertainment if for nobody else's.

Excellent.

That's another pointless list started then.

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6 Comments:

  • At 12:49 am, Anonymous suburbanhen said…

    Oh God.

    :P

     
  • At 4:18 am, Blogger Michael said…

    Could be worse...

    I created a database (to third normal form for any who care) that I use to keep track of the types of beer I've drank, and the breweries I've visited.

     
  • At 1:16 pm, Blogger Cat said…

    I'm currently reading The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets by Sophie Hannah, which I didn't expect to like (it's short stories, which I normally find too bitty) but am very much enjoying.

    It's taking me back to my teens and Ray Bradbury for some reason, which is odd as they're nothing alike, but bringing back pleasant memories nonetheless.

     
  • At 3:52 pm, Blogger Rol said…

    Excellent. Do we get a review as well as a list?

     
  • At 9:51 pm, Blogger Jerry said…

    That's a great idea! (Coughs, modestly.)

     
  • At 12:59 pm, Blogger Lisa Rullsenberg said…

    As a fan of your lists - what can I say, I'm an inveterate orderer and fan of lists - I adore the idea of your reading list on the sidebar.

    more reasons to read your blog: yeah!

     

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