Thursday, January 7, 2010

My Decade of Reading

Keeping a list of what you read (I have been doing it since 1993) and then being able to go back and review it is very interesting. Here is what I learned from my 10 year review of the 206 books I read in one decade:

*Most read Authors:

1. James Patterson (16)
2. John Grisham (11)
3. Nelson DeMille (10)
4. Michael Crichton (8)
5. Ken Follett (7)
6. JK Rowling (7)
7. Ann Rice (7)
8. Patricia Cornwall (6)
9. Tom Clancy (5)

*Book that I have no clue today what it was about: Winter’s Tale (Helprin)

*Book that I read twice but didn’t realize it until now: 1776

*Book that I told more people about than any other: Celestine Prophecy

*Book that stayed with me more than any other other than The Bible: Chasing Daylight

*Author that I fell in love with in the 2000’s: Michael Chabon

*Book that was the most wasted time: Charlotte Simmons (Tom Wolfe)

*Best Running Book: Once a Runner (John Parker)

*Heath Book that made a difference: The Antioxident Revolution (Kenneth Cooper)

*Page Turner of the Decade: The Day After Tomorrow (Hammer)

*Best New Authors for me: (tie) Jonathan Krakauer and Jodi Piccoult

*Best Business Book: (tie) The Living Company (De Geus) and The Tipping Point (Gladwell)

*Most eye opening Book: The World is Flat (Freidman)

*Book that had the least measurable impact for me: Triathlon Swimming Made Easy (Laughlin)

Top Books of the decade for me:

* Bridges of Madison County (Waller)
* Celestine Prophecy (Redfield)
* A World Lit Only By Fire (Mancehster)
* The Horse Whisperer (Evans)
* All the Pretty Horses (McCarthy)
* Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Berendt)
* Into Thin Air (Krakauer)
* Cold Mountain (Frazier)
* God of Small Things (Roy)
* She’s Come Undone (Lamb)
* A Perfect Storm (Jager)
* Snowcrash (Stephenson)
* House of Sand and Fog (Dubus)
* Seabiscuit (Hillenbrand)
* The Pact (Piccoult)
* The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Chabon)
* John Adams (McCullogh)
* The Corrections (Franzen)
* Summerland (Chabon)
* Life of Pi (Martel)
* The Kite Runner (Hosseini)
* Devin in the White City (Larson)
* The World is Flat (Friedman)
* Chasing Daylight (O’Kelley)
* Audacity of Hope (Obama)
* Talk Talk (Boyle)
* Team of Rivals (Goodwin)
* Water for Elephants (Gruen)
* The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Diaz)
* Old Men at Midnight (Potok)
* Once a Runner (Parker)
* People of the Book (Brooks)
* Change by Design (Brown)

Here is what I read over the first decade of the ‘oo’s:

2000 (24):

Black Notice: Cornwall

Saving Faith: Baldacci

Harry Potter and the Scorcer’s Stone: Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets: Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner Azbakan: Rowling

Above Black: Sherman

Timeline: Crichton

The Lion’s Game: Demille

Pop Goes the Weasel: Patterson

When the Wind Blows: Patterson

The Brethren: Grisham

Horse Heavenv Smiley

The Barbarians are Coming: Louie

Cradle and All: Patterson

Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire: Rowling

Memoirs of a Geisha: Golden

October Sky: Hickam, Jr.

It’s Not About the Bike: Armstrong

Beowulf: Harvey

The Bear and the Dragon: Clancy

Ender’s Game: Card

Snowcrash: Stephenson

On Ice: Ramus

2001 (22):

The Invisible Continent: Ohmae

King of the World: Remnick

Roses Are Red: Patterson

Code to Zero: Follett

Net Gain: Hagel

Orvis Guide to Saltwater Fishing: Curcione

House of Sand and Fog: Dubus

Waiting: Jin

Tuscan Childhood: Beevor

The Tipping Point: Gladwell

1st to Die: Patterson

Seabiscuit: Hillenbrand

The Pact: Picoult

Race Horse Training: Collins

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: Chabon

Derby Dreams: Bolus

The Hobbit: Tolkien

Fade: Cormier

P is for Peril: Grafton

The Fellowship of the Ring: Tolkien

Proof: Francis

John Adams:McCullough

2002 (27)

Indiana Gothic: Brock

Violets are Blue: Patterson

The Prometheus Deception: Ludlum

Half Time: Buford

The Fourth Hand: Irving

Investing in Thoroughbreds: Kirkpatrick

Last Man Standing: Baldacci

Stud: Conley

Good to Great: Collins

The Summons: Grisham

2nd Chance: Patterson

The Holy Grail: The Derby: Haskins

The Corrections: Franzen

Whistle While You Work: Leider/Shapiro

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh: Chabon

Connecting: Crabb

Mabel Dodge Luhan: Rudnick

Red Rabbit: Clancy

Runner’s Blood: Fischer

Clear Body…Clear Mind: Hubbard

Carter Beats the Devil: Gold

Difficult Conversations: Stone, Patton, Heen

Nights in Rodanthe: Sparks

A New Brand World: Bedbury

Summerland: Chabon

The Lovely Bones: Seybold

Doing Well when Doing Good: Guinness

2003 (16)

Up Country: DeMille

Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Twain

The Key to Rebecca: Follett

How Firm a Foundation: Grodi

Four Blind Mice: Patterson

Life of Pi: Martel

Prey: Crichton

Catch Me If You Can: Abergnale

The Greatest Generation: Brokaw

Harry Potter,Order of the Phoenix: Rowling

King of Torts: Grisham

The DaVinci Code: Brown

Dark Horse: Hoag

The Bible: Inspired by God

Oracle Night: Austere

Mere Christianity: Lewis

Moneyball: Lewis

2004 (8)

Ruthless Trust: Manning

Purpose Driven Life: Warren

Under the Banner of Heaven: Krakauer

Big Bad Wolf: Patterson

Endurance: Alexander

Prayer: Foster

Ordering Your Private World: MacDonald

Kite Runner: Hosseini

2005 (13)

Angels & Demons: Brown

Night Fall: DeMille

The White City: Larson

Chi Running: Dreyer

Wild at Heart: Eldridge

Life Together: Bonhoeffer

Trace: Cornwell

Heaven: Alcorn

The World is Flat: Friedman

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe: Lewis

The Magician’s Nephew: Lewis

The Spirit of the Disciplines: Willard

Code to Zero: Follett

2006 (9)

Our Endangered Values: Carter

Freakonomics: Levitt/Dubner

Ultramarathon Man: Karnarez

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Rowling

1776: McCollough

Adventure Capitalist: Rogers

Search: Battelle

Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles: Brickner

The Bible:

2007 (19)

The Kitchen Boy: Alexander

Pope Joan: Cross

Chasing Daylight: O’Kelley

Growing Wise Slowly: Roper

The Tenth Circle: Piccoult

Making Your Childrens Ministry The Best Hour Of The Week: Miller/Stahl

Triathlon Swimming Made Easy: Laughlin

The Gospel According To John: Campbell

Audacity of Hope: Obama

A Year at the Races: Smiley

Winter’s Tale: Helprin

Harry Potter: Rowling

The Soul of Money: Twist

A Thousand Splendid Suns: Hosseini

The Bourne Betrayal: Van Bluster

The Life God Blesses: MacDonald

A World Without End: Follett

Cat's Cradle: Vonnegut

The Lost: Mendelsohn

2008 (30)

Talk Talk: Boyle

Cane River: Tademy

Red River: Tademy

Why Pray?: Wilhite

Thunderstruck: Larson

Thirteen Moons: Frazier

1776: McCullough

Ship of Gold: Kinder

Jesus, CEO: Jones

What is the What?: Egger

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union: Chabon

The Dante Club: Pearl

I am Charlotte Simmons: Wolfe

Pioneers: Cooper

Christian Spirituality: McGrath

Team of Rivals: Goodwin

Twilight: Meyer

The Shack: Young

New Moon: Meyer

Water for Elephants: Gruen

Eclipse: Meyer

New Dawn: Meyer

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: Diaz

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: Wroblewski

Stone Cold: Baldacci

House of Mondavi: Siler

The Hour That Changes The World: Eastman

The Bible: (New Living Testament)

Experiencing God: Blackaby

The Historian: Kostova

2009 (38)

Three Cups of Tea: Mortenson

All Things Are Possible Through Prayer: Allen

American Lion: Andrew Jackson In the White House Meachem

The Power of Positive Praying: Bisagno

Not For Sale: Batstone

Revolution: Barna

The Screwtape Letters: Lewis

Run for your life: Patterson/Ledwidge

The subtle power of spiritual Abuse: Johnson/Vonderen

Old Men at Midnight: Potok

Celebration of the Disciplines: Foster

The Art of the Turnaround: Kaiser

Wild Fire: DeMille

Slaughterhouse 5: Vonnegut

Once A Runner: Parker

Searching for Dad: Ricks

American Pastoral: Roth

Born to Run: McDougall

The Janson Directive: Ludlum

People of the Book: Brooks

Olive Kittredge: Stout

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling: Crouch

The Machievelli Covenant: Follsom

The Help: Stockett

Master and Commander: O’Brian

Artemis Fowl: Golfer

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident: Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code: Colfer

The Way: Escriva

Change By Design: Brown

A Gate At The Stairs: Moore

Brave New World: Huxley

Thomas Jefferson: Hitchens

Outliers: Gladwell

Underworld DeDillo

Gilead: Robinson

The Lost Symbol: Brown

The Power of Half: Salwen

1 comment:

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