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My Current Reading List

Inspired by alexdg1 and his post on his current reading list , I thought I’d add my list of unread and half-read books, my TBR list. Be forewarned: It is a monster.

The 9/11 Commission Report

Alexander, Caroline: The Bounty

Ali, Ayaan Hirsi: Infidel

Alrabaa, Sami: Veiled Atrocities

Ambrose, Stephen E.: Crazy Horse and Custer

Ambrose, Stephen E.: Undaunted Courage

Ammon, Harry: James Monroe

Arrien, Angeles: The Nine Muses

Bahn, Paul: Lost Treasures

Bear, Greg: Queen of Angels

Behe, Michael J.: Darwin’s Black Box

Berlin, Isaiah: Karl Marx

Bernays, Anne and Painter, Pamela: What If?

Bertman, Stephen: Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Bird, Kai and Sherwin, Martin J.: American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of Robert J. Oppenheimer

Blum, Deborah, ed.: 2014 The Best American Science and Nature Writing

Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy

Booth, Wayner C., Colomb, Gregory G., Williams, Joseph M.: The Craft of Research

Brennan, J. H.; Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World

Brodie, Fawn M: Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History

Bryson, Bill: Mother Tongue

Bryce, Trevor: Life and Society in the Hittite World

Brooks, Terry, et. al.: The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference

Bullfinch, Thomas: Bullfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Chivalry

Cady, Edwin H., ed.: Literature of the Early Republic

Camp, John M.: The Archeology of Athens

Card, Orson Scott: Character and Viewpoint

Card, Orson Scott, et. al.: Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction

Chernow, Ron: Alexander Hamilton

Clark, Ronald W.: Benjamin Franklin A Biography

Clark, Thomas; Woods, Bruce, Blocksom and Terez, Angela: The Writer’s Digest Guide to Good Writing

Contenau, Georges: Everyday Life in Babylon and Assyria

Darwin, Charles: The Origin of Species

Darwish, Nonie: Now They Call me Infidel

Davies, Philip R.; Brooke, George J. and Callaway, Phillip R.: The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Dawkins, Richard: The Greatest Show on Earth

Dennett, Daniel C.: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Diamond, Jared: Collapse

Doyle, Arthur Conan: The Classic Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

Egan, Jennifer, ed.: 2014 The Best American Short Stories 2014

Ellis, Joseph : American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Faludi, Susan: Backlash

Ferris, Timothy: The Mind’s Sky

Friedman, Thomas L.: The World is Flat

Froissart: Chronicles

Gardner, John: The Art of Fiction

Garfield, Simon: Mauve

Gee, Henry: In Search of Deep Time

Gleick, James: Chaos: Making a New Science

Goodwin, Jan: Price of Honor

Grant, Michael: The Ancient Mediterranean

Grant, Michael: The Etruscans

Grant, Michael: The Classical Greeks

Grant, Michael: History of Rome

Green, Brian : The Fabric of the Cosmos

Gregory of Tours: The History of the Franks

Gribben, John: The Birth of Time

Gribben, John: The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything

Gould, Stephen Jay: Dinosaur in a Haystack

Gould, Stephen Jay: The Lying Stones of Marrakech

Gould, Stephen Jay: The Panda’s Thumb

Hadapp, Christopher: Solomon’s Builders

Hadden, Jeffrey K. and Shupe, Anson: Televangelism: Power & Politics on God’s Frontier

Hamilton, Alexander; Madison, James and Jay, John: The Federalist Papers

Hamilton, Edith: The Greek Way

Hamilton, Edith: The Roman Way

Hawking, Stephen and Penrose, Roger: The Nature of Space and Time

Henderson, David: ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix

Hirsch, James: Hurricane

Holland, John H.: Emergence

Hollander, Lee M.: The Poetic Edda

Hofstadter, Douglas R.: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Holton, Woody: Abigail Adams

Horner, Christopher C.: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism

Hourani, Albert: A History of the Arab Peoples

Howard, Judy : Masada’s Marine

Huizinga, Johan: The Autumn of the Middle Ages

Jablokov, Alexander: River of Dust

Jacobsen, Thorkild: The Harps That Once…

Jacobsen, Thorkild: The Treasures of Darkness

Kahn, David: Seizing the Enigma

Kean, Sam: The Violinist’s Thumb

Ketcham, Ralph, ed.: The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Debates

Kiernan, Denise : The Girls of Atomic City

King, Stephen: On Writing

Koppel, Ted: Off Camera

Karkauer, Jon: Where Men Win Glory

Kramer, Samuel Noah: Sumerian Mythology

Levitin, Daniel: This is Your Brain on Music

Livy, The Early History of Rome

Lloyd, Seth: Programming the Universe

MacNamara, Ellen: Everyday Life of the Etruscans

Magee, Bryan: Confessions of a Philosopher

Mah, Adeline Yen: Falling Leaves

McCullough, David: John Adams

McLean, Bethany and Nocera, Joe: All the Devils Are in Here

Millner, Cork: Write from the Start

Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas

Neiman, Susan: Moral Clarity

Neruda, Pablo: Full Woman, Fleshly Apple and Hot Moon

Norton, Mary Beth: In the Devil’s Snare

Novakovich, Josip: Fiction Writer’s Workshop

Olmstead, A. T.: The History of the Persian Empire

Omnès, Roland: Understanding Quantum Mechanics

Parker, Barry: Good Vibrations: The Physics of Music

Parker, Dorothy: The Portable Dorothy Parker

Pearce, Roy Harvey, ed.: Colonial American Writing

Penrose, Roger: The Emperor’s New Mind

Peterson, Merrill: The Portable Thomas Jefferson

Pinker, Steven: How the Mind Works

Plutarch, The Age of Alexander

Pullman, Philip: His Dark Materials

Ramsland, Katherine: The C. S. I. Effect

Rees, Martin: Before the Beginning

Rice, Anne: Vittorio the Vampire

Ridley, Matt: Genome

Roberts, Cokie: Founding Mothers

Sacks, Oliver: Hallucinations

Sacks, Oliver: The Mind’s Eye

Sacks, Oliver: Oaxaca Journal

Sacks, Oliver: Uncle Tungsten

Saggs, H. W. F.: The Babylonians

Shirer, William L.: The Nightmare Years 1930-1940

Stafford, Tom and Webb, Matt: Mind Hacks

Sugden, John: Tecumeseh: A Life

Strobel, Lee: The Case for Christ

Szmborska, Wislawa: Poems New and Collected 1957-1997

Tacitus: The Histories

Terrill, Ross: The White-Boned Demon

Time-Life Books: What Life Was Like on the Banks of the Nile

Unger, Harlow Giles: The Last Founding Father

Washburn, Katherine and Major, John S., eds: World Poetry

Weinberg, Robert; Dziemianowixz, Stefan and Greenberg, Martin : 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories

Wells, H. G.: The Complete Science Fiction Treasury of H. G. Wells

Wells, Helen: Cherry Ames, Cruise Nurse

Wilde, Oscar: The Complete Oscar Wilde

Winchester, Simon: Krakatoa

Wise, Michael, Abegg, Martin, Jr., and Cook, Edward, eds: The Dead Sea Scrolls

Young, Astrid: Being Young

Many of these can be blamed on Borders going out of business. Some of them were gifts. All of them are mine that I just haven’t finished yet.

And I plan on reviewing everyone I can (the textbooks might be tough) on Examiner when I’m done. I have four more Piers Anthony books from the library to finish, then it’s back to Orson Scott Card’s Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction . Any suggestion as to which one after all that?

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luisga814 wrote on May 20, 2015, 2:04 AM

Wow you have great number of reading list. By the way, you have a copy of all that materials? Congratulations.

msiduri wrote on May 20, 2015, 7:30 AM

Yes, I have copies of all of these. That's part of the problem. emoticon :smile: When Borders was going out of business some years ago, they discounted their stuff deeply. I was a frequent customer.

msiduri wrote on May 20, 2015, 7:32 AM

I've looked at both of those books several times. The Hittite book in particular is interesting because so little is known about them, particularly compared to a group like the Greeks. I...just haven't been able to finish either book. I used to love Hamilton's book on mythology when I was a kid.

alexdg1 wrote on May 20, 2015, 7:48 PM

I'm surprised that you don't have T.E. Lawrence's "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" on your list.

msiduri wrote on May 20, 2015, 8:33 PM

Now, Alex, don't be leading me astray. I don't need another book just yet. emoticon :smile:

shaggin83 wrote on May 20, 2015, 9:06 PM

Right now I am reading a book that I have wanted to read since I was young. It's called Dancing on my grave. Now that I am reading it I am not really enjoying it as much as I had hoped I would.

msiduri wrote on May 20, 2015, 9:51 PM

Is that about a dancer whose name slips my mind and recovery from drug abuse? I seem to recall seeing her interviewed (mumble) years ago and it was quite obvious she was high. She also had her lips injected with silicon? Or I may be thinking of someone completely different. But sorry you're not enjoying the book.

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arthurchappell wrote on May 30, 2015, 3:26 PM

impressive list. I've read the Dawkins, Wells, Pullman and Arthur Conan Doyle - all well worth reading

msiduri wrote on May 31, 2015, 7:17 PM

I hope to one day make it even more impressive by finishing it. Check back in maybe five years. emoticon :smile:

KaraSkinner wrote on July 7, 2015, 5:11 PM

That's a pretty cool reading list. I've never heard of any of these books, but I like H.G. Wells, and Your Mind on Music sounds really cool. Personally, I would read the 100 Creepy Little Creatures Stories because that sounds like a lot of fun.

msiduri wrote on July 7, 2015, 8:34 PM

It is cool. There are stories from the 19th century and from the late 20th. It's great.

lexiconlover wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:48 AM

I would list my tbr list as well, but it's hundreds of books long, and would take a lot of time to write the titles and authors here.

msiduri wrote on July 11, 2015, 11:06 AM

You can start with maybe the A-C list. That's how I started this list. It's truly frightening to behold in its entirety.

lexiconlover wrote on July 11, 2015, 11:09 AM

That's kind of how I feel about mine. And I always add books whenever I see something that strikes my fancy! Lol, I use GoodReads to keep track of them. :)

msiduri wrote on July 11, 2015, 12:44 PM

My New Year's Resolution for 2015 was not to buy any more books. I kept it until I preordered the 2016 Writer's Market... and a couple of other things.

cheri wrote on July 14, 2015, 6:29 AM

This is a great huge list of reading. Hope you can get all these done.

msiduri wrote on July 14, 2015, 10:46 AM

I do, too. If not, I'll have to reincarnate and start reading at an early age. emoticon :smile: