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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
8.50Nicholas Mosley2
8.50Leonard Q. Ross2
8.25David Eddings20
8.25Charles Dickens4
8.14Hermann Hesse7
8.14Raymond E. Feist7
8.00"Margaret, Tracy" "Weis, Hickman"6
8.00Philip Pullman5
8.00Robert M. Pirsig3
8.00Tatamkhulu Afrika3
8.00Barry Miles3
8.00Vladimir Nabokov3
8.00Antjie Krog2
8.00Kazuo Ishiguro2

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
6.90Kim Stanley Robinson10
7.89Margaret Atwood9
6.56Robert Heinlein9
6.38Mongane Wally Serote8
6.38Iain M. Banks8
6.13Arthur Conan Doyle8
9.86Ken Wilber7
8.86David Zindell7
8.14Hermann Hesse7
8.14Raymond E. Feist7
6.71Jack Kerouac7
6.29Arthur C. Clarke7
6.00William Shakespeare7

20 most recent books

TitleAuthorScoreDate read
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
Exit GhostPhilip Roth72016/5
Science Fiction Stories Various62016/4
Hey Nostradamus!Douglas Coupland72016/4
The InnocentsTatumkhulu Afrika72016/3
Misadventures of a Cope Volunteer: My Crash Course in Politics Michiel le Roux62016/3
Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex John Stevens42016/3
My LifeGodfrey Moloi62016/2

20 random books

TitleAuthorScoreDate read
The Fellowship of the RingJ.R.R Tolkien101989/3
Spellsinger - 2Allan Dean Foster71992/2
Leaving Mother LakeNamu, Christine Mathieu72012/2
Cloud Dwellers of the HimalayasWindsor "Charlton, and Time"71993/2
My LifeGodfrey Moloi62016/2
How to be IdleTom Hodgkinson82008/5
Grantchester GrindTom Sharpe52009/3
SupergirlNorma Fox Maner11992/5
The Two TowersJ.R.R Tolkien101985/8
The Bedroom Secrets of the Master ChefsIrvine Walsh42007/9
The Taming of the ShrewWilliam Shakespeare71994/5
Beertjie en sy BoytjiesR.R. Ryger72000/2
In Other WorldsA.A. Attanasio81994/7
And they didn't dieLauretta Ngcobo71994/2
The Well of Ascencion: Mistborn 2Brandon Sanderson72014/10
The Forgiveness of NatureGraham Harvey52005/12
The Soul of the White AntEugene Marais72002/11
Appointment in SamarraJohn O' Hara61991/10
MatrixPatrick Cullinan72009/9
Gods of RiverworldPhilip Jose Farmer91991/8