Sitzbook

2017
42. Huck: All-American – Millar & Albuquerque (160 p.)
41. Descender: Machine Moon – Lemire & Nguyen (116 p.)
40. Descender: Tin Stars – Lemire & Nguyen (160 p.)
39. The Pilot and the Little Prince – Peter Sis (48 p.)
38. Jing Si Aphorisms – Shih Cheng Yen (253 p.)
37. How to Unspoil Your Child Fast – Richard Bromfield (256 p.)
36. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg – Irin Carmon (177 p.)
35. Think Like a Freak – Steven D. Levitt (293 p.)
34. Daytripper – Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba (256 p.)
33. Attempting Normal – Marc Maron (241 p.)
32. Chrononauts – Millar & Murphy (120 p.)
31. Slade House – David Mitchell (241 p.)
30. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living – Meik Wiking (240 p.)
29. The Dispatcher – John Scalzi (128 p.)
28. United States of Japan – Peter Tieryas (400 p.)
27. How to Live a Good Life – Johnathan Fields (256 p.)
26. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins (325 p.)
25. The Revenant – Michael Punke (273 p.)
24. Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke (226 p.)
23. The World According to Star Wars – Cass Sunstein (245 p.)
22. It’s So Easy (and other lies) – Duff McKagan (386 p.)
21. Troublemaker – Leah Remini (274 p.)
20. Love is a Mix Tape – Rob Sheffield (240 p.)
19. Hillbilly Elegy – J. D. Vance (264 p.)
18. Wizard and Glass – Stephen King (1041 p.)
17. Armada – Ernest Cline (356 p.)
16. The Tesseract – Alex Garland (273 p.)
15. Watchmen – Alan Moore (448 p.)
14. Isaac’s Storm – Erik Larson (323 p.)
13. The Dictator’s Handbook – Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alistair Smith (321 p.)
12. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson (322 p.)
11. The Secret History of Wonder Woman – Jill Lepore (436 p.)
10. You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty – Dave Barry (224 p.)
9. Sh*t My Dad Says – Justin Halpern (176 p.)
8. Saga Volume 8 – Vaughan & Staples (152 p.)
7. Saga Volume 5 – Vaughan & Staples (152 p.)
6. Saga Volume 4 – Vaughan & Staples (144 p.)
5. Saga Volume 3 – Vaughan & Staples (144 p.)
4. Oldboy – Tsuchiya & Minegishi (216 p.)
3. Saga Volume 2 – Vaughan & Staples (144 p.)
2. The Devil’s Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee – Stewart Lee Allen (232 p.)
1. Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega – Joe Hill (212 p.)
2016
52. Locke & Key: Clockworks – Joe Hill (160 p.)
51. Houdini: The Handcuff King – Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi (92 p.)
50. Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom – Joe Hill (152 p.)
49. Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows – Joe Hill (152 p.)
48. Rime of the Modern Mariner – Nick Hayes (336 p.)
47. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (111 p.)
46. Locke & Key: Head Games – Joe Hill (156 p.)
45. Our Lady of the Forest – David Guterson (328 p.)
44. Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley (329 p.)
43. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum & Eric Shanower (216 p.)
42. Locke & Key – Joe Hill (170 p.)
41. Nightwoods – Charles Frazier (273 p.)
40. Flight: A Novel – Sherman Alexie (196 p.)
39. A Bridge to the Stars – Henning Mankell (180 p.)
38. The Moon is Down – John Steinbeck (144 p.)
37. Eating the Dinosaur – Chuck Klosterman (304 p.)
36. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Chris Hadfield (320 p.)
35. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes (324 p.)
34. Breve Historia de Cuba: De Colón al siglo XXI (118 p.)
33. Everything But The Posts – Becca Ludlum (122 p.)
32. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History – Michael Klastorin (224 p.)
31. Road Fever – Tim Cahill (277 p.)
30. Chew – John Layman and Rob Guillory (128 p.)
29. Food Rules – Michael Pollan (161 p.)
28. Tell-All – Chuck Palahniuk (194 p.)
27. I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai (289 p.)
26. The Forever War – Joe Haldemann (292 p.)
25. Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team – John Steinbeck (192 p.)
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling (759 p.)
23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling (691 p.)
22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (901 p.)
21. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (757 p.)
20. Goldfinger – Ian Fleming (297 p.)
19. It’s What I Do – Lynsey Addario (357 p.)
18. We’re All Damaged – Matthew Norman (284 p.)
17. Shakespeare: The World As A Stage – Bill Bryson (208 p.)
16. The Crucible – Arthur Miller (152 p.)
15. The Tender Bar – J.R. Moehringer (416 p.)
14. The Eagle Tree – Ned Hayes (236 p.)
13. Unfortunate Events #13: The End – Lemony Snicket (368 p.)
12. Unfortunate Events #12: The Penultimate Peril – Lemony Snicket (368 p.)
11. Black Swan Green – David Mitchell (304 p.)
10. Valis – Philip K. Dick (288 p.)
9. The Accountant’s Story – Roberto Escobar (289 p.)
8. Saga, Vol. 1 – Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples (160 p.)
7. The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia – Michael Booth (406 p.)
6. Machine of Death – Ryan North (464 p.)
5. As You Wish – Cary Elwes (259 p.)
4. We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Triology – Caseen Gaines (268 p.)
3. The Second Wave – Tom Reynolds (292 p.)
2. Unfortunate Events #11: The Grim Grotto – Lemony Snicket (352 p.)
1. Because I Said So! – Ken Jennings (254 p.)
2015
(My plan for 2015 is to try to read a book a week again, although I’m not setting a minimum page count. The 500 page minimum last year was interesting, but it was hard to find books that fit that criteria. So we’ll see how this year turns out!)
52. Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope – Lemony Snicket (352 p.)
51. Unfortunate Events #9: The Carnivorous Carnival – Lemony Snicket (286 p.)
50. Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital – Lemony Snicket (272 p.)
49. Unfortunate Events #7: The Vile Village – Lemony Snicket (272 p.)
48. Unfortunate Events #6: The Ersatz Elevator – Lemony Snicket (272 p.)
47. Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy – Lemony Snicket (240 p.)
46. Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill – Lemony Snicket (208 p.)
45. The Forgotten Village – John Steinbeck (144 p.)
44. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman (259 p.)
43. B^F – Ryan North (448 p.)
42. Meta – Tom Reynolds (240 p.)
41. I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Steve Earle (256 p.)
40. The Art of Loving – Erich Fromm (117 p.)
39. Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window – Lemony Snicket (232 p.)
38. Dr. No – Ian Fleming (255 p.)
37. Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room – Lemony Snicket (192 p.)
36. The World According to Mister Rogers – Fred Rogers (195 p.)
35. Once There Was A War – John Steinbeck (208 p.)
34. A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 1: The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket (176 p.)
33. Deutsche Geschichte: Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart – Franz u. Strohm (256 p.)
32. From Russia With Love – Ian Fleming (181 p.)
31. Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell (336 p.)
30. The Red Pony – John Steinbeck (128 p.)
29. The Martian – Andy Weir (385 p.)
28. The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers – Amy Hollingsworth (208 p.)
27. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick (288 p.)
26. Superman: Red Son – Mark Millar (168 p.)
25. Joyland – Stephen King (296 p.)
24. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari (288 p.)
23. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane (216 p.)
22. Padre Rico, Padre Pobre – Robert Kiyosaki (278 p.)
21. A Most Wanted Man – John Le Carré (323 p.)
20. No Fear Shakespeare: Hamlet (Graphic Novel) (207 p.)
19. Zealot – Reza Aslan (297 p.)
18. Murder in Mount Holly – Paul Theroux (148 p.)
17. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer (368 p.)
16. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende (433 p.)
15. Rosewater – Maziar Bahari (400 p.)
14. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling (222 p.)
13. Ill Fares The Land – Tony Judt (256 p.)
12. A Piece of Danish Happiness – Sharmi Albrechtsen (214 p.)
11. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (420 p.)
6. Dave Barry’s Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need – Dave Barry (171 p.)
5. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green (318 p.)
4. The King Of Canobah – Tom Dibble (300 p.)
3. Fun Home – Alison Bechdel (233 p.)
2. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (422 p.)
1. Maphead – Ken Jennings (304 p.)
2014
(I’m going to do Sitzbook differently in 2014. I’ll only read one book a month, but the book will have to be over 500 pages. That’ll give me a chance to read some longer books that I’ve been putting off since I was trying to get to 52 books in previous years. It’ll also give me more time to play video games and do other things–like eventually raising a child.)
PAGE TOTAL FOR THE YEAR: 7,497
12. December Book: One Summer – Bill Bryson (544 p.)
11. November Book: Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand (528 p.)
10. October Book: The Waste Lands – Stephen King (590 p.)
9. September Book: The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell (620 p.)
8. August Book: What To Expect The First Year – Heidi Murkoff & Co. (671 p.)
7. July Book: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (576 pages)
6. June Book: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention – Manning Marable (608 pages)
5. May Books: More Information Than You Require (400 p.) and That Is All (368 p.), both by John Hodgman
4. April Book: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief – Lawrence Wright (560 pages)
3. March Book: Allegiant – Veronica Roth (544 pages)
2. February Game: The Force Unleashed
2. February Book: Cooked – Michael Pollan (480 pages–close enough)
1. January Game: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
1. January Book: The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett (1008 pages)
2013

52. Diamonds Are Forever – Ian Fleming (245 p.)

51. The Areas Of My Expertise – John Hodgman (256 p.)

50. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov (315 p.)

49. Your Pregnancy Week By Week – Glade B. Curtis (470 p.)

48. Blink – Malcolm Gladwell (296 p.)

47. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle (320 p.)

46. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (138 p.)

45. The Seamstress – Sara Tuvel Bernstein (353 p.)

44. Moonraker – Ian Fleming (259 p.)

43. Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby (428 p.)

42. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut (304 p.)

41. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (324 p.)

40. The Running Man – Stephen King (336 p.)

39. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck (212 p.)

38. Live and Let Die – Ian Fleming (239 p.)

37. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman (272 p.)

36. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell (322 p.)

35. The Berlin Wall Story – Hans-Hermann Hertle (250 p.)

34. Great House – Nicole Krauss (305 p.)

33. Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey – Chuck Palahniuk (338 p.)

32. The Drawing of the Three – Stephen King (438 p.)

31. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future – Michael J. Fox (112 p.)

30. The Man With The Golden Gun – Ian Fleming (171 p.)

29. The Remaining: Fractured – D.J. Molles (524 p.)

28. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick (256 p.)

27. When You Are Engulfed In Flames – David Sedaris (336 p.)

26. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (215 p.)

25. The Know-It-All – A.J. Jacobs (389 p.)

24. I Wear The Black Hat – Chuck Klosterman (224 p.)

23. Ice Station Zebra – Alistair MacLean (224 p.)

22. The Snowman – Lars Nesbø (512 p.)

21. The Remaining: Refugees – D.J. Molles (374 p.)

20. The Remaining: Aftermath – D.J. Molles (296 p.)

19. Insurgent – Veronica Roth (545 p.)

18. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card (355 p.)

17. Neither Here Nor There – Bill Bryson (245 p.)

16. The Remaining – D.J. Molles (219 p.)

15. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (326 p.)

14. Life, The Universe, and Everything Else – Andy Fletcher (209 p.)

13. Naked Pictures of Famous People – Jon Stewart (176 p.)

12. You Only Live Twice – Ian Fleming (233 p.)

11. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – Michael Pollan (256 p.)

10. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (333 p.)

9. Letters From Berlin – Margarete Dos and Kerstin Lieff (358 p.)

8. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Ian Fleming (269 p.)

7. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth (391 p.)

6. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon (637 p.)

5. The Gunslinger (Dark Tower I) – Stephen King (264 p.)

4. Thunderball – Ian Fleming (273 p.)

3. The Four-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss (416 p.)

2. Divergent – Veronica Roth (489 p.)

1. Bill Hicks: Love All The People – Bill Hicks (375 p.)

2012

52. Bossypants – Tina Fey (283 p.)

51. Apocalypse Z: The Beginning – Manel Loureiro (333 p.)

50. In The Garden of Beasts – Eric Larson (480 p.)

49. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien (319 p.)

48. Pygmy – Chuck Palahniuk (256 p.)

47. I Suck At Girls – Justin Halpern (192 p.)

46. Demian – Hermann Hesse (158 p.)

45. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming (189 p.)

44. The Seventeen Traditions – Ralph Nader (150 p.)

43. We Are All Weird – Seth Godin (114 p.)

42. SuperFreakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (292 p.)

41. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (509 p.)

40. Freakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (315 p.)

39. Around the World in 80 Days – Michael Palin (255 p.)

38. Evolving in Monkey Town – Rachel Held Evans (232 p.)

37. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (374 p.)

36. Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (480 p.)

35. The Force is Middling in This One – Robert Kroese (310 p.)

34. The Big Short – Michael Lewis (291 p.)

33. Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China – Paul Theroux (480 p.)

32. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk – David Sedaris (159 p.)

31. The Dirty Parts of the Bible – Sam Torode (278 p.)

30. Earth (The Book) – Daily Show with Jon Stewart (256 p.)

29. Moneyball – Michael Lewis (317 p.)

28. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch (206 p.)

27. Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal – Christopher Moore (468 p.)

26. Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (160 p.)

25. I Am America (And So Can You!) – Stephen Colbert (226 p.)

24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (317 p.)

23. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser (383 p.)

22. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon (418 p.)

21. How to Sharpen Pencils – David Rees (217 p.)

20. Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen (350 p.)

19. Seven Years in Tibet – Heinrich Harrer (314 p.)

18. W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose – Mick Wall (352 p.)

17. Thunderstruck – Erik Larson (447 p.)

16. Narcissus and Goldmund – Hermann Hesse (312 p.)

15. A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson (276 p.)

14. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger (214 p.)

13. Bicycle Diaries – David Byrne (297 p.)

12. Animal Farm – George Orwell (128 p.)

11. Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain (295 p.)

10. 2666 – Roberto Bolaño (898 p.)

9. The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan (450 p.)

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling (366 p.)

7. Tokio Blues: Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami (381 p.)

6. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (372 p.)

5. Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson (75 p.)

4. The Old Patagonian Express – Paul Theroux (2) (404 p.)

3. China Survival Guide – Larry and Qin Herzberg (232 p.)

2. Jesus Wants to Save Christians – Rob Bell & Don Golden (224 p.)

1. Quicksand – Nella Larsen (132 p.)

2011

52. Glengarry Glen Ross – David Mamet

51. How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack – Chuck Sambuchino

50. The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller

49. The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks

48. 11/22/63 – Stephen King

47. The Visible Man – Chuck Klosterman

46. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

45. The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett

44. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

43. Downtown Owl – Chuck Klosterman

42. The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

41. Daisy Miller – Henry James

40. A Fringe of Leaves – Patrick White

39. Brida – Paulo Coelho

38. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann

37. Ett land du aldrig sett: 36 berättelser om Sverige – (Various)

36. Interview With The Vampire – Anne Rice

35. Einstein’s Refrigerator – Steve Silverman

34. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins

33. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

32. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

31. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

30. Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy

29. Shopgirl – Steve Martin

28. Der Träumende Delphin – Sergio Bambaren

27. Illusions – Richard Bach

26. Inés del Alma Mía – Isabel Allende

25. The Giver – Lois Lowry

24. Under a Cruel Star – Heda Margolius Kovály

23. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

22. El Principito – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

21. Germs, Genes, & Civilization – David P. Clark

20. El Viejo y el Mar – Ernest Hemingway

19. The Graduate – Charles Webb

18. Red Alert – Peter Bryant

17. Das Letzte Gefecht/(The Stand) – Stephen King

16. Fodor’s Exploring Japan – David Scott

15. Pigeon Poo, the Universe & Car Paint – Karl Kruszelnicki

14. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

13. The Story of English – Philip Gooden

12. Rebelión en la granja/(Animal Farm) – George Orwell

11. The Plague – Albert Camus

10. Understanding Exposure – Bryan Peterson

9. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

8. The History of Love – Nicole Krauss

7. Uncle Tom’s CabinHarriet Beecher Stowe

6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

5. The Dispossessed – Ursula Le Guin

4. The Art of Non-Conformity (1) (2) – Chris Guillebeau

3. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

2. Eating the Dinosaur – Chuck Klosterman

1. La chica que soñaba con una cerilla y un bidón de gasolina/
(The Girl Who Played With Fire) – Steig Larsson

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  1. Re/ 2012: How strange–and refreshing!–it is to see J.R.R. Tolkien, Ralph Nader, Seth Godin, and Ralph Waldo Emerson on the same reading list!

    I see you have Dave Barry on there. After all those years of humor, I was pleasantly surprised how different and still good his fiction is. In a similarly kooky-sick-entirely entertaining vein, have you ever read Carl Hiaasen?

  2. Hi AnnaLisa,

    Thanks for the comment! I never realized the list was weird or eclectic or whatever, but I guess it may be a bit different. I suppose variety is the spice of my reading life.

    I like Dave Barry quite a bit, although I think I do prefer his non-fiction to his fiction, but that’s probably just because his fiction is aimed a bit more at younger readers (at least the Peter books seem to be, although it must be said that all his books can be enjoyed by just about anyone). I used to be a huge fan of his when I was growing up and would read his columns and books religiously. I even met him in Miami while visiting Joyce once!

    Anyhow, I have read a bit by Carl Hiaasen, but that was quite a while back, and I only remember “Stormy Weather,” and not very well at that. Do you have any (quick-reading) recommendations? I’m a bit behind on this year’s list what with all the new websites and whatnot!

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