January 1, 2008

A year of books

I've noticed a few other people around the blogosphere publishing the list of all the books they've read during 2007, including a few librarians too. (Sorry, I haven't bookmarked those that I've seen...)

I thought I'd do the same and encourage all of you out there with blogs to do the same. It's fun and easy!

After the list, I'm also going to list the 5 notable fiction and non-fiction books for me for the past year. It's worth noting that the list of notable books is drawn from books published in any year, not just 2007. (Note that I've published the naked list on the other blog as well.)

Here goes:

  1. Hybrids by Robert J. Sawyer
  2. The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney
  3. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
  4. Over My Dead Body by Lee Server
  5. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006 edited by Brian Greene
  6. The Best American Science Writing 2006 edited by Atul Gawande
  7. Demons by John Shirley
  8. The Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs 2006 edited by Bora Zivkovic
  9. Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels by David Pringle
  10. Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal
  11. It by Stephen King
  12. The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time by David Vise & Mark Malseed
  13. Witness to Myself by Seymour Shubin
  14. Lady Yesterday by Loren D. Estleman
  15. Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of Our Fantastic Future by Eric Dregni & Jonathan Dregni
  16. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  17. The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip Jose Farmer
  18. The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by Lee Smolin
  19. Still Life with Crows by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  20. Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change by Walt Crawford
  21. The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters by Ardea Skybreak
  22. The Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
  23. You'll Die Next by Harry Whittington
  24. Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir by Matthew Chapman
  25. Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger
  26. Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy
  27. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
  28. Days of Infamy by Harry Turtledove
  29. The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by David Malmont
  30. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
  31. The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
  32. The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester
  33. Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry
  34. The Boy who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl
  35. Glut: Mastering Information Through The Ages by Alex Wright
  36. Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature by David Quammen
  37. The Wrecking Crew by Donald Hamilton
  38. 13 Bullets by David Wellington
  39. The Year's Best Science Fiction: 22 edited by Gardner Dozois
  40. Dinner with Dad: How I Found My Way Back to the Family Table by Cameron Stracher
  41. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
  42. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: 16 edited by Stephen Jones
  43. The Last Colony by John Scalzi
  44. Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts by John McCain, David Dunbar, and Brad Reagan
  45. The Best American Science Writing 2007 by Gina Kolata
  46. Dead Man's Song by Jonathan Maberry

Notable non-fiction, in no particular order:
  • Dreaming in Code by Scott Rosenberg
  • Balanced Libraries by Walt Crawford
  • Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger
  • The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin
  • The Best American Science Writing 2006 edited by Atul Gawande

Notable fiction, in no particular order:
  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: 16 edited by Stephen Jones
  • The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
  • Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry
  • The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by David Malmont
  • Still Life with Crows by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

It was a great year for me in non-fiction reading, probably my best ever. Because of my sabbatical I really concentrated on reading a lot of high-quality science and information science books and was well rewahttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.italic.gif
insert italic tagsrded by those efforts. On the other hand, I obviously read a lot less fiction that is normal for me -- usually I read about 90% fiction -- and in fact I felt that I didn't read many novels this year that really connected with me.

In any case, I'm a bit behind in my science book reviewing on this blog these last few months and I will try and catch up with that this month, perhaps with the help of a group review post coming up soon for some of the less "significant" books I've read.

What's coming up in science books in the next little while? I have reviews coming for Wikinomics and Glut. I'm just getting into Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson as well as 75% though Morville's Ambient Findability.

Also coming up, before I even think of any 2008 books, are:

  • Pursuit of Genius: Flexner, Einstein, and the Early Faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study by Steve Batterson
  • The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston
  • Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart by Ian Ayres
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think edited by Andy Oram and Greg Wilson

Not to mention numerous year's best anthologies on science, technology, nature and science blogging!

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