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1001 Nights of Bibliography

March 28, 2010

After achieving one of my dreams, reading 1000 books in my lifetime, I decided I wanted to get some breakdowns on what I’d actually read. I rarely read in any directed way…I choose what interests me at the moment, and go from there.

I track all my books with a home-grown XML format that I run through various XSLT stylesheets via PHP, which gives me a lot of flexibility for very little programming overhead. The format hasn’t changed much in almost 10 years, because the amount of data I want (and am willing) to track is very low: author, title, whether I still own it, whether I’ve read it, and is it signed are about it. I’ve started recently to add the year I’ve read it and whether the book is part of a series (a loose definition that includes trilogies like The Gormenghast books and larger series like Penguin Classics).

So, pulling all of that into a spreadsheet was relatively easy.

Sorting it into topics was a lot harder.

I’ve always thought ‘librarian’ would be a cool career choice for someone who loves books. Apparently, librarians even have tattoos now (ooh la la)! But after spending weeks off and on trying to sort books into categories, I have much more respect for librarians and information architects. Apparently, taxonomy is not my best subject.

Another constant danger was, of course, getting rear-ended in memory lane. That happened a lot. Having a particular book bring back old friends and places was an exercise in pleasant nostalgia. Some examples:

  • I read Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast in my early twenties, and while reading it I discovered The Sundays, a great band whose early hits are now forever intertwined with characters from the book. Every time I see a new edition of Peake’s work in a bookstore, I hear The Sundays in my head.
  • George Steiner’s Nostalgia for the Absolute was the first Massey Lecture I ever read (technically not true: I probably read Frye’s The Educated Imagination first, but I can’t remember clearly). It was also the second book I bought with my employee discount at the Coles I worked at (the first? Mick Farren’s Black Leather Jacket). I can’t remember anything from Steiner’s book, but I can clearly remember buying it, and the conversations with folk who would become friends over the next 7 years.
  • I specifically bought Creole Folktales to read with me on a company retreat in Florida. There is nothing like reading a book on a beach while playing hooky from your boss.
  • I brought my copy of Generation X to Edward’s Books and Art to be signed by Douglas Coupland. This was before he had released any other books, and he had become legendary. Edward’s, alas, was destroyed only a few years later in a complicated business deal with Borders that I’ve never understood or have clear details of (Borders wasn’t responsible; it had to do with Canadian regulations regarding the book industry). I also bought both of my large (and unbelievably expensive) Georgia O’Keefe art books from them.
  • The night I attended a reading by Stan Dragland and bought his most recent book, I stepped on Michael Ondaatje’s foot. I’m still ashamed of this.
  • I started reading Ali Smith in Vancouver while working there for several months. I find I can’t read her now that I’m living back in Toronto.

I could go on and on and on. Books have been a constant companion with me through life. I can’t remember a time when I’ve been without a book or comic book. Like Anne Fadiman, who admitted to reading a Chilton’s car repair manual because it was the only thing left in her apartment that she hadn’t read, there hasn’t been an experience I can’t define by the books I’ve surrounded them with. I’ll probably have a book in the pocket of my tuxedo if I ever walk down the aisle.

Preferably science-fiction.

Ownership

I’ve never owned a house, or sufficiently large apartment to house all the books I’ve read. Of the 1000, I still have 190; 810 have been sold/donated/given away.

Authors

I would find it very difficult to list my absolute all-time favorite authors, but I do know which authors I’ve read the most. Below are the top 25, with the number of books read:

  1. Roger Zelazny: 31
  2. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima: 28 (The author and artist of Lone Wolf and Cub, a manga comic collected and translated to English in 28 volumes)
  3. Peter David: 19 (this doesn’t include comics)
  4. Richard Brautigan: 18
  5. Ursula K. LeGuin: 17
  6. Jorge Luis Borges: 12
  7. Robert Munsch: 12
  8. Leonard Cohen: 11
  9. Neil Gaiman: 11 (this doesn’t include comics)
  10. Michael Ondaatje: 11
  11. R.A. Salvatore: 11
  12. Samuel Delany: 10
  13. T.H. Lain: 10
  14. Lord Dunsany: 9
  15. Michael Moorcock: 9
  16. Ray Bradbury: 8
  17. Noam Chomsky: 8
  18. Daniel Odier (both as himself, and as his pen name, Delacorta): 8
  19. William Gibson: 8
  20. Douglas Adams: 7
  21. Brian Andreas: 7
  22. Italo Calvino: 7
  23. Philip K. Dick: 7
  24. Annie Dillard: 7
  25. Mark Crilley: 6 (this doesn’t include comics)

Signatures

I’ve collected a lot of signatures. Mostly in comics, but when I get a chance to get autographed books (without it going to antiquarian-level costs), I do. These are the books I have signed by particular authors.

Crispin Glover is the talented (if eccentric) actor who played Michael J. Fox’s father in Back to the Future. Tanya Huff is a Canadian fantasy and science-fiction author. Philip Glass is the modern minimalist composer.

  • Douglas Adams: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • Nicole Brossard: She Would Be the First Sentence of My Next Novel
  • Douglas Coupland: Generation X
  • Neil Gaiman: American Gods, Angels and Visitations, Coraline, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Smoke and Mirrors, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, Words Without Pictures (Steve Niles, editor)
  • William Gibson: Burning Chrome, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Neuromancer
  • Philip Glass: Music By Philip Glass
  • Crispin Glover: Oak Mot, Rat Catching
  • Terence Green: Shadow of Ashland
  • Tanya Huff: Relative Magic, Stealing Magic
  • Michael Ondaatje: Coming Through Slaughter, In The Skin of A Lion
  • Bruce Sterling (as editor): Mirrorshades

Categories

Science Fiction: 149 books
What you’d expect, but I had trouble with some books which could be both fantasy or science-fiction, depending on how you interpreted the text. There is also no distinction between sub-genres, so cyberpunk, hard and soft sci-fi, and steampunk bump heads here. Books that have been historically labelled fiction, though they are clearly science-fiction (Huxley’s Brave New World), aren’t represented here. Non-fiction books about science-fiction were added to the writing category.
  1. Douglas Adams (Signed) — Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  2. Douglas Adams — Life, the Universe, and Everything
  3. Douglas Adams — So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
  4. Douglas Adams — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  5. Douglas Adams — The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  6. Douglas Adams — The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  7. Wilhelmina Baird — Crashcourse
  8. Steven Barnes — Streetlethal
  9. Alexander Besher — Rim
  10. Ray Bradbury — Dandelion Wine
  11. Ray Bradbury — Dinosaur Tales
  12. Ray Bradbury — The Illustrated Man
  13. Ray Bradbury — The Martian Chronicles
  14. John Brunner — The Sheep Look Up
  15. John Brunner — The Shockwave Rider
  16. Stephen Brust — Cowboy Feng’s Space Bar and Grill
  17. Emma Bull — Bone Dance
  18. Emma Bull — Falcon
  19. Pat Cadigan — Tea From an Empty Cup
  20. Ernest Callenbach — Ecotopia
  21. Orson Scott Card — Ender’s Game
  22. Diane Carey — Star Trek DS9: What You Leave Behind
  23. Robert N. Charette — Choose Your Enemies Carefully
  24. Robert N. Charette — Find Your Own Truth
  25. Robert N. Charette — Never Deal With A Dragon
  26. Kristen Pederson Chew (editor) (signed by all authors) — The Bakka Anthology
  27. Chris Claremont — First Flight
  28. Arthur C. Clarke — Childhood’s End
  29. Arthur C. Clarke — Rendezvous with Rama
  30. Peter David — Star Trek Captain’s Chair: Once Burned
  31. Peter David — Star Trek Double Helix: Double or Nothing
  32. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: Being Human
  33. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: Dark Allies
  34. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: End Game
  35. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: Excalibur Renaissance
  36. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: Excalibur Restoration
  37. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: Fire On High
  38. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: House of Cards
  39. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: Into the Void
  40. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: Martyr
  41. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: Requiem
  42. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: The Quiet Place
  43. Peter David — Star Trek New Frontier: The Two-Front War
  44. Peter David — Star Trek Next Generation: Q-in-Law
  45. Peter David — Star Trek Next Generation: Vendetta
  46. Charles DeLint — Svaha
  47. Samuel Delany — Babel-17
  48. Samuel Delany — Distant Stars
  49. Samuel Delany — Driftglass
  50. Samuel Delany — Empire Star
  51. Samuel Delany — Nova
  52. Samuel Delany — The Ballad of Beta 2
  53. Samuel Delany — The Einstein Intersection
  54. Samuel Delany — The Jewels of Aptor
  55. Samuel Delany — They Flew at Ciron
  56. Philip Dick — Blade Runner (alt. title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
  57. Philip Dick — Radio Free Albemuth
  58. Philip Dick — The Man Who Japed
  59. Philip Dick — The Man in the High Castle
  60. Philip Dick — The Penultimate Truth
  61. Philip Dick — The Unteleported Man
  62. Philip Dick — Ubik
  63. J.M. Dillard — Star Trek Generations
  64. Julia Ecklar — Star Trek: The Kobayashi Maru
  65. Suzette Haden Elgin — Communipath Worlds (Ominbus of: The Communipaths, Furthest, At The Seventh Level)
  66. Suzette Haden Elgin — Star-Anchored, Star-Angered
  67. Alan Dean Foster — Splinter in the Mind’s Eye
  68. Christopher Fowler — Roofworld
  69. Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves — Interworld
  70. David Gerrold — When Harlie Was One
  71. William Gibson — All Tomorrow’s Parties
  72. William Gibson (Signed) — Burning Chrome
  73. William Gibson (Signed) — Count Zero
  74. William Gibson — Idoru
  75. William Gibson (Signed) — Mona Lisa Overdrive
  76. William Gibson (Signed) — Neuromancer
  77. William Gibson — Virtual Light
  78. Terence Green — Barking Dogs
  79. Harry Harrison — The Stainless Steel Rat
  80. K.W. Jeter — Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human
  81. K.W. Jeter — Dr. Adder
  82. K.W. Jeter — The Glass Hammer
  83. Ted Key — The Cat From Outer Space
  84. Madeleine L’Engle — A Wrinkle in Time
  85. Ursula K. LeGuin — The Dispossessed
  86. Ursula K. LeGuin — The Lathe of Heaven
  87. Ursula K. LeGuin — The Left Hand of Darkness
  88. Ursula K. LeGuin — The Word for World is Forest
  89. David Lindsay — A Voyage to Arcturus
  90. Anne McCaffery — The Ship Who Sang
  91. Judith Merril — Out of Bounds
  92. Judith Merril — Survival Ship and Other Stories
  93. Laura J. Mixon — Glass Houses
  94. Ray Nelson — Virtual Zen
  95. William F. Nolan and Clayton Johnson — Logan’s Run
  96. Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowski — Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere
  97. Steve Perry — Matadora
  98. Steve Perry — The Machiavelli Interface
  99. Steve Perry — The Man Who Never Missed
  100. Andrew J. Robinson — Star Trek DS9: A Stitch in Time
  101. Spider Robinson — Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon
  102. Spider Robinson — Off the Wall at Callahan’s
  103. Rudy Rucker — Software
  104. Rudy Rucker — Wetware
  105. Robert Sheckley — The 10th Victim
  106. John Shirley — Eclipse
  107. John Shirley — Eclipse Corona
  108. John Shirley — Eclipse Penumbra
  109. Neal Stephenson — Snow Crash
  110. Neal Stephenson — The Diamond Age
  111. Bruce Sterling (Signed) (editor) — Mirrorshades
  112. Somtow Sucharitkul — Starship and Haiku
  113. Michael Swanwick — In the Drift
  114. Kilgore Trout — Venus on the Half-Shell
  115. Jack Vance — The Dying Earth
  116. Jack Vance — The Eyes of the Overworld
  117. Walter Jon Williams — Hardwired
  118. John Wyndham — The Chrysalids
  119. Roger Zelazny — A Dark Gathering
  120. Roger Zelazny — A Night in the Lonesome October
  121. Roger Zelazny — Blood of Amber
  122. Roger Zelazny — Bridge of Ashes
  123. Roger Zelazny — Creatures of Light and Darkness
  124. Roger Zelazny — Damnation Alley
  125. Roger Zelazny — Dilvish, the Damned
  126. Roger Zelazny — Doorways in the Sand
  127. Roger Zelazny — Eye of Cat
  128. Roger Zelazny — Four for Tomorrow
  129. Roger Zelazny — Frost and Fire
  130. Roger Zelazny — Isle of the Dead
  131. Roger Zelazny — Jack of Shadows
  132. Roger Zelazny — Knight of Shadows
  133. Roger Zelazny — Lord of Light
  134. Roger Zelazny — Nine Princes of Amber
  135. Roger Zelazny — Prince of Chaos
  136. Roger Zelazny — Roadmarks
  137. Roger Zelazny — Sign of Chaos
  138. Roger Zelazny — Sign of the Unicorn
  139. Roger Zelazny — The Changing Land
  140. Roger Zelazny — The Courts of Chaos
  141. Roger Zelazny — The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth
  142. Roger Zelazny — The Guns of Avalon
  143. Roger Zelazny — The Hand of Oberon
  144. Roger Zelazny — The Last Defender of Camelot
  145. Roger Zelazny — This Immortal
  146. Roger Zelazny — To Die in Italbar
  147. Roger Zelazny — Today We Choose Faces
  148. Roger Zelazny — Trumps of Doom
  149. Roger Zelazny — Unicorn Variations
Fiction: 141 books
Again, what you’d expect. Edge books, where it’s unclear whether the story is completely true or not, were not included here. Some books of folk tales or mythology were moved to other categories as appropriate, as well.
  1. Margaret Atwood — Surfacing
  2. J.G. Ballard — Concrete Island
  3. J.G. Ballard — Crash
  4. George Barker — The Dead Seagull
  5. Djuna Barnes — The Book of Repulsive Women
  6. Gary Barwin — Big Red Baby
  7. Jorge Luis Borges — A Personal Anthology
  8. Jorge Luis Borges — Doctor Brodie’s Report
  9. Jorge Luis Borges — Dreamtigers
  10. Jorge Luis Borges — Ficciones
  11. Jorge Luis Borges — Labyrinths
  12. Jorge Luis Borges — The Aleph
  13. Jorge Luis Borges — The Book of Sand
  14. Richard Brautigan — A Confederate General From Big Sur
  15. Richard Brautigan — An Unfortunate Woman
  16. Richard Brautigan — Dreaming of Babylon
  17. Richard Brautigan — In Watermelon Sugar
  18. Richard Brautigan — Revenge of the Lawn
  19. Richard Brautigan — So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away
  20. Richard Brautigan — Sombrero Fallout
  21. Richard Brautigan — The Abortion
  22. Richard Brautigan — The Edna Webster Collection of Undiscovered Writings
  23. Richard Brautigan — The Hawkline Monster
  24. Richard Brautigan — The Tokyo-Montana Express
  25. Richard Brautigan — Trout Fishing in America
  26. Richard Brautigan — Willard and His Bowling Trophies
  27. Mikhail Bulgakov — The Master and Margarita
  28. Anthony Burgess — A Clockwork Orange
  29. Tim Burton — The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories
  30. Morley Callahan — More Joy in Heaven
  31. Italo Calvino — Cosmi-comics
  32. Italo Calvino — Invisible Cities
  33. Italo Calvino — T Zero
  34. Italo Calvino — The Castle of Crossed Destinies
  35. Italo Calvino — The Nonexistent Knight and the Cloven Viscount
  36. Italo Calvino — Under the Jaguar Sun
  37. Albert Camus — The Stranger
  38. Patrick Chamoiseau — Creole Folktales
  39. Leonard Cohen — The Favorite Game
  40. Joseph Conrad — Heart of Darkness
  41. Douglas Coupland (Signed) — Generation X
  42. Robertson Davies — Fifth Business
  43. Robertson Davies — High Spirits
  44. Robertson Davies — Tempest Tossed
  45. Robertson Davies — The Manticore
  46. Robertson Davies — World of Wonders
  47. Don DeLillo — White Noise
  48. Delacorta — Alba
  49. Delacorta — Diva
  50. Delacorta — Lola
  51. Delacorta — Luna
  52. Delacorta — Nana
  53. Delacorta — The Rap Factor
  54. Delacorta — Vida
  55. Stan Dragland — Stormy Weather – Foursomes
  56. Warren Ellis — Crooked Little Vein
  57. Peter George — Dr. Strangelove, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  58. William Gibson — Pattern Recognition
  59. Crispin Glover (Signed) — Oak Mot
  60. Crispin Glover (Signed) — Rat Catching
  61. Ermilo Abreu Gomez — Canek
  62. Terence Green (Signed) — Shadow of Ashland
  63. Graham Greene — Monsignor Quixote
  64. Graham Greene — The Captain and the Enemy
  65. Graham Greene — The Power and the Glory
  66. Mike Grell — Sable
  67. Lars Gustafsson — The Tennis Players
  68. H. Rider Haggard — King Solomon’s Mines
  69. Dashiell Hammett — Maltese Falcon
  70. Joseph Heller — Catch-22
  71. Herman Hesse — Demian
  72. Herman Hesse — Magister Ludi
  73. Herman Hesse — Siddhartha
  74. Herman Hesse — The Journey to the East
  75. Colin Higgins — Harold and Maude
  76. Aldous Huxley — Brave New World
  77. Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood — Jacob’s Ladder
  78. Kazuo Ishiguro — The Remains of the Day
  79. Debbie James (editor) — Burning Ambitions
  80. Tama Janowitz — Slaves of New York
  81. Andrew Kaufman — All My Friends are Superheroes
  82. Ken Kesey — One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  83. Jersey Kosinski — Being There
  84. William Kotzwinkle — The Leopard’s Tooth
  85. Milan Kundera — The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  86. Ursula K. LeGuin — Very Far Away From Anywhere Else
  87. Mark Leyner — My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist
  88. Damian Lopes — Omnibus: Sensory Deprivation, Dream Poetics
  89. Barry Lopez — Desert Notes, River Notes
  90. Barry Lopez — Field Notes
  91. Barry Lopez — Resistance
  92. Barry Lopez — Winter Count
  93. Dashiell Loveless — By The Balls
  94. Blaise Moritz — Calling Planet Earth via the Wireless and the Telegraph
  95. Jess Mowry — Way Past Cool
  96. Vladimir Nabokov — Lolita
  97. Steve Niles (editor) and Neil Gaiman (Signed) — Words Without Pictures
  98. Daniel Odier — Cannibal Kiss
  99. Michael Ondaatje (Signed) — Coming Through Slaughter
  100. Michael Ondaatje (Signed) — In The Skin of A Lion
  101. Michael Ondaatje — The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
  102. Michael Ondaatje — The English Patient
  103. George Orwell — 1984
  104. George Orwell — Animal Farm
  105. Mervyn Peake — Gormenghast
  106. Mervyn Peake — Titus Alone
  107. Mervyn Peake — Titus Groan
  108. Luigi Pirandello — The Oil Jar and Other Stories
  109. Jacques Poulin — Autumn Rounds
  110. Jacques Poulin — My Sister’s Blue Eyes
  111. Jacques Poulin — Spring Tides
  112. Jacques Poulin — Wild Cat
  113. Ayn Rand — Anthem
  114. Ishmael Reed — Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down
  115. Yasmina Reza — Hammerklavier
  116. Bruce Robinson — Paranoia in the Launderette
  117. Greg Rucka — Shooting at Midnight
  118. Francoise Sagan — Aimez Vous Brahms?
  119. Francoise Sagan — Bonjour Tristesse
  120. J.D. Salinger — The Catcher in the Rye
  121. Idries Shah — Caravan of Dreams
  122. Idries Shah — Nasrudin
  123. Idries Shah — Omnibus: The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin, The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin
  124. Idries Shah — Reflections
  125. Idries Shah — The Magic Monastery
  126. Idries Shah — Wisdom of the Idiots
  127. Sarah Sheard — Almost Japanese
  128. Elizabeth Smart — By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
  129. Ali Smith — Ali Smith’s Supersonic 70’s
  130. Ali Smith — Free Love
  131. John Steinbeck — Of Mice and Men
  132. John Steinbeck — The Pearl
  133. Jerome Stern (editor) — Micro Fiction
  134. Patrick Suskind — The Pigeon
  135. Inagaki Taruho — One Thousand and One-Second Stories
  136. Leo Tolstoy — The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  137. Kurt Vonnegut — Breakfast of Champions
  138. Kurt Vonnegut — Slaughterhouse Five
  139. Kurt Vonnegut — Wompeters, Fomas, and Granfaloons
  140. Thomas Wharton — The Logogryph
  141. Jeannette Wintersson — Sexing the Cherry
Fantasy: 125 books
Fantasy followed the same rules of science-fiction above.
  1. Lloyd Alexander — Taran Wanderer
  2. Lloyd Alexander — The Black Cauldron
  3. Lloyd Alexander — The Book of Three
  4. Lloyd Alexander — The Castle of Llyr
  5. Lloyd Alexander — The High King
  6. Peter Beagle — The Last Unicorn
  7. J. R. Bellairs — The Face in the Frost
  8. Ray Bradbury — Something Wicked This Way Comes
  9. Ray Bradbury — The Halloween Tree
  10. Patricia Briggs — Blood Bound
  11. Patricia Briggs — Cry Wolf
  12. Patricia Briggs — Iron Kissed
  13. Patricia Briggs — Moon Called
  14. Emma Bull — Finder
  15. Jim Butcher — Fool Moon
  16. Jim Butcher — Grave Peril
  17. Jim Butcher — Stormfront: The Dresden Files Book 1
  18. Andre Carpentier — Rue St Denis: Fantastic Tales
  19. Glen Cook — Dreams of Steel
  20. Glen Cook — Shadows Linger
  21. Glen Cook — The Black Company
  22. Glen Cook — The Silver Spike
  23. Glen Cook — The White Rose
  24. Elaine Cunningham — Daughter of the Drow
  25. Elaine Cunningham — Elfshadow
  26. Elaine Cunningham — Silver Shadows
  27. Elaine Cunningham — Tangled Webs
  28. Elaine Cunningham — Thornhold
  29. Elaine Cunningham — Wind Walker
  30. Peter David — Howling Mad
  31. Peter David — Knight Life
  32. Peter David — Sir Apropos of Nothing
  33. Charles DeLint — Jack, The Giant-Killer
  34. Charles DeLint — The Little Country
  35. Charles DeLint — Wolfmoon
  36. Charles DeLint — Yarrow
  37. Lord Dunsany — At the Edge of the World
  38. Lord Dunsany — Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley
  39. Lord Dunsany — Fifty-One Tales
  40. Lord Dunsany — The Book of Wonder
  41. Lord Dunsany — The Complete Pegana
  42. Lord Dunsany — The Gods of Pegana
  43. Lord Dunsany — The King of Elfland’s Daughter
  44. Lord Dunsany — The Man Who Ate the Phoenix
  45. David Eddings — Castle of Wizardry
  46. David Eddings — Enchanter’s End Game
  47. David Eddings — Magician’s Gambit
  48. David Eddings — Pawn of Prophecy
  49. David Eddings — Queen of Sorcery
  50. Minister Faust — The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
  51. Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe — A Walking Tour of the Shambles
  52. Neil Gaiman (Signed) — American Gods
  53. Neil Gaiman (Signed) — Angels and Visitations
  54. Neil Gaiman (Signed) and Terry Pratchett — Good Omens
  55. Neil Gaiman — Neverwhere
  56. Neil Gaiman (Signed) — Smoke and Mirrors
  57. Barb Hendee and J. C. Hendee — Dhampir
  58. Robert Holdstock — Mythago Wood
  59. Tanya Huff (Signed) — Relative Magic
  60. Tanya Huff (Signed) — Stealing Magic
  61. T.H. Lain — City of Fire
  62. T.H. Lain — Oath of Nerull
  63. T.H. Lain — Plague of Ice
  64. T.H. Lain — Return of the Damned
  65. T.H. Lain — The Bloody Eye
  66. T.H. Lain — The Death Ray
  67. T.H. Lain — The Living Dead
  68. T.H. Lain — The Savage Caves
  69. T.H. Lain — The Sundered Arms
  70. T.H. Lain — Treachery’s Wake
  71. Ursula K. LeGuin — Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences
  72. Ursula K. LeGuin — Catwings
  73. Ursula K. LeGuin — Catwings Return
  74. Ursula K. LeGuin — Tehanu
  75. Ursula K. LeGuin — The Farthest Shore
  76. Ursula K. LeGuin — The Other Wind
  77. Ursula K. LeGuin — The Tombs of Atuan
  78. Ursula K. LeGuin — Wizard of Earthsea
  79. James Lowder (editor) — Realms of Valor
  80. R.A. MacAvoy — Tea With the Black Dragon
  81. R.A. MacAvoy — Twisting the Rope
  82. Kelly McCullough — Webmage
  83. Patricia McKillip — Harpist in the Wind
  84. Patricia McKillip — Heir of Sea and Fire
  85. Patricia McKillip — Moon-Flash
  86. Patricia McKillip — The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
  87. Patricia McKillip — The Riddle-Master of Hed
  88. Patricia McKillip — The Throme of the Erril of Sherill
  89. O.R. Melling — Falling Out of Time
  90. Michael Moorcock — Elric at the End of Time
  91. Michael Moorcock — Elric of Melnibone
  92. Michael Moorcock — Stormbringer
  93. Michael Moorcock — The Bane of the Black Sword
  94. Michael Moorcock — The Fortress of the Pearl
  95. Michael Moorcock — The Revenge of the Rose
  96. Michael Moorcock — The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
  97. Michael Moorcock — The Vanishing Tower
  98. Michael Moorcock — The Weird of the White Wolf
  99. Christopher Moore — Practical Demon-Keeping
  100. Audrey Niffenegger — The Time Traveler’s Wife
  101. Douglas Niles — Black Wizards
  102. Douglas Niles — Darkwater on Moonshae
  103. Larry Niven — The Magic Goes Away
  104. Sax Rohmer — The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu
  105. SF Said — Varjak Paw
  106. R.A. Salvatore — Exile
  107. R.A. Salvatore — Homeland
  108. R.A. Salvatore — Passage to Dawn
  109. R.A. Salvatore — Siege of Darkness
  110. R.A. Salvatore — Sojourn
  111. R.A. Salvatore — Starless Night
  112. R.A. Salvatore — Streams of Silver
  113. R.A. Salvatore — The Crystal Shard
  114. R.A. Salvatore — The Halfling’s Gem
  115. R.A. Salvatore — The Legacy
  116. R.A. Salvatore — The Silent Blade
  117. Will Shetterly — Elsewhere
  118. Will Shetterly — Nevernever
  119. Brian Thomsen (editor) and J. Robert King (editor) — Realms of Magic
  120. James Thurber — The White Deer
  121. J.R.R. Tolkien — Roverandom
  122. J.R.R. Tolkien — The Fellowship of the Ring
  123. J.R.R. Tolkien — The Hobbit
  124. J.R.R. Tolkien — The Return of the King
  125. J.R.R. Tolkien — The Two Towers
Poetry: 99 books
This only included books of poetry…criticism was moved to the writing category. Many of the books were anthologies, and all the individual authors were not listed. There is also a lot of books that contain lyrics.
  1. Salvatore Ala — Thirteen Poems(pamphlet)
  2. Ralph Alfonso — Ralph: Coffee, Poetry, and Jazz
  3. Ralph Alfonso — This Is For the Night People
  4. Brian Andreas — Going Somewhere Soon
  5. Brian Andreas — Hearing Voices
  6. Brian Andreas — Mostly True
  7. Brian Andreas — Still Mostly True
  8. Brian Andreas — Strange Dreams
  9. Brian Andreas — Traveling Light
  10. Brian Andreas — Trusting Soul
  11. Phlip Arima — Damaged
  12. Margaret Atwood — Morning in the Burned House
  13. Basho — Haiku(Penguin 60s)
  14. Peter Beilenson (editor) and Harry Behn (editor) — Haiku Harvest
  15. George Bennett (editor) and Paul Molloy (editor) — Cavalcade of Poems
  16. William Blake — Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
  17. Jorge Luis Borges — In Praise of Darkness
  18. Faubion Bowers — The Classic Tradition of Haiku An Anthology
  19. Ray Bradbury — When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed
  20. Kate Braid — Inward to the Bones
  21. Richard Brautigan — June 30th, June 30th
  22. Richard Brautigan — Loading Mercury With a Pitchfork
  23. Richard Brautigan — Please Plant This Book
  24. Richard Brautigan — Rommel Drives on Deep Into Egypt
  25. Richard Brautigan — The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster
  26. Nicole Brossard — Installations
  27. Anne Carson — Short Talks
  28. Leonard Cohen — Book of Longing
  29. Leonard Cohen — Book of Mercy
  30. Leonard Cohen — Death of a Lady’s Man
  31. Leonard Cohen — Flowers for Hitler
  32. Leonard Cohen — God is Alive Magic is Afoot
  33. Leonard Cohen — Let Us Compare Mythologies
  34. Leonard Cohen — Parasites of Heaven
  35. Leonard Cohen — Selected Poems 1956-1968
  36. Leonard Cohen — Stranger Music
  37. Leonard Cohen — The Energy of Slaves
  38. Leonard Cohen — The Spice-Box of Earth
  39. Emily Dickinson — Selected Poems (Dover Thrift)
  40. Annie Dillard — Tickets for a Prayer Wheel
  41. Stephen Dunning (editor), Edward Lueders (editor) and Hugh Smith (editor) — Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle…and Other Modern Verse
  42. Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Pictures of the Gone World
  43. Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Poetry as Insurgent Art
  44. Edward Fitzgerald — The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Dover Thrift Edition)
  45. Robert Frost — The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
  46. Tom Gilroy, Anna Grace, Jim McKay, Douglas A. Martin, Grant Lee Phillips, Rick Roth and Michael Stipe — The Haiku Year
  47. Allen Ginsberg — Howl and Other Poems
  48. Nikki Giovanni — Those Who Ride the Night Winds
  49. James Hackett — Haiku Poetry Volume Four
  50. James Hackett — Haiku Poetry Volume Three
  51. A.E. Housman — The Works of A.E. Housman
  52. Langston Hughes — Selected Poems
  53. Ted Hughes — Crow
  54. Jack Kerouac — Mexico City Blues
  55. Jack Kerouac — San Francisco Blues(Penguin 60s)
  56. Jack Kerouac — Scattered Poems
  57. Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo and Lew Welch — Trip Trap: Haiku on the Road
  58. Nancy Larrick (editor) — Bring Me All of Your Dreams
  59. Nancy Larrick (editor) — On City Streets
  60. Nancy Larrick (editor) — Room for me and a Mountain Lion
  61. Ursula K. LeGuin — Going Out With Peacocks
  62. Ursula K. LeGuin — Wild Oats and Fireweed
  63. Vachel Lindsay — The Congo and Other Poems
  64. Edna St. Vincent Millay — Renascence and Other Poems
  65. Jim Morrison — The American Night: Lost Writings Volume 2
  66. Jim Morrison — The Lords and the New Creatures
  67. Jim Morrison — Wilderness: Lost Writings Volume 1
  68. Judith Nicholls — Midnight Forest
  69. Michael Ondaatje — Handwriting
  70. Michael Ondaatje — Rat Jelly
  71. Michael Ondaatje — Secular Love
  72. Michael Ondaatje — The Dainty Monsters
  73. Michael Ondaatje — There’s A Trick With a Knife I’m Learning to do
  74. Mervyn Peake — A Book of Nonsense
  75. Mervyn Peake — Selected Poems
  76. Edgar Allen Poe — The Raven and Other Favorite Poems
  77. Ezra Pound — Early Poems
  78. Burton Raffel (editor) — Pure Pagan: Seven Centuries of Greek Poems and Fragments
  79. Lou Reed — Between Thought and Expression
  80. Lou Reed — Pass Thru Fire
  81. Christina Rossetti — Goblin Market and Other Poems
  82. Ryokan — One Robe, One Bowl: The Zen Poetry of Ryokan
  83. Carl Sandburg — Chicago Poems
  84. Carl Sandburg — Poems for the People
  85. Gil Scott-Heron — Now and Then
  86. Tetsuzan Shinagawa — Nothingness: Talk to a Stone
  87. Elizabeth Smart — The Collected Poems
  88. Brian Swann — Native American Songs and Poems: An Anthology
  89. Sara Teasdale — Love Songs
  90. Bronwen Wallace — Keep That Candle Burning Bright and Other Poems
  91. Shane Weller (editor) — Christmas Carols Complete Verses
  92. Darren Wershler-Henry — Nicholodeon:A Book of Lowerglyphs
  93. William Carlos Williams — Early Poems
  94. William Carlos Williams — Selected Poems
  95. Hawksley Workman — Hawksley Burns for Isadora
  96. Evelyn Catharine Yates — Karumi Moon
  97. Evelyn Catharine Yates — Uqausiksat
  98. William Butler Yeats — Early Poems
  99. Akiko Yosano — River of Stars
Computers: 67 books
There was a lot of bleed with the business category here. Books about process and technical design, as well as general how-to books and game manuals, were recorded in this category.
  1. 37 Signals — Getting Real
  2. Anonymous — A Pocket Guide to O’Reilly Animals
  3. Anonymous — Official Riven Secrets
  4. Kent Beck — Extreme Programming Explained
  5. Tim Berners-Lee — Weaving the Web
  6. Roger Black — Web Sites that Work
  7. Frederick Brooks — The Mythical Man-Month
  8. Dan Cedarholm — Web Standards Solutions
  9. Chromatic — Extreme Programming Pocket Guide
  10. Chris Crawford — Chris Crawford On Game Design
  11. Chris DiBona (editor), Sam Ockman (editor) and Mark Stone (editor) — Open Sources
  12. Kevin Dick — XML: A Manager’s Guide 1st Edition
  13. Kevin Dick — XML: A Manager’s Guide 2nd Edition
  14. David L. Farquhar — Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multimedia
  15. Jason Fried and Matthew Linderman — Defensive Design for the Web
  16. Mike Gancarz — The Unix Philosophy
  17. Jesse James Garrett — The Elements of User Experience 1st Edition
  18. Robert L. Glass — Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
  19. Ian Graham — HTML Sourcebook 1st Edition
  20. Paul Graham — Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas From the Computer Age
  21. Scot Hacker — MP3: The Definitive Guide
  22. Katie Hafner — The Well
  23. Elliotte Rusty Harold — Effective XML
  24. Greg Helmstetter and Pamela Metivier — Affiliate Selling
  25. Steven Holtzman — Digital Mosaics
  26. Andrew Hunt and David Thomas — The Pragmatic Programmer
  27. Brian Kernighan and P.J. Plauger — The Elements of Programming Style 2nd edition
  28. Steve Krug — Don’t Make Me Think
  29. Brenda Laurel — Utopian Entrepreneur
  30. Bill Lessard and Steve Baldwin — Net Slaves
  31. Thomas Limoncelli — Time Management for System Administrators
  32. Patrick Lynch and Sarah Horton — Web Style Guide 1st Edition
  33. Patrick Lynch and Sarah Horton — Web Style Guide 2nd Edition
  34. Ronald Mak — The Martian Principles for Successful Enterprise Systems
  35. Joe Marasco — The Software Development Edge
  36. Robert B. Marks — Everquest Companion: The Inside Lore of a Game World
  37. Steve McConnell — After the Gold Rush
  38. David Megginson — Imperfect XML
  39. Trevor Misfeldt, Gregory Bumgardner and Andrew Gray — The Elements of C++ Style
  40. Peter Morville — Ambient Findability
  41. Janet Murray — Hamlet on the Holodeck
  42. Russell Pavlicek and Robin Miller — Embracing Insanity
  43. David Pogue — Tales from the Tech Line
  44. Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck — Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit
  45. Eric Raymond — The Art of Unix Programming
  46. Eric Raymond — The Cathedral and the Bazaar
  47. David Sanderson — Smileys
  48. Steve Souders — High Performance Web Sites
  49. Joel Spolsky — Joel On Software
  50. Joel Spolsky — More Joel on Software
  51. Joel Spolsky (editor) — The Best Software Writing I
  52. Joel Spolsky — User Interface Design for Programmers
  53. Andrew M. St. Laurent — Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing
  54. Neal Stephenson — In The Beginning Was the Command Line
  55. Paul Strathern — Turing and the Computer
  56. Philip Toshio Sudo — Zen Computers
  57. Bruce A. Tate — Beyond Java
  58. Linus Torvalds — Just for Fun
  59. Edward Tufte — The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
  60. Jeffrey Veen — Hot Wired Style: Principles for Building Smart Web Sites
  61. Allan Vermeulen, Scott W. Ambler, Greg Bumgardner, Eldon Metz, Trevor Misfeldt, Jim Shur and Patrick Thompson — The Elements of Java Style
  62. Wallace Wang — Steal This File Sharing Book
  63. Darren Wershler-Henry and Mark Surman — Commonspace: Beyond Virtual Community
  64. Robin Williams — The PC is Not a Typewriter
  65. Sam Williams — Free as in Freedom
  66. Edward Yourdon — Death March: The Complete Software Developer’s Guide to Surviving “Mission Impossible” Projects
  67. Jeffrey Zeldman — Designing with Web Standards 1st Edition
Art: 67 books
Art includes books on graphic design, typography, film special effects, exhibit catalogues, and books on the process of art, as well as picture-books of artists. Books on making books were also added.
  1. All Media (editor) — Creativity for All
  2. Matt Alt — Super #1 Robot
  3. Anonymous — Everyone is a Designer
  4. Anonymous — Ink Paper Lead, Board Leather Thread
  5. Anonymous — The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers: The Exhibit
  6. Phil Baines — Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005
  7. Banksy — Cut it Out
  8. Banksy — Wall and Piece
  9. Fern Bayer (editor) — The Search for the Spirit: General Idea 1968-1975
  10. C100 — The Art of Rebellion
  11. CBBAG — Contemporary Canadian Bookworks
  12. CBBAG — The Art of the Book ’03
  13. CBBAG — The Art of the Book ’93
  14. Reiko Chiba — Sesshu’s Long Scroll: A Zen Landscape Journey
  15. Louise Dompierre (editor) — Digital Gardens
  16. Mick Farren — The Black Leather Jacket
  17. Die Gestalten — Flyer Mania
  18. Bob Gill — Graphic Design as a Second Language
  19. Eric Gill — An Essay on Typography
  20. David Goodman — Angura, Posters of the Japanese Avant-Garde
  21. Paul Grivell — The Sunlight Print Kit
  22. Maggie Kinser Hohle — Matchibako: Japanese Matchbox Art of the 20s and 30s
  23. Hokusai — One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji
  24. Karl Hyde (editor) and John Warwicker (editor) — mmm..skyscraper i love you
  25. Matsuzaka Ichiro (editor) — The Japanese Tattoo Design Handbook Vol. 1
  26. John Isaacson — Do-It-Yourself Screenprinting
  27. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa — Cowboy Bebop Newtype Film Book: Complete Type VI
  28. Andrezj Klimowsky — The Depository: A Dream Novel
  29. Josh Koppel — Good \ Grief
  30. Alfredo Marcantonio — Prophets of Zoom
  31. Graham Marsh and Glyn Callingham — Blue Note Album Cover Art The Ultimate Collection
  32. Henri Matisse — Jazz
  33. Dave McKean — A Small Book of Black and White Lies
  34. Dave McKean — Option Click
  35. Paul Mijksenaar — Visual Function
  36. J. Abbott Miller — Dimensional Typography
  37. Teresa Monachino — Words Fail Me
  38. Vladimir Nabakov — Alphabet in Color
  39. Georgia O’Keefe — One Hundred Flowers(pocket edition)
  40. Georgia O’Keefe — Some Memories of Drawings
  41. Paul 107 — All City: The Book About Taking Space
  42. Kym Pruesse — Accidental Audience: Urban Interventions by Artists
  43. Paul Rand — Conversations with Students
  44. Marilyn Rueter — Reader, Lover of Books, Lover of Heaven
  45. Ina Saltz — Body Type
  46. Don Shay — Blade Runner: The Inside Story
  47. Fukuda Shigeo — The Posters of Fukuda Shigeo: An Artist of Visual Wit
  48. Keith Smith — Structure of the Visual Book
  49. Keith Smith — Text in the Book Format
  50. Erik Spiekermann and E.M. Ginger — Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works
  51. Sumner Stone — On Stone: The Art and Use of Typography on the Personal Computer
  52. Jun’ichiro Tanizaki — In Praise of Shadows
  53. Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott (editor) — 500 Handmade Books
  54. Kyoichi Tsuzuki — Tokyo: A Certain Style
  55. Edward Tufte — The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
  56. Edward Tufte — Visual Explanations
  57. Kat Von D — High Voltage Tattoo
  58. George Walker — The Inverted Line
  59. Lynd Ward — Gods’ Man
  60. Bride Whelan — Color Harmony 2
  61. Annie Tremmel Wilcox — A Degree of Mastery
  62. Robin Williams — The Non-Designer’s Design Book
  63. Tom Wolfe — From Bauhaus to Our House
  64. Laetitia Wolff and Wang Xu — ACG: M.I.T. Media Laboratory Aesthetics and Computation Group, Students Work of John Maeda (part of Design Focus Media series)
Politics: 39 books
Politics was straight-forward, but also included military books, reportage and journalism, and books on the general nature of politics.
  1. Eqbal Ahmad — Terrorism: Theirs and Ours
  2. Anonymous — The International Bill of Human Rights
  3. Hans Blix — Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters
  4. Bono — On the Move
  5. Billy Bragg — The Progressive Patriot
  6. Albert Camus — Neither Victims nor Executioners
  7. Noam Chomsky — 9-11
  8. Noam Chomsky — Acts of Aggression
  9. Noam Chomsky — Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda
  10. Noam Chomsky — Secrets, Lies and Democracy
  11. Noam Chomsky — The Common Good
  12. Noam Chomsky — The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many
  13. Noam Chomsky — The Umbrella of U.S. Power
  14. Noam Chomsky — What Uncle Sam Really Wants
  15. Eldridge Cleaver — Soul on Ice
  16. Joan Didion — Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11
  17. Joan Didion — Political Fictions
  18. Joan Didion — Salvador
  19. Eric Hobsbawm — On Empire: America, War, and Global Supremacy
  20. Eric Hobsbawm — The New Century
  21. Aldous Huxley — Brave New World Revisited
  22. Michael Ignatieff — The Rights Revolution
  23. Chris McNab — The World’s Worst Military Disasters
  24. Albert Meltzer — Anarchism: Arguments For and Against
  25. Arthur Miller — On Politics and the Art of Acting
  26. Miyamoto Musashi — The Book of Five Rings
  27. William Rivers Pitt and Scott Ritter — War on Iraq
  28. William L. Riordon — Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
  29. John Ralston Saul — Joseph Howe & The Battle for Freedom of Speech
  30. John Ralston Saul — The Doubter’s Companion
  31. John Ralston Saul — The Unconscious Civilization
  32. Pierre Elliott Trudeau — Approaches to Politics
  33. Sun Tzu and John Minford (translator) — The Art of War
  34. Sun Tzu — The Art of War (James Clavell translation)
  35. Kurt Vonnegut — A Man Without A Country
  36. Alice Walker — Sent By Earth
  37. Jessica Williams — 50 Facts That Should Change the World
  38. Herbert David Ziman — Instructions for British Servicemen in France 1944
  39. Howard Zinn (editor) — The People Speak
Comics: 34 books
This is largely a group of trade paperbacks that were paperback-sized, that I had chosen to include in the list of books I’ve read, instead of the general catalogue of comics I keep separately. It also includes price guides, and books about the business of comics.
  1. Hy Bender — The Sandman Companion
  2. Warren Ellis — Come in Alone
  3. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 01
  4. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 02
  5. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 03
  6. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 04
  7. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 05
  8. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 06
  9. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 07
  10. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 08
  11. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 09
  12. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 10
  13. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 11
  14. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 12
  15. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 13
  16. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 14
  17. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 15
  18. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 16
  19. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 17
  20. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 18
  21. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 19
  22. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 20
  23. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 21
  24. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 22
  25. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 23
  26. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 24
  27. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 25
  28. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 26
  29. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 27
  30. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima — Lone Wolf and Cub, Volume 28
  31. Robert Overstreet — Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide
  32. Dan Raviv — Comic Wars
  33. Stephen Weiner — The 101 Best Graphic Novels
  34. Larry Young — True Facts: Comics’ Righteous Anger
Photography: 33 books
Like the art section, this is largely books of photographs by photographers, but also includes books on photography and how-to manuals.
  1. Lomographic Society International — Lomographiere!
  2. Craig Alesse — Basic 35mm Photo Guide
  3. Araki — Araki Thames & Hudson Photofile
  4. Associated Press (editor) — The Associated Press Photojournalism Stylebook
  5. Michelle Bates — Plastic Cameras: Toying With Creativity
  6. Janette Beckman — Made in the UK
  7. Guy Bourdin — Guy Bourdin Thames & Hudson Photofile
  8. Julian Calder and John Garrett — The 35mm Photographer’s Handbook
  9. Walker Evans — Walker Evans Thames & Hudson Photofile
  10. Found Magazine (editor) — Found Polaroids
  11. André Kertész — André Kertész Thames & Hudson Photofile
  12. André Kertész — On Reading
  13. André Kertész — The Polaroids
  14. Annie Leibovitz — At Work
  15. Lomography — Diana +
  16. Lomography — Holga: The World Through a Plastic Lens
  17. Lomography (editor) — The Fisheye View
  18. Magnum Photos — Magnum Photos Thames & Hudson Photofile
  19. Don McCullin — Don McCullin Thames & Hudson Photofile
  20. Steve McCurry — Portraits
  21. Bruno Moyen — New York City A State of Mind
  22. Jon Naar — The Birth of Graffiti
  23. Patti Perret and Terri Windling — The Faces of Fantasy
  24. Phaidon (editor) — The Photography Book
  25. Man Ray — Man Ray Thames & Hudson Photofile
  26. Steven Shore — The Nature of Photographs
  27. Michael Spano — Time Frames: City Pictures
  28. Edward Steichen — Edward Steichen Thames & Hudson Photofile
  29. Surrealist Photography — Surrealist Photography Thames & Hudson Photofile
  30. Andrey Tarkovsky — Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids
  31. Upper Playground — Backyard Shakedown
  32. Wim Wenders — Pictures From the Surface of the Earth
  33. World Press Photo Foundation — World Press Photo 07
Biography: 29 books
This includes critical studies and celebrations of an author, memoirs, travelogues, and biographies/autobiographies.
  1. Paul Auster — The Red Notebook
  2. Mary Austin — The Land of Little Rain
  3. Basho — The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches
  4. Jorge Luis Borges — Atlas
  5. George Borrow — Romano Lavo-Lil
  6. Nicole Brossard (Signed) — She Would Be the First Sentence of My Next Novel
  7. Albert Camus — Summer in Algiers
  8. Peter Carey — Wrong About Japan
  9. Bruce Chatwin — The Songlines
  10. Samuel Delany — Heavenly Breakfast
  11. Joan Didion — After Henry
  12. Isabelle Eberhardt — The Oblivion Seekers
  13. Michael Fournier (editor) and Ken Norris (editor) — Take This Waltz, A Celebration of Leonard Cohen
  14. Graham Greene — A World of My Own: A Dream Diary
  15. Helene Hanff — 84 Charing, Cross Road
  16. Andrew Hodges — Turing
  17. Ice-T — The Ice Opinion
  18. Takayuki Ishii — One Thousand Paper Cranes
  19. Hazel Littlefield — Lord Dunsany: King of Dreams
  20. Alberto Manguel — With Borges
  21. Michael Ondaatje — Leonard Cohen
  22. Michael Ondaatje — Running in the Family
  23. Lance Parkin — Pocket Essentials: Alan Moore
  24. Stephen Scobie — Leonard Cohen
  25. Sanyika Shakur — Monster: Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
  26. Rob Sheffield — Love is a Mix Tape
  27. William Styron — Darkness Visible
  28. Wil Wheaton — Dancing Barefoot
  29. Wil Wheaton — Just a Geek
Children: 28 books
This section is a little mis-leading, as I only started to catalogue my books when I was in my early 30’s. Most of the books I’ve read as a child are lost to the sands of time. Quite a few books in this list, I read as an adult.
  1. Byrd Baylor — Everybody Needs a Rock
  2. Francesca Lia Block — Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys
  3. Francesca Lia Block — Weetzie Bat
  4. Francesca Lia Block — Witch Baby
  5. Mark Crilley — Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000
  6. Mark Crilley — Akiko and the Great Wall of Trudd
  7. Mark Crilley — Akiko and the Intergalactic Zoo
  8. Mark Crilley — Akiko in the Castle of Alia Rellapor
  9. Mark Crilley — Akiko in the Sprubly Islands
  10. Mark Crilley — Akiko on the Planet Smoo
  11. Neil Gaiman (Signed) — Coraline
  12. Neil Gaiman (Signed) — The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
  13. Neil Gaiman (Signed) — The Wolves in the Walls
  14. Robert Munsch — Angela’s Airplane
  15. Robert Munsch — David’s Father
  16. Robert Munsch — Jonathan Cleaned Up-Then He Heard a Sound
  17. Robert Munsch — Millicent and The Wind
  18. Robert Munsch — Moira’s Birthday
  19. Robert Munsch — Mortimer
  20. Robert Munsch — Murmel Murmel Murmel
  21. Robert Munsch — Pigs
  22. Robert Munsch — Something Good
  23. Robert Munsch — The Boy in The Drawer
  24. Robert Munsch — The Fire Station
  25. Robert Munsch — The Paper Bag Princess
  26. Maurice Sendak — Where the Wild Things are
  27. Lesley Simpson — The Hug
  28. Glendon Swarthout — Bless the Beasts and Children
Business: 25 books
Includes books on general business, advertising, economics, and ‘inspirational’ books on how to crush your enemies, have them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women.
  1. Paul Arden — It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be
  2. Paul Arden — Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite
  3. Peter Cochrane — 108 Tips for Time Travellers
  4. Peter Drucker — Managing Oneself
  5. Jane Fulton Suri — Thoughtless Acts
  6. J. K. Galbraith — The Economics of Innocent Fraud
  7. Seth Godin — The Dip
  8. John Howkins and Robert Valantin — Development and the Information Age
  9. Jane Jacobs — The Nature of Economies
  10. John Kao — Jamming
  11. Kevin Kelly — New Rules for the New Economy
  12. Grace Llewellyn — The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School & Get a Real Life & Education
  13. Gordon MacKenzie — Orbiting the Giant Hairball
  14. John Maeda — The Laws of Simplicity
  15. Steve Morris — Wired Words: Language is the New Identity
  16. Jim Munroe and Ryan Bigge — Man Must Work
  17. Marty Neumeier — The Brand Gap
  18. Tom Peters — Brand You 50
  19. Tom Peters — Essentials: Talent
  20. Tom Peters — Professional Services Firm 50
  21. Tom Peters — Project 50
  22. Al Ries and Jack Trout — The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
  23. Adrian Slywotzky — The Art of Profitability
  24. David Weinberger, Doc Searls, Rick Levine and Christopher Locke — The Cluetrain Manifesto
  25. James Webb Young — A Technique for Producing Ideas
Writing: 20 books
This was a fairly broad grouping of books on how to write, grammar and style, genre studies (such as haiku), and books of criticism.
  1. M.H. Abrams — A Glossary of Literary Terms 7th edition
  2. Harold Bloom — The Art of Reading Poetry
  3. Jorge Luis Borges — This Craft of Verse
  4. Ray Bradbury — Zen in the Art of Writing
  5. Gareth Branwyn — Jargon Watch
  6. Terry Brooks — Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons From the Writing Life
  7. Orson Scott Card — How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy
  8. David Carroll — A Manual of Writer’s Tricks
  9. Annie Dillard — The Writing Life
  10. Constance Hale and Jessie Scanlon — Wired Style
  11. Harold G. Henderson — Haiku in English
  12. William J. Higginson — The Haiku Seasons
  13. Ursula K. LeGuin — The Language of the Night
  14. Robert Pinsky — The Sound of Poetry
  15. Steven Pressfield — The War of Art
  16. Mark Salisbury — Writers on Comics Scriptwriting
  17. William Strunk and E.B. White — The Elements of Style 3rd Edition
  18. William Strunk and E.B. White — The Elements of Style 4th Edition
  19. Joseph Trimmer — The Essentials of MLA Style
  20. William Zinsser — On Writing Well Sixth Edition
Religion: 18 books
Books on official religions, spirituality, and actual religious texts. A few New Age books snuck in, too.
  1. Paul Arden — God Explained in a Taxi Ride
  2. Annie Dillard — For the Time Being
  3. Annie Dillard — Holy the Firm
  4. Viktor Frankl — Man’s Search for Meaning
  5. Thaddeus Golas — The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment
  6. Eugen Herrigel — Zen in the Art of Archery
  7. Mary Joseph (editor) — Seeking the Sacred
  8. Miriam Levering (editor) — Zen: Images, Texts, and Teachings
  9. Thomas Merton — Introductions East and West: The Foreign Prefaces of Thomas Merton
  10. Thomas Merton — Raids on the Unspeakable
  11. Thomas Merton — Seeking Paradise
  12. Thomas Merton — The Wisdom of the Desert
  13. Thomas Merton — Thoughts in Solitude
  14. Thomas Merton — Woods, Shore, Desert
  15. Lao Tzu — Tao Te Ching(Penguin 60s)
  16. Paul Williams — Das Energi
  17. Anthony de Mello — Awareness
  18. Anthony de Mello — Taking Flight
Horror: 16 books
Follows the same rules as science-fiction and fantasy. Although I debated whether this category should include books on business and politics (only vaguely kidding, here).
  1. Nancy Baker — Blood and Chrysanthemums
  2. Nancy Baker — The Night Inside
  3. Clive Barker — Cabal
  4. Clive Barker — The Books of Blood Vol.3
  5. Clive Barker — Weaveworld
  6. Nancy Collins — In The Blood
  7. Nancy Collins — Paint It Black
  8. Nancy Collins — Sunglasses After Dark
  9. Nancy A. Collins — A Dozen Black Roses
  10. Nancy A. Collins — Angels on Fire
  11. Tanya Huff — Blood Bank
  12. J. Sheridan LeFanu — Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories
  13. Sergei Lukyanenko — The Day Watch
  14. Sergei Lukyanenko — The Night Watch
  15. Robert Louis Stevenson — The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  16. Patrick Suskind — Perfume
Science: 12 books
This was largely traditional ‘hard’ science topics, as well as architecture, and a few ‘crank’ books that profess to be about science, but were really New Age books in disguise. Plus, drugs.
  1. Michael Benedikt — For An Architecture of Reality
  2. Ursula Franklin — Every Tool Shapes the Task
  3. Matthew Frederick — 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
  4. R. Buckminster Fuller — I Seem to be a Verb
  5. James Gleick and Eliot Porter — Nature’s Chaos
  6. Stephen Hawking — A Brief History of Time
  7. Aldous Huxley — The Doors of Perception/Heaven and Hell
  8. Marvin Miller — Codemaster Book 1
  9. Marvin Miller — Codemaster Book 2
  10. Rudy Rucker — Seek
  11. Simon Singh — The Code Book
  12. Gary Zukov — The Dancing Wu Li Masters
Humor: 11 books
Again, what you’d expect.
  1. Douglas Adams and John Lloyd — The Meaning of Liff
  2. Anonymous — Strange Brew
  3. Ambrose Bierce — The Devil’s Dictionary
  4. Ian Frazier — Coyotoe V. Acme
  5. Roger Knutson — Flattened Fauna
  6. Christian Lander — Stuff White People Like
  7. Steve Martin — Pure Drivel
  8. Wendy Northcutt — The Darwin Awards
  9. Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht — The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
  10. Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht — The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel
  11. Bryan Talbot — The Naked Artist: Comic Book Legends
Periodicals: 9 books
These are mostly trade journals that I did, in fact, read cover-to-cover.
  1. Anonymous — Neomu 6
  2. Devil’s Artisan — 52
  3. Devil’s Artisan — 53
  4. Queens Quarterly — Fall 2002
  5. Queens Quarterly — Spring 1998
  6. Queens Quarterly — Spring 2002
  7. Queens Quarterly — Summer 1997
  8. Queens Quarterly — Winter 1997
  9. Queens Quarterly — Winter 2002
Erotica: 8 books
Ahh, the naughty bits. Only one book of the eight is fiction. The rest are books on sexuality in general, and thus, couldn’t be considered as racy as you might think. Plus, regrettably, a few dating manuals. At a loss, I also put books on fashion and style into this section. Honestly, why do you dress up?
  1. Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo — He’s Just Not That Into You
  2. Rob Bell — Sex God
  3. Diablo Cody — Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
  4. Perry Garfinkel and Brian Chichester — Maximum Style
  5. Evan Marc Katz — I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book: A Commonsense Guide to Internet Dating
  6. Elizabeth McNeill — Nine and a Half Weeks
  7. Nerve.com (editor) — Sex Advice from…
  8. Anka Radakovich — The Wild Girls Club
Quotations: 8 books
Books of quotations.
  1. Neil Gaiman — The Quotable Sandman
  2. Eric Groves Sr. (editor) — The Anti-War Quote Book
  3. Charlotte Leslau and Wolf Leslau — African Proverbs
  4. Wreford Miller (editor) and Stephen Osborne (editor) — Quotations for a Nation
  5. John G. Murray — A Gentleman Publisher’s Commonplace Book
  6. Simon Petherick (editor) — The Eccentric’s Quotation Book
  7. Robert Van de Weyer (editor) — Hildegard in a Nutshell
  8. Jon Winokur — Zen to Go
Drama: 7 books
Screenplays as well as plays, and books on drama.
  1. Samuel Beckett — Waiting for Godot
  2. Edward Hale Bierstadt — Dunsany the Dramatist
  3. Robert Bolt — A Man for All Seasons
  4. Lord Dunsany — Plays of Gods and Men
  5. Arthur Miller — Death of a Salesman
  6. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory — My Dinner With Andre
  7. Wim Wenders — Emotion Pictures
Music: 7 books
Books on music, as well as some memoirs by musicians.
  1. Chet Baker — As Though I Had Wings: The Lost Memoir
  2. Dave Bidini — For Those About to Rock
  3. Aaron Copland — What to Listen for in Music
  4. Philip Glass (Signed) — Music By Philip Glass
  5. Daryl Long — Miles Davis for Beginners
  6. Igor Stravinsky — Autobiography
  7. Igor Stravinsky — Poetics of Music
Interview: 3 books
Books of interviews.
  1. Richard Burgin — Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges
  2. Leanna Crouch — One on One: The Imprint Interviews
  3. Will Eisner and Frank Miller — Eisner/Miller
Unsorted: 48 books
What I can’t figure out. Mostly these are non-fiction books which could be filed in about 4-6 different categories, or books I read so long ago I can’t remember the subject matter now.
  1. Anonymous — The Cyborg Manifesto
  2. Angela Baldassarre — Reel Canadians
  3. Roland Barthes — Mythologies
  4. John Berger — And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos
  5. John Berger — The Shape of a Pocket
  6. Jorge Luis Borges — Other Inquisitions
  7. Jorge Luis Borges — The Book of Imaginary Beings
  8. Robert Bringhurst — The Solid Form of Language
  9. Andrew Butler — Pocket Essentials: Cyberpunk
  10. Italo Calvino — Six Memos for the Next Millennium
  11. Louis Chunovic (editor) — Chris-In-The-Morning
  12. Creative Activity Design Company — Hey, What’s Up?
  13. Joan Didion — Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  14. Joan Didion — The White Album
  15. Annie Dillard — Living By Fiction
  16. Annie Dillard — Mornings Like This
  17. Annie Dillard — Teaching A Stone to Talk
  18. Loren Eiseley — The Night Country
  19. Annie Ernaux — Exteriors
  20. Ian Ferrier — Exploding Head Man
  21. Corey Frost — Tonight You’ll Have a Filthy Dream
  22. Northrop Frye — Creation and Recreation
  23. Northrop Frye — The Educated Imagination
  24. Robert Fulford — The Triumph of Narrative
  25. Eduardo Galeano — Soccer in Sun and Shadow
  26. Eduardo Galeano — The Book of Embraces
  27. Eduardo Galeano — Walking Words
  28. Heraclitus — Fragments
  29. Benjamin Hoff — The Tao of Pooh
  30. Benjamin Hoff — The Te of Piglet
  31. Nancy Huston — Losing North
  32. Hugh Kenner — The Elsewhere Community
  33. Ursula K. LeGuin — Hard Words
  34. Barry Lopez — Vintage Lopez
  35. John Marriott (editor) — I’ve Got to Stop Talking to Myself
  36. Larry McCaffery (editor) — Storming the Reality Studio
  37. Jean McKay — Exploded View
  38. Marshall McLuhan and David Carson (illustrator) — The Book of Probes
  39. Marshall Mcluhan — The Medium is the Massage
  40. George Orwell — Why I Write
  41. Charles Peterson — Touch Me I’m Sick
  42. Mordecai Richler, Andre Fortier and Rollo May — Creativity and the University
  43. Rough Guides — The Rough Guide to Cult Fiction
  44. Edward Said — Representations of the Intellectual
  45. Elizabeth Smart — The Assumptions of the Rogues and Rascals
  46. Susan Sontag — Regarding the Pain of Others
  47. George Steiner — Nostalgia for the Absolute
  48. Kurt Vonnegut — Armageddon in Retrospect
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