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2006 in Review

January 4, 2007

Now that I’m settled in, I have a bit of time for writing.

Well, 2006 was the first year that I started keeping a record of my reading. Here’s what I came up with.

Total Books Read: 105
Fiction: 63
Non-Fiction: 42
Books on CD: 11
Non-English Books: 2
Men Authors: 72
Women Authors: 33

Wow. I always knew that I read more men than women, but I didn’t realise how strong the tendency was. I’ll try to work on that this year. And now, just because I can, here’s a list of all the books I read. The ones in bold are my top 15. If I have the time, I’ll start ‘back-reviewing’ with those.

1. The Prince by Machiavelli(but the translation by de Alvarez)
2. Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
3. Rise to Globalism by Stephen Ambrose and Douglas Brinkley
4. The Master by Colm Toibin
5. The Dante Club by Mathew Pearl
6. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
7. The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith
8. The Second Treatise by John Locke
9. Foucoult’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
10. Shame by Salman Rushdie
11. Prep by Curtis Sittenfield
12. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
14. The First Discourse by Jean Jacques Rousseau
15. The Old Regime and the Revolution by Alexis de Tocqueville
16. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
17. The Ambler Warning by Robert Ludlum (book on cd)
18. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (book on cd)
19. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
20. The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Robert Calasso
21. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
22. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
23. Inside a US Embassy
24. The Village of Waiting by George Packer
25. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
26. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maquire
27. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King
28. La Cucina by Lily Prior
29. Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
30. Ireland by Frank Delany (book on cd)
31. To End a War by Richard Holbrooke
32. The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
33. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
34. Possession by A.S. Byatt
35. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
36. Antigone by Jean Aniuolh (in French)
37. Putin’s Russia by Lilya Shevtsova
38. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
39. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
40. Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner
41. The Cold War: A New History by John Gaddis
42. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
43. The Stranger by Albert Camus (in French)
44. Alamut by Judith Tarr
45. The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry (book on cd)
46. The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd (book on cd)
47. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
48. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
49. In Defense of Globalization by Jagdish Bhagwati
50. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
51. Beloved by Toni Morrison
52. Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie (book on cd)
53. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (book on cd)
54. The Ambassadors by Henry James
55. The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcolm X
56. City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
57. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
58. A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
59. Sparrow by Mary Dorris Russell
60. Cosmopolitanism by Kwame Appiah
61. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
62. Operation Solo by John Barron
63. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco
64. Atonement by Ian McEwan
65. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
66. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
67. Moving Toward Balance by Rodney Yee
68. Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
69. Hear My Testimony by Maria Teresa Tula
70. Blueprints for a House Divided by Robert McBeth Hayden
71. America at the Crossroads by Francis Fukuyama
72. The Disciplinary Revolution by Philip Gorski
73. Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era by Daniel Hellinger and Steve Ellner
74. The Case for Goliath by Michael Mandelbaum
75. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
76. The Monkey’s Paw by Robin Kirk
77. Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden
78. Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
79. Between Earthquakes and Volcanoes by Carlos M. Vilas and Ted Kuster
80. War and the Rise of the State by Bruce D. Porter
81. Zorro (book on CD) by Isabel Allende
82. Mexican Lives by Judith Adler Hellman
83. Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
84. Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
85. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
86. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
87. The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
88. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
89. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
90. The Biographer’s Tale by A.S. Byatt
91. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
92. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
93. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
94. By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
95. The Innocent by Ian MwEwan
96. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
97. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
98. The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
99. Hornet’s Nest by Patricia Cornwell
100. Anhila’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
101. The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs
102. People’s History of the US by Howard Zinn
103. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
104. The Matisse Stories by A.S. Byatt
105. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

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