Books of 2006

It’s that time of year again, the listing of the books. Here’s what I read in 2006;

  • Le gentilhomme au pourpoint jaune, Arturo Perez-Reverte
  • Fuir, Jean-Philippe Toussaint
  • Topaze, Murakami Ryû
  • Nirvana Bites, Devi Alper
  • Bangkok 8, John Burdett
  • Noir destin que le mien, Massoud Al-Rachid
  • State of Fear, Michael Crichton
  • La Ville aux escargots, Laurence Prud’homme
  • Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
  • Dance of Death, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Le voyage, Sergio Pitol
  • L’origine du monde, Jorge Edwards
  • The Society of Others, William Nicholson
  • Jericho, George Fetherling
  • Scrapbook, Nadine Bismuth
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon
  • The Business, Iain Banks
  • The Beach, Alex Garland
  • L’ombre légère, Gilles Archambault
  • Folle, Nelly Arcan
  • La logeuse, Eric Dupont
  • The Egyptologist, Arthur Phillips
  • Getting Things Done, David Allen
  • Haunted, Chuck Palahniuk
  • A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Cory Doctorow,
  • Invisible Armies, Jon Evans
  • Free Culture, Lawrence Lessig
  • The Third Brother, Nick McDonell
  • Fat Jack, Peter A. MacArthur
  • The Time In Between, David Bergen
  • Serpents et piercings, Hitomi Kanehara
  • Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • Mindscan, Robert J. Sawyer
  • The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Gary Shteyngart
  • Voyage en Irlande avec un parapluie, Louis Gauthier
  • L’encyclopédie du petit cercle, Nicolas Dickner
  • The End of Poverty, Jeffrey Sachs
  • Gary Benchley Rock Star, Paul Ford
  • Coraline, Neil Gaiman
  • The Long Tail, Chris Anderson
  • Getting Real, 37 Signals
  • Llouis qui tombe tout seul, Matthieu Simard
  • Soudain le Minotaure, Marie-Hélène Poitras
  • Lunar Park, Brett Easton Ellis
  • Junk Mail, Will Self
  • Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
  • Hot Springs, Steve Zio
  • Marvel Civil War (66 “episodes”, counting as one)
  • Les petits hommes (french “BD”, counting 1 through 17 as one)

    Total 49 or 51, depending on if you consider the last two “acceptable” in books or separate. Good thing I had a week in Mexico where I read 4-5, brought the average up ;).

    Only 5 by women, down from 6. Only 5 non-fiction (plus 2 bios), also down from 6. I was hoping to read more so that didn’t work. 12 by writers from Québec (3 anglos including Evans who now lives here). 16 in french, 3 of them translations.

    Hoping to do better this year on two fronts; pay more attention, I didn’t remember some of those when reading the titles in my list so I was breezing through them and of course the second front is to get to 52 again.


hugh January 3, 2007

49,51 … 52… good record regardless. I’m going for 50 this year … I started with that plan last year, and as always, I got stuck a couple of times. Have some good ones on the bookshelf now, but some BIG ones too. I’ll have to find some slim titles to throw into the mix.

Patrick January 4, 2007

Yeah, slim ones are the key. Not only for numbers but to feel like you’re moving after a longer book and/or a while with no available time where you’ve lost pace.

Martine January 4, 2007

Je vais m’arranger pour que tu en lises au moins un de plus écrit par une fille. ;-)

hugh January 4, 2007

not fiction, but everyone in the universe should read:
“Notes on a Catastrophe,” by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Oh, also:
“Lullabies for Little Criminals” by Montrealer Heather O’Neil.

hugh January 5, 2007

Here are two:
-“Lullabies for Little Criminals,” by Heather O’Neil (a Montrealer)

-“Notes on a Catastrophe,” by Elizabeth Kolbert

Blork January 5, 2007

Pat, you are a reading MACHINE!

Caro January 5, 2007


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