In Which I List the Books I’ve Read in 2008, Update 3.

I’ve gotten into a few series lately, primarily the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, which I’ve read completely out of order (he does a great job of explaining things without giving away what happened in earlier books). The main character is an Israeli spy/assassin whose cover is as one of the world’s leading art restorers.

Other series include the Camel Club series by David Baldacci (I read the first one last year; just finished the third one without realizing there was a second until I was halfway through, so that’s cued up and ready to go) and the Ender series by Orson Scott Card. Again, bold means I’m actually attempting the whole book-on-paper thing (see here for explanation).

Started but not completed yet:

  • Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope
  • Anne Rice, Christ The Lord: Cana
  • Nick Hornby, How To Be Good
  • CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters (read by John Cleese — brilliant!)
  • Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower
  • Wendell Jamieson, Father Knows Less
  • Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men
  • Scott McClellan, What Happened
  • David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed In Flames
  • Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts
  • ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff (I’m going to leave this in, because this is the point where I fell asleep last night working on this blog post.)
  • Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers*

Completed:

  • Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama
  • Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee, Rama II
  • Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee, The Garden of Rama
  • Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee, Rama Revealed
  • Daniel Silva, The Messenger
  • Daniel Silva, The Confessor
  • Richard Matheson, I Am Legend
  • Brad Meltzer, The Millionaires
  • Daniel Silva, A Death in Vienna
  • Daniel Silva, Prince of Fire
  • Christopher Moore, A Dirty Job
  • Neil Forsyth, Delete This At Your Own Peril
  • Stephen King, Duma Key
  • Jasper Fforde, First Among Sequels
  • Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
  • Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
  • Orson Scott Card, Speaker For the Dead
  • Daniel Silva, Moscow Rules

*Many people love the Lord of the Rings trilogy and say it’s the greatest thing ever put to paper, but I’ve been slogging through this one for months now. I just can’t get excited about it, and I pick it up for an hour here and an hour there, but I don’t think it’s ever going to end. Will it ever get better?

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