Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2010
By TheophileEscargot (Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 09:13:30 AM EST) Reading (all tags)
Little late this year. See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

Non-fiction 53
SF 26
Non-SF fiction 9
Comics 9

The List
Title links to my diary, author links to amazon.


  1. What If? by Marshall Brain
  2. The Subterranean Railway by Christian Wolmar
  3. Tunnel Visions by Chistopher Ross
  4. Era of the Crusades by Kenneth W. Harl
  5. The Triumph of the Political Class by Peter Oborne
  6. The Time of My Life by Denis Healey
  7. The Crafty Art of Playmaking by Alan Ayckbourn
  8. Wisdom of History by J. Rufus Fears
  9. Heartbreak by Andrea Dworkin
  10. Looking for Spinoza by Antonio R. Damasio
  11. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  12. London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World by Robert Bucholz
  13. The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What it Means by Vince Cable
  14. King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
  15. The Stoic Life by Tad Brennan
  16. Popes and the Papacy: A History by Thomas F. X. Noble.
  17. Digital Photography Masterclass by Tom Ang
  18. Perverting the Course of Justice by Inspector Gadget
  19. The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson
  20. War and World History by Jonathan P. Roth
  21. The Photograph as Contemporary Art by Charlotte Cotton
  22. Science and Religion by Lawrence M. Principe
  23. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
  24. Miracles of Life by J. G. Ballard
  25. Shakespeare: The Word and the Action by Peter Saccio
  26. Squeaking Cleopatras by Joy Leslie Gibson
  27. What's Going On by Mark Steel
  28. 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro
  29. Conservative Tradition by Patrick N. Allitt
  30. What I Saw by Joseph Roth
  31. Dead Sea Scrolls by Gary A. Rendsburg
  32. Shakespeare's Tragic Skepticism by Millicent Bell
  33. Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings by Cynthia King
  34. The London Monster: Terror on the Streets in 1790 by Jan Bondeson
  35. Flat Earth News by Nick Davies
  36. Love of Shopping is Not a Gene by Anne Innis Dagg
  37. European History and European Lives by Jonathan Steinberg
  38. The Grand Slave Emporium: Cape Coast Castle and the British Slave Trade by William St Clair
  39. The Wandering Jews by Joseph Roth
  40. Age of Henry VIII by Dale Hoak
  41. The Bus We Loved by Travis Elborough
  42. In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent
  43. Dick Turpin - The Myth of the English Highwayman by James Sharpe
  44. Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up by Marek Kohn
  45. On Roads: A Hidden History by Joe Moran
  46. Origin of Civilization by Scott MacEachern
  47. End of the Road by Chris Brady, Andrew Lorenz
  48. Thinking About Capitalism by Jerry Z. Muller
  49. Philosophy as a Way of Life by Pierre Hadot
  50. Everything Has Two Handles by Ronald Pies
  51. Marcus Aurelius: Warrior, Philosopher, Emperor by Frank McLynn
  52. Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact by Gary A. Sojka
  53. Red Plenty by Francis Spufford
  1. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
  2. Swiftly by Adam Roberts
  3. Principles of Angels by Jaine Fenn
  4. Sound Mind by Tricia Sullivan
  5. Enemy of Chaos by Leila Johnston
  6. Nation by Terry Pratchett
  7. Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward
  8. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
  9. Above the Snowline by Steph Swainston
  10. Changes by Jim Butcher
  11. The Revolution Business by Charles Stross
  12. The Broken World by Tim Etchells
  13. Knights of the Cornerstone by James Blaylock
  14. The Company by K.J. Parker
  15. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  16. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
  17. Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher
  18. Ark by Stephen Baxter
  19. Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher
  20. Age of Ra by James Lovegrove
  21. The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker
  22. Soldier, Ask Not by Gordon R. Dickson
  23. Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher
  24. Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds
  25. Princeps' Fury by Jim Butcher
  26. First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher
Non-SF fiction
  1. The Power of Flies by Lydie Salvayre
  2. Fever by Sean Rowe
  3. The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
  4. The Ghost by Robert Harris
  5. Heartbreak by Andrea Dworkin
  6. The Dog of the South by Charles Portis
  7. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  8. The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman
  9. Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
  1. Abandon the Old in Tokyo by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  2. Justice by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, Dougie Braithwaite
  3. Transmetropolitan: Lust for Life by Warren Ellis
  4. The Book of Genesis by Robert Crumb
  5. Alice in Sunderland by Brian Talbot
  6. Comics and Sequential Art: by Will Eisner
  7. Incognegro by Mat Johnson, Warren Pleece
  8. The Quitter by Harvey Pekar, Dean Haspiel
  9. Superman: Redemption by Kurt Busiek
Non-comics overall numbers:

BookTotals2010 By type:

Pretty average year in overall terms. Overall I think I see a trend towards more non-fiction, not sure if that will continue.

I've classed it as non-fiction but could easily go in the fiction section. Red Plenty by Francis Spufford is a half-novel, half-fact book about that period in the Soviet Union where they sincerely thought they could overtake the West and create a lavish, consumerist paradise. Easy to read, tragic, and informative.

The Time of My Life, Dennis Healey's autobiography fully deserves its reputation as one of the great political biographies: hugely insightful.

King Leopold's Ghost and The Grand Slave Emporium are good history books

Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings won't be interesting to many, but it is important since the stoic philosopher they called the "Roman Socrates" has been out of print for many years

Love of Shopping is not a gene is a brilliant and comprehensive exposé of the myths of sociobiology.

Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series is a fun, gripping fantasy saga, cleverly done with an intriguing magic system.

K.J. Parker continues to write sardonically dark, magic-free fantasy with the standalone novels The Company and The Folding Knife. If you've ever thought the problem with Thomas Covenant was that he was too sympathetic a character, you'll like these.

Other fiction
Hans Fallada's contemporary story of a tiny, doomed resistance against the Nazis Alone in Berlin is certainly worth reading.

Robert Crumb's The Book of Genesis was a surprise: a straight depiction of the powerful founding myths of the Hebrews.

Well, that about wraps it up. See you in 2011!

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50% overlap in the SF section by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 11:44:57 AM EST
0% everywhere else.

Although not necessarily read in the past year, all the Butchers and Pratchetts, plus Dragons Egg, Soldier Ask Not, The Revolution Business and Lost in a Good Book.

Didn't like the Fforde, The Eyre Affair had been so-so and LIAGB crossed him off my list. There's a sequel to Dragon's Egg by the name of Starquake which isn't too bad, and the rest of the Dorsai universe are worth a read even if of variable quality.

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Yeah.` by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 07:41:38 PM EST
We survived!

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2003 list by hulver (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 05:13:07 AM EST
Is back now the archive's back, and has got one more Comic on than your second list.
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Thanks! by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 01:17:45 PM EST
I suppose the comic got lost somewhere in the reconstruction.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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