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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
8.25David Eddings20
8.25Charles Dickens4
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
8.00Lewis Carrol2
8.00Thomas More2

Top authors (quantity)

AvgAuthorNo. Books
5.84 Various32
7.54Ursula K. Le Guin28
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
6.38Mongane Wally Serote8
6.38Iain M. Banks8
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 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
Heavy Words Lightly ThrownChris Roberts22016/10
The Valley of FearArthur Conan Doyle72016/9
The Hound of the BaskervillesArthur Conan Doyle62016/9
The Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle62016/9
The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle62016/8
The Sign of FourArthur Conan Doyle62016/8
Do Not Go GentleFuthi Ntshingila82016/8
A land more kind than homeWiley Cash72016/7
The Return of Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle62016/6
The Years of Rice and SaltKim Stanley Robinson62016/6

20 random books

TitleAuthorScoreDate read
The End of the RoadJohn Barth71997/12
An Introduction to Zen BuddhismD.T. Suzuki51994/12
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales Edgar Alan Poe72015/5
The Last Starship from EarthJohn Boyd91994/4
The Gates of Exquisiste ViewJohn Trenhaile31991/10
The Education of Hyman KaplanLeonard Q. Ross81993/8
The Clone"Theodore, Kate" "Thomas, Wilhelm"61986/7
The WarriorsSol Yurick81992/8
The Last Starship from EarthJohn Boyd101992/5
White LightningJustin Cartwright62009/7
A land more kind than homeWiley Cash72016/7
Heavy Words Lightly ThrownChris Roberts22016/10
The VanRoddy Doyle62005/9
Henry and JuneAnais Nin72000/12
The Fellowship of the RingJ.R.R Tolkien101996/11
Green DreamsStephen Benz72006/5
The Guardsman"P.J, Todd" "Beese, Hamilton"51991/1
MetamorphosisJean Lorrah61995/2
The Farthest ShoreUrsula K. Le Guin81997/11
For Esme with love and squalorJ.D. Salinger72001/5