50 Books (that I own) That I Want to Read

I have a lot more than 50 that I haven’t read, and this list could be different if I made it a month from now. I did learn today that I supposedly own a book (it’s in my database) from my 50 Books (that I don’t yet own) That I Want to Read list, but I couldn’t find Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel on my shelves (I borrowed it from the library.)

I wonder how many of these I’ll read before I dig into others not on the list.

{Update July, 2014: all but Will Bunch’s Reagan book were lost in the fire a year ago, and while Myth is pretty smoky, it survived. Not having them on my shelf in front of me means I’ll likely never get to them…}

  1. The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman – I started it in Korea, but set it aside during the move and never went back
  2. Hot, Flat and Crowded, (also) by Thomas Friedman – Andrea just found this one, so I’d better get on The World is Flat soon
  3. The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
  4. The Science of Good and Evil by Michael Shermer – I got this first and realized that it was preceded by two other books; after I got and read them, I haven’t gotten back to this one
  5. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  6. Star Trek, I’m Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact by William Shatner – I started it years ago and set it aside for whichever distracting reason at the time
  7. Asimov’s Guide to the Bible by Isaac Asimov – curious to see what he had to say, knowing how he viewed it
  8. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 –I’ve not read a lot of his fiction, but I still see him as a fascinating man
  9. Time Detectives: How Scientists Use Technology to Unravel the secrets of the Past by Brian Fagan
  10. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett – because Andrea read it aloud to Dylan and Drew and I heard some of it and laughed; add to that all the rest of Discworld, some of which I have and most I don’t…yet
  11. The Universe on a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
  12. John Adams by David McCullough  – I don’t like McCullough’s lack of footnotes, but I do like his writing style
  13. My Life by Bill Clinton
  14. Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean – the myths abound
  15. Ulysses by James Joyce – because if I can force myself through Robert Anton Wilson’s nonsensical Schrodinger’s Cat trilogy, I should be able to get through that
  16. Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future by Will Bunch – I started it, but set it aside; Reagan is my least favorite President
  17. The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore
  18. The Gospel of Judas by Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer, Gregor Wurst and Francois Gaudard
  19. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner – a novel incorporating the history of philosophy
  20. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein – it’s been on my shelf for a very long time, but I could never get into it {Update: I read it in 2012, this being the last of Heinlein as I tried valiantly to read all of his stuff before throwing in the towel…it – and almost all of Heinlein – was so awful I couldn’t finish them fast enough}
  21. How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster – because it couldn’t hurt
  22. Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson – this will be a struggle as Donaldson has gotten even more tedious in this last series of Thomas Covenant
  23. Lots of Clive Cussler – despite his style annoyances and pat conclusions, I still find them diverting and entertaining
  24. Asimov’s Foundation universe – I just finished The Robots of Dawn and started Robots and Empire; working my way forward to Foundation and Earth; I’ve already read the Foundation trilogy and a couple of the others, but none of the Galactic Empire or Robot novels (until this year)
  25. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design by Richard Dawkins – yes, I’m working him backwards
  26. The Universe Next Door : A Basic Worldview Catalog by James Sire – because it apparently isn’t a worldview catalog, but a very biased (toward Christianity) worldview
  27. The Koran – I’ve read some, but not much; I do know the 72 virgins appears nowhere in the book – it came from the extra authors much later, like a lot of Christian dogma
  28. The Retief books by Keith Laumer – Thanks to my father-in-law, I have many of these now, and I understand them to usually lead up to a pun
  29. The End of Faith by Sam Harris
  30. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas – I know the …okay, versions of the…story so well, it’s time I read the real thing
  31. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexander Dumas – same here
  32. The Man Who Found Time: James Hutton and the Discovery of the Earth’s Antiquity by Jack Repcheck – dispelled the beliefs of 6,000 year-old Earth for most rational people
  33. The Travels of Marco Polo edited by Manuel Komroff
  34. Pandora’s Keepers: Nine Men and the Atomic Bomb by Brian VanDeMark
  35. Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds – Colin has been wanting me to read this ever since I gave it to him to read when we were in Korea…sigh
  36. The Federalist : The Famous Papers on the Principles of American Government (Hamilton, Madison & Jay) ed. by Benjamin Wright – I’ve read some, but not all
  37. Age and Guile Beat Youth,Innocence,and a Bad Haircut; 1970-1995: 25 Years of P. J. O’Rouke by…P. J. O’Rourke! – I like his stuff, found this years ago, and someday will read it
  38. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy – because I started it, but didn’t get far and it’s another story I know, but should actually read
  39. Stephen Baxter’s Manifold trilogy (Time, Space and Origin)
  40. The Neptune File: A Story of Astronomical Rivalry and the Pioneers of Planet Hunting by Tom Standage
  41. Heretics and Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert – if I can ever make it through God Emperor of Dune (I read it when it was first published and never made it far into Heretics)
  42. Baghdad Diaries: A Woman’s Chronicle of War and Exile by Nuha al-Radi
  43. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – enough recommendations…I have to see for myself {Update 06/29/11: I pulled it off our shelf yesterday and finished it today; my wife was right – it drew me in too. Not sure about the sequels…)
  44. Darwin, His Daughter & Human Evolution by Randal Keynes – looks to be quite interesting
  45. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
  46. Blameless in Abaddon by James Morrow – Towing Jehovah was irreverently funny, and this is the sequel
  47. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs – I heard about this book, found it for one dollar {Update: I read this in January 2012}
  48. A Fictional History of the United States (with Huge Chunks Missing) by T Cooper and Adam Mansbach – Andrea found this and thought I’d like it; I’m sure I will
  49. The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works by Roger Highfield – I like this kind of stuff and never read it when I found it years ago
  50. In the Blink of an Eye: How Vision Sparked the Big Bang of Evolution by Andrew Parker (mine’s a hardcover, but Amazon doesn’t have that available for some reason)
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