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Books Read in 2011: Over $300 Donated to NY Libraries

This year, I’m not only tracking the books I’m reading, I’m doing it for charity. For every book I finish and add to my list, I’ll be donating money to the New York Public Library.

I’ve talked Dad and my friend Jocelyn into doing the same.

Every time I finish a book, I’ll put $1 in a jar*. Novels, nonfiction, memoir, YA, graphic novels, rereads.

Dad and Jocelyn will send me their titles every month or so, and I’ll post monthly recaps and add the dollar amount to our totals.

Start Date: January 1, 2011

End Date: December 31, 2011

Anyone else want to join? Pick a bookish charity, set up a book jar or envelope, and start tracking books.

*”jar,” otherwise known as Rolling Stones lunch box.


  1. Burning Bones- Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala. Finished 1/1/11. Started 12/30/10. 222 pages.
  2. The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd. 302 pages. 1/6/11 Still not sure if I’ve read it before. Loved it, though.
  3. Last Days of Summer. Steve Kluger. 358 pages. Finished 1/8/11. Library book.
  4. Service Included– Phoebe Damrosch. 226 pages Finished 1/9. Library book.
  5. A Wizard of Mars- Diane Duane. 550 pages Finished 1/14. Library book. Loved it.
  6. Mercy Kill- Lori Armstrong. Good, solid mystery with a strong sense of character and place.  1/14
  7. The Lover’s Dictionary- David Levithan. Reviewing for the Star-Ledger 1/15
  8. I Think I Love You- Allison Pearson. Reviewing for the Star-Ledger 1/15. Guess what song I now have stuck in my head. Help!
  9. My Own Two Feet. Beverly Cleary. Part two of her autobiography. I can’t believe she was eighteen and so resourceful. Library book. Finished 1/16.
  10. Fatal February- Barbara Levenson. To review for the Star-Ledger. Finished 1/20
  11. Cooking for Mr. Latte- Amanda Hesser. Finished 1/27. Library book. Review here.
  12. Lord of Misrule- Jaimy Gordon. Finished 1/28. Library book.
  13. A Cup of Friendship- Deborah Rodriguez. Loved it! Review here.
  14. An Apple A Day: The Myths, Misconceptions and Truths About the Food We Eat.- Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D. Finished 2/8/11. Library book. Review here.
  15. Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain- Sharon Begley. Library book. Finished 2/16. 282 pages. Review here.
  16. The Orchid Affair. Lauren Willig. Finished 2/19. Knew I’d love it.
  17. The Speed of Dark- Elizabeth Moon. Finished 2/22 Library book. Review here.
  18. The Kabul Beauty School- Deborah Rodriguez Finished 2/22. Library book. Review here.
  19. *Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other- Sherry Turkle. Finished 2/27. reviewing for Ledger.
  20. The Small Change Diet- Keri Gans. Finished 2/28. Reviewed for WVFC here.
  21. Share This!- Deanna Zandt. Smart social media guide. Finished 3/2
  22. Cleaning Nabokov’s House- Leslie Daniels. Finished 3/3. Review here. Started out melancholy, turned hilarious! ARC from Touchstone. Thanks, Jessica!
  23. Suite Scarlett- Maureen Johnson. A fun YA novel about a family who owns a NYC hotel. Nicely eccentric. Library book. Finished 3/7
  24. *Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website- Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Finished 3/2. Reviewing for Ledger. Julian Assange is a spectacular jerk.
  25. *World Wide Mind- Michael Chorost. Finished 3/12. Want a book about technology and the mind? Ask a guy with cochlear implants to write it.
  26. The Mozart Conspiracy- Scott Mariani. Finished 3/13. 337 pages. Reviewed here.
  27. Eat, Memory- edited by Amanda Hesser. Finished 3/15. 204 pages. Reviewed here. Library book
  28. The Red Pyramid- Rick Riordan. Finished 3/16. Audiobook. Have been “reading” this forever, as I kept falling asleep while listening. But heard the end last night.
  29. The Ragged Edge of Silence- John Francis, Ph.D. Finished 3/18 272 pages. I’ve known John Francis since I was 3 and he was in the middle of a vow of silence. Reviewed here.
  30. T-Rex And The Crater of Doom- William Alvarez. 3/23 208 pages. I liked the title better than the book.
  31. Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff. 272 pages
  32. Friendship Bread- Darien Gee. Finished 3/23. Women’s friendships, baking, good eccentric characters. Does not include a  bread starter with the book, though I wish it did. Recipes, though.
  33. The United States of Arugula- David Kamp. Finished 3/28. 400 pages.  Started off slow, but got gossipy, funny, thoughtful. Oddly, reminded me of Gail Collins.
  34. Rendezvous with Rama.- Arthur C. Clarke. Finished 4/2. Decent sci-fi. Library book.
  35. Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals- Heidi Grant Halvorson. 262 pages. Library book. finished 4/6
  36. The Company We Keep, a Husband and Wife Spy Story – Bob and Dayna Baer. Finished 4/7
  37. Kingpin- Kevin Poulson. Hackers and credit card thieves. Fun, though. Finished 4/8
  38. The Bonus- Georgia Lowe. Finished 4/9 as part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. Historical fiction. ARC from Planned TV Arts
  39. Thief of Hearts- Christopher Golden. Library book. Finished 4/9 as part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon
  40. Fish out of Agua- Michele Carlo. Finished 4/9 as part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon.
  41. Shadows Bright as Glass- Amy Ellis Nutt. Finished 4/9 as part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. Reviewed here.
  42. A Share in Death- Deborah Crombie. Finished 4/10. A nice, cozy British mystery.
  43. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry- Kathleen Flinn. Finished 4/11. 304 pages. A young New York woman chucks everything and goes to Paris to study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu.
  44. The Civilized World- Susi Wyss. Finished 4/15. ARC from Henry Holt and Company. 226 pages.
  45. *The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth- Alexandra Robbins. 312 pages. Finished 4/22. Reviewing for the Star-Ledger, I think, but it’s a stretch to include in the tech books roundup.
  46. Arms Wide Open: A Midwife’s Journey- Patricia Harman. Finished 4/23 287 pages. Preferred its prequel, The Blue Cotton Gown. But- still a decent read.
  47. The Kitchen Daughter- Jael McHenry. finished 4/24. Library book. Spotted it on Sassymonkey’s book blog, got intrigued. 272 pages
  48. How Sassy Changed My Life, a Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time. Kara Jesella and Marissa Meltzer. 128 pages. Library book. Finished April 30th. Resounding… meh. Yes, I remember the magazine. I liked the book reviews. Not sure I needed to read this book.
  49. The Information Officer- Mark Mills. Finished 4/29. Dad and I both read it this month. Really interesting perspective on WWII in Malta, with a thoroughly nasty serial killer mystery.
  50. Skull Duggery- Aaron Elkins. 260 pages. Library book. Finished 5/1. An excellent forensic anthropology mystery. Gideon Oliver goes on vacation to Oaxaca, finds literal skeletons to help him solve a mystery, and figurative skeletons in a family closet. Satisfying plot twists, and intriguing science. Will make you crave authentic Mexican, as the food is as lovingly described as the osteological science.
  51. A Jane Austen Education- William Deresiewicz. Finished 5/8. Reviewing for BlogHer. Fascinating… makes me want to read Northanger Abbey.
  52. Already Home- Susan Mallery. Finished 5/8. 358 pages. Thanks to Eric @ Planned TV Arts for sending. Review here.
  53. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak. Amazing imagery. This strange tale of WWII almost made me cry. A lot. Finished 5/9. 550 pages.
  54. Entwined- Heather Dixon. 472 pages. Library book. Finished 5/11. Solid fantasy, drawing on the tale of the 12 Dancing Sisters. The sisters were well characterized. The book blogs where I’d read reviews characterized this as really dark, but I found the story not all that dark.
  55. Sisterhood Everlasting.- Anne Brashares.  Finished 5/13 347 pages. ARC from Random House. Out in June 2011. Made me cry. Repeatedly.
  56. The Sloth’s Eye– Linda Lombardi. Finished 5/15. 291 pages. A mystery set in a zoo. Fun to read for the zoo facts and animal info, even more so than for the romping good mystery. Thoroughly enjoyable.
  57. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin. 464 pages. ARC from Simon and Schuster. Finished 5/20. Quite scary as a psychological thriller, even before supernatural elements came in.
  58. The Thief- Megan Whalen Turner. Finished 5/20. Library book. A fast, fun alternate Greek history fantasy, rec’d by Jaye. Maybe us liking the same book is a sign of the apocalypse!
  59. Until Tuesday. –Luis Carlos Montalván  Finished 5/23. Recommended by Chris. Wonderful story.
  60. Bunheads- Sophie Flack. 294 pages. Finished 5/28. YA set in a ballet company. Fast, fun read. Picked it up at the Book Expo, finished in 2 hours on the bus.
  61. Au Revoir Crazy European Chick- Joe Schreiber. 5/28. 190 pages.YA novella, goofy and comic-book like. I think my appreciation was impeded by failure to be a preteen boy. But it wasn’t half bad!
  62. Open Wounds- Joseph Lunievicz. 5/30. Knew I was going to love a story about fencing and stage combat set in New York. May have loved it even more than I expected. 350 pages.
  63. The Little Women Letters- Gabrielle Donnelly. 360 pages. Odd chick lit, imagining 21st century descendants of Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters. Took a while to grow on me. Finished 6/1
  64. I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59. – Doug Edwards. Finished 6/3. 390 pages. Reviewing for the Ledger.
  65. Fenced- Jane Yolen, illustrated by Michael Cavallaro. 160 pages. Finished June 8. AMAZING!
  66. Fast Times in Palestine- Pamela J. Olson. Finished 6/16. BEA book. 371 pages. A fascinating memoir, taking a different look at life and travel in the Middle East than you might expect. It’s not about spiritual realization but common sense experience. Loved it.
  67. The Night Circus– Erin Morgenstern. Finished 6/17. BEA book. 384 pages. LOVED it! Amazing, wonderful story. Will not be able to blog til I finish just wanting to hug this book.
  68. The Taker– Alma Katsu. 448 pages. Finished 6/20. Historical fiction, woven with the supernatural, about romance and obsession. Rather dark.
  69. Stupid Fast-Geoff Herbach. Finished 6/23. 311 pages. YA from the perspective of a smartass kid who suddenly finds himself turning into a popular football jock. Really good grasp of the teenage boy voice!
  70. Season To Taste- Molly Birnbaum. Finished 6/24. ??? pages. My first read on a Kindle. Fascinating foodie memoir, about a would-be chef who loses her sense of smell, then has to figure out the new normal.
  71. The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2- Rick Riordan. Finished 6/27. Also, started 6/27. A fast, fun Egyptian adventure.
  72. The Future of Us– Jay Asher. 6/29. Meh.
  73. When The Stars Go Blue- Caridad Ferrer. 6/28. An interesting take on Carmen, with dance elements, and well written YA.
  74. Creating a Meal You’ll Love- Mark Chimsky-Lustig. Food essays? Why, yes! Yes I think I will read the heck out of this! 6/27
  75. Next To Love- Ellen Feldman. Finished 7/2. 291 pages. Interesting take on WWII fiction. Can’t decide whether it was unsentimental or really sentimental. It was really sentimental about the women’s friendships and relationships… but harsher about World War II and veterans’ realities than I usually see.
  76. Delirium- Lauren Oliver. Finished 7/3. 440 pages. An alternate reality (future) where love is known as the disease amor deleria, that is treated with science. Like a sort of… Handmaid’s Tale for junior readers. Apocalyptic feminism.
  77. Down the Mysterly River- Bill Willingham. Finished 7/6. 336 pages. By the author of Fables, a fantasy novel about an adventure with talking animals. Lovely. I bet it’d be great as an audiobook!
  78. Beauty Queens– Libba Bray. Finished 7/11. 396 pages. Hilarious, pop-culturey YA. Library book.
  79. The Twelfth Enchantment– David Liss. Finished 7/12. 441 pages. ARC from Random House. Loved it!
  80. Love Story– Jennifer Echols. 243 pages. Finished 7/12. ARC. meh.
  81. Does My Head Look Big In This?- Randa Abdel-Fattah. Finished 7/14. YA. Library book. 360 pages. Grabbed it for the title and the cover… a young Muslim girl decides to wear the hijab, to express the conviction of her faith. Funny as well as smart and heartfelt. I was impressed!
  82. Feet of Clay– Terry Pratchett. A novel of Discworld’s Guards. Read it on the Nook. Silly and fun to read, not sure I’m sold on the Nook screen, though. Finished 7/17.
  83. The Shattering– Karen Healey. 320 pages. Finished 7/20. Oh. MY GOD! Fantasy adventure, set in New Zealand. Grabbed me from page 1 and I devoured it. Loved it. May be one of my best of 2011.
  84. Strong Poison- Dorothy L. Sayers. 261 pages. Library book. Lisa recommended this. It was a mystery and it made me laugh! Whimsy from Wimsey. Definitely want to read more.
  85. Eureka: Road Less Traveled. Cris Ramsay. Finished 7/26. 262 pages
  86. Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter– Carolyn Hinsey.  Finished 7/27. 317 pages. I’m not a soap fan but I loved this book! What fun!
  87. Knightley Academy– Violet Haberdasher (best pen name ever!) Finished 7/30. 469 pages. A romping fantasy YA adventure. Library book.
  88. The Secret Prince- Violet Haberdasher. Finished 8/1/11, 503 pages. ARC from the author.
  89. The American Heiress- Daisy Goodwin. Finished 8/3 468 pages. library book.
  90. Nothing Daunted- Dorothy Wickenden. Finished 8/6. Library book. Meh.
  91. In A Treacherous Court- Michelle Diener. ARC from Simon and Schuster/ Gallery Books. 301 pages. Historical fiction set in Tudor England with painters, spies, intrigue and romance. LOVED IT.
  92. Dreams For Significant Girls– Cristina García. ARC from Simon and Schuster. Finished 8/10/11. 238 pages. Meh.
  93. Fingersmith- Sarah Waters. A warped historical fiction, with either love or tragedy or both. Hard to tell. Read on Kindle. Finished 8/15.
  94. Guards! Guards!- Terry Pratchett. Finished 8/17. For years, I’d been missing out on reading Terry Pratchett. The Guards novels tickle my funny bone in just the right way, though. This one had a dragon, and some interesting things to say about libraries, magic and physics. Next up, Men at Arms. Reading on Kindle.
  95. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand- Helen Simonson. Finished 8/20. 400 pages. Cozy, well-mannered little British romance. Would love to see the movie, because curious who they would cast.
  96. All The Nice Girls- Joan Bakewell. Finished 8/21. 336 pages. WWII fiction, which, if it had just been that would have been fascinating, but there was a tedious modern flash-forward plot, with family secrets and high melodrama. Feh.
  97. Men at Arms– Terry Pratchett. Finished 8/22. Read on Kindle. Delightfully silly.
  98. Skinner’s Festival- Quintin Jardin. 406 pages. Finished 8/23. A free book handed out at the Book fest, a junky and insubstantial action mystery, fun to read among the relevant geography. Though I admit reading the Assembly Hall scene before bed gave me a nightmare.
  99. It Won’t Hurt a Bit- Jane Yeadon. A memoir of being a nursing student in the 60s. A fast, fun read that reminded me of Cherry Ames. With funny accents. Finished 8/23.
  100. The Complaints- Ian Rankin. 452 pages. Finished Aug 27th. Written and set in Edinburgh Scotland. Read, in Edinburgh, Scotland. A really interesting look at the inner workings of the police force, political character study, of who’s got info on whom, and machinations going on in their insular world and the city. Puzzles within puzzles, cleverly done. And I will be goddamned. I’ve read 100 books.
  101. The Keeper’s Daughter- Gill Arbuthnot. Finished 8/30. 425 pages. An excellent, imaginative YA fantasy novel, with myths, suspense, lore, angry gods, and a twist of the sort the genre doesn’t usually have.
  102. The Book Of Lost Things- John Connolly. Finished 9/4. 348 pages of actual story, then a really nice appendix delving into the fairy tales and myths the story draws its inspiration from. Sort of like the darker side of Down The Mysterly River… May glance through both again and write a joint review.
  103. Jingo– Terry Pratchett. Read on Kindle.
  104. The Night Watch– Terry Pratchett. Read on Kindle. Finished 9/6. I’m loving these.
  105. Going Postal– Terry Pratchett. Read on Kindle. Finished 9/11.
  106. The Help- Katharine Stockett. Finished 9/13. Read on Kindle. Enjoyed it. I do love historical fiction. But not sure how to write a book review.
  107. City of Orphans– Avi. Finished 9/14. 368 pages. Historical fiction set in 19th century New York. My sweet spot!
  108. Fury– Elizabeth Miles. Finished 9/15. ARC from Simon and Schuster. Did not like it.
  109. Lunch Wars- Amy Kalafa. Read on Kindle. Finished 9/21. Reviewing for BlogHer. Fascinating, made me nostalgic for my own school lunches, and genuinely curious about school food, logistics and policy.
  110. When Harry Met Molly- Kieran Kramer. Grabbed for Kindle, on Sassymonkey’s recommendation. As promised, it was excellent goofy Regency romance and hijinks. Also, a bit of smut.
  111. Animals Behaving Badly- Linda Lombardi. ARC sent by the author. Finished 9/24. Laughed at the animal anecdotes, and also feel like I learned something.
  112. Uncertain Magic- Laura Kinsale. Finished 9/26. Supernatural romance. 376 pages.
  113. A Discovery Of Witches- Deborah Harkness. Finished 9/29. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages. And wow, was it good. A good e-reader read, as it’s massive. But a fast read, despite its length.
  114. Two L- Lauren Willig. Finished 9/29. Read on Kindle. A satire of both Harvard Law School and Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. I have vague familiarity with each, and I enjoyed the book decently.
  115. The Hunger Games– Suzanne Collins. I’d been putting off reading the series for a while, because… apocalyptic. Started reading it on my Kindle, and zoomed right through. Finished 9/30.
  116. And then made myself late to a birthday party because I finished the second Hunger Games book, Catching Fire. Also on Kindle, also 9/30
  117. Mockingjay– Suzanne Collins. And I”m done with the series 10/1. A tragedy in the most classical sense.
  118.  Brightly Woven- Alexandra Bracken. 354 pages. A BEA book. Well imagined YA-ish fantasy, and a very fast read, with pretty colors. Finished 10/2
  119. Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right- Kieran Kramer. Read on Kindle, at Sassymonkey’s recommendation. Finished 10/3. It was a Regency romance with banter and intrigue! and even spies! Very much in my sweet spot.
  120. Love at First Bark- Julie Klam. Finished 10/6. Reviewing for BlogHer book Club. Read on NetGalley. 192 pages? Fast read, especially if you love animals. If you don’t love pets at least a little, you’ll think she’s nuts.
  121. Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore- Stella Duffy. Read NetGalley for BlogHer Book Club. Finished 10/10. Really interesting Roman Empire historical fiction
  122. Three At Wolfe’s Door- Rex Stout. A bundle of 3 Nero Wolfe mysteries, library book read on Kindle. Didn’t really do it for me. I remember reading and enjoying a Nero Wolfe or two, when I was in high school. I like the setting more than the craft of the mysteries. Meh.
  123. At The Bride Hunt Ball- Olivia Parker. Regency Romance with decent amount of banter. Finished 10/13. Library book, read on Kindle.
  124. Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery. – James R. Benn. 284 pages. Finished 10/16
  125. All The Wrong Places- Rebecca Fisher. ARC. Finished 10/18 327 pages. Woman finds herself. In a mortuary! Fun read!
  126. The First Wave, a Billy Boyle Mystery. James R. Benn. 290 pages. Finished 10/21
  127. The Lost Hero- Rick Riordan. Finished 10/22 in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. Read on Kindle.
  128. My Life in France- Julia Child. Finished 10/22 in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. Been meaning to read this for ages. Loved it.
  129. Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage- Kieran Kramer. Library book. I liked the previous two Regency Romances she wrote. But this? Went from actively horrible to grudgingly so-bad-its-funny. Disappointing. 398 pages of basically stupid.
  130. Son of Neptune- Rick Riordan. Finished 10/27. want MORE Rick Riordan!
  131. Spider Bones- Kathy Reichs. Finished Nov 4. Solid, fun, forensic mystery. Read on Kindle.
  132. *Bite Before Christmas- Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost. A twofer tacky vampire romance, Christmas themed. Total guilty pleasure. Hilarious that my books editor assigned me vampire smut. finished 11/10. 270 pages.
  133. *Mr. Darcy’s Bite- Mary Lydon Simonsen. Read on Kindle. Reviewing for the Ledger. I liked this much, much more than I expected. Finished 11/12
  134. *I Am Half-Sick Of Shadows- Alan Bradley. Mom recommended Alan Bradley’s Flavia DeLuce series, then I got the latest one in my Christmas stack from the Ledger. 297 pages.
  135. *Zone One- Colson Whitehead. Read on Kindle. Finished 11/14. Reads exactly like I’d expect from a zombie novel written by the author of The Colossus of New York. Lovely writing, seems a bit misplaced in spots. It’s a zombie novel! Reviewing for Ledger.
  136. Sea Change- Jeremy Page. Reviewing for BlogHer Book Club. 273 pages. Finished 11/16
  137. A Game of Thrones- George R.R. Martin. Finished 11/23. Winter is coming! Read on Kindle.
  138. *I’ve Got Your Number- Sophie Kinsella. 256 pages. Chick lit with a 21st century twist, going screwball over a lost cell phone. Why are women in chick lit so dippy? Reviewing for Ledger. finished 12/8
  139. A Clash of Kings- George R. R. Martin. The Starks can’t have nice things. Winter is coming. Finished 12/9
  140. 97 Orchard- Jane Ziegelman. Finished 12/12 LOVED IT! Foodie! New York turn of the century history! Immigrant stories. LOVE!
  141. The Duke and I- Julia Quinn. Library Book. Romance novel. Finished 12/9. Read on Kindle. Funny Regency romp! hurrah!
  142. Flash and Bones- Kathy Reichs.  Finished 12/12. Read on Kindle. Temperance Brennan goes to NASCAR. Decent little mystery.
  143. When Beauty Tamed The Beast- Eloisa James. Finished 12/14. Library book. Read on Kindle. Regency romance, irascible hero, bluestocking heroine. Banter. Medical mystery, which was interesting.
  144. Moonwalking with Einstein- Jonathan Foer. 320 Pages. Library book. Finished 12/16. Meh.
  145. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie- Alan Bradley. The first Flavia de Luce. Finished 12/15
  146. The Mysterious Affair at Styles- Agatha Christie. Finished 12/14. Library book. Hercule Poirot. Not bad!
  147. How to Marry a Marquis- Julia Quinn. Finished 12/17. Read on Kindle. Library book. Delightfully fun, with a subplot about a self-help book, which seemed like a stretch for the Regency genre. But plenty of opinionated women and banter, and screwball characters, so I was hooked.
  148. Much Ado About You- Eloisa James. Finished 12/19. Read on Kindle. Library book. Days later, I cannot remember much about it. Oops. Regency romance. Probably had banter and corsets. And sisters, the heroine had a bunch of sisters. Also, I think there were horses. Yeah!
  149. The Crown- Nancy Bilyeau. 12/21. Review here.
  150. Science Fair Season- Judy Dutton. Finished 12/26. 270 pages. Mom gave this to Dad for Christmas. I might have borrowed it. Excellent narrative journalism, about twelve different students competing in a national science fair. Solid selections of character, interesting explanations of science. Good stuff.


  1. The Innocent- Harlan Coben.
  2. How I Killed Pluto– Mike Brown. Neat chatty science on discovery of Eris, led to demotion of P as 9th planet.
  3. The Last Boy– Jane Leavey. Mantle from start to finish. She sure can do sports.
  4. The Big Short- Michael Lewis
  5. Angelology- Danielle Trussoni
  6. Moneyball- Michael Lewis
  7. The Hard Way- Lee Child
  8. Tennessee, Off the Beaten- Tim O’Brien. Mom and Dad are planning a vacation!
  9. Christopher’s Ghost- Charles McGarry. “First I’ve read by McGarry, who’s done a bunch of spy thrillers. Pretty good.”
  10. Philistines at the Hedgerows- Steven Gaines.    “Life among the rich andill-behaved on the South Fork”
  11. Hold Tight- Harlan Coben.
  12. God of the Hive- Laurie King. “Faster paced than the usual Mary Russel.”
  13. The War Lovers- Thomas Evans
  14. The Rembrandt Affair- Dan Silva
  15. The Mozart Conspiracy- Scott Mariani. Finished 4/10. “So formulaic I felt like I was watching a movie. With plenty of violence, and not all that much Mozart.”
  16. Amagansett- Mark Mills. “Mills 1st mystery, lots of East LI history and fishing lore”
  17. The Information Officer- Mark Mills. (also read by Elizabeth)
  18. The Little Stranger- Sarah Walters. Mysteries and history in English country house
  19. A Share In Death- Deborah Crombie. “Better than average English country weekend murder.”
  20. In The Garden of Beasts- Erik Larson
  21. Moby Duck – Donovan Hohn. “Fascinating & personal inquiry into how plastics keep polluting our beaches.”
  22. The Maze of Cadiz- Aly Monroe
  23. Caleb’s Crossing- Geraldine Brooks
  24. Tears of Autumn- Charles McCarry
  25. Worth Dying For- Lee Childs
  26. Fry Chronicles- Stephen Fry
  27. Naming the Bones- Louise Welsh. Bought in Scotland
  28. Caleb’s Crossing- Geraldine Brooks
  29. Raw Spirit- Iain Banks
  30. Greenmantle- John Buchan
  31. Tripwire- Lee Child
  32. The Hanging Shed- Gordon Ferris. Bought in Scotland.
  33. The Complaints- Ian Rankin. Bought in Scotland.
  34. Just my Type- Simon Garfield. Bought in Scotland
  35. Fleck- Alasdair Gray. Bought in Scotland.
  36. Lord of Misrule- Jaimy Gordon. I have also read this.
  37. Snowball in Hell- Christopher Brookmyre. Bought in Scotland
  38. Plugged- Eoin Colfer.
  39. A Literary Traveler in Edinburgh- Alan Foster.
  40. The Hanging Shed- Gordon Ferris.
  41. A Life- Keith Richards (audiobook)
  42. Noir- Robert Coover
  43. When the Garden was Eden- Harvey Araton
  44. Cold in the Earth- Aline Templeton
  45. A Death in Summer- Benjamin Black
  46. The Master of Ballantrae- Robert Louis Stevenson
  47. 61 Hours- Lee Child
  48. The Art of Fielding- Chad Harbach
  49. Mr. Whicher’s Suspicions- Sarah Summerscale
  50. Flashman- George MacDonald Fraser


Jan: 12
U is for Undertow - Sue Grafton
Labyrinth - Kat Richardson
Finishing the Hat - Stephen Sondheim
Earth: the Book - Jon Stewart
America: the Book - Jon Stewart
The Scarlet Pimpernel- Baroness Orczy
Foiled - Jane Yolen
Superman: Red Son - Mark Miller
Muppet King Arthur - Joanna Stokes
The Lifecycle of Software Objects - Ted Chiang
Just Like the Ones We Used To Know - Connie Willis
Zits Supersized - Jerry Scott

Feb: 6 (18)
I read the following Russian books:
Tolstoy on the Brink
Princess Sartre
The Dostoevsky Diaries
Forever Nabokov

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
Inside Job - Connie Willis

March: 8 (26)
The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
A Hat Full of Sky - Terry Pratchett
Murder on Astor Place - Victoria Thompson
The Two Georges - Harry Turtledove
Summerland - Michael Chabon
Ball Four - Jim Boutan
Jellico Road - Melina Marchetta
10 short stories

April: 13 (39)
One of Our Thursdays is Missing - Jasper Fforde
Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built - Alexander McCall Smith
Then Everything Changed - Jeff Greenfield
Valor's Choice - Tanya Huff
The Poe Shadow - Matthew Pearl (reread)
Narbonic 1-6
Jeremy & Dad: A ZITS Tribute-ish to Fathers and Sons

May: 10 (49)
WWW: Wonder - Robert Sawyer
The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Double Comfort Safari Club - Alexander McCall Smith
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
Summon the Keeper - Tanya Huff
The Second Summoning - Tanya Huff
The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner
I Shall Wear Midnight - Terry Pratchett
The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer
Jeremy and Mom - Jerry Scott

June: 8 (57)
Remake - Connie Willis (novella)
Jane Jones, Worst Vampire Ever - Caissie St. Onge
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander McCall Smith
The King of Attolia - Megan Turner Whalen
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor
Long Hot Summoning - Tanya Huff
Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon
A Singular Woman - Janny Scott

July: 8 (65)
Heartless - Gail Carriger
Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris
Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris
Murder on Sisters' Row - Victoria Thaompson
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
The Better Part Of Valor - Tanya Huff
A Conspiracy of Kings - Megan Turner Whalen
Big Honkin' Zits - Jerry Scott

August: 11 (76)
Twilight - Stephanie Meyers
Bloodhound - Tamora Pierce
Ghost Story - Jim Butcher
Smokin' Seventeen - Janet Evanovich
Assassination Vacation - Sarah Vowell
From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris
Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris
The Black Garden - Thomas de Waal
The Heart of Valor - Tanya Huff
10 short stories

September: 8 (84)
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
The President and the Assassin - Scott Miller
Robopocalypse - Daniel Wilson
Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
Nothing to Envy - Barbara Demick
Random Zits - Jerry Scott

October: 8 (92)
Raising Stony Mayhall - Daryl Gregory
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
The Magicians - Les Grossman
Guards, Guards - Terry Pratchett
Nation - Terry Pratchett
Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
Snuff - Terry Pratchett
Alternative Zits - Jerry Scott

November: 6 (98)
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
The Wild Ways - Tanya Huff
Zombie, Ohio - Scott Kenemore
Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders - Gyles Brandreth
10 short stories
Sunday Brunch - Jerry Scott

December: 5 (103)
Government Issue: Comics for the People - Richard Graham
V is for Vengeance - Sue Grafton
Without Hesitation - Hugh Shelton
Dearly, Departed - Lia Habel
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum/Eric Shanower

Total $ Raised For NYPL: $250

Total $ Raised for Brooklyn Public Library by Jaye: $103

Want to help?

Coben Harlan The Innocent M Terrific, w great NJ landscapes
Brown Mike How I Killed Pluto N Neat chatty science on discovery of Eris, who led to demotion of P as 9th plant. MVEMJSUNP
Leavey Jane The Last Boy N Mantle from start to finish. She sure can do sports.


52 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2011 1:37 am

    This is a wonderful idea, I don’t think I will get many books read this weekend but I might have to “steal” this idea for myself.

  2. April 8, 2011 2:31 am

    Great choice of charities! Love the NYPL! I’m doing Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon for First Books, a charity that provides children from low-income families their first books. Good luck with your reading!

  3. April 9, 2011 11:25 am

    What an awesome cause! Way to go and happy reading!

  4. April 9, 2011 7:35 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! I really like the idea of using reading to measure a year long donation- I think I’m totally stealing this idea for 2012! Keep up the great work and enjoy the rest of the read-a-thon!

  5. Vanessa permalink
    October 20, 2011 4:20 pm

    Love, love, love this idea. Might have to do something like it.

  6. May 13, 2012 1:05 pm

    I am totally inspired by you. What a wonderful idea, and think you did by donating money for every book you read. I would love to do something like this.

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    January 17, 2013 1:58 pm

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