• Taltos by Steven Brust
  • For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor
  • Larp Design: Creating Role-Play Experiences edited by Johanna Koljonen, Jaakko Stenros, Anne Serup Grove, Aina D. Skjønsfjell, and Elin Nilsen
Finished (since 5.03.20): Most recent to least recent
Recommended: bolded, Not Recommended: strike-out, Audiobook: *
  • Teckla by Steven Brust
  • Yendi by Steven Brust

from 5.3.2003 - 5.3.2019

To Read: In no particular order

Japanese History/Literature

  • The Origins of Japan's Medieval World: Courtiers, Clerics, Warriors, and Peasants in the Fourteenth Century by Jeffrey Mass
  • Seeds in the Heart by Donald Keene
  • The Father-Daughter Plot: Japanese Literary Women and the Law of the Father by Rebecca L. Copeland and Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen
  • The Making of Shinkokinshu by Robert N. Huey
  • Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts by Haruo Shirane
  • Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature by Haruo Shirane and Tomi Suzuki
  • Masks by Fumiko Enshi
  • Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850, Karl Friday, ed.
  • The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography by Martin W. Lewis and‎ Kären Wigen
  • Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures, and Transoceanic Exchanges


  • Amatka by Karin Tidbeck
  • Vurt by Jeff Noon
  • Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
  • The Black Company by Glen Cook
  • Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
  • Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh


  • The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie
  • Ōoku by Fumi Yoshinaga
  • Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

Mystery/Suspense/Other Fiction

  • Ill Will by Dan Chaon
  • I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes


  • Family by Pa Chin
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
  • The Magus by John Fowles

Interesting Nonfiction

  • Orientalism and Visual Culture: Imagining Mesopotamia in Nineteenth-Century Europe by Frederick N. Bohrer
  • The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
  • The Historians Craft by Marc Bloch
  • We Were the People: Voices from East Germany’s Revolutionary Autumn of 1989 by Dirk Philipsen
  • A Moveable Empire : Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees by Resat Kasaba
  • Beyond Elegy: Classical Arab Women's Poetry in Context By Marle Hammond
  • The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
  • A Short History of the Byzantine Empire by John Julius Norwhich
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
  • Zoroastrianism: An Introduction by Jenny Rose
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
  • The End of Faith by Sam Harris
  • Why People Believe Weird Things and Why We Believe by Michael Shermer
  • Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Dan Dennett
  • Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History by Joseph Telushkin