So I decided to start keeping a list of the books I read. I started this at the beginning of 1998, so my 1997 list was made in retrospect and is kind of patchy.

In Association with I've gone capitalist! Since I was linking to Amazon all over the place anyway, I joined the Associates program. If you visit Amazon through this link or one in my notes and then buy something, I'll get a commission. If I actually make any money, I'll be sure to let you know what kind of candy bar I buy with it. Of course I recommend you try your local independent bookstore first. I'm lucky to live near the magnificent Wordsworth Books in Cambridge.

My friend Steph and I have very similar taste in books and movies, the kind where when the other person recommends a book and you don't really like it, you feel kind of like it's your fault for not getting it, rather than the other person's fault for recommending a lousy book. At least that's how I feel, maybe she's better balanced. Anyway, the point of which is that you might want to read her book reviews too.

This list doesn't include the more technical non-fiction I read on topics like computer science, music theory, and games like chess and go.

One book was enough of a project that it got a page of its own, detailing my progress as I journeyed through it. See the Proustometer, if you dare.

Each year is on a separate page now; just click to get to the appropriate review. I've also made an index for your browsing pleasure.


Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel
Bruce Duffy, The World As I Found It
Vernor Vinge, A Deepness in the Sky
Brooks Hansen, Perlman's Ordeal
Ann McCutchan, The Muse That Sings: Composers Speak About the Creative Process
Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn
Scott Plous, The Psychology of Judgement and Decision Making
Donald Antrim, The Hundred Brothers
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan; Gormenghast
Kirsten Bakis, Lives of the Monster Dogs
Donald Antrim, The Verificationist
Neil Gaiman etc, The Sandman
Dave McKean, Cages
David Bowman, Bunny Modern
Robertson Davies, Fifth Business; The Manticore; World of Wonders
George Saunders, Pastoralia
Lorrie Moore, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
Vikram Seth, An Equal Music
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
Lawrence Weschler, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder
Andrew Crumey, Pfitz
Walter Tevis, Mockingbird
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
Jane Smiley, Moo
Andrew Crumey, D'Alembert's Principle
Tibor Fischer, The Thought Gang
Max Frisch, Man in the Holocene
Andrew Crumey, Music, in a Foreign Language
Tristan Egolf, Lord of the Barnyard
Scott McCloud, Reinventing Comics
Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three; The Black Cauldron; The Castle of Llyr; Taran Wanderer; The High King
Gene Wolfe, In Green's Jungles
George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones; A Clash of Kings; A Storm of Swords
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
P. G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves

Recently read but not yet reviewed

Catching up...

Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore
Flann O'Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds
Andrew Crumey, Mr. Mee
P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and the Tie That Binds
Adam Cadre, Ready, Okay!
John Crowley, Little, Big
Don Foster, Author Unknown (2001 starts here, I'm so behind)
Gene Wolfe, Return to the Whorl
G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday
Lawrence Norfolk, Lemprière's Dictionary (reread)
Stanislaw Lem, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub (reread)
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days
Dorothy Dunnett, The Game of Kings
Judith McNaught, Almost Heaven (I can explain!)


Nick Hornby, About a Boy
Yasunari Kawabata, The Master of Go
Philip Roth, The Great American Novel
Bruno Latour, Aramis, or the Love of Technology
Nicholas Tomalin, The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
Paolo Maurensig, The Lüneburg Variation
Po Bronson, Bombardiers
Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
Michael Cunningham, The Hours
Ben Marcus, The Age of Wire and String
Matt Ruff, Sewer, Gas, & Electric
Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy
Bill Harkleroad, Lunar Notes: Zoot Horn Rollo's Captain Beefheart Experience
Steve Erickson, The Sea Came In At Midnight
David Grand, Louse
Julian Dibbell, My Tiny Life
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Flanders Panel
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist
Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun
Gene Wolfe, The Urth of the New Sun
David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
George Saunders, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
Gene Wolfe, The Book of the Long Sun
Gene Wolfe, On Blue's Waters
P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
P. G. Wodehouse, Carry On, Jeeves
Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen
Charles Palliser, The Unburied
W. G. Sebald, The Emigrants
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Patrick O'Brian, Desolation Island
Steven Pinker, Words and Rules
Gene Wolfe, The Fifth Head of Cerberus
Roger Zelazny, The First Chronicles of Amber


Matt Ruff, Fool on the Hill
Greg Egan, Permutation City
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander
Patrick O'Brian, Post Captain
Steve Erickson, American Nomad
Patrick O'Brian, H.M.S. Surprise
Victor Pelevin, The Life of Insects
Jonathan Lethem, As She Climbed Across the Table
Patrick O'Brian, The Mauritius Command
Nicholson Baker, The Everlasting Story of Nory
Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine (reread)
Greg Egan, Axiomatic
Banana Yoshimoto, N.P.
Sebastien Japrisot, A Very Long Engagement
Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
Brooks Hansen, The Chess Garden
David Sedaris, Naked
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
Alain de Botton, On Love (reread)
Bruce Cumings, Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past
Christopher Priest, The Prestige
Robert Graves, I, Claudius
Ken Kalfus, Thirst
Harold Pinter, The Proust Screenplay
Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life


No reviews of these, unfortunately.
Harry Mulisch, The Discovery of Heaven
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Otto Friedrich, Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations
Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Bill Bryson, Notes From a Small Island
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
Alain de Botton, Kiss & Tell
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (reread)
Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
Don DeLillo, Underworld
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
Mark Leyner, The Tetherballs of Bougainville
Steven Weinberg, Dreams of a Final Theory
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

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Last updated 13 June 2001