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Complete List of Books Read in 2005 
1st-Jan-2006 09:48 am
Below is a complete list of books (minus any manga/graphic novels or non-reviewed short stories) read and reviewed in 2005. As it turns out, I was able to complete, with sufficient motivation, over half the final total in three months, so I'm aspiring to up that number to at least 200 in 2006.

Books Read in 2005:
Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
---. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
---. Life, the Universe and Everything.
---. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.
---. Mostly Harmless.
Ames, Jonathan. The Extra Man.
---. Wake Up, Sir!.
Amory, Richard. Song of the Loon.
Arnold, Madelyn. Bird-Eyes.
Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake.
Baldwin, James. Giovanni's Room.
Beagle, Peter S. Tamsin.
Berlin, Adam. Belmondo Style.
Bowes, Richard. Minions of the Moon.
Bram, Christopher. Father of Frankenstein.
---. Gossip.
---. Hold Tight.
---. In Memory of Angel Clare.
---. Lives of the Circus Animals.
Breen, Michael. The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, and Where Their Future Lies.
Brite, Poppy Z. Liquor.
Burroughs, Augusten. Dry: A Memoir.
---. Magical Thinking.
---. Running With Scissors.
---. Sellevision.
Cameron, Peter. The Weekend.
Card, Orson Scott. Songmaster.
Carey, Jacqueline. Kushiel's Dart.
---. Kushiel's Chosen.
Cashorali, Peter. Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men.
Chester, Craig. Adam & Steve.
Clark, Mary Higgins. No Place Like Home.
Conover, Ted. Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing.
Cooper, Dennis. Frisk.
---. My Loose Thread.
Cunningham, Elaine. Shadows in the Darkness.
Cunningham, Michael. The Hours.
---. Specimen Days.
Curlovich, John Michael. The Blood of Kings.
Currier, Jameson. Desire Lust Passion Sex.
Derfner, Joel. Gay Haiku.
Dick, Philip K. Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).
*---. "Minority Report."
Dowd, Maureen. Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide.
Drinnan, Neal. Glove Puppet.
---. Pussy's Bow.
---. Quill.
Ebershoff, David. The Danish Girl.
Ehrenreich, Barbara. Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.
---. Nickeled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.
Fadiman, Anne. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader.
Ford, Michael Thomas. Tangled Sheets: Tales of Erotica.
Friedman, C. S. Black Sun Rising.
---. Crown of Shadows.
---. When True Night Falls.
Gaiman, Neil. Anansi Boys.
Gaiman, Neil and Terry Pratchett. Good Omens.
Gibson, William. Pattern Recognition.
Griffin, John Howard. Black Like Me.
Heim, Scott. Mysterious Skin.
Herren, Greg, ed. Upon a Midnight Clear: Queer Christmas Tales.
Hinton, S. E. Hawkes Harbor.
Holleran, Andrew. Dancer from the Dance.
Hudler, Ad. Househusband.
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World.
Katayama, Kyoichi. Socrates in Love.
Kikuchi, Hideyuki. Vampire Hunter D. Vol. 1.
---. Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales. Vol. 2.
King, Stephen. The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel.
Kirino, Natsuo. Out.
Kluger, Steve. Almost Like Being in Love.
---. Changing Pitches.
---. Last Days of Summer.
Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea.
---. Changing Planes.
---. The Farthest Shore.
---. Gifts.
---. The Lathe of Heaven.
---. Planet of Exile.
---. Rocannon's World.
---. Tehanu.
---. The Tombs of Atuan.
Lee, Tanith. Metallic Love.
---. Saint Fire.
Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy.
Lewontin, R. C. Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA.
Lowenthal, Michael. Avoidance.
McCabe, Patrick. Breakfast on Pluto.
Merlis, Mark. An Arrow's Flight.
---. Man about Town.
Monette, Paul. Sanctuary: A Tale of Life in the Woods.
Olshan, Joseph. Night Swimmer.
---. Vanitas.
Orwell, George. 1984.
Paine, Michael. Steel Ghosts.
Pomfret, Scott and Scott Whittier. Hot Sauce.
---. Nick of Time.
---. Razor Burn.
---. Spare Parts.
Preston, John. Franny, the Queen of Provincetown.
*Proulx, Annie. "Brokeback Mountain."
Quinn, Eric Shaw. Say Uncle.
Raabe, Tom. Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction.
Rettenmund, Matthew. Boy Culture.
Rice, Anne. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.
Russell Paul. War Against the Animals.
Ryman, Geoff. Lust; or, No Harm Done.
Scott, D. Travers. One of These Things Is Not Like the Other.
Scott, Darieck. Traitor to the Race.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.
Soehnlein, K. M. The World of Normal Boys.
Sutherland, Luke. Venus as a Boy.
Stollman, Aryeh Lev. The Far Euphrates.
Tannen, Deborah. You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation.
White, Walter. The Fire in the Flint.
Whitman, Christine Todd. It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America.
Yates, Bart. Leave Myself Behind.
Zebrun, Gary. Someone You Know.
Zimler, Richard. The Angelic Darkness.
*short stories


The list can be broken down into any number of ways, but I will note briefly that I tend to prefer fiction over nonfiction, with only 13 nonfiction titles represented. 89 titles, nearly 80% of the total, are by minority writers. Though in general I prefer books that fall into the catch-all "literature" category, 35 titles are sci-fi/fantasy, and there are a few horror and mystery/thriller titles embedded in there as well. Because I was actively working to expand my experience in that area, 46 titles might tentatively be categorized as gay/lesbian fiction.

Of course, any recommendations for 2006 are most welcome!
1st-Jan-2006 03:11 pm (UTC) - Liquor
What was Poppy Z. Brite's Liquor like?
1st-Jan-2006 03:53 pm (UTC) - Re: Liquor
As a glimpse of New Orleans and the restaurant industry, it was quite good, but the characters were flatly unbelievable to the point of downright irritating.
1st-Jan-2006 04:52 pm (UTC) - Re: Liquor
before I leave the cafe in frustration, might as well make use of my time, no?

heee...you and I are seperate book entities. I love the way she uses language, and have read "prime" as well. ;)

And happy ny and maybe you'll even go 250 in 2006 ;)
1st-Jan-2006 06:41 pm (UTC) - Re: Liquor
heee...you and I are seperate book entities.

Or I just have very high standards. But that's no surprise, is it? (And it's not always to my benefit, either. ^^;; )

A very happy New Year to you, as well! Are you planning anything exciting for 2006? ^__^
1st-Jan-2006 11:52 pm (UTC) - Re: Liquor
That could, of course, be it. Or, most probably something in between both. I'm liking that I see no Dan Brown on your list. I've been seriously disappointed by his "lauded" stuff. ;)
All I'm thinking about right now is writing Statements of Position, and maybe going somewhere when my temp job is out end of january. not very exciting, alas ;)
2nd-Jan-2006 02:12 am (UTC) - Re: Liquor
*grins* You don't rate "great" on my list of contemporary writers unless you write like Toni Morrison or Michael Cunningham, to name two. Yep, very high standards. :P And, Dan Brown? Hmm...sounds vaguely familiar... XD

Statement of Position? Is that like a Statement of Purpose? Are you looking at anthropology programs?
2nd-Jan-2006 06:57 am (UTC) - Re: Liquor
*g* see? I don't even like toni morrison that much. Does that make me a book pariah in your opinion? ;)
dan brown? He's the guy who wrote the da vinci code et al. Actually, I use his "Illuminati" currently to keep my eyes open when I'm riding the subway to work at 6:30. I have noticed that the german translation sucks even more ass than the english original version.
I am indeed looking at some programs.
I am having some huge problems figuring out what to write, though.
happy walmart day, btw ;)
2nd-Jan-2006 01:56 pm (UTC) - Re: Liquor
Oh, well, I read The Da Vinci Code on the plane back from Korea last year. (international mass market paperback edition) I thought it sucked majorly, starting with that false proposition that, since St. John looks like a woman to modern eyes, that he is actually Mary Magdalene. :P

I am indeed looking at some programs.

*grins* Masters or Ph.D? Once you apply, though, I'm sure you'll have no problems getting in somewhere, though. Your resume is impeccable. XD
2nd-Jan-2006 02:14 pm (UTC) - Re: Liquor
Oh, yes, and re: your first question:

If you think Poppy Z. Brite or J. K. Rowling is a BETTER writer than Toni Morrison, then you have serious problems of literary perspective that need to be addressed, probably in an academic setting. ^_~ If, on the other hand, it's just a matter of "NOT LIKING," then it's most likely in your case that you're missing cultural cues (possible since her writing is so dense) or disagreeing with some basic assumptions in Morrison's writing (which, especially if you happen to be a social conservative, is very easy to do :P ).

For example, I was recently reading books by Dennis Cooper, and while I readily acknowledge the excellence of his literary technique, I disagreed with some basic assumptions he had about himself and the world and didn't particularly care for his writing (though I would readily read more of it, for the former reason).
1st-Jan-2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
I was really pleased with myself for reading 84 this year.
2nd-Jan-2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
How was Black Like Me?
2nd-Jan-2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Absolutely fascinating! Even moreso because the author himself, during the course of his project to "pass" as black, inadvertently reveals his own embedded prejudices in the writing of the book.
2nd-Jan-2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, interesting. I picked it up at a thrift store and have been meaning to read it for awhile now, since I want to read all of the books I currently own (a daunting task, I'm afraid).
2nd-Jan-2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Heh. You have more ambition than I do; I've already concluded that many of the books I own will never actually be read! But then, I collect books like other people collect decorative plates. ("Do you really read all of those?" "No. Do YOU really eat off of all of those???")
2nd-Jan-2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
I know why I set myself this goal to read all of my books, because now that I think about it, it's going to be sort of depressing to step back from my bookshelf and realized I've read everything on it. But I'm sure I will have acquired more books to keep the ball rolling.
2nd-Jan-2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
That should read, I don't know why...my mind moves too fast for my typing.
2nd-Jan-2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
*nod nod nod* That's exactly the thing! I hear about new titles all the time, so, even though I might, just MIGHT, be able to finish off all of the books I own but as of yet have not read in the upcoming year, I'm always topping off the proverbial pile with new acquisitions.
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