Mark Zuckerberg’s Year of Books (2015) #booklists

In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg – he of the social media leviathan and the sweaters – started a book group on Facebook, the idea being to open up a publish (ish) discussion of a book a fortnight for a year. The final list is pretty interesting – you can get more details on it here.

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Creativity, Inc -?Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Sapiens -?Dr. Yuval Noah Harari

The Rational Optimist?– Matt Ridley

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – Thomas Kuhn

Why Nations Fail -?Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

The End of Power -?Mois?s Na?m

The New Jim Crow?-?Michelle Alexander

Genome -?Matt Ridley

Portfolios of the Poor -?Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford

Dealing with China -?Henry M Paulson

The Varieties of Religious Experience -?William James

The Better Angels of our Nature -?Steven Pinker

The Three-Body Problem -?Cixin Liu

Gang Leader for a Day –?Sudhir Venkatesh

Energy: A Beginner?s Guide -?Vaclav Smil

Orwell?s Revenge – Peter Huber

Rational Ritual -?Michael Suk-Young Chwe

The Muqaddimah –?Ibn Khald?n

The Player of Games – Iain M Banks

On Immunity: An Inoculation -?Eula Biss

The Beginning of Infinity –?David Deutsch

World Order -?Henry Kissinger

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation -?Jon Gertner

A Year 11 book list from 2012 #booklists

I’m collecting interesting lists of books. You can see all the entries here.

This was a ‘suggested reading list’ from my daughter?s English school for Year 11 (15/16 years old) teens ?seeking new horizons?:

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Little Green Man – Simon Armitage

Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

Emma – Jane Austen

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Ways of Seeing – John Berger

The Outside – Albert Camus

The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

A Confederancy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Atonement – Ian McEwan

Short Stories – Edgar Allen Poe

The Catcher In the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Perfume – Patrick Suskind

Waterland – Graham Swift

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Backlisted podcast #booklists

I’m collecting interesting lists of books. You can see all the entries here.

The Backlisted podcast, hosted by John Mitchison and Andy Miller, is a constant source of?interesting books, at its focus is on the stuff which might have been forgotten about. You can hear all the podcasts on Soundcloud here, and I’ll attempt to keep this list as up to date as I can with the latest titles (if you want to hear me blathering on about one of the books here,?The Riddle of the Sands, the relevant Backlisted episode is here).

absolute_beginnersAbsolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes

The Crack Up?– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Last Exit to Brooklyn?– Hubert Selby Jr

Maiden Voyage?– Denton Welch

Letters From a Fainthearted Feminist – Jill Tweedy

Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers

The Information – Martin Amis

All the Devils are Here – David Seabrook

The High Window – Raymond Chandler

The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns

Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls – Terry Jones and Michael Palin

Passing – Nella Larsen

Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry – BS Johnson

The Blessing – Nancy Mitford

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

The Great Fire – Shirley Hazzard

Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner

Hemingway’s reading list for a young writer #booklists

I’m collecting interesting lists of books. You can see all the entries here.

A list of fourteen books and two short stories which Ernest Hemingway scribbled down for student Arnold Samuelson, when Samuelson travelled to meet him on Key West. For the full story, visit?Dangerous Minds. The short stories were ‘The Blue Hotel’ and ‘The Open Boat’ by Stephen Crane.

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  • Madame Bovary?- Gustave Flaubert
  • Dubliners?- James Joyce
  • The Red and the Black?- Stendhal
  • Of Human Bondage?- Somerset Maugham
  • Anna Karenina?- Leo Tolstoy
  • War and Peace?- Leo Tolstoy
  • Buddenbrooks?- Thomas Mann
  • Hail and Farewell?- George Moore
  • The Brothers Karamazov?- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Oxford Book of English Verse
  • The Enormous Room -?by E.E. Cummings
  • Wuthering Heights?- Emily Bronte
  • Far Away and Long Ago -?W.H. Hudson
  • The American?- Henry James

Book List Galactica #booklists

I’ve been collecting book lists for a while, first on Tumblr?and now here on my blog, because who knows how long Tumblr will be around?

I’ve listed the books which have appeared on the blog version here.

[UPDATE: I started doing this. It was a crazy task. I’m not doing it anymore, but leaving this here as a memento to insanity]

Points are awarded on an entirely non-scientific basis:

  • Every time a book appears on a list, it gets a point
  • If I’ve read the book, it gets a point
  • If I loved the book, it gets an extra point

I think this makes the?list as obscure as the New York Times bestsellers chart. It is designed to mix the personal with the scientific, and thus render the subsequent list almost entirely useless to anyone but me. Not least because I choose the lists, and I lean towards those which are personal and different, not the canonical Pulitzer and Booker lists that everyone knows.

The books are listed by title. This is also, perhaps, vaguely annoying.

3 POINTS

All the Devils are Here – David Seabrook

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Atonement – Ian McEwan

The Catcher In the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry – BS Johnson

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

Emma – Jane Austen

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

The Oxford Book of English Verse

Passing – Nella Larsen

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers

Road – Cormac McCarthy

Short Stories – Edgar Allen Poe

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

2 POINTS

Burmese Days – George Orwell

The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

1 POINT

Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes

Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

The American – Henry James

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls – Terry Jones and Michael Palin

The Blessing – Nancy Mitford

The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter

The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann

The Crack Up – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dubliners – James Joyce

The Enormous Room – by E.E. Cummings

Far Away and Long Ago – W.H. Hudson

A Fine Balance -?Rohinton Mistry

The Great Fire – Shirley Hazzard

Hail and Farewell – George Moore

A Handful of Dust?– Evelyn Waugh

The High Window – Raymond Chandler

Of Human Bondage – Somerset Maugham

The Information – Martin Amis

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

A Judgement in Stone – Ruth Rendell

Last Exit to Brooklyn – Hubert Selby Jr

Letters From a Fainthearted Feminist – Jill Tweedy

Little Green Man – Simon Armitage

Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner

Look at Me – Anita Brookner

Maiden Voyage – Denton Welch

Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Outside – Albert Camus

Perfume – Patrick Suskind

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Quartet in Autumn?– Barbara Pym

The Red and the Black – Stendhal

The Rings of Saturn – WG Sebald

Villette – Charlotte Bronte

Waterland – Graham Swift

Ways of Seeing – John Berger

#Bleakbooks by Lissa Evans #booklists

I’m collecting interesting lists of books. You can see all the entries here.

Lissa Evans, the fabulous author of the magnificent?Crooked Heart, put together a list of #bleakbooks on Twitter the other day, and I wanted to capture it here.

The books are listed below, and Lissa’s original tweets follow. The tweets are as funny as the books are bleak:lissa-evans-portrait

  1. Road – Cormac McCarthy
  2. Quartet in Autumn?– Barbara Pym
  3. A Fine Balance -?Rohinton Mistry
  4. Look at Me – Anita Brookner
  5. A Handful of Dust?– Evelyn Waugh
  6. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  7. Burmese Days – George Orwell
  8. A Judgement in Stone – Ruth Rendell
  9. The Rings of Saturn – WG Sebald
  10. Villette – Charlotte Bronte