Books I Read in 2013

This is a list of all books I read in 2013. To be eligible for the list,I merely had to finish reading the book this year. So, for example, if a book has 500 pages, and I read 490 of them back in 2012, and finished up the final ten pages this year, it still counts for 2013. Oh, and I’m only counting books that I have read for the first time. A book must have a minimum of 48 pages to qualify for the list.

The column labeled “Reason” provides the reason why I read the book. There are five possible entries in this column:

1. Class. This means the book was assigned to me in a class at my university, and I had to read it.

2. Kids. This means I read the book to my son (and possibly) my daughter.

3. Review. This means I read the book with the idea of reviewing it for our local paper, or with the intention of interviewing the author during an episode of Atheists Talk, or (in one case) because it’s a book I wrote and I needed to check for errors one more time.

4. Work. This means I read the book for my current “day job”.

5. FTHOI. This stands for “For the Hell of It,” because, let’s face it, every once in a while I do read a book simply for my own enjoyment or to learn how to improve on something in my own personal life.

In 2012, I read at least one book with a title from each letter of the alphabet. This year, I didn’t quite do that – no books on this list beginning with J, O, X, Y, or Z. Sigh. On the up side, the 55 books I read this year bring my total number of books to 960. This is great news because, for over twenty years now, I’ve had this goal of reading 1,000 books. Since 1997, I’ve been averaging 47 books a year – so there’s a very real possibility I will achieve this longed-for goal in 2014. Wish me luck!

1776 294 McCullough, David  FTHOI
11/22/63 852 King, Stephen  FTHOI
2013 Saint Paul Almanac, the 398 compilation  FTHOI
Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 288 Ferling, John  FTHOI
Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future, the 176 Pilkey, Dav  Kids
America’s Hidden History 312 Davis, Kenneth C.  FTHOI
American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic 304 Ellis, Joseph J. FTHOI
Artist View, an 134 Videen, Arthur  FTHOI
As a Man Thinketh 56 Allen, James  FTHOI
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream 244 Ehrenreich, Barbara  FTHOI
Black, White, Blue: The Assassination of Patrolman Sackett 252 Swanson, William  Review
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex 320 Roach, Mary FTHOI
Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam, a 74 Ibrahim, I. A.  FTHOI
Brothers and Keepers 252 Wideman, John Edgar  Class
Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede 192 Denton, Bradley  FTHOI
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers 224 Pilkey, Dav  Kids
Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House #39) 116 Osborne, Mary Pope  Kids
Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah’s Witness 340 Zimmerman, James Review
Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, the 448 Larson, Erik  FTHOI
Doggy Dung Disaster & Other True Stories: Regular Kids Doing Heroic Things Around the World, the 176 Sundem, Garth  Kids
Elephants of Style, the 240 Walsh, Bill  FTHOI
Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be 56 Loxton, Daniel  Kids
Forgotten Presidents: Their Untold Constitutional Legacy, the 314 Gerhardt, Michael J. FTHOI
Good Night for Ghosts (Magic Tree House #42), a 116 Osborne, Mary Pope  Kids
House at Pooh Corner, the 180 Milne, A. A.  Kids
Human 512 compilation  FTHOI
Inferno 464 Brown, Dan  FTHOI
Infidel Body-Snatcher and the Fruits of His Philosophy: The Life of Dr. Charles Knowlton, an 264 Allosso, Dan  Review
Intersex and Identity 216 Preves, Sharon E.  Review
Killing Lincoln 336 O’Reilly, Bill / Dugard, Martin  FTHOI
Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House #2), the 72 Osborne, Mary Pope  Kids
Let the Specter-Detecting Begin (Ghost Hunters #1) 186 Enderle, Dotti  Kids
Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations, the 306 Berlin, Ira  Class
Map that Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology, the 330 Winchester, Simon  FTHOI
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks 304 Jennings, Ken  FTHOI
Mercy, a 198 Morrison, Toni  Class
Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House #8) 74 Osborne, Mary Pope  Kids
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void 334 Roach, Mary  FTHOI
Psycho 208 Bloch, Robert  FTHOI
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood 204 Benedictus, David  Kids
Revivalism, Social Conscience, and Community in the Burned-Over District: The Trail of Rhoda Bement 182 Altschuler, Glenn C. / Saltzgaber, Jan M.  Class
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot 104 Pilkey, Dav  Kids
Road Less Traveled, the (25th anniversary edition) 318 Peck, M. Scott  FTHOI
Seventh-Day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement 200 London, Samuel, G.  Class
Sleepy Hollow Sleepover 138 Roy, Ron  Kids
Survival Schools 312 Davis, Julie L.  Review
Treasure Island 276 Stevenson, Robert Louis FTHOI
Twelve Years a Slave 172 Northup, Solomon  Class
U.S. Presidents: The Oval Office All-Stars! (Basher Books) 112 Green, Dan FTHOI
Unstrung Harp, the 64 Gorey, Edward FTHOI
Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House #13) 84 Osborne, Mary Pope  Kids
Voice-of-the-Customer Marketing 252 Roman, Ernan  Work
War of the Worlds, the 238 Wells, H. G.  FTHOI
White House White-Out 138 Roy, Ron  Kids
Women, Race & Class 276 Davis, Angela Y.  Class
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4 Responses to Books I Read in 2013

  1. David says:

    Dang, no letter grades for the books. :(

  2. James says:

    Yeah, I thought about adding in letter grades, but here’s the deal:

    Two of the books include my writings, so I don’t think the letter grade I assign them would be perceived as fair, regardless of the letter.
    Another book was hand-given to me by the author. He was really proud of his book, and I would feel bad grading it as if it were just something I dispassionately read.
    Two more of the books were books I read so that I could subsequently interview the authors on “Atheists Talk,” and, again, I didn’t feel right about grading them.
    Additionally, my son brought home several really lousy books this past year. I don’t want him to find this blog several years hence and find out how much I couldn’t stand the stuff we read together. I hope he doesn’t read the comments section.

  3. Michael says:

    Hello James,
    I hope you are well
    I’m a writer for the Australian Skeptics magazine and I’m currently doing a piece on an ex Australian Jehovah’s Witnesses and was wondering if I could ask you some questions about the J.W’s.
    I apologize that I had to post this on your blog but couldn’t find another method of contacting you.
    Hope to hear from you soon
    Best Regards

  4. James says:

    Yay! Someone posted on my blog…
    No worries, Michael. I will contact you via email.

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