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1bunnygirl
Edited: Nov 11, 2016, 6:21pm Top

I started this a few weeks ago (as of 2013-08-18) without realizing there was an LT group for it. This at least saves me from creating one of those theme blogs. I'm not going to go in and find old books I've read in the classifications; I'm just going to re-read categories.

AC: Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan
AE: The know-it-all : one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world, A.J. Jacobs
AG: Schott's Original Miscellany, Ben Schott
AM: Found : the best lost, tossed, and forgotten items from around the world, Davy Rothbart
AP: The Best of Boys' Life
AS: Soldiers of reason : the Rand Corporation and the rise of the American empire, Alex Abella
AY: The Minnesota Almanac, Candice Gaukel Andrews

B: How to Fly a Horse, Kevin Ashton
BC: The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home, Dan Ariely
BD: How We Are, Vincent Deary
BF: ROY G. BIV : an exceedingly surprising book about color, Jude Stewart
BH: The Power of Glamour, Virginia Postrel
BJ: Moral Clarity, Susan Neiman
BL: Religious Literacy, Stephen Prothero
BM: All Who Go Do Not Return, Shulem Deen
BP: If the oceans were ink : an unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the Qurʾan, Carla Power
BQ: A Death on Diamond Mountain, Scott Carney
BR: Rapture Ready! : Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture, Daniel Radosh
BS: Wide as the waters : the story of the English Bible and the revolution it inspired, Benson Bobrick
BT: Immortal diamond : the search for our true self, Richard Rohr
BV: Help, thanks, wow : the three essential prayers, Anne Lamott
BX: The Book of Mormon Girl, Joanne Brooks

CB: The signal and the noise : why most predictions fail but some don't, Nate Silver
CC: Lives in ruins : archaeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble, Marilyn Johnson
CD: How to archive family keepsakes, Denise May-Levenick
CE: Mapping time : the calendar and its history, E. G. Richards
CJ: Illegal tender : Gold, greed, and the mystery of the lost 1933 double eagle, David Tripp
CN: The Romans in Britain: An Anthology of Inscriptions, A.R. Burn
CR: The tragedy of the Templars : the rise and fall of the Crusader states, Michael Haag
CT: Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, Raquel Cepeda

D: Man of war : my adventures in the world of historical reenactment, Charlie Schroeder
DA: Under another sky : journeys in Roman Britain, Charlotte Higgins
DAW: The Ghosts of Europe, Anna Porter
DB: Danubia : a personal history of Habsburg Europe, Simon Winder
DD: Hitler at Home, Despina Stratigakos
DE: Confronting the classics : traditions, adventures, and innovations, Mary Beard
DG: The city of falling angels, John Berendt
DJ: Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city, Russell Shorto
DL: The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Michael Booth
DP: 1808: The Flight of the Emperor, Laurentino Gomes
DQ: Killing dragons : the conquest of the Alps, Fergus Fleming
DR: The Balkans, Mark Mazower
DS: The Korean Popular Culture Reader
DT: The House at Sugar Beach, Helene Cooper
DU: Captive Paradise, James L. Haley
DX: The Romani Gypsies, Yaron Matras

E: Ready for a Brand New Beat, Mark Kurlansky
F: Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History, Paul Schneider

G: Unruly places : lost spaces, secret cities, and other inscrutable geographies, Alastair Bonnett
GB: Subterranean Twin Cities, Greg A. Brick
GC: Sealab : America's forgotten quest to live and work on the ocean floor, Ben Hellwarth
GF: The Bullhead Queen, Sue Leaf
GN: The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack, Ian Tattersall
GR: Appalachian Folkways, John B. Rehder
GT: Anything That Moves, Dana Goodyear
GV: Fantasy Life, Matthew Berry

HA: Numbers rule your world : the hidden influence of probability and statistics on everything you do, Kaiser Fung
HB: The coat route : craft, luxury, & obsession on the trail of a $50,000 coat, Meg Noonan
HC: The downfall of money : Germany's hyperinflation and the destruction of the middle class, Frederick Taylor
HD: Brick By Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry, David C. Robertson
HE: Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines, Jack El-Hai
HF: Contagious : Why Things Catch On, Jonah Berger
HG: A Giant Cow-Tipping By Savages, John Weir Close
HJ: Smuggler Nation, Peter Andreas
HM: Unspeakable things : sex, lies and revolution, Laurie Penny
HN: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Peter Pomerantsev
HQ: Gay Berlin : birthplace of a modern identity, Robert Beachy
HS: America : nation of the goddess : the Venus families and the founding of the United States, Alan Butler and Janet Wolter
HT: Last Harvest, Witold Rybczinski
HV: Ponzi's scheme : the true story of a financial legend, Mitchell Zuckoff
HX: Paradise Now, Chris Jennings

JC: General will 2.0 : Rousseau, Freud, Google, Hiroki Azuma
JF: Supreme command : soldiers, statesmen, and leadership in wartime, Eliot A. Cohen
JK: The Sting Man: Inside Abscam, Robert W. Greene
JQ: A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel, Pin Ho and Wenguang Huang
JV: From Every End of this Earth, Steven V. Roberts
JZ: The dispensable nation : American foreign policy in retreat, Vali Nasr

KF: The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption, Stuart Banner

LD: First class : the legacy of Dunbar, America's first Black public high school, Alison Stewart
LH: The Harvard crimson anthology : 100 years at Harvard
LT: The Orbis pictus of John Amos Comenius

ML: Eminent Hipsters, Donald Fagen

N: How To Hang a Picture, Jay Sacher and Suzanne LaGasa
NA: The Pinecone, Jenny Uglow
NB: Listening to stone : the art and life of Isamu Noguchi, Hayden Herrera
NC: Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball, Willard Mullin
ND: Painting Now, Suzanne Hudson
NK: Happy Home: Everyday Magic for a Colorful Life, Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau
NX: The steampunk user's manual, Desirina Boskovich and Jeff VanderMeer

P: Blockbusters, Anita Elberse
PA: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, Stephen Greenblatt
PE: I is an other : the secret life of metaphor and how it shapes the way we see the world, James Geary
PG: The Time of Contempt, Andrzej Sapkowski
PJ: Lies, first person, Gail Hareven
PL: The Goddess Chronicle, Natsuo Kirino, translated by Rebecca L. Copeland
PM: The Art of Language Invention, David J. Peterson
PN: Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, Glen Weldon
PQ: The Private Lives of Trees, Alejandro Zambra
PR: Second Reading, Jonathan Yardley
PS: What Makes This Book So Great, Jo Walton
PT: Amsterdam Stories, Nescio

Q: What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions, Randall Munroe
QA: Numbersense: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage, Kaiser Fung
QB: Heart of darkness : unraveling the mysteries of the invisible universe, Jeremiah P. Ostriker and Simon Mitton
QC: Soap, science, and flat-screen TVs : a history of liquid crystals, David Dunmur and Tim Sluckin
QD: The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean
QE: My Beloved Brontosaurus, Brian Switek
QH: Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own, David Toomey
QK: Wicked plants : the weed that killed Lincoln's mother and other botanical atrocities, Amy Stewart
QL: Hawk Ridge: Minnesota's Birds of Prey, Laura Erickson
QP: Leonardo's Foot : How 10 Toes, 52 Bones, and 66 Muscles Shaped the Human World, Carol Ann Rinzler
QR: The Invisible Kingdom, Idan Ben-Barak

R: Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Paul A. Offit
RC: The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, David Epstein
RD: Watch your back! : how the back pain industry is costing us more and giving us less, and what you can do to inform and empower yourself in seeking treatment, Richard A. Deyo
RL: Nail candy : 50 ideas for totally cool nails, Donne and Ginny Geer
RV: America's Botanico-Medical Movements : Vox Populi, Alex Berman and Michael A. Flannery

S: The dirty life : on farming, food, and love, Kristin Kimball
SB: Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit, Barry Estabrook
SF: Lost Cat : A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, Caroline Paul
SH: A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It, Greg Breining
SK: Girl Hunter, Georgia Pellegrini

T: Tomorrow-land : the 1964-65 World's Fair and the transformation of America, Joseph Tirella
TA: Stuff Matters : Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Manmade World, Mark Miodownik
TD: The end of night : searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light, Paul Bogard
TF: St. Paul Union Depot, John W. Diers
TH: Residential Housing & Interiors, Clois E. Kicklighter and Joan C. Kicklighter
TK: The Battery : How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution, Henry Schlesinger
TL: An Astronaut's Guide to Life On Earth, Chris Hadfield
TP: Chilled : how refrigeration changed the world, and might do so again, Tom Jackson
TR: The Selby Is in Your Place, Todd Selby
TS: The design of everyday things, Donald A. Norman
TT: The Wow Factor, Jacqui Stafford
TX: On the Noodle Road, Jen Lin-Liu

V: How to lose a war at sea : foolish plans and great naval blunders
VB: Blind Man's Bluff, Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew
VK: A short bright flash : Augustin Fresnel and the birth of the modern lighthouse, Theresa Levitt

Z: My Ideal Bookshelf
ZA: Virtual unreality : just because the Internet told you, how do you know it's true?, Charles Seife

2fundevogel
Aug 18, 2013, 4:20pm Top

Welcome to the group and good luck!

3bunnygirl
Aug 19, 2013, 12:04pm Top

Thanks! I see I have about 15 categories I can fill in with books I already own/have checked out, not counting the whole PS/PZ mess, where I will try to track down something more interesting than regular ol' fiction.

4bunnygirl
Edited: Aug 20, 2013, 10:58am Top

On other hand, for non-English-language literature, I'll be happy to take fiction (for now, may change it up later)

PL: The Goddess Chronicle, Natsuo Kirino, translated by Rebecca L. Copeland

Translation was published as part of Canongate's Myths series, another series I should probably do a reading challenge for eventually; this is the 3rd I've read.

5bunnygirl
Sep 3, 2013, 10:29am Top

BX: The Book of Mormon Girl, Joanne Brooks
OK memoir by feminist Mormon. Would have preferred another BX, but one of my personal goals for this challenge is to try not to request books for it until I absolutely have to, and this was already in the library collection. (unexpanded Carnegie library with an emphasis on children's nonfiction. But the city system uses LC.)

CT: Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, Raquel Cepeda
Wow, a memoir that's actually classified under biography. The problem with that is that half the book is about tracing the genetic origins of the author and talking about the racial background of Latin@s. Very interesting on that point, but it really did need the memoir part.

GV: Fantasy Life, Matthew Berry
Didn't want to make my GV a baseball book, as I'm always reading baseball books. Fantasy sports anecdotes + author memoir, emphasis on fantasy football. (I'm getting to hate this trend in nonfiction of everything becoming memoir, it seems to be a way of padding out light books, like this one.)

KF: The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption, Stuart Banner
A baseball book not found in GV, because it's about antitrust law as opposed to the sport itself. If you're interested in the history of baseball as a business it's a good read and does not require an extensive law background to understand.

PN: Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, Glen Weldon
And here we have a cultural history of Superman by National Public Radio's comics reporter. Not for comics geeks only, as it's not an in-universe history of the character, it's about the creative and business sides of the comics industry. Picked up due to reading author's posts on NPR website.

TT: The Wow Factor, Jacqui Stafford
Fashion advice, lots of pictures. Excellent for books of this type as it actually gives tips for more than 3 female body types.

TX: On the Noodle Road, Jen Lin-Liu
As seen in Early Reviewers. Didn't win this one so requested it instead. More memoir + x, this time cookbook/history of the noodle.

6BogAl
Sep 3, 2013, 12:52pm Top

>KF: The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption, Stuart Banner
A baseball book not found in GV, because it's about antitrust law as opposed to the sport itself. If you're interested in the history of baseball as a business it's a good read and does not require an extensive law background to understand.

I'm looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed Banner's American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own; he seems to have a knack for clearly explaining the reasoning of lawmakers and judges in shaping the direction the law takes as well as discussing the ramifications--intended and unintended--of those decisions. I'm thinking I might just want to read the rest of his works as well, although, as a baseball fan who began following the sport when modern free agency was born in the 1970s, I have a particular interest in this one.

7bunnygirl
Sep 22, 2013, 10:05am Top

I need to finish reviewing the book. I had supposedly received a copy via NetGalley months ago but the file expired before I realized I had been given rights to read it, so I had to wait until Hennepin County Library got around to owning the book. They want it back and I'm out of renewals.

Anyway, more books:

BR: Rapture Ready! : Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture, Daniel Radosh: I had this on my reading list for a while, since hearing the author interviewed on public radio. I have a few artist acquaintances from media fandom who have talked about the differences between making art for the Christian market vs. the secular market with their faith informing the work, and how limited the former is; this comes up frequently in Radosh's conversations with artists in this book. Interesting.

CN: The Romans in Britain: An Anthology of Inscriptions, A.R. Burn: Roman history via the writing Romans left behind. Something I never thought about before: spelling errors of antiquity.

GR: Appalachian Folkways, John B. Rehder: Author's focus of study is vernacular architecture and wow does this book show it. If you're interested in why house and farm structures in Appalachia are made the way they are, he's on it. Very much on it.

HF: Contagious : Why Things Catch On, Jonah Berger: More of a "how to make your product marketing viral" than an in-depth explanation of why things go viral in the first place. very Business Booky.

QP: Leonardo's Foot : How 10 Toes, 52 Bones, and 66 Muscles Shaped the Human World, Carol Ann Rinzler: Early Reviewer book I didn't win. Very glad I didn't. Very short, not in-depth, and rambling. Yes, I feel she could have said more about feet.

SF: Lost Cat : A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, Caroline Paul: So, so cute. Partially due to illustrations, but also because it's an unique pet memoir: Cat gets lost, comes back. Owner is worried and curious: where did my cat go? Author's girlfriend (and eventual illustrator of the book) comes up with an idea: find a cat-sized GPS unit. People actually do make GPS for cats, and cameras to attach to cats. If you're curious as to what outdoor pets do all day, it's amusing.

8bunnygirl
Jan 5, 2014, 4:14pm Top

I keep forgetting to update this when I update the list. Anyway, a few more since September.

9bunnygirl
Edited: Feb 19, 2014, 6:58pm Top

Since January: have added BH, HC, HG, N, and QD. And a PS that isn't a novel! (Jo Walton's SF book reviews)

10bunnygirl
Edited: Aug 18, 2014, 12:17pm Top

Have added since last update: AE, BC, BJ, BV, CB, CE, D, DS, JF, JZ, LH, PE, RV, TA, TD, TK, TR

60 books read in 1 year. I don't think I'm going to get much more than that by 8/18/15.

11bunnygirl
Aug 9, 2015, 12:34pm Top

Second year of the challenge done, am now up to 102 books. Was in a non-fiction mood for most of 2015.

12bunnygirl
Nov 12, 2015, 5:54pm Top

Added since 9/26:

DP: 1808: The Flight of the Emperor, Laurentino Gomes
Portuguese/Brazilian history, about when the Portuguese royal family abandoned the country to Napoleon and ran off to Brazil. In translation
ND: Painting Now, Suzanne Hudson
Guide to contemporary painting
PM: The Art of Language Invention, David J. Peterson
by the guy who makes languages for shows like Game of Thrones. Kind of bad-textbooky.
TH: Residential Housing & Interiors, Clois E. Kicklighter and Joan C. Kicklighter
Interior design textbook. Not read for the challenge, read for class; but it counts.

13bunnygirl
Nov 11, 2016, 6:04pm Top

Forgot to update for the third year of the challenge. Up to 140 now. I've gone back to school, so it's slower, and most of what I've been reading has been in the already-covered NK.

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