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These pages are all about the books I've read. In 1985 I started recording and rating the books I read, perhaps to remind myself not to reread some forgettable trash, or perhaps to honour my first '10', The Lord of the Rings.

I've kept it going more or less continually since then, first on paper, then on Access, and now, more usefully, with a MySQL database. No obsessive compulsive comments please. A partial version of the list exists on my Goodreads profile.

You can do all the things the statistician part of me finds exciting - rank books and authors, view average scores for a particular month etc. Use the menu options at the top. I've included a few of the more interesting options below and to the right as a 'front page'. If you don't find them exciting, hit that back button now.

Top authors (at least 2 books)

AvgAuthorNo. Books
9.86Ken Wilber7
9.76J.R.R Tolkien25
9.50John Boyd2
8.86David Zindell7
8.83Philip Jose Farmer6
8.75Stephen Donaldson4
8.50Leonard Q. Ross2
8.50Nicholas Mosley2
8.50Nnedi Okorafor2
8.25David Eddings20
8.14Raymond E. Feist7
8.14Hermann Hesse7
8.00"Margaret, Tracy" "Weis, Hickman"6
8.00Philip Pullman5
8.00Tatamkhulu Afrika3
8.00Barry Miles3
8.00Vladimir Nabokov3
8.00Robert M. Pirsig3
8.00Robert Holdstock2
8.00Khaled Hosseini2

Top authors (quantity)

AvgAuthorNo. Books
7.66Ursula K. Le Guin32
5.84 Various32
9.76J.R.R Tolkien25
8.25David Eddings20
7.25Frank Herbert16
7.08Isaac Asimov12
6.45Tom Sharpe11
7.90Margaret Atwood10
6.90Kim Stanley Robinson10
6.56Robert Heinlein9
6.38Iain M. Banks8
6.38Mongane Wally Serote8
6.13Arthur Conan Doyle8
9.86Ken Wilber7
8.86David Zindell7
8.14Raymond E. Feist7
8.14Hermann Hesse7
6.71Jack Kerouac7
6.29Arthur C. Clarke7
6.00William Shakespeare7

20 most recent books

TitleAuthorScoreDate read
The Wave in the MindUrsula K. Le Guin102017/9
Wild SeedOctavia Butler72017/9
City of IllusionsUrsula K. Le Guin72017/8
GiftsUrsula K. Le Guin82017/7
Binti: HomeNnedi Okorafor92017/7
Planet of ExileUrsula K. Le Guin92017/7
BintiNnedi Okorafor82017/7
GlasshouseCharles Stross82017/6
Hard TimesCharles Dickens42017/6
When the Sea is Rising RedCat Hellisen82017/6
the green childHerbert Read62017/5
Going SoloRoald Dahl72017/4
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their TanksJack, William Kerouac, Burroughs82017/4
Trigger WarningNeil Gaiman62017/4
August 1914Alexander Solzhenitsyn72017/3
The Birds of HeavenPeter Matthiessen62017/2
Wilderness TipsMargaret Atwood82017/1
Stone MattressMargaret Atwood92016/12
Northern LightsPhilip Pullman72016/12
RagnarokA.S. Byatt62016/11

20 random books

TitleAuthorScoreDate read
The Final Empire: Mistborn 1Brandon Sanderson72014/9
The Rituals of InfinityMichael Moorcock61994/6
MicroserfsDouglas Coupland61999/11
SwazilandDirk Schwager41993/8
The Stone God AwakensPhilip Jose Farmer81992/8
Creativity Osho82008/12
Our Sister KilljoyAma Ata Aidoo62012/10
The Expedition to the Baobab TreeWilma Stockenstrom81994/10
"Space, Time and Nathaniel"Brian Aldiss71989/10
Red MarsKim Stanley Robinson51997/12
The Art of HappinessHoward Cutler82007/1
The Omega Point Trilogy 2George Zebrowski71991/10
Blott on the LandscapeTom Sharpe62003/3
MalafrenaUrsula K. Le Guin61997/6
The SkookJ.P. Miller81987/10
Enchanter's End GameDavid Eddings91990/1
The Tombs of AtuanUrsula K. Le Guin71997/11
A Victim of CircumstancesE.S. Madima52010/8
Thank You and Okay: An American Zen Failure in JapanDavid Chadwick62008/10
Nature's World of Wonders National Geographic51993/7