27 December 2005

2005 Book Lists

I couldn't really trim down my list too much. With only 1 or 2 exceptions, I enjoyed everything I read this year, maybe that means I'm not qualified to be a critic or I am just easily entertained. Whatever it is, here is what I liked this year...

1. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
2. Bobby Fischer Goes to War - Edmunds & Eidinow
3. Smashed - Koren Zailckas
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
5. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
6. Night - Elie Wiesel
7. Educating Esmé - Emsé Raji Codell
8. Candyfreak - Almond
9. Emperors of Chocolate - Joel Glen Brenner
10. Domers - Kevin Coyne
11. The Last of the Donkey Pilgrims - Kevin O'Hara
12. How Soccer Explains the World- Foer
13. Making the Corps - Ricks
14. There are No Shortcuts - Rafe Esquith

Please post your favorites in Comments.


  1. AND...of those 14, I only purchased TWO, one of which cost me 50 cents (The Good Earth). Thanks to Chicago Public Library and the generosity of family and friends.

  2. I can tell I need to widen my reading lists.Here are some of mine
    1. Bread of Three Rivers-Sara Taber(The history and cultural of the Best French Loaf
    2. Rick and Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventure-Rick and Lanie Bayless. Great cookbook read
    3. Wild Swans-Jung Chang 3 generations of women in China
    4. Dreams of my Father- Baraka Obama
    5. My favorite Tree-Diane Iverson
    6. 'Tis Herself- Maureen O'Hara
    7. The last of the Donkey Pilgrims-Kevin O'Hara.Ireland travels
    8. Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind
    9.Dying to Cross-Jorge Ramos-mexican immigration
    10/ Candy Freak-like Jake's yummy.

  3. Here are last years if you'd like to review.


  4. My last few comments are disappearing.. or getting deleted by the blog owner!
    At any rate, here's my 2cents here.

    1. I like SNG's idea on logging the books as you read them, b/c when it comes time to list them, I realize I have forgetten a lot of them, or at least when I read them.
    2. A long time ago we had discussed a reading page to track/rate our progress through some top 100 lists... I'm going to see if I can find any more info on that.

    For 2005, all I can recall:

    Marines of Autumn - James Brady
    Enders Game - Orson Scott Card
    Madame Secretary - Madeline Albright
    All the Laws but One - William Rehnquist
    Slander - Ann Coulter
    Treason - Ann Coulter
    My Life - Hillary Clinton
    Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum

    Madam Secretary was probably the best of the lot with the Ann Coulter books as very fun reading, but light fare (political satire/humor). I gave up on Hillary's book after about 2 - 3 chapters, but reading SNG's glowing review has prompted me to re-add this book to the list for 2006.

    Here's to greater organization for 2006!

  5. i have to admit i have not read many regular books this past year. however i will say that Old Jules by Mari Sandoz is one of the best i have read in a long time. also...three cheers for to kill a mockingbird it is my all time favorite book. i think i've read it a dozen times (no kidding).