Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My reading list

Since the topic came up of what's on my reading list, I figured I'd make a post to keep track of such things. I'll try to keep this updated.

Currently Reading:

  • The City & The City by China Mieville
  • Already read:

  • Science of Diskworld III: Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen
  • Finding Darwin's God by Ken Miller
  • The Neptune Files by Tom Standage
  • Parallax: A Race to Measure the Cosmos by Alan Hirshfeld
  • Myth of a Christian Nation by Gregory Boyd
  • Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman
  • Who Will Rise Up by Brother Jed Smock
  • God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
  • Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
  • DNA by W. Craig Reed
  • Death From the Skies! by Phil Plait
  • Breaking the Spell by Daniel C. Dennet
  • Your Inner Fish by Niel Shubin
  • Galileo's Daugher by Dava Sobel
  • Perfect Rigor by Masha Gessen
  • Only a Theory by Ken Miller
  • You Will Be Forced To Become Rich by FINIFID
  • Eerie Silence by Paul Davies
  • A Tear at the Edge of Creation by Marcelo Gleiser
  • Denialism by Michael Specter
  • The Sun's Heartbeat by Bob Berman
  • Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
  • Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
  • The Gender Knot by Allan Johnson
  • Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
  • Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA by Daniel Fairbanks
  • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  • Einstein's Jury by Jeffery Crelinstein
  • Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless by Greta Christina
  • Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman & Ralph Leighton
  • At The Queen's Command by Michael Stackpole
  • Teaching Outside the Box by LouAnne Johnson
  • The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
  • Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne
  • I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
  • Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan by Laura Miller & Jan Bardsley
  • Snuff by Terry Pratchett
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi
  • Among Others by Jo Walton
  • Still on List:

  • When School Reform Goes Wrong by Nel Noddings
  • Not in Our Classrooms by Eugenie Scott and Glgenn Branch
  • Humanism for Parents by Sean Curley
  • Evolution vs. Creationism by Eugenie Scott
  • Misquoting Truth by Timothy Jones
  • Thank God for Evolution! by Michael Dowd
  • Edward Tufte's books on Data Visualization: Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Envisioning Information, and/or Visual Explanations: Quantities, Evidence, and Narrative.


  • Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind by Richard Fortey

    Wayne said...

    Thanks for posting this. I've added "Thank God for Evolution" to my own list. As a Theistic Evolutionist, I'm always looking for good arguments to use on my Creationist friends.

    Anonymous said...

    You should add "The God Delusion" also by Richard Dawkins. I'm reading it now and it pulls no punches about religion itself being evil.

    The Dark Materials trilogy is good too. It's a good vs. evil story and guess who the evil is? That's right, the "Church".

    Jon Voisey said...

    I've considered adding God Delusion to my list, but Dawkins was here at KU not too long ago and from what people that have read it told me, he covered all the highlights in the talk so I don't feel that I need to buy the book.

    And I'm well aware of the implications of the Dark Materials trilogy. With all the cooked up controversy surrounding the Golden Compass movie, it's hard not to be. I quite enjoyed the movie, which is why I want to read the books.

    Anonymous said...

    Though it's a bit late to offer suggestions, I'd like to make a plug for a really remarkable account of recent high-profile Church-State cases. God on Trial by Peter Irons is absolutely marvelous. Each chapter works basically by Irons (a rather big name in Civil Rights-Civil Liberties law) giving a summary of how the litigation turned out, and then both parties giving their own narrative of the experience. It's a fairly short read (~200 pages double-spaced) but one of the few books I've really devoured lately