My Life in Books (2007 Edition)

I was just trying to remember every book I have read cover to cover in 2007. I figured: hey, great blog post idea! I did this last year as well.

1. Discipline and Punish – Michel Foucault

2. Pascalian Meditations – Pierre Bourdieu

3. Reassembling the Social – Bruno Latour

4. Cyberculture Theorists – David Bell

5. Linked: The New Science of Networks – Albert-Laszlo Barabasi

6. Empire and Communications – Harold Innis

7. Essential McLuhan – Marshal McLuhan

8. Propaganda – Jaques Ellul

9. Impure Science – David Epstein

10. The Body Multiple – Annemarie Mol

11. Internet Society – Maria Bakardjieva

11. The Wounded Storyteller – Arthur Frank

12. Virtual Methods – Christine Hine

13. Pierre Bourdieu – Michael Grenfell

14. Managing to Nurse – Rankin & Campbell

15. Theory, Sport and Society – Maguire & Young

16. The Pasteurization of France – Bruno Latour

17. The Road – Cormack McCarthy

18. 1984 – George Orwell

19. The Stand – Stephen King

20. The Walking Dead – Book 5

21. The Walking Dead – Book 6

22. The Zombie Survival Guide

Working on or to be finished by the end of the year:

23. Brave New World – Huxley

24. Neuromancer – William Gibson

25. Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact – Ludwik Fleck, . University of Chicago Press.

26. Science and an African Logic – Helen Verran

27. The Social Construction of What – Ian Hacking

28. The Gum Thief – Douglas Coupland

In other words, my goal to read one book a week this year was off target. By half. I read countless papers over the summer for my prospectus, so maybe that makes up for it? Or perhaps I am putting too much emphasis on the “book” in the digital age?

There is just something about reading a book from cover to cover that makes me feel well read, what ever that means. Just because I read articles all day (both related to my work and not), it still feels like these don’t add up in the same way. I can quantify my book tally; telling you how many articles I read, magazines devoured… who knows?

Does it make any difference? What keeps us measuring our time in this way? Is it an antiquated notion to associate books with literacy?