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A year's worth of non-fiction reading

Posted by Hannah / January 4, 2006

I've never really kept track of the books I read in any given year except for in grade three, when I think we got brownie points from our teacher for reading, but by the time the MS read-a-thon came around, boy was I ready for it. Midway through 2005, I thought it would be an interesting thing to do. Unfortunately for my list, I read a lot more magazines than I do books, something to address in 2006. This year I also hope to knock some of the "Books I Should Have Read" off my list, and add more fiction. I've already started by cracking open Atonement, by Ian McEwan.

Arctic Dreams, by Barry Lopez (reread)
Bee Season, by Myla Goldberg
Best American Science Writing, edited by David Sobel and Jesse Cohen
Best American Travel Writing 2004, edited by Pico Iyer
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004, edited by Steven Pinker
Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell (in progress)
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris
Krakatoa, by Simon Winchester (in progress)
Naked, by David Sedaris
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser (reread)
The Corrections, by Jonathan Fransen
The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester
The Secret Life of Lobsters, by Trevor Corson

And, while it's not a book, a series of articles worth reading is The Climate of Man (parts 1 to 3) by Elizabeth Kolbert, which appeared in the New Yorker early in 2005.



Cat / January 6, 2006 at 10:17 am
I second that goal of addressing magazine versus book reading in 2006. Quarterlies and weeklies have taken over my life (not to mention my dining room table). John McPhee's two-part piece on coal trains in the New Yorker this past year has stayed with me, however. Fascinating. Am starting this year with Melville's Moby Dick (oof). And on that seafaring note, I'd love to borrow Corson's "Secret Life of Lobsters"!

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