Books I’ve read (in 2008)

I’ve kept track of books I’ve read in the past… via paper. I think I’ll try it, here, this way. (And I guess I might be taking this idea from a friend.)

Just a list:

1. The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop – the omnibus of the trilogy. Technically started in 2007 but, whatever.

2. The Children of Men by P.D. James – The book and movie are only vaguely similar, read the book.

3. Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich by Kevin Phillips – a very interesting and very detailed book about the history of wealth in the U.S. – read for school – Interested in more books by this author now, but haven’t read any so far.

4. Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich by Robert Frank – about new wealth in the U.S. – quite interesting – read for school

5. Way of the Wolf Book One of the Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight – science fiction with vampires and set on Earth, in the “future” – loved it – I gobbled up this book.

6. Choice of the Cat Book Two of the Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight – see above – liked it as much as the first book

7. The Door Into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein – Good book, better than I thought it would be. Old Sci-fi.

8. There Are No Children Here: The story of two boys growing up in the other America by Alex Kotlowitz – good book, though depressing at times, about 2 boys and their family and growing up in a Chicago Housing Project – read for school

9. The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America by Katherine S. Newman and Victor Tan Chen – potentially bias towards immigrants but good book regardless. I definitely suggest reading this one – read for school

10. Tale of the Thunderbolt Book Three of the Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight

11. Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine by Timothy R. Dooley, N.D.,M.D. – short, informative

12. Valentine’s Rising Book Four of the Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight – good, fast paced, I would definitely recommend the series, and there’s more books yet.

13. Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam Shepard – “Life is a baggage claim.” It’s interesting. I’d suggest it if you’ve read Nickel and Dimed or having any interest in current social/economic problems.

14. The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan – Boook 1 of the Black Magician Trilogy – Good book. Writing style is more of a simple nature and the book is less than 400 pages. Enjoyable.

15. Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey – Book 6 of Kushiel’s Legacy – Awesome, as expected. Jacqueline Carey knows how to write plot. She ties up plot lines in this book rather well.

16. The Two-Income Trap; Why Middle-Class Parents are going Broke by: Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi – very, very interesting. One books take on the financial, job, real estate and education problems in our country. I’d suggest it for any finance or sociology student and anyone with a family or planning a family.

17. The Novice by Trudi Canavan – Book 2 of the Black Magician Trilogy – It had some slow parts but once it picked up plot wise it was good. Very good. Want to jump right into the next book.

18. Valentine’s Exile Book Five of the Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight – Everything I said about the last book and more. The ending of this one made me toss the book down on my desk with a remark something like “no way!” … and then go grab the next book in the series. Authors that can achieve this are made of awesome. (I waited to read this one until Book 6 came out in paperback because I got the impression at the end of Book Four that’d this might happen… not sure why, just did.)

19. Valentine’s Resolve Book Six of the Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight – This guy is awesome. Read his books. (I would caution throughout the series there has been some definitely violent scenes that make you slow down and stop and be amazed, so I wouldn’t recommend these books for the younger.)

20. Sophie’s World, A Novel about the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaardener – Don’t read this book. I read this for a class, and only because of a class. The book is just over 500 pages long, I didn’t actually care to know what happened to the main character (Sophie) until the last 30 or so pages of the book. And the story had no closure anyways.

21. Aging with Grace by David Snowdon PhD Ok book, it’s about a study on aging, so interesting and depressing. If you have interest in knowing more about study of Alzheimer’s, then read this book. Read for school.

22. The Copycat Effect by Loren Coleman MSW Interesting book, talks about how the media has actually effected the violence that occurs. people copycat what they see in the news. good read for anyone with an interest in society, public, media

23. Keeping It Real – Quantum Gravity Book One by Justina Robson – completely new author for me. Sci-fi + fantasy + a little romance-sorta. I enjoyed this book. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series, but don’t know how many books that is.

24. Elantris – by Brandon Sanderson – This book is awesome. You know one of those books you just keep reading and keep reading and keep reading and then want it to continue? This is one of those.

25. People of the Nightland by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear. Interesting. It’s a book that’s supposed to present archaeological fact in North America. I couldn’t help thinking that the middle 100-200 pages of the book was unnecessary though. I’d probably only suggest it if you enjoy historical fiction. Read for a class.

26. Fall With Honor Book Seven of the Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight – This guy is awesome. Read his books. I know, I’ve said this before. It bears repeating. Even with this book being shorter and in some ways confusing, it was still a great book. Enjoyable.

27. (Almost finished) Ain’t No Makin’ It: Aspirations and Attainments in a Low-Income Neighborhood THIRD edition. by Jay MacLeod. Good book. Great book. It’s labelled as a Best Selling Classic on the front cover and I see why. The American Journal of Sociology says anyone who is interested in adolescents, race, equal opportunity ideology, poverty, ethnography or the relation between structure and culture should read this book. (Quote from back cover of book) I’d like to add cultural/social capital, housing projects, the criminal justice system in regards to race, and just research itself. The book spans 25 years of people’s lives! Read for class. Probably read again once I start grad school.

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