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2006 Books - Riffs and Licks
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2006 Books
I read 86 books in 2006, about the same number as last year, and thanks to LibraryThing, I can list them here. (I've now entered all the books I've read back to April, 1995 into LibraryThing, and I'm working backwards through the notebooks I've been keeping since September, 1979, of the books I've read.)

Borrowing an idea from fiveforsilver, I've made my book list into a poll. Under the cut, please check off those books you've read (anytime, not just in 2006).


Poll #900663 2006 Books

Check the books you've read (anytime, not just in 2006):

The God Delusion -- Richard Dawkins
6(6.4%)
Lisey's Story -- Stephen King
0(0.0%)
From the Files Of the Time Rangers -- Richard Bowes
0(0.0%)
The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture -- John Battelle
0(0.0%)
The Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoevsk
0(0.0%)
Velocity -- Dean Koontz
0(0.0%)
The Girl in the Glass -- Jeffrey Ford
0(0.0%)
The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (audio)
0(0.0%)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp -- Richard Yancey
0(0.0%)
Robin and the King -- Parke Godwin
0(0.0%)
Sherwood -- Parke Godwin
0(0.0%)
A Great and Terrible Beauty -- Libba Bray
0(0.0%)
Roma Eterna -- Robert Silverberg
0(0.0%)
Assassination Vacation -- Sarah Vowell
0(0.0%)
The Havana Room -- Colin Harrison
0(0.0%)
In the Cut -- Susanna Moore
0(0.0%)
Children of God -- Mary Doria Russell
0(0.0%)
The Partly Cloudy Patriot -- Sarah Vowell
0(0.0%)
The Odyssey -- Homer
0(0.0%)
The Poet -- Michael Connelly
0(0.0%)
Rabbit-Proof Fence : The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time -- Doris Pilkington
0(0.0%)
The House of the Scorpion -- Nancy Farmer
0(0.0%)
The Double -- Jose Saramago
0(0.0%)
Verb: An Audioquarterly, Volume 1, No. 1 -- Daren Wang
0(0.0%)


FYI: The hyperlinks point to my book posts, which are largely filtered.

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bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: January 5th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a lot of books. I have no idea how many I read last year, but I'd be willing to bet not a quarter of that number.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: January 5th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
There were years in high school when I read more than 150 books, but I had less of a social life then and much more time. And they were very different books.

Compared to the number of books in the world (or even to the number of books on my to-be-read shelf) it does not seem a very big number.
meijhen From: meijhen Date: January 5th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
So I think this has been asked before (not of you)...but how did you get the poll to display in one big long list, rather than in multiple smaller groups?

I have tried tweaking the code in a way that I thought would do it, but it didn't work, it still only displays the first 5 items.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: January 5th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so that's why so many of these polls were broken up into sub-groups. I had no problem at all, but I assume that's because I entered the code directly rather than using the poll creator. If you start using the poll creator, you can click "See code" after entering the first five questions or so, and you'll see something like this:

<lj-poll name='2006 Books' whovote='all' whoview='all'>
<lj-pq type='check'>
Please check the books you've read:
<lj-pi>The God Delusion -- Richard Dawkins</lj-pi>
<lj-pi>Lisey's Story -- Stephen King</lj-pi>
<lj-pi>From the Files Of the Time Rangers -- Richard Bowes</lj-pi>
<lj-pi><A HREF="http://steelbrassnwood.livejournal.com/106873.html">The King of Torts -- John Grisham</A></lj-pi>

(more books entered in the same format...)

</lj-pq>
</lj-poll>

I entered 86 <lj-pi> elements and had no problem.

PS - love you're icon. ;-)
meijhen From: meijhen Date: January 5th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must have done something wrong, because that's what I thought I did...and it didn't display them.
Hmmm....guess I will be playing with it some more!

steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: January 5th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet you have a minor error in your markup. In particular, if only five items are showing, look hard at #6 and see if there's a typo or something.
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: January 5th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I clocked in at 58 for 2006 (including two half-finished as one) and I felt like I was reading like a fiend lots of the time. I want credit for taking periodical breaks!
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: January 5th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
You do get credit for that (when I was keeping the handwritten notebooks, I used to count periodicals as a "book" if I read them cover to cover, as I used to do with the SF magazines). You read a lot more magazines than I do, now that I don't commute by subway. Although, I still read at least two and sometimes four newspapers every day. Anyway, just don't count your NYRB reviews as having read the book! :-)
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: January 5th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anyway, just don't count your NYRB reviews as having read the book!

Dammmmmnnnn....!
rosiebird From: rosiebird Date: January 9th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
i told julia about your book list dating some 20 yrs. she started a reading journal now.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: January 9th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's great!!! Maybe she should have a LibraryThing account! :-)
harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: February 19th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious about "What is the What." I read a review in the NY Times Book Review. Is it worth a read?
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 19th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I certainly think so, though it is not exactly a novel (it's the story of a real person, told in his voice, but apparently Eggers fictionalized it enough that he called it a novel). I wrote about it at length a while ago under my Books tag.
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