What I read in 2003

I just tallied up all the books I read last year, and (counting only the books I completed in their entirety), my grand total was 38 — a pretty healthy year of book reading for me. Here’s a look at the rundown:

    Travel narratives and essays

    Hold the Enlightenment, by Tim Cahill
    Road Fever, by Tim Cahill
    Notes from a Big Country, by Bill Bryson
    Dave Barry’s Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need, by Dave Barry
    From the Holy Mountain, by William Dalrymple
    Playing the Moldavans at Tennis, by Tony Hawks
    Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, by Geoff Dyer
    Route: 66 A.D. , by Tony Perrottet
    Beyond the Last Village, by Alan Rabinowitz
    Somebody’s Heart is Burning, by Tanya Shaffer
    Facing the Congo, by Jeffrey Tayler
    The Old Patagonian Express, by Paul Theroux

    Travel scholarship and commentary

    America in an Arab Mirror, by Kamal Abdel-Malek
    Sultry Climates: Travel and Sex, by Ian Littlewood
    The Art of Travel, by Alain de Botton
    God’s Dust, by Ian Buruma
    A Season in Heaven, by David Tomory

    Assorted nonfiction

    Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson
    The Rape of Nanking, by Iris Chang
    Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond
    Nickeled and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
    For the Time Being, by Annie Dillard
    Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
    The World’s Most Dangerous Places, by Robert Young Pelton
    Sex and Death to the Age 14, by Spalding Gray


    My Life in Heavy Metal, by Steve Almond
    If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler, by Italo Calvino
    Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
    Paris Trance, by Geoff Dyer
    The Honorary Consul, by Graham Greene
    The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
    Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
    Mr. Foreigner, by Matthew Kneale
    Never Mind Nirvana, by Mark Lindquist
    Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins
    Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
    Damascus Gate, by Robert Stone
    Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

Posted by | Comments (4)  | January 23, 2004
Category: Travel Writing

4 Responses to “What I read in 2003”

  1. Rolf Says:

    OK, everyone can stop giving me a hard time about reading Bridget Jones’s Diary. To explain: There were only a handful of English-language books available when I was living in Ranong, Thailand early last year, so Helen Fielding got the nod one slow afternoon in May. Not a bad read, but I actually liked the movie better…

  2. Jeff Says:

    What’s wrong with “Bridget Jones’s Diary”? Fine, it’s not great literature, but it’s not like you were reading Danielle Steel or V.C. Andrews.

  3. Marjos Says:

    you might like ‘Life of Pi’ by Martin, i loved it.

  4. marjos Says:

    correction: Martel