Monday, May 19, 2008

Book Wrap-Up 2007

I have been keeping a book diary since 1993. Now it's online at

http://jimdavies.org/personal/books-read.html

Here is a wrap up of the books I read in 2007. It's a short list, I think in part because I've been reading a lot of magazines.

The Paris Option by Robert Ludlum and Gayle Lynds

Mediocre potboiler novel.

What Is Your Dangerous Idea? Edited by John Brockman

Interesting and provocative. It's a bunch of people writing short essays about their ideas that they deem dangerous for whatever reason. Great fodder for conversation.

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy


Garbage. If you want my full, scathing review, email me and I'll send it to you.


Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Wonderful, fascinating look at how we are very bad at predicting what will make us happy. Gives me comfort. Maybe the choices I make are not that big a deal.


Pillars of the Earth*** by Ken Follett
Very good novel about reading a cathedral.



Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
Great book, the second to last in a very long fantasy series, the author of which died before he could write the final one.

Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes by Stephen J. Gould
Decent book. Gould's a good writer. He writes broadly but has an emphasis on evolution.

Blood Work*** by Michael Connelly
Very good potboiler.

Metamagical Themas by Douglas Hofstadter
Wonderful and inspiring. Full of great ideas. All cognitive scientists should read this. It is a collection of his essays for Scientific American.

The Body Artist by Don DiLillo A boring and arty novel.

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