2010 Booklist


Books Read in 2010 (I do this annually. Last year’s list is here.

Rereads are italicized.
Separated into various categories.

Read for Fun
1. His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
2. Squirrel Meets Chipmunk: A Modern Bestiary – David Sedaris
3. The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone By – Robert Kirkman
4. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
5. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
6. Zeitoun – Dave Eggers
7. Good Omens – Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman
8. The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie
9. Inkspell – Cornelia Funke
10. Children of God – Mary Doria Russell
11. Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card
12. Summerland – Michael Chabon
13. The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood
14. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
15. Shopgirl – Steve Martin
16. Neuromancer – William Gibson
17. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith – Jon Krakauer
18. Soulless – Gail Carriger
19. The Great Perhaps – Joe Meno
20. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
21. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
22. Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy – Matt Ruff

1. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
2. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth – John Garth
3. The Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hoff
4. The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life – James Martin
5. The Wordy Shipmates – Sarah Vowell

Read for School
1. An Anthropologist on Mars – Oliver Sacks
2. Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought it – Elizabeth Royte

1. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
3. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
4. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
5. Dracula – Bram Stoker
6. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
7. Persuasion – Jane Austen
8. Blast I – Wyndham Lewis
9. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
10. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
11. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
12. The Life and Death of Harriet Frean – May Sinclair
13. Wise Children – Angela Carter
14. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
15. Pointed Roofs – Dorothy Richardson
16. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
17. Paradise Lost – John Milton
18. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
19. The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
20. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole

Poetry Collections
1. Thomas and Beulah – Rita Dove
2. Bright Star: The Poems of John Keats – John Keats
3. The Wasteland, Prufrock, and other Poems – T.S. Eliot
4. The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats – W.B. Yeats
5. The Lost Lunar Baedeker – Mina Loy
6. John Donne’s Poetry – John Donne

1. The Rover – Aphra Behn
2. The Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare

Literary Criticism
1. Confession: Sexuality, Sin, and Subject – Jeremy Tambling
2. Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature – Peter Brooks
3. Shame: The Exposed Subject – Michael Lewis
4. Invisible Poet: T.S. Eliot – Hugh Kenner
5. Deviant Modernism: Sexual and Textual Errancy in T.S Eliot, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust – Colleen Lamos
6. Eliot and his Age: T.S. Eliot’s Moral Imagination in the Twentieth Century – Russell Kirk
7. Conflicts in Consciousness: T.S. Eliot’s Poetry and Criticism – David Spurr
8. Gender, Desire, and Sexuality in T. S. Eliot – Nancy K. Gish
9. A Reader’s Guide to T.S. Eliot: A Poem-By-Poem Analysis – George Williamson
10. Critical Companion to T.S. Eliot: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work – Russell Elliott Murphy
11. Keats and Embarrassment – Christopher Ricks
12. Arnold Bennett Himself – Rebecca West
13. Arnold Bennett – Olga R.R. Broomfield

Tech History
1. The History of Gothic Publishing, 1800-1835: Exhuming the Trade – Franz J. Potter
2. Scripts, Grooves, and Writing Machines: Representing Technology in the Edison Era – Lisa Gitelman
3. Gramophone, Film, Typewriter – Fredrich Kittler
4. My Sisters Telegraphic: Women in the Telegraph Office, 1846 – 1860 – Thomas Jepsen
5. The American Telegraph: A Social History, 1860-1900 – Edwin Gabler
6. A History of Telegraphy – Kenneth Beauchamp
7. The Victorian Internet – Tom Standage
8. The Electric Telegraph – Lewis Coe
9. Modern Practice of the Electric Telegraph – Frank L. Pope
10. The Telegraph: How Technological Innovation Caused Social Change – Annteresa Lubrano

1. Building Genre Knowledge – Christine Tardy
2. The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint – Edward R. Tufte
3. Teaching Techincal Communication: Critical Issues for the Classroom – James M. Dubinsky
4. Writing Power: Communication in an Engineering Center – Dorothy Winsor
5. Visual & Statistical Thinking: Displays of Evidence for Decision MakingĀ  – Edward R. Tufte

Total: 75


And sometimes life gets in the way…


While I’d planned to stay fairly on schedule running-wise over the course of the last week, I ultimately faced what sometimes happens to most (non-elite) runners: a blocked up schedule due to the holidays, illness and travel. My master plan was to tackle a 26 mile week for the weeks before and after Christmas. This was, admittedly, a lofty goal, considering the fact that the longest run I’ve ever done in my hometown was 8 miles and the fact that I’m currently travelling to Alaska for my cousin’s wedding on January 1st. A difficult schedule, to be sure, but not impossible or irrational. Plans with friends and family caused me to shift my focus. I’d simply planned to shift my runs by a day or so. My immune system, however, had other plans.

Suffice it to say, this entire weekend was a bust thanks to a stomach bug. I’d planned on a long-run for yesterday, which I actually spent wrapped in my brand-new Snuggie after packing for today’s flight, a task which I’d initially planned for Sunday. I decided to bag the remaining runs for this week in the interest of sanity and health.

The difficulty now will be squeezing in any runs in the Alaskan interior. I’m hoping that my uncle (a major in the Army) knows of a place where I can steal a treadmill for a few hours for a few days over the next week or so. Otherwise, I’ll be running circles in my aunt’s driveway in an attempt not to lose cardiac fitness. I’d love to run outside, but I’m not sure even my Scandinavian blood will be able to take the freezing temperatures.

I’ll post an update (hopefully) if I find somewhere to run.

A new beginning.


Three years ago, at age 22, after hating running for my entire life, I became a runner. Encouraged by roommates who were training for a half marathon, I started 2008 with the singular goal of being able to run a 3.1 mile race without stopping to walk – not an easy feat, considering that I was sedentary. After three months of training, I finished my first 5K in 40:45. If you had asked me then if I ever thought I’d be training for a marathon while in graduate school, I would probably have laughed at both the thought that I’d be in graduate school – since I was planning on applying to law school – and that I would even think about undertaking marathon training.

Last week, I turned 25, and reality, it seems, stands closer to the unimaginable. I’m currently in the second year of my master’s degree in English, and if all goes to plan, I’ll be moving into a Ph.D program in the fall. In terms of running, I have completed a number of shorter races at various distances: 5K, 10K, 10 miles, 10.4 miles, 13.1 miles. I’m not fast, by any measure, but my times have improved since I began. I also ran my first trail race on December 4th, 2010.

It’s time, I’ve decided, to take the next step: a marathon.

I’m fuzzy on exact details as of yet: I’m not even sure which race I’ll be training for, since there are so many choices. I think that part of the fun of planning for any race is actually selecting one, if anyone actually reads this, they’ll see me go through that process. For now, I only have two races planned for the new year, with a few tentative dates in mind. Here’s my tentative schedule:

January – No race planned (looking for one though!)
February 14 – Run with your Heart for CFC
March – No race planned, possibly the St. Malachi Run – 5 miles (March 12) or a half marathon
April 17 – Forget the PR, Mochican 25K
May – No race planned, possibly the 100 Miles of Nowhere Virtual race through Fat Cyclist or the Columbus Capital City Half
June 4/5 – Warrior Dash Ohio – 2.91 miles