Friday, January 6, 2012

Books read

You might remember from last year around this time I mentioned that I was getting a Kindle to try to read more. I had hoped to read a nice mix of classics and new work, fiction and nonfiction, Jewish and not-explicitly Jewish, and just read more than the half a book I'd read in 2010. I can safely say that I was successful this year in that goal. Here's a list of the books I read (some of which were reviewed in this blog). These are presented in no particular order. 29 books (well, 28 and one 'single'; that is, longform essay). A nice mix of quality and 'fun' (read: junk), serious and lighthearted. I've put an asterisk next to the Jewish books, but hopefully you'll find the list helpful, or at least illuminating about me. How about you: what did you read this year?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Man in the Iron Mask
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
American Gods
Civil Disobedience
Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka*
"Comic-Con Strikes Again!"
Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History*
Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us...*
The Finkler Question*
The First Men in the Moon
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The God Who Hates Lies: Confronting and Rethinking Jewish Tradition*
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel
The Hundred Years War: The English In France 1337-1453
The Imperfectionists
Inventing Jewish Ritual*
Just Kids
Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition*
Ready Player One
The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time*
Silver Canyon
Super Sad True Love Story
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Who by Fire, Who by Water: Un'taneh Tokef*

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