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The Book Backlog (update 5)

Status: 29 books read and 1 books left to read before new Credit.

Credits available 1

The Backlog list

Kindle edition
Fiction

  1. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  2. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  3. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, by
  4. Room, by Emma Donoghue
  5. Clash of Kings, by George R.R Martin
  6. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

Non-Fiction

  1. Bank 2.0: How Customer Behaviour and Technology Will Change The Future of Financial Services, by Brett King
  2. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, By Nouriel Roubini
  3. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin
  4. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  5. Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thurbon
  6. The Making of Modern Britain, by Andrew Marr
  7. The Essential Bertrand Russel Collection, by Bertrand Russel
  8. History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel
  9. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, by David Simon

Paperback/Hardback edition
Non-fiction

  1. Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
  2. Once A Runner, by John L.Parker JR.
  3. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, by Martin Meredith
  4. After The Prophet, by Lesley Hazleton
  5. Puskas On Puskas, by Ferenc Puskas
  6. Hitler’s Willing Executionaries, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  7. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch
  8. The World Cup’s Strangest Moments, by Peter Sheddon
  9. Hitler’s Empire, by Mark Mazower
  10. What i talk about when i talk about running, by Haruki Murakami
  11. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
  12. A long way gone: Memoirs of a child soldier, by Ishmael Beah
  13. Money (Art of Living), by Eric Lonergan
  14. The Gate, by Francois Bizot
  15. Pompei: The Life of a Roman Town, by Mary Beard
  16. Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal is doing to the World, by Eric Schlosser
  17. Massoud: An Intimate Portrait of the Legendary Afghan Leader, by Marcela Grad

Fiction

  1. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  2. A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellory
  3. Say You’Re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
  4. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  5. The Fall, by Albert Camus
  6. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  7. Everything Illuminated, by Safran Foer
  8. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
  9. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Theorem, by Apostolos Doxiadis
  10. The Complete Stories Vol. I, by Isaac Asimov
  11. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

Audiobooks

  1. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
  2. In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
  3. Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
  4. The Count of Monter Cristo, by Alexander Dumas
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Books

 

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The Book Backlog (update 4)

Status: 26 books read and 4 books left to read before new purchase.

I was allowed to purchase 2 new books and i used 1 credit to buy Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. 1 Credit left.

The Backlog list

Kindle edition
Fiction

  1. Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
  4. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
  5. Ender’s Game: Ender Series: Book One , by Orson Scott Card
  6. Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding
  7. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, by
  9. Room, by Emma Donoghue
  10. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R Martin
  11. Clash of Kings, by George R.R Martin
  12. The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope
  13. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

Non-Fiction

  1. Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre
  2. Bank 2.0: How Customer Behaviour and Technology Will Change The Future of Financial Services, by Brett King
  3. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, By Nouriel Roubini
  4. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin
  5. The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor
  6. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  7. Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thurbon
  8. The Making of Modern Britain, by Andrew Marr
  9. With The Old Breed, by Eugene B.Sledge
  10. Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English
  11. The Essential Bertrand Russel Collection, by Bertrand Russel
  12. History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel
  13. Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, by Ian Bogost
  14. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, by David Simon
  15. Economix: How and why our economy works, by Michael Goodwin, Dan E.Burr
  16. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E.Frankl
  17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R.Covey

Paperback/Hardback edition
Non-fiction

  1. Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
  2. Once A Runner, by John L.Parker JR.
  3. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, by Martin Meredith
  4. After The Prophet, by Lesley Hazleton
  5. Puskas On Puskas, by Ferenc Puskas
  6. What The Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Hitler’s Willing Executionaries, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  8. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch
  9. The World Cup’s Strangest Moments, by Peter Sheddon
  10. Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Simon Singh
  11. Hitler’s Empire, by Mark Mazower
  12. What i talk about when i talk about running, by Haruki Murakami
  13. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
  14. A long way gone: Memoirs of a child soldier, by Ishmael Beah
  15. Money (Art of Living), by Eric Lonergan
  16. The Gate, by Francois Bizot
  17. Pompei: The Life of a Roman Town, by Mary Beard
  18. Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal is doing to the World, by Eric Schlosser
  19. Massoud: An Intimate Portrait of the Legendary Afghan Leader, by Marcela Grad
  20. The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean Dominique-Bauby

Fiction

  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradburn
  2. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  3. Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
  4. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  5. A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellory
  6. Say You’Re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  8. The Fall, by Albert Camus
  9. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  10. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  11. Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami
  12. Everything Illuminated, by Safran Foer
  13. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
  14. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Theorem, by Apostolos Doxiadis
  15. Mister Pip, by Lloyd James
  16. The Complete Stories Vol. I, by Isaac Asimov
  17. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  18. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  19. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  20. The Venus Fix, by M.J.Rose
 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Books

 

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The Book Backlog (update 3)

Status: 14 books read and 1 book left to read before new purchase.

The Backlog list

Kindle edition
Fiction

  1. Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
  4. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
  5. Ender’s Game: Ender Series: Book One , by Orson Scott Card
  6. Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding
  7. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, by
  9. Room, by Emma Donoghue
  10. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R Martin
  11. Clash of Kings, by George R.R Martin

Non-Fiction

  1. Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre
  2. Bank 2.0: How Customer Behaviour and Technology Will Change The Future of Financial Services, by Brett King
  3. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, By Nouriel Roubini
  4. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin
  5. The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor
  6. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  7. Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thurbon
  8. The Making of Modern Britain, by Andrew Marr
  9. With The Old Breed, by Eugene B.Sledge
  10. Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English
  11. The Essential Bertrand Russel Collection, by Bertrand Russel
  12. History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel
  13. Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, by Ian Bogost
  14. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, by David Simon

Paperback/Hardback edition
Non-fiction

  1. Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
  2. Once A Runner, by John L.Parker JR.
  3. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, by Martin Meredith
  4. After The Prophet, by Lesley Hazleton
  5. Puskas On Puskas, by Ferenc Puskas
  6. What The Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Hitler’s Willing Executionaries, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  8. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch
  9. The World Cup’s Strangest Moments, by Peter Sheddon
  10. Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Simon Singh
  11. Hitler’s Empire, by Mark Mazower
  12. What i talk about when i talk about running, by Haruki Murakami
  13. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
  14. A long way gone: Memoirs of a child soldier, by Ishmael Beah
  15. Money (Art of Living), by Eric Lonergan
  16. The Gate, by Francois Bizot
  17. Pompei: The Life of a Roman Town, by Mary Beard
  18. Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal is doing to the World, by Eric Schlosser
  19. Massoud: An Intimate Portrait of the Legendary Afghan Leader, by Marcela Grad

Fiction

  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradburn
  2. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  3. Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
  4. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  5. A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellory
  6. Say You’Re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  8. The Fall, by Albert Camus
  9. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  10. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  11. Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami
  12. Everything Illuminated, by Safran Foer
  13. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
  14. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Theorem, by Apostolos Doxiadis
  15. Mister Pip, by Lloyd James
  16. The Complete Stories Vol. I, by Isaac Asimov
  17. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  18. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  19. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  20. The Venus Fix, by M.J.Rose
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Books

 

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The Book Backlog (update 1) – Books Vs Ebooks

The poor weather in Cyprus has done wonders to my reading. I am currently on book number 4 this year (The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak) from my book backlog.

As I am going through this backlog I am also reading paperbacks again instead of ebooks. Comparing my experience with ebooks to that with paperbacks is inevitable and there are some things which I realise i do miss from the physicality of books.

The feeling of a book’s texture and it’s smell for one. Not as enjoyable as that of a high quality magazine but still great! With paperbacks it is much easier to estimate how long it will take to read a book. This is actually quite important as there are times where I am more in the mood to read shorter books and I have not been able to get the hang of this with ebooks. I am never sure when an e-book will end, even after I’ve started reading it.

Also I do miss having the different types of fonts and spacing. It gives the book more “personality”. Finally, when I am looking at The Book Thief lying there on the coffee table (or any other book on the shelf) it makes me think of only that particular book. It generates emotions and thoughts that are directly associated with my experience with it. In contrast when I look at the Kindle I don’t really think of anything specific. Maybe an article or a newspaper I haven’t finished but no more than that. The visual “connection” to what I am reading or have read is not as strong.

However, I appreciate the practicality of ebooks. For example if the fonts are too small or the lines too dense I can fix it. The integration of the dictionary and the ease with which I can look up words is now more obvious to me. I rarely look up words when reading a paperback while i always do it on the Kindle. It’s just there and requires no extra effort. I am also not worried that I am bending the book too much while reading. I am not particularly “anal” about the condition of my books but I still take care that they are in good condition. All in all it’s a much more functional and comfortable way to read on the Kindle.

As a person in general, I am usually inclined to value the practical advantages over any emotional or sentimental aspects and books are no exception. I really can’t see myself going back to buying and reading paperbacks. Given the option I will probably always choose the e-book version.

The Backlog list
(highlighed in bold are books i’ve read)

Kindle edition
Fiction

  1. Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
  4. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
  5. Ender’s Game: Ender Series: Book One , by Orson Scott Card
  6. Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding
  7. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, by
  9. Room, by Emma Donoghue

Non-Fiction

  1. Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre
  2. Bank 2.0: How Customer Behaviour and Technology Will Change The Future of Financial Services, by Brett King
  3. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, By Nouriel Roubini
  4. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin
  5. The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor
  6. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  7. Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thurbon
  8. The Making of Modern Britain, by Andrew Marr
  9. With The Old Breed, by Eugene B.Sledge
  10. Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English
  11. The Essential Bertrand Russel Collection, by Bertrand Russel
  12. History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel
  13. Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, by Ian Bogost
  14. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, by David Simon

Paperback/Hardback edition
Non-fiction

  1. Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
  2. Once A Runner, by John L.Parker JR.
  3. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, by Martin Meredith
  4. After The Prophet, by Lesley Hazleton
  5. Puskas On Puskas, by Ferenc Puskas
  6. What The Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Hitler’s Willing Executionaries, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  8. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch
  9. The World Cup’s Strangest Moments, by Peter Sheddon
  10. Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Simon Singh
  11. Hitler’s Empire, by Mark Mazower
  12. What i talk about when i talk about running, by Haruki Murakami
  13. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
  14. A long way gone: Memoirs of a child soldier, by Ishmael Beah
  15. Money (Art of Living), by Eric Lonergan
  16. The Gate, by Francois Bizot

Fiction

  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradburn
  2. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  3. Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
  4. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  5. A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellory
  6. Say You’Re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  8. The Fall, by Albert Camus
  9. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  10. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  11. Battler Royale, by Koushun Takami
  12. Everything Illuminated, by Safran Foer
  13. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
  14. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Theorem, by Apostolos Doxiadis
  15. Mister Pip, by Lloyd James
  16. The Complete Stories Vol. I, by Isaac Asimov
  17. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  18. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  19. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  20. The Venus Fix, by M.J.Rose
 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Books

 

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The book backlog rule

As one of my New Year’s resolutions is to minimise my over-consumption tendencies i have performed a stock take of all my unread books. I don’t consider this to be a book pile of shame as some may not be that great.

It’s more like a backlog and i have imposed a rule to help me go through it.

The rule is that for every 5 books i read from this backlog i am allowed to get a new one (and free ebooks also count!). Of course, it could be that some are not read to completion if i am not enjoying them, especially after the “torturous” experience with (Umberto Eco’s) The Prague Cemetery.

As long as the book is removed from my “to read list” it counts as one of the 5. The funny thing is that this will also force me to read paperbacks again which is something i haven’t done in more than a year. It should be an interesting return to the physical side of books.

I have already read Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre, and right now i am reading The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor so i have 3 more books to go after this before i can get something new.

I already feel my consumption addiction inner-beast screaming!

The Backlog list

Kindle edition
Fiction

  1. Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
  4. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
  5. Ender’s Game: Ender Series: Book One , by Orson Scott Card
  6. Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding
  7. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, by
  9. Room, by Emma Donoghue

Non-Fiction

  1. Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre
  2. Bank 2.0: How Customer Behaviour and Technology Will Change The Future of Financial Services, by Brett King
  3. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, By Nouriel Roubini
  4. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin
  5. The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor
  6. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  7. Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thurbon
  8. The Making of Modern Britain, by Andrew Marr
  9. With The Old Breed, by Eugene B.Sledge
  10. Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English
  11. The Essential Bertrand Russel Collection, by Bertrand Russel
  12. History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel
  13. Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, by Ian Bogost
  14. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, by David Simon

Paperback/Hardback edition
Non-fiction

  1. Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
  2. Once A Runner, by John L.Parker JR.
  3. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, by Martin Meredith
  4. After The Prophet, by Lesley Hazleton
  5. Puskas On Puskas, by Ferenc Puskas
  6. What The Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Hitler’s Willing Executionaries, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  8. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch
  9. The World Cup’s Strangest Moments, by Peter Sheddon
  10. Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Simon Singh
  11. Hitler’s Empire, by Mark Mazower
  12. What i talk about when i talk about running, by Haruki Murakami
  13. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
  14. A long way gone: Memoirs of a child soldier, by Ishmael Beah
  15. Money (Art of Living), by Eric Lonergan
  16. The Gate, by Francois Bizot

Fiction

  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradburn
  2. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  3. Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
  4. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  5. A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellory
  6. Say You’Re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  8. The Fall, by Albert Camus
  9. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  10. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  11. Battler Royale, by Koushun Takami
  12. Everything Illuminated, by Safran Foer
  13. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
  14. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Theorem, by Apostolos Doxiadis
  15. Mister Pip, by Lloyd James
  16. The Complete Stories Vol. I, by Isaac Asimov
  17. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  18. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  19. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  20. The Venus Fix, by M.J.Rose
 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Books

 

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