Goodreads Book Tag

Found at my friend’s blog, The Itinerant Librarian.


• Bee Wilson, Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat

Actually it wasn’t, but I have been reading so many books that finding a time when something in here is not already outdated is tough. So I am “freezing time: for the moment. 

I really liked this book but I wish it were a bit more “narrative”–not fully pedagocical but a bit more structured. But it is an exemplar of current popular science, no doubt.


As of this writing, I was reading the following: 

  • Bill Crowley, Renewing Professional Librarianship: A Fundamental Rethinking
  • Peter Levine, Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body
  • Elaine Aron, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
  • Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By (Reading together)
  • Michael Twitty, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
  • Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
  • Tristan Gooley, The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills
  • Benjamin Bergen, What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves
  • Barnes & Ambaum, Unshelved (Unshelved, #1)
  • Kissell, Take Control of Getting Started with Devonthink 2
  • Carlson, Take Control of Your Digital Photos

Clearly, some of these are currently being read less than others.


As of this writing, it was Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl.


I cannot remotely know that at this point. I could easily tell you a list of 12 or more that I would love to be able to say are next. But that’s dreaming.

But …. After reading Bagge’s biography of her, I really want to dig into Zora Neale Hurston’s Of Mules and Men, which I own and have already pulled off the shelf to have near at hand. I also have a book of collected short stories of hers, with one that Bagge mentioned in the notes I am dying to read. But I own those and there are library books–both multiple books and multiple libraries–that take precedence in one strong sense over books I own.


I do. I also use a star rating for my reviews here on the blog. They should match as I am pulling the stars for here from what I gave in Goodreads. But if I write a “big” review of a book for the blog then it is the canonical review. I may copy it into Goodreads, or I may not, but I do put the link to the blog post into Goodreads.


I am doing the Goodreads reading challenge for 2018.

My 2018 Goodreads Challenge badge showing 283 of 90 read

Here are my 2018 challenge goals to myself as from my 2018 Books and Reading Goals post:

“My overall book goal is 90 books for 2018. I have a list of potential books-to-be-read divided into categories but decided not to post it or hew to it either.

My main goal is to read more translations; total 12. Maybe without the goal of reviewing them too I can actually get close to 10-15% of the total being translations.

I think that is pretty much it. I will track a few categories and such but if I fail to do a good job then I intend and hope not to pressure myself into going back and getting the data straight. If I end up with a raw number of books read of 90 or more, of which 12 or more are translations then I will be satisfied with my 2018 reading goals (based on this criteria). The end of the year may well bear different criteria.”

[As of 13 October, I have read 15 translations and over 280 books! I consider my challenges met, although the percentage of translations is lower than I wanted; but I also didn’t think I’d be at >300% of my main goal in early October!]


I do. However, there isn’t that much of current desire on it and I’m not sure why some were put on. I have also weeded it pretty heavily, as one must.

I just realized. I took this to be a wishlist, like an Amazon one, or like the paper versions I handed to my relatives when I was a kid. Perhaps it’s meant to imply more like a list of to be read books. But Goodreads has that as a basic feature so …. Nothing says one can’t use an Amazon wishlist simply as a list of books to be read by borrowing from a library or such but then there are better tools for that; Goodreads, a library catalog itself (although CAVEATS), Zotero, and so on.


I cannot remotely know that at this point.


Yes, quite a few favorites but am too lazy to retrieve/recall anything at this point.


Richard Stivers, Gail Carriger, George Eliot, Bill Watterson, Wilkie Collins, …


I have, but I do not participate. I joined the Goodreads Librarians Group simply so I could catalog books not in the system. Once in a while I correct things too. But I do no “group stuff,” no social, in it.

Reading goals for 2016

My reading goals for 2016 are as varied as usual.

This is what I said near the end of my Books read in 2015 post:

“I want to keep reading things in translation; I feel I did well this year. I should try to read a bit more poetry and erotica, sex & gender this year. I am satisfied with the amount of re-reading, the number of ebooks, and of nonfiction. I hope to read a few less graphic novels and more varied things in literature & language; e.g., more actual lit, more on language and more poetry as previously mentioned. Maybe some re-reading there. Poetry books are close at hand.”

  • More poetry; re-reading encouraged here.
  • More Erotica, Sex & Gender.
  • Less graphic novels.
  • More literature.
  • Librariana? Didn’t read any in 2015. “Who have I become?,” one might ask.
  • Translations check.
  • Ebooks check.
  • Nonfiction check.
  • More essays and short stories.

In a more specific vein I offer the following up to myself:

Books currently reading being read [2016current].

Finish all nine of the books I am supposedly currently reading.

  • Dunegan – Best Hikes Near Bend (A Falcon Guide)
  • Kabat-Zinn – Full Catastrophe Living
  • Farhi – The Breathing Book
  • Bishop – Living with Thunder
  • Hornsey – Alcohol and Its Role in the Evolution of Human Society
  • Berlin – The Power of Ideas
  • Oliver – The Brewmaster’s Table
  • Gilbert – Collected Poems
  • Bennett, ed. – Japanese Love Poems

2016 Books To Read Challenge (personal) [2016poss]

Key: * = currently reading, [on pause] = on pause

Total of 44 books, including some 8 on pause and 2 that I am currently reading. Of these, I challenge myself to complete 12.

Beer and Brewing

  • *The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food – Garrett Oliver
  • Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements) – John J. Palmer and Kaminski
  • The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes – Joshua Bernstein

Central Oregon

  • Hiking Oregon’s History – William L. Sullivan [DPL]
  • Bend: A Pictorial History – Elsie Horn Williams [COCC]

Erotica, Sex & Gender

  • Straight: The Surprisingly Short History Of Heterosexuality – Hanne Blank [Summit]
  • Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation – Elissa Stein [Summit]


  • Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend – Karen Essex
  • The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse – Brian Cowan [COCC online]
  • Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage – Stephanie Coontz [DPL]


  • Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age – Alex Wright
  • The Discipline of Organizing – Glushko, ed.
  • Everyday Information: The Evolution of Information Seeking in America – Aspray & Hayes, eds. [COCC online]

Literature and Language

Language and Related

  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything – David Bellos
  • Integrating Reality – Roy Harris
  • Integrationist Notes and Papers 2014 – Roy Harris

Literature and Literary Theory

  • The Literary Mind: The Origins of Thought and Language – Mark Turner
  • Imagination in Place: Essays – Wendell Berry
  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë [Summit]
  • Seven Gothic Tales – Isak Dinesen

Philosophy [loosely defined]

  • *The Power of Ideas – Isaiah Berlin
  • Culture in Mind: Cognition, Culture, and the Problem of Meaning – Bradd Shore
  • The Sovereignty of Good – Iris Murdoch [Summit]
  • You Must Change Your Life: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Birth of Sense – John T. Lysacker
  • Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals – Mark Edmundson
  • The Nature and Value of Happiness – Christine Vitrano [COCC]


  • The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Allergies and More – Jessica K. Black
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain – John J. Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman
  • The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious – Guy Claxton
  • Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict – Tsultrim Allione [DPL]

Tech & Software

  • Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas – Seymour Papert
  • Just My Type: A Book About Fonts – Garfield
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation – Pollan [DPL]

Assorted/Too Lazy to Classify

  • How to Worry Less about Money – John Armstrong [Summit]
  • Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat – John McQuaid

On Pause

  • Second-Hand Knowledge: An Inquiry into Cognitive Authority – Patrick Wilson [Philosophy]
  • Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight – James Atlee [Assorted]
  • Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life – Chungliang Al Huang & Jerry Lynch [Assorted]
  • The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook – Rev: 250 No-Fail Recipes … – Beth Hensperger [Renewal, Assorted/Cookery]
  • Take Control of Automating Your Mac – Joe Kissell [Tech & Software]
  • The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest – Timothy Egan [DPL ebook]
  • Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain: Easy, Effective Practices for Releasing Tension and Relieving Pain – Carol Krucoff [Renewal] [Summit]
  • The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason – Mark Johnson [Philosophy, Renewal] [Summit]

There are, of course, tons of others and those I will come across this year, whether for the first time or not.

The only book not followed by a source [library x] that I do not own and did not find an easy source is the one on Bettie Page.

2016 Goodreads Challenge

My goal is 100 this year, up from 75 last year. I have been alternating between demolishing my goals and being a bit over here for several years.

Challenges hosted elsewhere

Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2016 [2016NFC]

Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader

I did this one last year and this is how it turned out [per my Books read in 2015 post]:

“Completed 20 April 2015 [includes 1 reread from previous year + 3 in graphic novel challenge also; does not include 3 on pause or 1 I never reviewed]. I finished 68 nonfiction books but clearly did not review or link then to the challenge.”

Guess I’ll just declare myself for doing the Master level right now as I plan to read over 20 nonfiction books.

Books in Translation Reading Challenge 2016 [2016TRANS]

Books in Translation Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader

I want to keep reading books in translation so this seems like a good one. It only takes 10-12 for the top level of Linguist and I read 21 titles in translation last year. Currently working my way through a book of Japanese love poetry which I started on January 1st.

2016 9th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge [2016GNC]

2016 9th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge Sign-Ups

I started this one slow last year and ended up creaming it early.

“52. Completed on 25 April 2015. In total, I read 99 graphic novels or manga [does not include rereads: 2015 2 + previous years 2 + 1 gave up] but did not post & link reviews for the challenge.”

I think I’ll begin with 12 for Modern Age this year also. Hoping to shift some of my graphic novel and manga reading into other things but seeing as I read almost twice what I needed in the end and that I had read and reviewed the 52 I needed before the first third of the year was up I think I’ll be fine.


These reading goals for 2016 should do it for now. I know there are many other reading challenges out there but seeing however as every last one requires additional work—such as keeping track, writing a review (which I want to do more of), placing said review online somewhere, linking to the proper challenge, etc.—I think this is a more than good start.

Now I need to go create 2016-possibles, 2016nfc, 2016transl and 2016gnc shelves in Goodreads and “stock” them.

Maybe I can actually get back to reading soon?! If I had spent half the time reading as I have on data and writing about reading in the last couple of days I would have finished a couple decent length books already.

Books read in 2015

It looks like I read 171 titles in 2015 with another 7 re-read which were previously read in other years and 2 re-read which were also first read in 2015. There were, of course, titles skimmed, put on pause and given up on.

This year I have been tracking my reading in a Google Sheet and at Goodreads. Still working out workflow for this mess of an activity; i.e., tracking book reading.

The first grouping will be data from my Google Sheet, followed by some from Goodreads, links to previous 2015 reading-related posts, and a list of titles read in 2015 by gross categories.

Google Sheet

This data consists of total entered in Sheet, breakdown of reading status of titles brought forward from 2014, titles entered in 2015 and their breakdown of reading status, reading challenges, books re-read, ebooks, “genre” breakdowns, and sources for the books.


198 [all are in Goodreads]

Brought forward from 2014:

Total 7
Finished 3
On pause 3
Currently Reading 1

Entered  in 2015:

Total 191
Read 171
Gave up 4
Skimmed 3 [skimmed many I did not enter in Sheet; 34 in 2015 according to Goodreads]
On pause 11
Currently reading 8 + 1 started in 2016

Reading Challenges

My own reading goals for 2015: 9 Read [of 12 committed to] + 2 currently reading + 3 on pause. I may post on this separately but calling it met, if barely.

2015 Reading Challenge: 35* of 50 categories. I may’ve accomplished some of the others but I have no good way of knowing re a couple categories. Not concerned. I may post on this separately. Calling it met; had no real criteria in mind so 35 seems fair.

2015 8th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge: 52. Completed on 25 April 2015. In total, I read 99 graphic novels or manga [does not include rereads: 2015 2 + previous years 2 + 1 gave up] but did not post & link reviews for the challenge.

2015 Nonfiction Reading Challenge: 20. Completed 20 April 2015 [includes 1 reread from previous year + 3 in graphic novel challenge also; does not include 3 on pause or 1 I never reviewed]. I finished 68 nonfiction books but clearly did not review or link then to the challenge.

Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge: Goal of 75, reached 29 April 2015. Recorded 166 books for 221% of goal. These totals do not include ~3 books re-read nor those titles read and re-read in 2015.

Books Re-read

Total 11
Read 1st in previous year 8 [Nonfiction/Beer, NF/Literature & Language, 2 Graphic Novels, 4 Lit]
Read 1st & 2nd in 2015 3 [Nonfiction/Beer, 2 Graphic Novels]

Titles Re-read

Saunders – Dinner in the Beer Garden
Doyle – Through the Magic Door
Dingess, et al. – Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1: Flora & Fauna $
Folio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City (Girl Genius 13) $
Vaughan & Staples – Saga, Volume One
Vaughan & Staples – Saga, Volume Two
Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Adams – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Adams – Life, The Universe and Everything
Adams – So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Boak & Bailey – Gambrinus Waltz $

[$ = read & re-read in 2015]


Total 36 + 2 on pause (1 each)
Kindle 3 finished (2 Beer, Erotica)(incl. 1 re/read 2015 Beer) + 1 on pause (Tech)
PDF 34 (2 Assorted, 30 Graphic Novels + 1 on pause (Tech)

I read so many PDF graphic novels as they are all from either the Girl Genius series via a Kickstarter or from a Dungeons & Dragons Humble Bundle I bought earlier in 2015. I have done a couple Humble Bundles and have read few of them; I tend to forget them. So I wanted to get to work on that and chose these first.


NF [includes 6 graphic novels, 1 of which is of war poetry + memoir]

Total 92
Finished 68
On pause 11
Currently Reading 7
Gave up 3
Skimmed 3


Total 104
Graphic Novels 93 + 1 gave up
Erotica 2
Lit 8
Poetry 1 + 1 currently reading

Other Breakdowns

Photo 6
Beer 26 + 2 currently reading
Graphic novel 99 + 1 gave up [includes 11 manga & 6 nonfiction]
Erotica 2
Poetry 3
Memoir 3 + 1 gave up
Central OR 4 + 1 currently reading
History 10 + 1 currently reading
Translations 21


Read 1
On pause 1
Switch to ind. reading 1
Currently reading 1


Own 92 + 3 more bought after getting from a library
DPL 77 + 1 gave up + 3 on pause + 1 skimmed + 3 then bought (1 of which still reading) + lots more skimmed. 85 total.
ILL 0 [acquired 2 : 1 gave up and 1 on pause]
Summit 6 + 2 currently reading
Friend 1


This data from my Goodreads account includes, 2015 Goodreads Challenge status, reading status breakdown, and some numbers from specific shelves (mostly used to verify same info from elsewhere).

2015 Challenge goal 75
Read 163 [does not include 7 re-reads]
Currently reading 8 + 1 from 2016
Gave up 2
Skimmed 34
On pause 6


2015-gnc 61 [does not include rereads: 2015 2 + previous years 2]
2015nfc 21 [includes 1 reread from previous year; 1 review not written]
translation 21
together 1 + 1 currently reading + 1 on pause + 1 switched to individual reading

Other 2015 reading posts [re challenges, etc.]

List of 2015 Books Read by Category


  • Quadback-Seeger – World of the Elements: Elements of the World
  • Attlee – Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight [on pause]
  • Backes – Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana [on pause]
  • Kondo – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  • Stilgoe – Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places
  • Stivers – Hair of the Dog: Irish Drinking and Its American Stereotype
  • Scerri – The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction
  • Rubel – Bread: A Global History (The Edible Series)
  • Jung – Man and His Symbols [gave up]
  • Bishop – Living with Thunder: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of the Pacific Northwest [currently reading]
  • Rothenberg, ed. – White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism
  • Egan – The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest [on pause]
  • Sahlins – Waiting for Foucault, Still
  • Babauta – Focus: a simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction

Assorted Cookery

  • Robertson – Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker
  • Steen & Noyes – The Great Vegan Protein Book
  • Scicolone – The Italian Slow Cooker

Assorted Memoir

  • Nguyen – Stealing Buddha’s Dinner [gave up]
  • Pollan – A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams

Beer & Brewing

  • Boak & Bailey – Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer
  • Yaeger – Oregon Breweries
  • Allen and Cantwell – Barley Wine: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes
  • Mallett – Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse
  • Saunders – Dinner in the Beer Garden [re-read]
  • Dunlop – Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana
  • Amato – Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer … Even More
  • Fix – Principles of Brewing Science: A Study of Serious Brewing Issues
  • Coutts – The Perfect Keg: Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best Ever Pint of Beer
  • Mosher – Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer
  • Barich – A Pint of Plain: Tradition, Change, and the Fate of the Irish Pub
  • Alworth – The Beer Bible
  • Nelson – The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe
  • Beechum and Conn – Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer
  • Acitelli – The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution
  • Hornsey – Alcohol and Its Role in the Evolution of Human Society [currently reading]
  • Boak & Bailey – Gambrinus Waltz: German Lager Beer in Victorian and Edwardian London [read & re-read this year]
  • Palmer – How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time
  • Bostwick and Rymil – Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer
  • Mosher – The Brewer’s Companion: Being a Complete Compendium of Brewing Knowledge … [skimmed]
  • Foster – Pale Ale: History and Brewing Techniques, Recipes: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes
  • Papazian – The Complete Joy of Home Brewing 4th ed
  • Hughes – A Treatise on the Brewing of Beer
  • Zainasheff & Palmer – Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
  • Oliver – The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food [currently reading]
  • Shales – Brewing Better Beers

Central Oregon

  • Dunegan – Best Hikes Near Bend (A Falcon Guide) [currently reading]

Central Oregon Memoir

  • Waterston – Where the Crooked River Rises: A High Desert Home

Central Oregon Memoir & History

  • Ramsey – New Era: Reflections on the Human and Natural History of Central Oregon

Erotica, Sex & Gender

  • Williams – Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
  • Christina – Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories about Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More
  • Tyler, ed. – Luscious: Stories of Anal Eroticism

Graphic Novels

  • Foglio, et al. – The Secret Blueprints For Volume One (Girl Genius 0)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne & the Beetleburg clank (Girl Genius 1)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City (Girl Genius 2)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine (Girl Genius 3)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of Dreams (Girl Genius 4)
  • Bendis & Maleev – Scarlet
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess (Girl Genius 5)
  • B. and MacOrlan – The Littlest Pirate King
  • Pham – Sumo
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite (Girl Genius 6)
  • Abnett and Culbard – The New Deadwardians
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle (Girl Genius 7)
  • Kerascoët and Hubert – Beauty
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones (Girl Genius 8)
  • Vehlmann & Kerascoët – Beautiful Darkness
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm (Girl Genius 9)
  • David and Lopez – Fallen Angel
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse (Girl Genius 10)
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Hammerless Bell (Girl Genius 11)
  • Mina, et al. – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 1
  • Mina, et al. – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 2
  • TenNapel – Ratfist
  • Moon and Bá – De: Tales: Stories From Urban Brazil
  • Tobin and Dewey – I Was The Cat
  • Merveille and Tati – Hello, Mr. Hulot
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg (Girl Genius 12)
  • Cruse – Stuck Rubber Baby
  • Pedrosa – Three Shadows
  • Perlow, et al. – Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black
  • Dingess, et al. – Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1: Flora & Fauna [read & re-read this year]
  • Collins & Rayner – Road to Perdition
  • Moning, et al. – Fever Moon: The Fear Dorcha
  • Lucke – The Lunch Witch (#1)
  • Wilson and Alphona – Ms. Marvel: No Normal
  • Wilson, et al. – Ms. Marvel: Generation Why 2
  • Dingess, et al. – Manifest Destiny, Vol. 2: Amphibia & Insecta
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 1: Cold Dead Fingers
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 2: Crossroads
  • Greenberg – The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 3: Bound
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 4: A Town Called Penance
  • Foglio, et al. – Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City (Girl Genius 13) [read & re-read this year]
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 5: Winter Wolves
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth Gun: Book 6: Ghost Dance
  • Bunn and Hurtt – The Sixth gun: Book 7: Not the Bullet, But the Fall
  • Nolan – Hunters of the Great Forest
  • Vaughan and Staples – Saga, Volume One [re-read]
  • Vaughan and Staples – Saga, Volume Two [re-read]
  • Vaughan and Staples – Saga, Volume Three
  • Vaughan and Staples – Saga, Volume Four
  • McCloud – The Sculptor
  • Carey, Willingham, et al. – The Unwritten: The Unwritten Fables, vol. 9
  • Carey & Gross, et al. – The Unwritten: War Stories, vol. 10
  • Miller & Varley – 300
  • Vance & Burr – Kings in Disguise: A Novel
  • Hagio – A Drunken Dream and Other Stories
  • Remender – Strange Girl Omnibus
  • Fawkes – The People Inside [gave up]
  • Moore & O’Neill – Nemo: Heart of Ice
  • Ralph – Daybreak
  • Kelso – The Squirrel Mother
  • Selznick – The Marvels
  • Doctorow and Wang – In Real Life
  • Fleisher, Mishkin, et al. – Dungeon & Dragons Classics, Volume 1
  • Grubb, Mishkin, et al. – Dungeon & Dragons Classics, Volume 2
  • Mishkin, et al. – Dungeon & Dragons Classics, Volume 3
  • Mishkin, et al. – Dungeon & Dragons Classics, Volume 4
  • Salvatore, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Cutter
  • Grubb, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 1
  • Grubb, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 2
  • Grubb, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 3
  • Grubb, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 4
  • Greenwood, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms, Volume 1
  • Zub, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate
  • Salvatore, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt – Neverwinter Tales
  • Salvatore, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, volume 1: Homeland
  • Salvatore, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, Exile
  • Rogers, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Shadowplague
  • Rogers, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: First Encounters
  • Rogers, et al. – Dungeons & Dragons: Down
  • Foglio, et al. – Girl Genius: Second Journey Book One: The Beast of the Rails

Graphic Novels Manga

  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 1
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 2
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 3
  • Yoshinaga – Ooku: The Inner Chamber, vol. 1
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 4
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 5
  • Yoshinaga – Ooku: The Inner Chamber, vol. 2
  • Mori – A Bride’s Story 6
  • Yoshinaga – Ooku: The Inner chamber, vol. 3
  • Yoshinaga – Ooku: The Inner chamber, vol. 4
  • Anno – Sakuran: Blossoms Wild

Graphic Novel Nonfiction

  • Redniss – Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love & Fallout

Graphic Novel Nonfiction History

  • Wilson, Dickson, et al. – Fight the power!: A visual history of protest among the English-speaking peoples
  • Stavans and Alcaraz – A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States
  • Bagge – Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story

Graphic Novel Nonfiction Memoir

  • Abirached – I Remember Beirut

Graphic Novel Nonfiction  War Poetry

  • Duffy, ed. -Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics


  • Schivelbusch – Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
  • Swaby – Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

History Memoir

  • Coe – Frontier Doctor: Observations on Central Oregon & the Changing West

Literature & Language

  • Ozecki – A Tale for the Time Being
  • Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1) [re-read]
  • Adams – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #2) [re-read]
  • Adams – Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #3) [re-read]
  • Adams – So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide #4) [re-read]
  • Johnson – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia
  • Brontë – Wuthering Heights
  • King – Euphoria [2016 DPL A Novel Idea Selection]
  • Harris – Integationist Notes and Papers 2009-2011
  • Harris – Integationist Notes and Papers 2012
  • Harris – Integationist Notes and Papers 2013
  • Doyle – Through the Magic Door [re-read]
  • Ramsey – Thinking Like a Canyon: New and Selected Poems, 1973-2010
  • Gilbert – Collected poems [currently reading]

Literature & Language Graphic Novel War Poetry

  • Duffy, ed. – Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics [also listed above]


  • Wilson – Second-Hand Knowledge: An Inquiry into Cognitive Authority [on pause]
  • Wellmuth – The Nature and Origins of Scientism
  • Berlin – The Power of Ideas [currently reading]


  • Atkeson – Oregon, My Oregon
  • Atkeson & Miller – Ski & Snow Country: The Golden Years of Skiing in the West, 1930s-1950s
  • Atkeson – Oregon II
  • Atkeson & Ross – Oregon III
  • Marbach and Pokarney – Oregon Harvest
  • Curtis – The North American Indian: The Complete Portfolios


  • Huang and Lynch – Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life [on pause]
  • Kabat-Zinn – Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness [currently reading]
  • Johnson – The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason [on pause]
  • Segal – Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse [on pause]
  • Levine – Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences
  • Farhi – The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work [currently reading]
  • Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Smalley & Winston – Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness
  • Krznaric – How To Find Fulfilling Work
  • Black – More Anti-Inflammation Diet Tips and Recipes
  • Wahls – The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine
  • Gunaratana – Mindfulness in Plain English
  • Krucoff – Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain: Easy, Effective Practices for Releasing Tension and Relieving Pain [on pause]
  • Moore & Gillette – Lover Within: Accessing the Lover in the Male Psyche [on pause]
  • Cooksley – Seaweed: Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease, and Revitalizing Body and Soul [skimmed]
  • Brantley & Millstine – Five Good Minutes in Your Body [skimmed]
  • Fallon – Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Tech & Software

  • Kissell – Take Control of Automating Your Mac [on pause]
  • Martinez and Stager – Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom [on pause]
  • Rawlins – Slaves of the Machine: The Quickening of Computer Technology [gave up]

Final Comments

I think this slices and dices this data more than enough for me this year. I would not mind having a breakdown of authors by gender but that is loaded with many problems (multiple authors, determining gender of some, etc.) and I am not that concerned about it. I read fairly widely and try to read from a diversity of diversities, knowing that I can always do better.

I want to keep reading things in translation; I feel I did well this year. I should try to read a bit more poetry and erotica, sex & gender this year. I am satisfied with the amount of re-reading, the number of ebooks, and of nonfiction. I hope to read a few less graphic novels and more varied things in literature & language; e.g., more actual lit, more on language and more poetry as previously mentioned. Maybe some re-reading there. Poetry books are close at hand.

All in all, I’m calling 2015 a good year for me and reading. I met all of my goals, and only one of them I feel could have been more solidly met.

I am very happy to be ending some part of my 2015 with a great score for the year. Particularly happy to have the thought documented.

Here’s to your (and my) reading in 2016.

[Post(s) coming soon]


Books read in 2014

So I read a boatload of books in 2014. I gave up on quite a few and a few are on hold to pick back up another time. I am not even going to try to account for those in the last two categories this year. It seems I read and finished 80 books this year.

[Updated 31 December 2014 – see bottom]

As for those finished I was hoping to link to my 2014 Goodreads Challenge shelf but it seems only Goodreads members can see my pages. This goddamned job of listing books has never really gotten any easier or any better. Can I just get a righteous “Fuck me!” here? Zotero and Open Library all have their (major) issues for this task. Open Library so much so that I stopped using it after last year.

Yep. I was correct. It started out as a nightmare but I got it whipped reasonably. After a goodly break away from it.

Here is the list of books I read in 2014 by title, author(s – not complete) and date finished. Almost all are in Goodreads but there are a couple I have not yet entered, as in added the book to the catalog. I am definitely growing disillusioned with Goodreads too. Not directly because of Amazon but they are now in charge of maintenance and updates so it is their boat to float or not. My biggest gripe right now is the damnable conflation of editions. I haven’t quite nailed down exactly what it is doing but I do not like it. It may be new too; I’m not sure.

I divided the list up by broad topics and listed the books in the order finished within a group.

Title, Author(s), Date Finished

Graphic Novels
Raise The Dead Hardcover (Raise the Dead), Leah Moore & John Reppion, 1/1/2014
Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne (Atomic Robo, #1), Brian Clevinger & Scott Wegener, 2/26/2014
Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War (Atomic Robo, #2), Brian Clevinger & Scott Wegener, 2/27/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, #1), Warren Ellis, Darick Robertston & Garth Ennis, 3/12/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 2: Lust for Life (Transmetropolitan, #2), Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson, 3/15/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard, Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson & Rodney Ramos, 3/18/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum (Transmetropolitan, #4), Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, Rodney Ramos & Keith Akin, 3/25/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City (Transmetropolitan, #5), Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, Rodney Ramos & Patrick Stewart, 3/26/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away (Transmetropolitan, #6), Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson & Rodney Ramos, 4/9/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 7: Spider’s Thrash (Transmetropolitan, #7), Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, Rodney Ramos & Darren Aronofsky, 4/10/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 10: One More Time (Transmetropolitan, #10), Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson& Rodney Ramos, 4/20/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8: Dirge (Transmetropolitan, #8), Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson & Rodney Ramos, 4/21/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 9: The Cure (Transmetropolitan, #9), Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson & Rodney Ramos, 5/7/2014
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 0: Tales of Human Waste (Transmetropolitan, #0), Warren Ellis, et al., 5/13/2014
Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships, Eric Shanower, 7/17/2014
Planetary, Vol. 2: The Fourth Man, Warren Ellis & John Cassaday, 7/26/2014
Planetary, Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories, Warren Ellis, John Cassaday & Alan Moore, 7/26/2014
Planetary Vol. 4: Spacetime Archaeology, Warren Ellis & John Cassaday, 7/27/2014
Planetary, Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century, Warren Ellis & John Cassaday, 7/27/2014
Planetary: Crossing Worlds, Warren Ellis, et al., 7/30/2014
Crossing Midnight, Vol. 1: Cut Here, Mike Carey, et al., 11/10/2014
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice, Mike Carey & Peter Gross, 11/14/2014
The Unwritten, Vol. 8: Orpheus in the Underworld, Mike Carey, Peter Gross, & Dean Ormston, 11/16/2014
Crossing Midnight, Vol. 2: A Map of Midnight, Mike Carey, et al., 11/18/2014
Crossing Midnight, Vol. 3: The Sword in the Soul, Mike Carey, et al., 11/20/2014

Beer and Brewing
Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer, Maureen Ogle, 1/9/2014
Short Course in Beer: An Introduction to Tasting and Talking about the World’s Most Civilized Beverage, Lynn Hoffman, 2/27/2014
Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home, Sam Calagion & Kevin Fleming, 2/18/2014
Vintage Beer: Discover Specialty Beers That Improve with Age, Patrick Dawson, 3/9/2014
A Year in Food and Beer: Recipes and Beer Pairings for Every Season, Emily Baime & Darin Michaels, 3/13/2014
Brewing 2nd ed., Ian S Hornsey, 4/22/2014
Beer: A Quality Perspective, Charles W. Bamforth, et al., 6/25/2014
Dinner in the Beer Garden, Lucy Saunders, 6/27/2014
Beer and Skittles, Richard Boston, 7/4/2014
Beer, Michael James Jackson, 7/17/2014
Beer: The Story Of The Pint: The History Of Britain’s Most Popular Drink, Martyn Cornell, 8/20/2014
The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer – A Rant in Nine Acts, Max Bahnson & Alan McLeod, 8/25/2014 (ebook)
Three Sheets to the Wind: One Man’s Quest for the Meaning of Beer, Pete Brown, 9/15/2014
Evaluating Beer, Publications Brewer, Elizabeth Gold, 9/23/2014
Beer and Brewing (National Conference on Quality Beer and Brewing #8), Virginia Thomas, 10/28/2014
Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey, Brian Yaeger, 11/9/2014

Literature / Language
The Best American Poetry 2013, David Lehman, 1/19/2014
Dog Songs, Mary Oliver, John Burgoyne, 1/21/2014
13 Ways of Happily, Emily Carr, 4/23/2014
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote, 4/27/2014
Thomas Sebeok and the Signs of Life, Susan Petrilli, 5/2/2014
These Mountains That Separate Us: An East/West Dialogue Poem, Jack e Lorts, 11/4/2014
The Next American Essay, John D’Agata & Guy Davenport, 11/10/2014
The Romantic Dogs, Roberto Bolaño, Laura Healy, 11/22/2014

Technology and Software
Take Control of 1Password, Joe Kissell, 2/12/2014 (ebook)
Take Control of Scrivener 2, Kirk McElhearn, 10/14/2014 (ebook)
Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite 1.0 and 1.2, Joe Kissell, 10/30/2014 (ebook)

Erotica / Sex & Gender
Hurts So Good: Unrestrained Erotica, Alison Tyler, 2/26/2014
Mommy’s Little Girl: On Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Cherry Pie, Susie Bright, 4/7/2014 (ebook)
Sexual Fitness: The Ultimate Guide to Pump While You Hump, Tone While You Bone and Shred in the Bed, D.J. Gugenheim, et al., 6/23/2014
Candy, Terry Southern, Mason Hoffenberg, 6/24/2014
Wetter, Harper Bliss, 7/24/2014 (ebook)

Richard Renaldi: Touching Strangers, Richard Renaldi, 6/16/2014
Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers (Focus on Series): Focus on the Fundamentals, Matt Armendariz, 6/16/2014
Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday, Jordan Matter, 9/30/2014
Portraits of Time: Ancient Trees from Around the World, Beth Moon, 12/15/2014

YA and Children’s
How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend, Jerrie Oughton, Lisa Desimini, 3/18/2014
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors, Hena Khan & Mehrdokht Amini, 3/21/2014
Godless, Pete Hautman, 9/8/2014
Between the Spark and the Burn (Between, #2), April Genevieve Tucholke, 9/21/2014
The Daylight Gate, Jeanette Winterson, 10/24/2014
Collected Children’s Stories, Sylvia Plath, 10/29/2014

Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, Philip L. Jackson, 3/3/2014
The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes, 4/23/2014 (ebook)
The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean, Aglaia Kremezi, 4/27/2014
Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks, Keith Houston, 10/13/2014
The Body: An Essay, Jenny Boully, 10/19/2014
Copyflow: Typesetting Procedures for Book Composition, George Z. Kunkel, 11/1/2014
A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary, Voltaire, 11/1/2014 (ebook)
How to Think More About Sex, Alain de Botton, 11/2/2014
Really Big Numbers, Richard Evan Schwartz, 11/4/2014
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, Sarah Bakewell, 11/14/2014 (ebbok / together)
Francis of Assisi and His World (IVP Histories), Mark Galli, 12/2/2014
Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: Save Money, Save the Earth, Jennifer Thorne Amann, Katie Ackerly & Alex Wilson, 12/16/2014

Currently Reading
Tortillas: A Cultural History, Paula Morton
Take Control of Automating Your Mac, Joe Kissell
Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, Syliva Martinez (ebook)
A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams, Michael Pollan (reading to Sara)
Craft Beer World, Mark Dredge

I don’t expect to finish any of these but something else could possibly be read. No worries, I say. I’m calling it books read this year. Not perfect but very close.

31 December 2014 Update

I did finish a couple more books. Sara brought home a new(er) Warren Ellis, et al. graphic novel, Moon Knight (v. 1): From the Dead with which I wasn’t too impressed. I finished (or as much I am going to) Craft Beer Beer by Dredge. And just this morning I finished Morton on Tortillas. Goodreads now says I have read 81 of 75 books for my 2014 Challenge but again there are at least three that are not in Goodreads.


My tl;dr point:

If only 1/10th of all the librarians attending ALA Annual this coming week pledged $1 to Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth H. Finnegan (1970) then it would be successful.

So, you may not have heard, but there’s this thing called  Or maybe you have but have yet to look into it. It officially launched May 17th.

unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook. (From their main page)

I am MarkLindner there and am a very early supporter.

What you can do

You can support the ungluing of books so that the resulting ebooks rights are Creative Commons licensed so readers everywhere may enjoy free and legal access to these works. See this page as a good starting point for more info. The set of faq pages are also a great place to find more information whether you are a reader, an author or a rights holder.

As an account holder, you can add books to your wishlist, support books others have already added, and pledge to support the ungluing of specific works. Since the site just recently launched there are currently 5 active campaigns.

Each campaign includes assorted premium levels, much like Kickstarter. See, for instance, this page for Love Like Gumbo by Nancy Rawles. In all cases (so far), for only a $1 pledge you will get a copy of the resulting ebook if the campaign is successful. For increasing amounts you get other things on top of a copy of the book.

If you are on my actual blog (vs. feedreader, etc.) you can see in my right sidebar widget area that you can also embed widgets for books on active campaigns and those on your wishlist. I currently have two, one for the book I am currently pledged for and one for Patrick Wilson’s Two Kinds of Power which I so very much want University of California Press to … well, do the right thing by.

Why I am supporting

I became a member as soon as I saw the official announcement for beta testers (I had been reading about the idea in advance) at Eric Hellman’s blog: go to hellman. There is, of course, now an blog where you can read about each of the campaigns and other things.

I have no idea if this model can work but I want it to. Sara and I support a fair few projects via Kickstarter also and we think that crowdfunded projects are a great way to show artists, authors, and assorted rights holders that people do want to support them while getting a quality product for a fair price and that they are willing to put their wallets where their mouths (or computer clicks) are.

During the beta testing there was a call to help test the pledge mechanisms and payment processes (currently via Amazon Payments) and I helped out. I made a pledge for $5, I increased it to $25, and then I decreased it to $10. We were asked to do such wishy-washy things to stress test their systems. The primary premium was a copy of a chapter Eric Hellman wrote called “Open Access EBooks” for a book by Sue Polanka. Increasing premiums were things like stickers, autographed stickers, and so on. I was able to provide some useful feedback and left my pledge at $10 so they might have a (very) small bit of operating funds.

When the site went live and first five campaigns were announced I must admit I was a little disappointed. I wasn’t deeply interested in any of those works. I mean they all looked interesting enough but with hundreds of books on hand and thousands more not immediately on hand that I know I want to read they weren’t intriguing enough to me to pledge for any of them. I justified my not contributing by my participation in the beta pledge.

Friday I changed my mind and pledged $7 to Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth H. Finnegan (1970)Why?

  1. I really truly want this model to succeed. To do so they need to be successful early on and this work currently has the most chance of being so.
  2. I am actually truly interested in this book even if it isn’t that high on the priority of the oh so lengthy to-be-read list.
  3. They bribed me. 😛 They offered some additional pledge incentives, one of which was the $7 level which would give me a copy of this ebook, if successful, and a choice of another ebook from the publisher. Oooh, this is the other book I’ll hopefully get myself.
  4. Did I mention that early success is critical to demonstrate to authors and rights holders that this model is a workable one?

What I would like you to do

Please have a look around the site. Read the about page, poke at the faqs, look at the bios of the people involved, peruse the blog, check out the books in the active campaigns.

But most importantly, pledge something for one or more of these books. It shouldn’t really matter if you are even personally interested in any of these titles. If the campaigns are successful then these books will be free, as ebooks, for anyone. And surely you know someone you could give a copy of one (or more) of them to. $1 is all it takes!

If you are a librarian, a reader, or an ebook reader, then imho you really ought be contributing to the success of this model. It isn’t the only way forward but it can be a great start. But only if people like us make it one!

If only 1/10th of all the librarians attending ALA Annual this coming week pledged $1 to Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth H. Finnegan (1970) then it would be successful.

We have only 5 days left to make this a success. Won’t you be a part of something this important?

Constructing my Books Read in 2010 post

Constructing my previous post, Books Read in 2010, was far too difficult.  Still.

I keep a simple running list of books I read in VoodooPad, a personal wiki, on my laptop.  I record them by date started, author’s last name and title.  When I finish I add that date.  At some point I look them up in a library catalog—generally WorldCat nowadays—and bring them into Zotero and add them to a folder titled Books Read in 20xx.

In the past I have exported that folder from Zotero as a bibliography in HTML and pasted it into WordPress.  With some minor editing I got a decent bibliography including COinS data for every title.  But somewhere along the line over the last year or two things have gone wonky and some interaction between the COinS-formatted HTML from Zotero and WordPress have caused much of that data to be stripped out.  Last year was a real pain and seeing as this year my list was 20-some-odd percent longer I could not face all of that work simply to have much of it disappear no matter how much wrangling and struggling I did.

My next thought was that I would simply use the OpenBook plugin by John Miedema that I am using for book reviews [example post].  I was not looking forward to plugging one hundred or so ISBNs into its input form one at a time but it was in theory doable. [This was due more to how much work I had already done verifying ISBNs, “correcting” those in Zotero and pasting a copy of the ISBN into the text file created with the bibliography exported from Zotero than it was the effort to use the plugin.]

So I ran a little test trying a few “random” ISBNs from the list to see what the Open Library records looked like and/or if they had records for some of my less popular titles.  The results were horrible!  I estimated I would have to add records for at least 20 titles and fix records on 2 to 3 times that many.  I began slowly poking away at them over the course of a couple days—days when I should have been doing other things of course—and although my estimates were highly accurate I got it done.

At some point in my cataloging I noticed that Open Library had recently added a lists feature.  I thought perhaps I’ll just make a list there and point my blog readers to it; although that did strike me as rather dismal.  Of course, I noticed the list feature after I had added or re-cataloged somewhere around 30 books; which meant I had to look them all up again individually to add them to my new list.  ::sigh::

Then I discovered that you can export a list in either JSON, HTML or BibTex.  Sadly I know little to nothing about either JSON or BibTex so if they would have made my life easier—without a steep learning curve first—then I did myself a disfavor by using HTML.

Well, the HTML needed a lot of massaging to look decent once imported into WordPress.  As the native page exported by Open Library it looks OK, but WordPress treats those h3s, spans and divs much differently. [Technically not an export but a simplified page generated from your main list that you can save and/or copy from the source.]

I believe the titles are in the list in the order I entered them, or something close to that anyway.  Sadly, that order bears no relation to anything useful.  Thus, I had to cut and paste the whole list into the order I wanted.  Then I started playing with layout to see what would look decent enough in WordPress.  Once I figured it out I started changing the divs and h3s to spans and removing all the extraneous white space.  By hand.  TextEdit was of no use in the white space changing game.  As I was getting really tired of all the mousing, etc. involved I remembered that Dreamweaver might do a much better job with white space in find and replace.  With hope I fired up the long disused copy of DW and opened my file.  I highlighted a group of white space and a tag to change, hit ⌘-C to copy it, hit ⌘-F to open Find and Replace, saw that the white space was intact, put the cursor in the replace box, hit ⌘-V to paste the same in, deleted the white space I wanted removed, and hit OK.  It did what I wanted so I had it fix the rest of those and went on to the next bit needing fixed.  Thankfully Open Library had been consistent in how and where it added the white space.

After that it was rather simple to verify my data and do the odd minor correction here and there.  As for the ebooks, I pulled those out of my original list exported from Zotero and ginned them up in a text file with links to each book in feedbooks.  Yes, Open Library has ebooks but from what I could find not a single one from feedbooks.  I could have added them but I was in no mood to add another 18 books, and cataloging free ebooks that give absolutely no indication of which text they are was not something I intended to undertake.  Ebooks are great in many contexts!  Ebook metadata is in a despicable state! [That is a rant for another, and previous, occasion.]

Once I had the ebooks fully ginned up in the text file I cut and paste them into the blog post where they went in the list.  Then I wrote the text that went along with the list and waited for the end of the year a few days away.  On the 31st I made a few minor corrections to the list since I finished one of the books I had given up on and added another that I read on the 30th and 31st.  I also fixed the numbers/commentary regarding the other two books and added a bit more commentary.

Sadly, the only COinS data available is for the post itself and I doubt many of you are truly interested in adding my post to Zotero, Mendeley, or whatever.

If I had used OpenBook I could have had COinS.  But I got distracted by needing to fix so many records at Open Library and then by finding the Open Library list feature.  After spending so much time futzing and seeing what it would do for me I had given up on Open Library.  Honestly, I had no desire to copy and paste 100+ ISBNs into it one by one either.  Still, I wonder how well it would have handled the job? [John, if you are still reading, any idea how the plugin might handle 100+ titles using template 5, embedded? Certainly wouldn’t want to be making all those calls to OL live.]

None of this is meant to take away from the OpenBook plugin for which I greatly thank John Miedema!

It makes me sad that it is 2011 and this task is still so darn difficult.  Much progress has been made in the sharing and linking to book data on the web but it is still so crude.  Much of the assorted quasi-FRBRization going on in places like Open Library, WorldCat, goodreads, Library Thing, etc. actually seem to make it worse.  If one only cares about pointing at a title/work then things are somewhat better.  But I cared about editions long before I became a cataloger.  In most cases if someone takes a recommendation from me I could care less which edition of the work they read or listen to in the end.  But in some cases it does matter.  And for my own purposes I want to know which manifestation(s) of the work I engaged with.

Some day the future may arrive and making a list like this in which the titles will bring their own (accurate) metadata along with them will be easy. That day simply has to arrive. Soon.

Then again, I’m still waiting on the flying car I was promised almost 50 years ago.

Books Read in 2010

This list of books that I finished this year is based on the date I started reading each book. Though they were generally finished in something close to this order, some books took much longer than others. I finished a total of 102 books in 2010. Five of these were re-reads.

I read 85 print books and 17 ebooks (epub) this year. I gave up on 3 print books and 2 ebooks (epub), although one of the print books was really just interrupted. I placed it on my 12 Books, 12 Months Challenge list [see below] and I will begin that one again. I am also working my way through a pdf book, Digging into WordPress v3 which is not included on this list.

My ebook reading is off due mostly to changes in travel and other lifestyle-related issues. I have not become averse to ebooks in any way, they simply do not fit my current lifestyle as much as they once did. All of the ebooks I read this year were epub formatted free books from (except for the one pdf book).

Of the two ebooks I did not finish, one was Lady Chatterley’s Lover which I discovered about halfway into it that it was an expurgated version. Sara who was also reading it as an ebook found an unexpurgated print copy and started over. Although I was somewhat enjoying the story, I did not find it that compelling so said the heck with it. The other was Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women. While this is an important work, she just droned on and on. There are far better examples of effective literature in this genre, even if few this early.

In August a friend of mine introduced the 12 Books, 12 Months Challenge to begin in September. Here is my post accepting the challenge. Is it really any wonder that mine is a baker’s dozen? Here is my list at goodreads, at Open Library, and the 12 Books, 12 Months tag here on the blog. This small image for 12 Books 12 Months designates a book on my list.

If I wrote a ‘review’ here on the blog I have linked to it after the entry for the book as [Review]. All of the 12 Books, 12 Month Challenge books that I have read so far (7) have been reviewed here. There are more reviews at goodreads but most are simple commentary and I am too lazy to go find them and link them. [Do not get me started on the amount of work required to generate, much less format, the following list!]

I received four of these books via the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. They are identified by “Library Thing Early Reviewer copy” and a link to the review at Library Thing.

I read 31 books of poetry, not including the one for weddings. I also read 2 books about poetry (Oliver and Kooser), not including the one on syntax. The author I read the most by is the poet Mary Oliver with 13 titles (12 poetry, 1 about poetry). The author in 2nd place is Roy Harris with 6, four of which were re-reads. The author in 3rd place with 3 titles seems to be Conan Doyle, all ebooks. Perhaps I missed someone else with 3 titles though. There were several authors with 2 books each in my list: Jim Harrison, Wilkie Collins, Anne Carson, Pablo Neruda, ….

A few more thoughts on reading last year and this

In my recent Books Read in 2009 post I talked a bit about what I read last yea and a few other aspects of reading. In this post I want to touch on a few other issues, some of which are orthogonal ways of looking at what I read last year; so partially an update, partially new.

Public domain

January 1st was Public Domain Day [and when I started on writing some of what became this post].

In honor of the public domain, and Public Domain Day, I intend to read some William Butler Yeats whose stuff enters public domain this year. Look around the Public Domain Day site:“To celebrate the role of the public domain in our societies” and check out the list of authors (probably) entering public domain this year (Sigmund Freud, for instance, and Yeats). All of the listed authors have links to their Wikipedia pages (or the several I checked anyway. All seem to be links. Ergo.)

I have never intentionally read any Yeats so I am looking forward to it. For me, one of the big boons of reading ebooks on my Touch [I use Stanza and ePub files] is the number of public domain titles I am reading. Much of it I have been aware of, for assorted reasons, for much of my life but I never got to it. Although I have purchased a very few ebooks I have not made the transition to buying ebooks. Despite the advantages of ebooks—I do believe there are some (and that I’ve said so on this blog)—the limited capabilities of today’s hardware and software, combined with the fact that I am mostly reading stuff from free sources, means that I still buy print books. But the technology and the social/legal situation means that (currently) I get to focus on the stuff now free. I like that.

Based on my Books Read in 2009 post (and feedbooks) I read 28 public domain books last year. That is 35% of my entire reading. Only one (ah, 1.5) of those was in print: Siddhartha and half of Lord Jim. That means that 96% of my public domain reading (a solid 33% of all reading) was done on my Touch. [Only 2 of the total ebooks read were not in the public domain for the US, at least according to feedbooks.]

Fiction vs. Nonfiction

I didn’t even think of this until I saw Jessamyn West’s list a couple days after mine. When I got home I decided to sketch it out, both overall and for ebooks, and finshed vs. not finished.  Jessamyn also looks at ratio of male-to-female authors (amongst a few other looks) and that does not serve any interestof mine. Data’s there, count for yourself if you are. 😉

Overall (print/ebooks)

  • Finished: 44 Fiction, 39 Nonfiction.
  • Unfinished: 2 Fiction, 5 Nonfiction.

So 53% of total finished was fiction; 47% nonfiction. Pretty even split and appropriate, for now. If you throw in the unfinished books on both sides it comes closer to even (51/49%)


  • Finished: 24 Fiction, 4 Nonfiction
  • Unfinished: 1 each

86% of the finished ebooks were fiction; 14% nonfiction. Goes to 83/17% if add in one each unfinished, except the fiction gains it back since it is still being read; Emerson’s essays were given up completely.


As of 4 January I have joined Goodreads. Both Jenny and Angel asked me in the comments of the book post why I’m not on Goodreads. I’d never discovered a need, primarily. Thus never had an account and did not know what it is exactly.

Books—most in one of a couple different ways—get tracked in a lot of places by me. Amazon for some things I want; Google doc of acquisitions (chronological); LibraryThing as, primarily, a catalog for me of mostly stuff I own (~99%),  I do little of the social there; Zotero for things I have read, regardless of source; wiki for what read and dates. What else is left?

Well. I haven’t been happy with the amount of engagement I’ve given many of these books (or articles) after I have finished reading them, in a long time. I should write more reviews, even mini-reviews, and other commentary on what I have read. Will this help?

One thing I do not like already is that I cannot find where to find someone I know who uses it so I can add them as a friend. The add friends function seems to really want me to give them my Gmail contacts, my facebook friends, etc. I am not cool with that.

Griped about it on twitter and a friend reached out and friended me. Many of her Goodreads friends are my friends too. But I still do not know how to find and friend Angel. Jenny was found in the previous manner.

I sure wish I could figure out how to simply get a csv file out of a Zotero collection. Might play with putting the last 3 years books read in if I could. I do not want to import my whole LibraryThing database. Wonder can I just export an LT collection? Need to look into that. And. Ebook metadata/editions remains a problem and even adds a new twist. Anyway ….

No promises but I am going to give it a try.

A new year in reading

No idea what 2010 will bring for me in reading. But I am looking forward to whatever it is. Am already reading some Wendell Berry poetry and Kundera on the novel.

Here’s to a great year of reading for everyone!

Books Read in 2009

Not sure what any of this means, or why, it is, or if, of importance. Much can be seen of my book reading habits over the last 3 years at this blog [see links at end of post]. According to previous posts, it looks like another banner year in the Lindner household for book reading. No doubt, article reading was even further reduced; perhaps I need a different ratio; slip a few more articles back in.


Numbers, in the real world, are often hard. Overlapping and/or conflicting categories, different reasons for not finishing something, one read 1st half on a Touch and back half in a Penguin paperback (Conrad, Lord Jim), …. Nonetheless, one must try:

90 books total

9 unfinished (all reasons)

81 books read (all formats)

3-4 unfinished are still being read (2 actively: Chan and Mitchell; Gaskell)

Of these totals, the ebooks follow:

31 total

1 given up on (Emerson)

1 ebook/print (Conrad)

1 still reading (Gaskell)

29 ebooks read

So, ebooks made up 29/81 (~36%) of my book reading this year. Some of them being short stories, or short collections, probably helped. Hmmm. I am OK with this.

There is some color-coding and other data exposed, and, in some cases, some commentary. The commentary is down a notch let’s say and, sadly, leave it at that. Dates of reading where known are included.

The titles of books not finished are in red. An “edition statement” is present for all ebooks and says ebook (type) in a sort of pink.

“Professional development” in a comment generally implies that I read it at work on breaks (notice lengthy reading times).

Some previous commentary on a few of the ebook titles read [15, 17-19 & 45], and commentary on my experience reading ebooks on an Apple Touch, can be found in these earlier posts re ebook reading from 2009:

Hopefully there is COinS metadata for all 91 entries; Zotero for the win!

So, without further ado:

Books Read in 2009

  1. Steven Black, Serials in Libraries: Issues and Practices (Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). Read: 5 Dec 2008-2 Feb 2009. Professional development.
  2. Walt Crawford, The Liblog Landscape, 2007-2008 : a Lateral Look (Mountain View, Calif.: Cites & Insights Book, 2009). Read: mid-Dec 2008-6 Jan 2009
  3. Wendell Berry, The Long-legged House, 1st ed. (Washington DC ;[Berkeley Calif.]: Shoemaker & Hoard ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2004). Read: 29 Dec 2008-8 Jan 2009
  4. Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha : an Indian tale (New York N.Y.: Penguin Books, 1999). Read: 1 Jan / 10 April-6 May 2009
  5. Robert Butler, Intercourse : Stories (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2008). Read: 3-4 Jan 2009. See also: Some things seen around the internet lately
  6. Jacques. Ellul, A Critique of the New Commonplaces (New York: Knopf, 1968). Read: 3 Jan-15 March 2009. Read about half, all in all. Counting it read. Cited by David Bade in a talk he gave to the UIUC ASIS&T Student Chapter about 2 years ago.
  7. Christopher Hutton, Abstraction and Instance: The Type-Token Relation in Linguistic Theory, 1st ed., Language & communication library v. 11 (Oxford [England]: Pergamon Press, 1990). Read: 4 Jan-?? 2009. For my CAS interests. Difficult.
  8. Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems. Volume Two (Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 2005). Read: 9-10 Jan 2009. Wow! Very earthy, natural, attentive. Nice to have read it on the heels of Berry.
  9. Mary Oliver, Red Bird : Poems (Boston: Beacon Press, 2008). Read: 10 Jan 2009
  10. Paul Woodruff, Reverence : Renewing a Forgotten Virtue (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002). Read: 11-23 Jan 2009. I had begun a post on the amazing synchronicity and overlap between, and their effect on me of, Berry, Oliver and Woodruff. Sadly, somewhere along the way, that fell through; like so many other attempted blog posts this past year. Even if it didn’t get posted, I sure wish I had written it for myself.
  11. Pablo Neruda, Residence on Earth = Residencia en la tierra, trans. Donald D. Walsh, New Directions paperbook 992 (New York NY: New Directions, 2004). Read: 16 Jan- 2009. Have not yet finished this. Spent several months at it slowly but the last fair bit is about war and destruction. I could only take so much, beautiful as it may be, with my son deployed to Iraq.
  12. George Steiner, Grammars of Creation: Originating in the Gifford Lectures for 1990 (New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2001). Read: 26 Jan-1 March 2009. This was an extremely interesting book, although hard to follow sometimes. I had intended to read more Steiner after this but haven’t gotten to it yet.
  13. Wendell Berry, The Mad Farmer Poems ([New York]: Counterpoint Press, 2008). Read: 28 Jan 2009. This was a gift from Sara that she brought me from her ALA Midwinter trip.
  14. J. H Bowman, Essential Dewey (London: Facet Pub, 2005). Read: 2-16 Feb 2009. Professional development.
  15. Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed., The Lust Chronicles Anthology, ebook (pdf). (Beverly, MA: Ravenous Romance), Read: 5-13 Feb 2009
  16. Pablo Neruda, Ode to Typography = Oda a la tipografía, trans. Enrique Sacerio-Garí (Torrance, Calif.: Labyrinth Editions, 1977). Read: 9 Feb 2009 in Illinois State University Milner Library Special Collections. [Issued in a portfolio. “One hundred copies printed.” No. 26. “This book was printed on Japanese Masa and Ragston papers at Yale University School of Art using a Vandercook proof press. This book was designed & produced by Richard Bigus, Labyrinth Editions …”–Colophon. “We have translated the ode not only into English but also into the typographical space it celebrates. The “Ode to Typography” is Neruda’s song to a world of words as it is created under the ancient fingers of a masterful hand. Typography is also poetry. In this book printer Richard Bigus was the poet.”–Translator’s note. Letterpress printed. Bound in Japanese side-sewn style using linen thread. Covers created from artist-made marbled paper.]
  17. Edgar Allan Poe, Bon-Bon, ebook (epub)., 1832, Read: 15 Feb 2009
  18. D. H. Lawrence, Amores : Poems, ebook (epub)., Read: 16-17 Feb 2009. Enjoyed quite a few of these.
  19. Christina Rosetti, Poems [New Poems by Christina Rosetti: Hitherto Unpublished or Uncollected], ebook (epub)., Read: 18 Feb-7 March 2009. A bit much sometimes, especially when she’s on about religion, but I enjoyed quite a few.
  20. Virginia Tufte, Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style (Cheshire, Conn: Graphics Press LLC, 2006). Read: 1 March-. Gave up fairly quickly as did not feel prepared for it in some way. Hope to get back to it someday.
  21. P. K. Page, Cry Ararat! Poems New and Selected (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1967). Read: 2-5 March 2009. Quite enjoyed these.
  22. Leonard Smith, Chaos : a Very Short Introduction, Very short introductions 159 (Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004). 6 March-27 April 2009. I really appreciated how it kept hammering away on the differences between models and reality; numbers in our mathematical models, the numbers we observe when taking measurements in the world, & the numbers inside a digital computer; and models, computer implementations of our models, and the real world.
  23. H. G. Wells, Tales of Space and Time, ebook (epub)., 1900, Read: 11-20 March 2009. I quite enjoyed these stories. Makes an excellent read on a mobile device.
  24. P. K. Page, Evening Dance of the Grey Flies (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1981). Read: 14-15 March 2009. Enjoyed these also. Have a couple more books of Page’s poetry to read.
  25. Alex Rose, The Musical Illusionist : and Other Tales (Brooklyn N.Y.: Hotel St. George Press, 2007). Read: 18 March-3 April 2009. Read this at Sara’s. Was pretty good, all in all, but I seriously longed for some sort of pointers (citations/references) to that which was based on fact. I guess there is just too much admixture of reality and make believe in this for me.
  26. Lisa Lane, The Darkness and the Night : Blood and Coffee, ebook (epub)., A Ravenous Romance™ Fantastica™ Original Publication (Beverly, MA: Ravenous Romance, 2009), Read: 20-25 March 2009
  27. Barrett Watten, Conduit (San Francisco: GAZ, 1988). Read: 22-24 March 2009. Cited by Ron Day, “The “Conduit Metaphor” and the Nature and Politics of Information Studies” JASIST 51(9) p. 808. Although I was really looking forward to this, I didn’t quite get it. Mostly a series of disconnected thoughts, statements, etc. Maybe I’m just not bright or hip enough to get it. 🙁
  28. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, ebook (epub)., 1895, Read: 25-28 March 2009. Enjoyed it but also noticed a few issues that with a bit of probing around academically I discovered have been commented on by Wells scholars. Tad bit pleased with myself for that.
  29. Umberto Eco, Serendipities : Language & Lunacy, trans. William Weaver, Italian Academy lectures (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998). Read: 27-29 March 2009. Enjoyed this much better than the longer book for which it is the leftover bits (see Eco below).
  30. Roy Harris, Mindboggling : Preliminaries to a Science of the Mind (Luton: The Pantaneto Press, 2008). Read: 29 March-1 April 2009
  31. Charles Wagner, The Simple Life, trans. Mary Louise Hendee, ebook (epub). (New York: Groseet & Dunlap, 1901),,_The. Read: 30 March-9 April 2009. Quite excellent; highly recommended.
  32. Per Linell, The Written Language Bias in Linguistics: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations, Routledge advances in communication and linguistic theory 5 (London: Routledge, 2005). Read: 2-15 April 2009. A most excellent book that I hope to revisit someday; preferably with my own copy.
  33. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-reliance and Other Essays, ed. Edna H. L. Turpin, ebook (epub)., Merrill’s English texts (New York: Charles E. Merrill, 1907), Read: 9-21 April 2009. Only read Intro and four essays (through Friendship) before giving up. I found Emerson practically incoherent and self-contradictory. I wanted to like and respect these essays more but simply could not. May give them another chance in another decade or so.
  34. Ronald Gross, Peak Learning : How to Create Your Own Lifelong Education Program for Personal Enlightenment and Professional Success, Rev. ed. (New York: J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1999). Read: 12 April-. Am supposedly still reading this but haven’t been back to it in a while unfortunately.
  35. Umberto Eco, The Search for the Perfect Language, trans. James Fentress, The making of Europe (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1997). Read: 15 April-19 May 2009. Of some value but highly disappointing. The outtakes, which comprise Serendipities, make for a better read.
  36. John Clarke, Libraries in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The Rede lecture delivered June 13, 1894., ebook (epub). (Cambridge [Eng.]: Macmillan and Bowes), Read: 22-24 April 2009. This was an excellent lecture. The only drawback of the ebook version was that all but one image was missing.
  37. Catherine Belsey, Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction, Very short introductions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). Read: 28-30 April 2009
  38. John Miedema, Slow Reading (Duluth Minn.: Litwin Books, 2009). Read: 29 April-3 May 2009. Worth reading. Short with an easy style. [The LibraryThing reviewers who called this overly academic in their reviews are nuts.] I started on a review of this but didn’t get far due to assorted interruptions. Another one that I wish I had at least gotten down for myself.
  39. Tom McArthur, Worlds of Reference: Lexicography, Learning, and Language from the Clay Tablet to the Computer (Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]: Cambridge University Press, 1986). Read: 2 May-30 June 2009. Ordered my own copy from amazon on the 2nd day of reading. This is an excellent book, especially appropriate for all LIS folks. Should be required reading for all LIS & book history folks.
  40. Irving Singer, Sex: A Philosophical Primer ; with New Material on Same-Sex Marriage, Expanded ed. (Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). Read: 4-7 May 2009
  41. Mary Midgley, Wisdom, Information, and Wonder: What is Knowledge For? / (London: Routledge, 1991). Read: 9 May / 30 June-4 Aug 2009. Restarted 30 Jun with my own copy. A most excellent book which I hope to revisit on occasion. Recommended by David Bade.
  42. Sheila S Intner and Peggy Johnson, Fundamentals of Technical Services Management, ALA fundamentals series (Chicago: American Library Association, 2008). Read: ?? May-11 Sep 2009. Professional development.
  43. Toni Weller, Information History : an Introduction : Exploring an Emergent Field (Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2008). Read: 11-16 May 2009. OK but I was hoping for something more.
  44. Nick Baylis, The Rough Guide to Happiness: Practical Steps for All-round Well-being, Rough guides (New York: Rough Guides, 2009). Read: 18 May-. Finished most of this. Free from LibraryThing via their monthly publisher review copy program.
  45. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, ebook (epub). (Project Gutenberg, 1997), Read: 29-30 June 2009. My 1st Wilde and I enjoyed it immensely.
  46. Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book (ebook (epub), 1894), Read: 1-6 July 2009. Quite enjoyed this and makes a fine ebook read.
  47. Rafael Sabatini, Captain Blood, ebook (epub)., 1922, Read: 6-11 July 2009. Awesome swashbuckling goodness!
  48. Aristophanes, Clouds, trans. William James Hickie, ebook (epub)., 2001, Read: ?12-16 July 2009. Seriously underwhelmed. Need a good print edition with lots of foot/endnotes fleshing out the huge amount of missing context.
  49. John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, ebook (epub)., Read: 18 July-22 Sep. My 1st long nonfiction work read on the Touch. It went OK but this, for me, would have been better in print.
  50. Wendell Berry, Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World (Berkeley, Calif: Counterpoint Press, 2009). Read: 1-2 Aug 2009. Excellent for all ages! Gift from Sara that she brought me from ALA.
  51. Anne Carson and Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington, D.C.), Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay (Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1986). Read: 5-11 Aug. Most excellent! Acquired my own print copy shortly after finishing it. Will definitely be revisiting this.
  52. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, trans. Maria Jolas, Beacon paperbacks 330 (Boston: Beacon Press, 1969). Read: 12-16 Aug. Quit at pg. 16 because I just could not get into it. Maybe someday. The main text looked like it was better than the introduction but that was where the author was setting out what he had tried to do and placing the work in the context of his subsequent work [English translation came years after the original].
  53. Susie Bright, Susie Bright’s Sexwise: America’s Favorite X-Rated Intellectual Does Dan Quayle, Catharine MacKinnon, Stephen King, Camille Paglia, Nicholson Baker, Madonna, the Black Panthers, and the GOP–, 1st ed. (Pittsburg, Pa: Cleis Press, 1995). Read: 16-19 Aug 2009. Saw this on the quick sort shelf waiting to be reshelved. What can I say? A large font Sexwise down the spine caught my eye.
  54. Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill, eds., Language Myths (New York N.Y.: Penguin Books, 1998). Read: 20-28 Aug 2009. Short overviews of lots of issues in linguistics and language studies. Generally good quality throughout that makes for a good introduction.
  55. Birger Hjørland, Information Seeking and Subject Representation: An Activity-Theoretical Approach to Information Science, New directions in information management 34 (Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1997). Read: 28 Aug-11 Oct 2009. This time got through the whole thing.
  56. Robert Fiengo and Robert May, De Lingua Belief (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2006). Read: 29 May-. Supposedly still reading this but I think I’ve given up on it. While they are challenging the received norm in philosophy of language they are doing so on a very fine point. I agree that theirs is a valid critique but I also feel that it is spurious and does not begin to go far enough; that is, to question the whole of the received norm of philosophy of language.
  57. Marina Orlova, Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions About Words and Their Meanings, 1st ed. (New York: HarperCollins, 2009). Read: 31 Aug-1 Sep 2009. What can I say? This little tramp caught my eye on the new book shelf at Urbana Free (my public). Really not worth the effort; which isn’t much, mind you. Etymology of the worst kind. And by a[n intentionally] tarted up blond.
  58. Alan Moore, Lost Girls (Atlanta: Top Shelf Productions, 2006). Read: Vol. 1 sometime in Aug. perhaps; vol. 2 7-8 Sep; vol. 3 8 Sep 2009
  59. Paul Muldoon, Horse Latitudes, 1st ed. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006). Read: 9- 24 Sep 2009. Another poet tried. Another that didn’t particularly speak to me.
  60. Owen Barfield, Speaker’s Meaning, 1st ed. (Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University Press, 1967). Read: 13-15 Sep 2009. Enjoyed.
  61. Owen Barfield, The Rediscovery of Meaning, and Other Essays, 1st ed. (Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University Press, 1977). 15 Sep-15 Nov 2009. Enjoyed most of these essays. Would like to revisit this with my own copy someday.
  62. Arika Okrent, In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language, 1st ed. (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2009). Read 20-24 Sep 2009. A popularization of some of the types of invented languages discussed by Eco, amongst others, but far more readable and interesting.
  63. Karel Čapek, R.U.R., ebook (epub)., 1921, Read 23-25 Sep 2009. I have been filling in the name of this story in crosswords for decades so I figured it was time to read it. I was not disappointed. Another great ebook read.
  64. David M. Levy, Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age, 1st ed. (New York: Arcade, 2001). Read 25 Sep-24 Nov 2009. Pretty good but read at work during breaks so the author’s point was kind of too spread out for me. Instead, I recommend Avatars of the Word [See below].
  65. Arthur Conan Doyle, Through the Magic Door, ebook (epub)., 1907, Read 28 Sep-5 Oct 2009. Doyle on other books; excellent. Would be easier to (re)consult if printed.
  66. Melissa Kwasny, Reading Novalis in Montana, 1st ed. (Minneapolis, Minn: Milkweed Editions, 2009). Read 2-31 Oct 2009. Mentioned positively on a good friend’s blog so I wanted to check it out but these poems just didn’t speak to me. But in a bit of sychronicity, the epigram at the start of Lord Jim is by Novalis.
  67. Rafael Sabatini, Casanova’s Alibi, ebook (epub)., 1914, Read 5?-10 Oct 2009. Interesting read.
  68. Paulo Coelho, The Way of the Bow, ebook (epub)., 2008, Read 10 Oct 2009
  69. Kurt Vonnegut, 2 B R 0 2 B, ebook (epub)., 1962, Read 12 Oct 2009. Quick, fun read.
  70. Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost, ebook (epub)., 1887, Read 12-13? Oct 2009. Hilarious!
  71. Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone, ebook (epub)., 1868, Read 12?-19 Oct 2009. Quite good; I highly recommend it. “Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, ….”
  72. Kimberly Zant, Surrender (Lake Park, GA: New Concepts, 2007). Read 20-22 Oct 2009
  73. George Eliot, The Lifted Veil, ebook (epub)., 1859, Read: 23-24 Oct 2009. Decent enough short story but not classic Eliot.
  74. Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow, ebook (epub). (1921), 25-26 Oct 2009
  75. Jane Austen, Lady Susan, ebook (epub)., 1794, 22?-30 Oct 2009. Yes, I did read Huxley in the midst of this. It got off to a slow start for me but I went back to it after Huxley. All in all, I’d say it is decent enough. Epistolary novel.
  76. Stephen Dunn, Local Visitations: Poems, 1st ed. (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003). Read 1-3 Nov 2009. Another poet that really didn’t speak to me.
  77. Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche, ebook (epub)., 1921, Read: 2-13 Nov 2009. Good Sabatini; the one he is most known for but I prefer the previous 2 I read more.
  78. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World, ebook (epub)., 1912, Read 13-14 Nov 2009. Excellent!
  79. Max Black, The Importance of Language, Cornell paperbacks (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1969). Read: 6/14 Nov 2009. Read on the way to/from ASIST 2009 Annual Meeting; 1st half on planes there, back half on a train home.
  80. David Yanor, ed., Lust: Quills Annual Erotic Magazine, vol. 1 (Vancouver: Quill’s Canadian Poetry Magazine, 2004). Read: 14 Nov 2009. I read this on the City of New Orleans train from Chicago to Champaign on the way home from ASIST 2009. I got this from Little Sister’s in Vancouver.
  81. George Eliot, Brother Jacob, ebook (epub)., 1860, Read: 17-18 Nov 2009. Again, not the best Eliot, but fun and short.
  82. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, ebook (epub)., 1900, Read: 18 Nov-11 Dec 2009. See also entry below. Read just about half on my Touch and then while at the Illini Union bookstore during a 30% off sale I noticed a new Penguin Classics paperback for $7. On sale it was $4.90 so I grabbed it and finished the novel in print and then went back and read the introductory essay by Alan H. Simmons. Print also provided me the glossaries and all the editorial notes. This was an excellent novel. The Novalis epigram, mentioned in the Kwasny entry above, that opens the novel is: “It is certain my conviction gains infinitely, the moment another soul will believe in it.”
  83. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim : a tale, [New ed.] /. (London: Penguin, 1900).
  84. James Joseph O’Donnell, Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1998). Read: 18 Nov-14 Dec 2009. Noticed Dorothea Salo thanking Steve Lawson for recommending this in friendfeed so picked it up. Quite good; recommended.
  85. R. L. Trask and Bill Mayblin, Introducing Linguistics, Introducing … (Cambridge [Eng.]: Icon Books / Totem Books, 2000). Read: 29 Nov 2009
  86. Duncan Emrich, The Folklore of Weddings and Marriage; the Traditional Beliefs, Customs, Superstitions, Charms, and Omens of Marriage and Marriage Ceremonies (New York: American Heritage Press, 1970). Read: 10 Dec 2009. This was grabbed on a lark when looking for books on alternative wedding vows because it was illustrated by Tomi de Paola.
  87. Mary Oliver, American Primitive : Poems, 1st ed. (Boston: Little Brown, 1983). Read: 13 Dec 2009. One of my favorite poets so far.
  88. Saki, The Chronicles of Clovis, ebook (epub)., 1911, Read 14-?? Dec 2009. Decidedly wicked and wickedly funny.
  89. Wood, James. How Fiction Works. 1st ed. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Read 17-30 Dec. Quite enjoyed this.
  90. Chan, Lois Mai, and Joan S Mitchell. Dewey Decimal Classification: Principles and Application. 3rd ed. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC, 2003. Read 21 Dec-. Professional development for the new year.
  91. Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn. Curious, If True: Strange Tales, ebook (epub)., 1859. Read 21 Dec-. Enjoying this so far; 2 out of 5 stories read.

Well, that’s it for 2009. #90 and 91 are still being actively read. A few others will hopefully be continued soon. As to what’s next? I got lots of Mary Oliver, Erotic Poems, Crowley, and a Harris book for Christmas. I also have plenty on the ‘to be read’ shelf among many more. And seeing as I have yet another ‘to be read’ shelf at work, too, … *le sigh*

Metadata issues and the issues of (non)reference for ebooks still sucks. I have begun doing my best to get my ebooks via the Web on the MacBook and then syncing them. When I grab the file from feedbooks, gutenberg, …, I bookmark the page in my delicious account and tag it with ebook. Then I can at least see what the source is claiming for what I believe I got. Has been somewhat helpful but a real pain. Most of the metadata in the CoinS in this post for ebooks comes from my entering a good deal of data from those pages. Very little good structured data in free things often; it is a difficulty.

Oh well. Here’s to reading in 2010!

2007/2008 Books read and earlier 2009 posts re Reading