Saturday, December 27, 2008

Books Read in 2006

This is the list of books I read in 2006, in the order that I read them. For an explanation of my rating system, see here.

Jackson’s Dilemma by Iris Murdoch (3.5/5)

The Oath by
John Lescroart (3.5/5)

Life of Pi by Yan Martel (winner of the
Booker Prize; 4/5)

The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway (winner of the
Pulitzer Prize; 3/5)

The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan (3/5)

Without Fail by
Lee Child (3.5/5)

Blood Tie by Mary Lee Settle (winner of the
National Book Award; 3.5/5)

Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks by Oakley Hall (2/5)

Echo Burning by
Lee Child (3/5)

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (on the Modern Library
Top 100 list; 4/5)

The Good Apprentice by Iris Murdoch (3.5/5)

Peter the Great by Robert Massie (3.5/5)

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (on the Modern Library
Top 100 list; 5/5)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (5/5)

Theirs Was the Kingdom by R.H. Delderfield (reviewed
here; 3/5)

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (4/5)

Oh, the Glory of it All! by Sean Wilsey (3.5/5)

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (on the Modern Library
Top 100 list; 4.5/5)

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer Fleming (3.5/5)

Do-Gooders by Mona Charen (3/5)

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (on the Modern Library
Top 100 list; 4/5)

Cut and Run by Ridley Pearson (3/5)

First Things First by Stephen Covey (3.5/5)

The Real Jimmy Carter by Steven Hayward (3.5/5)

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford (on the Modern Library
Top 100 list; 4/5)

The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer (3/5)

The Bridge of San Luis Ray by Thorton Wilder (on the Modern Library
Top 100 list; 3/5)

Tripwire by
Lee Child (3.5/5)

The River at the Center of the World by
Simon Winchester (3.5/5)

The Darkness Around Us is Deep by William Stafford (Winner of the National Book Award for poetry)

The Traveling Curmudgeon by John Winokur (Ed.) (3/5)

Armadillo by William Boyd (3.5/5)

San Francisco: The Unknown City by Josh Krist (3.5/5)

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (3/5)

No Lesser Plea by Robert Tannenbaum (3/5)

Offshore by
Penelope Fitzgerald (winner of the Booker Prize) (3.5/5)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (winner of the
Booker Prize) (3/5)

The Ambassadors by Henry James (on the Modern Library
Top 100 list) (3/5)

Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo (2.5/5)

Bait and Switch by Larry Brooks (3/5)

The Wake Up by Robert Ferrigno (3/5)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (3/5)

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson (reviewed
here; winner of the National Book Award; 3/5)

Treason by Ann Coulter (3.5/5)

Young Lonigan by James Farrell (reviewed
here; on the Modern Library Top 100 list; 3/5)

The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan by James Farrell (reviewed
here; on the Modern Library Top 100 list; 3/5)

Judgment Day by James Farrell (reviewed
here; on the Modern Library Top 100 list; 4/5)

In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul (winner of the
Booker Prize; 3/5)

Cowboy Boots by Tyler Beard (3/5)

Post Office by Charles Bukowski (3/5)

The Archivist by Martha Cooley (3.5/5)

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (winner of the
Pulitzer Prize) (3/5)

Persuader by
Lee Child (3.5/5)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (3/5)

Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriella Garcia Marquez (4/5)

Sophie’s Choice by
William Styron (reviewed here; on the Modern Library Top 100 list; 5/5)

The Life and Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetze (notes here; winner of the
Booker Prize; 2/5)

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (3/5)

A Grave Talent by Laurie King (reviewed
here; 3/5)

Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman (4.5/5)

Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley (4/5)

The Triumphant Cat by Marmaduke Skidmore (Ed.) (3/5)

Murder in the Sentier by Cara Black (3.5/5)

Notes from the Underground by Foder Dosteyeskey (3/5)

Martin Dressler by Stephen Millhausen (reviewed here; winner of the
Pulitzer Prize; 2/5)

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (4/5)

Being Dead by Jim Crace (notes here; winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award; 2/5)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (reviewed
here; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction; on the Modern Library’s Top 100 nonfiction list; 3.5/5)

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (notes here; 3.5/5)

The First Law by
John Lescroart (3.5/5)

The Death of Outrage by William Bennett (3.5/5)

Money by Martin Amis (reviewed here; 3.5/5)

The Enemy by
Lee Child (3.5/5)

Death by the Glass by Nadine Gordon (3.5/5)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (2.5/5)

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain (3.5/5)

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Latham (winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award; 4/5)

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (reviewed here; winner of the
Pulitzer Prize; 3.5/5)

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding (3/5)

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award; 3/5)

Blink by Malcom Gladwell (3/5)

How to Cook A Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher (3.5/5)

Murder on the Potomac by Margaret Truman (3/5)

Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook by Alice Waters (reviewed
here; 3/5)

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (3/5)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenedis (winner of the
Pulitzer Prize; 4/5)

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain (notes here; on the Modern Library
Top 100 list; 4/5)

Double Indemnity by James Cain (4/5)

Mildred Pierce by James Cain (3.5/5)

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (3.5/5)

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad (on the Modern Library Top 100 list; 3.5/5)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (4/5)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (3/5)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (4/5)

New Year’s Eve Murder by Lee Harris (2.5/5)

The Orientalist by Tim Riess (3.5/5)

Fanny Hill by John Cleland (3/5)

A View of the Bay by Richard Scowcroft (out of print; 3/5)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (3/5)

Crusader’s Cross by
James Lee Burke (3/5)

French Lessons by Peter Mayles (3.5/5)

Postmark Paris by Leslie Jonath (3/5)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchet (3/5)

A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor (winner of the
Pulitzer Prize; 4/5)

One Shot by
Lee Child (3/5)


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Booker Prize: Redux

My original Booker Prize post has been completely redone. Now all the links work. See here for complete list of Booker Prize winners through 2008.


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