I read more books in 2008 than George W. Bush

It wasn’t even close. I creamed “turd-blossom” too. As Karl “turd-blossom” Rove reports in the December 26th Wall Street Journal article, “Bush is a Book Lover,” the president read 40 books this year to Rove’s 65. Below is my list (so far).

aside: if you know grep and keep your books in Facebook’s iRead/weRead, you might have noted there’s no export feature. Copy and past the text (not html source) of each page of results in your “my reads” listing. Then find/replace “^\[(.*)\]$” with a blank line. Strip all blank lines, and you’ll have a list that you can work with.

Full list, after the break.

  1. Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of EverythingJohn Adams
  2. How the Markets Really Work
  3. Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge
  4. Invisible Advantage: How Intangibles Are Driving Business Performance
  5. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials)
  6. A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II
  7. A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
  8. The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor–and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car!
  9. Principles of Microeconomics
  10. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  11. Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing out of Sync?
  12. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
  13. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
  14. The Plot Against Social Security: How the Bush Plan Is Endangering Our Financial Future
  15. Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
  16. Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor
  17. Bridge of Sighs
  18. Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students (Design Briefs)
  19. The Photographic Guide to Exposure
  20. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
  21. The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means
  22. McSweeney’s Issue 27 (Mcsweeney’s Quarterly Concern) (No. 27)
  23. McSweeney’s Issue 26 (Mcsweeney’s Quarterly Concern) Three Part Book Set
  24. Mysteries of Pittsburgh: A Novel (P.S.)
  25. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  26. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Bestselling Backlist)
  27. McSweeney’s At War for the Foreseeable Future and He’s Never Been so Scared (Quarterly Concern Issue 14)
  28. McSweeney’s Issue 18 (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern)
  29. Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder
  30. Concise Guide to Macroeconomics: What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know
  31. The Wisdom of Crowds
  32. High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers
  33. Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become
  34. Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World: Adaptive Path on Design
  35. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
  36. The Design of Future Things: Author of The Design of Everyday Things
  37. Building Scalable Web Sites: Building, scaling, and optimizing the next generation of web applications
  38. The Starfish and the Spider The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
  39. Upgrading to PHP 5
  40. Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications
  41. The Big Switch Our New Digital Destiny
  42. Website Optimization: Speed, Search Engine & Conversion Rate Secrets
  43. Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking.(Book Review): An article from: Naval War College Review
  44. Visualizing Data: Exploring and Explaining Data with the Processing Environment
  45. Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion
  46. Clock Of The Long Now: Time And Responsibility: The Ideas Behind The World’s Slowest Computer
  47. On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife
  48. Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming (Vintage)
  49. The Post-American World
  50. True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
  51. Chronicles
  52. The Corrections: A Novel
  53. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
  54. Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations
  55. Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders (Center for Public Leadership)
  56. Man in the Dark: A Novel
  57. Saturday
  58. Palladio
  59. Inside Project Red Stripe: Incubating Innovation and Teamwork at The Economist
  60. Fast Food Nation
  61. The Necessary Revolution: How individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world.
  62. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
  63. The Black Swan The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  64. True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel
  65. Outliers: The Story of Success
  66. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
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6 thoughts on “I read more books in 2008 than George W. Bush

  1. Aw man. I tried to keep track of all the books I read this year, but I stopped keeping a record sometime around when I re-read The Time Traveler’s Wife for the fourth time. Do you remember when that was? I think I got up to 68 before I stopped counting. Drat. Maybe I’ll keep better records in 2009…

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