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READING 2006

Attached is a list of the books I read in 2006. Sometimes I add markers like (*) to indicate books I particularly like. I also try to keep track of how many books of a particular kind (novel, etc.) and from a given country and century (Eng. 19th, etc.), I read each year. For the complete list of my reading since 1958, see http://www.seltzerbooks.com/readall.html

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January

1 Gregory Maguire 5 Son of a Witch AMERICAN 21st  1 FANTASY 1 review
2 Jon Stewart 1 Naked Pictures of Famous People AMERICAN 20th 1 HUMOR 1
3 Charlotte Gilman 1 Herland [in electronic form] AMERICAN 19th SATIRE 1
4 Steven Price 1 1001 Insults, Put-Downs, and Comebacks AMERICAN 21st 2 HUMOR 2
5 Susanna Clark 1 ***Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell ENGLISH 21st 1 FANTASY 2
6 Arturo Perez-Reverte 6 ***The Queen of the South SPANISH 21st 1 NOVEL 1

February

7 Tom Robbins 8 - Wild Ducks Flying Backward AMERICAN 21st 3 ESSAYS 1
8 Nicholson Baker 7 - Checkpoint  AMERICAN 21st 4 NOVEL 2
9 Iain Pears 4  *The Portrait AMERICAN 21st NOVEL 3
10 Paul Auster 3 ***The Brooklyn Follies AMERICAN 21st NOVEL 4
11 Arturo Perez-Reverte 7 Captain Alatriste SPANISH 21st 2 NOVEL 5
12 Arturo Perez-Reverte 8 Purity of Blood SPANISH 21st 3 NOVEL 6
13 Kazuo Ishiguro 6 ****Never Let Me Go JAPANESE 21st 1/ENGLISH 21st 2 NOVEL 7 review
14 Haruki Murakami 3 **Kafka on the Shore JAPANESE 21st 2 NOVEL 8
15 Steve Erickson  8  Our Ecstatic Days AMERICAN 21st NOVEL 9

March

16 Lacy Collision-Morley 1 [ebook] Greek and Roman Ghost Stories ENGLISH 19th 1 CRITICISM 1
17 P.D. James 3 Devices and Desires ENGLISH 20th MYSTERY 1
18 Rick Moody 6 ***The Diviners AMERICAN 21st 4 NOVEL 10 review
19 Amelie Nothomb 1 **Fear and Trembling JAPANESE 21st 3/FRENCH 21st 1 NOVEL 11
20 Orson Scott Card 10 ***Saints AMERICAN 20th 2 NOVEL 12 review

April

21 Zadie Smith  3 On Beauty ENGLISH 21st 3 NOVEL 13
22 Sarah Dunant 1 In the Company of the Courtesan ENGLISH 21st 4 NOVEL 14
23 Howard Norman 4 The Chauffeur  AMERICAN 21st 5 SHORT STORIES 1
24 Suki Kim 1 *** The Interpreter KOREAN 21st 1/AMERICAN 21st 6 NOVEL 15
25 Julian Barnes 9 ****Arthur and George ENGLISH 21st 5 NOVEL 16 review
26 Kelly Link 1 ** Magic for Beginners AMERICAN 21st 7 SHORT STORIES 2

May

27 Robert Parker 36 Cold Service AMERICAN 21st 8 MYSTERY 2
28 Michael Cunningham 2 ** Specimen Days AMERICAN 21st 9 NOVEL 17 review

June

29 Matthew Pearl 2 **The Poe Shadow AMERICAN 21st 10 NOVEL 18
30 Alexander McCall Smith 9 *Blue Shoes and Happiness BOTSWANA 21st 1 MYSTERY 3
31 Paul Auster 4 City of Glass AMERICAN 20th  3  NOVEL 19
32 Paul Auster 5 Ghosts AMERICAN 20th 4 NOVEL 20
33 Paul Auster 6 Locked Room AMERICAN 20th 5 NOVEL 21

July

34 Patrick Neate 1 City of Lights ENGLISH 21st 6 NOVEL 22
35 Elliot Perlman 1 ****Seven Types of Ambiguity AUSTRALIA 21st 1 NOVEL 23
36 Apollonius of Rhodes 1 The Voyage of the Argo GREEK 3rd Century BC 1 NOVEL 24
37 Lycophron 1 Alexandra [second time] GREEK 3rd Century BC 2 POETRY 1
in Paris
38 Anatole France 2 Les Dieux On Soif [in French] FRENCH 20th 1 NOVEL 25
39 Colette 1 La Chatte [in French] FRENCH 20th 2 NOVEL 26
40 Victor Hugo 7  Quatrevingt-treize [in French] FRENCH 19th 1 NOVEL 27
back from Paris
41 Jules Verne 3 Robur le Conquerant [in French] FRENCH 19th 2 NOVEL 28
42 Salman Rushdie 3 **Shalimar the Clown INDIAN 21st 1 NOVEL 29
43 Hesiod 1  Works and Days GREEK 8th Century BC 1 POETRY 2
44 Hesiod 2 The Theogony GREEK 8th Century BC 2 POETRY 3
45 Hesiod 3 The Catalogues of Women and the Eoiae 8th Century BC 3 POETRY 4
46 Homer 3 The Epic Cycle 8th Century BC 4 NOVEL 30
47 Apollodorus 1 The Library, Book 1, 1st Century BC 1 REFERENCE 1
48 Apollodorus 2 The Library, Book 2, 1st Century BC 2 REFERENCE 2
49 Apollodorus 3 The Library, Book 3, 1st Century BC 3 REFERENCE 3
50 Apollodorus 4 Epitome 1st Century BC 4 REFERENCE 4

August

51 Sarah Dunant 2 **The Birth of Venus ENGLISH 21st 6 NOVEL 31
52 Edgar Allan Poe 1 Dupin Stories AMERICAN 19th 1 SHORT STORIES 3
53 Boris Akunin 1 The Death of Achilles RUSSIAN 21st 1 MYSTERY 4
54 Joachim Latacz 1 *Troy and Homer GERMAN 21st 1 HISTORY 1

September
55 Anne Rice 2 Interview with the Vampire AMERICAN 20th 6 NOVEL 32
56 Alexander McCall Smith 10 Espresso Tales BOTSWANA 21st 2 NOVEL 33
57 Cormac McCarthy 7 No Country for Old Men  AMERICAN 21st 12 NOVEL 34
58 Dan Brown 3 Deception Point AMERICAN 21st 13 NOVEL 35
59 Harley Jane Kozak 1 Dating is Murder AMERICAN 21st 14 MYSTERY 5
60 Robert Asprin 18 and Jody Lynn Nye Class Dis-Mythed AMERICAN 21st 15 HUMOR 3

October

61 Faisa Guene 1 Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow FRENCH 21st 2 NOVEL 36
62 Alexandre Dumas  16 *La Reine Margot [en francais] FRENCH 19th  3 NOVEL 37
63 Cormac McCarthy 8 *The Road   AMERICAN 21st 16 NOVEL 38
64 Alexandre Dumas 17 La Dame de Monsoreau    [en francais] FRENCH 19th 4 NOVEL 39
65 George Chapman  Bussy d'Ambois  ENGLISH 17th 1 PLAY 1
66 E.L. Doctorow The March AMERICAN 21st 17 NOVEL 40

November

65 Dave Barry 11 Dave Barry Talks Back AMERICAN 20th 7 HUMOR 4
66 Dave Barry 12 Dave Barry Turns 40 AMERICAN 20th 8  HUMOR 5
67 Dave Barry 13 Dave Barry's Greatest Hits AMERICAN 20th 9 HUMOR 6
68 Ken Scholes 1 Last Flight of the Goddess AMERICAN 21st 18 FANTASY 3
69 Charles Frazier 2 **Thirteen Moons AMERICAN 21st 19 NOVEL 41

December

70 Richard Powers  8 ****The Time of Our Singing AMERICAN 21st 20 NOVEL 42
71 Alexander Dumas 18 Mary Stuart from Celebrated Crimes FRENCH 19th 4 BIOGRAPHY 1
72 John Muir 2 The Story of My Boryhood and Youth AMERICAN 19th 1 BIOGRAPHY 2
73 ed. Ian Murray 1 The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories SCOTTISH 1 SHORT STORIES 4


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