2011 Booklist

Buh, Blogger somehow reverted this page to an earlier version. I'll do what I can, but I'm not going to bother with adding my opinions.

I read a lot of books, usually far more than I can remember or even reconstruct from my library records. For 2011 it might be interesting to catalog the things I read. Some of these I started in December 2010, but we'll let that slide.

Expect to see a lot of public-domain literature on the list: I suddenly realized that Project Gutenberg has endless thousands of free books I've never read, and now in the iPad I finally have a comfortable way to read them.

  1. The Five Dysfunctions of A Team - Patrick Lencioni.
  2. Dzur - Steven Brust.
  3. Issola - Steven Brust.
  4. Dragon - Steven Brust.
  5. A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin.
  6. A Feast For Crows - George R.R. Martin.
  7. A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin.
  8. A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin.
  9. A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin.
  10. Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll.
  11. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson.
  12. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling - Ross King. Not quite as sparklingly awesome as Brunelleschi's Dome, but then again I'm just less interested in art than in architecture and engineering. Still, awesome story all around.
  13. 1491: New Revelations of the World Before Columbus - Charles C. Mann. Oh, man. Go read this book. It's on my History Shortlist with Jared Diamond's books. Short version: everything you were taught is wrong.
  14. Zen Wrapped In Karma Dipped In Chocolate - Brad Warner. My first Kindle book! I bought it because Warner needs the money and I didn't want to carry around a library book. Part One of his "Here are the grotesque details of how Zen teachers like me are human just like everybody else" confessional series.
  15. Dracula - Bram Stoker. It's really, really good. Set aside your previous vampire-fiction experiences: I got to the end and thought "Wow, that would make a horrible movie." I have some reading to do on the novel's background: did you know Stoker was Irish?
  16. Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Mark Richardson. I gave up midway through, it was so boring. Get it from the library if you must. Don't you dare buy this book.
  17. Confession of A Buddhist Atheist - Stephen Batchelor. So awesome. I'd listened to about 25 hours of his lectures from 2005-2010, and this is the book that came out of them. It's a really excellent way of reading the oldest Buddhist texts, to try and get a view of the human story behind it.
  18. Riding the Ox Home - John Daido Loori.
  19. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne. Very surprised to discover hard sci-fi from 1863. This means that when it's wrong, it's very obviously wrong, but with some caveats, it's not wrong that often.
  20. Daisy Miller - Henry James. After years of hearing about how awesome Henry James is, I finally gave him a try, and holy crap.
  21. Keep Me In Your Heart A While: The Haunting Zen of Dainin Katagiri - Dosho Michael Port. Katagiri Roshi's students don't appear to have written many books with stories about him, so this is a special book in that way. Interesting illustrations of how the people we're separated from continue in our memories.
  22. Scalable Internet Architectures - Theo Schlossnagle. A modern classic for nerds.
  23. The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt - John Ray. Short and sweet.
  24. Out of the Flames - Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone. Excellent book by a pair of book collectors, about the antitrinitarian Michael Servetus and the 3 surviving copies of the book that was burned at the stake with him.
  25. The Sandman Library - Neil Gaiman. It's very 90s, unsurprisingly, but it's still a good story and a really accessible intro to comics/graphic novels.
  26. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition - Daniel Okrent. Absolutely phenomenal.
  27. Surprised By Joy - C.S. Lewis