Consider this...

"Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,/And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum./And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on,/While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on." - Augustus De Morgan

These are presented in the order in which John read them. This year’s reads included more Richard Powers, more science of various sorts, some excellent novels and Joe Bageant’s wonderful memoire plus analysis of a certain part of the USA.

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John has finally given in and accepted that “read” can be a noun and not just a verb. These are not necessarily all books published in 2009. In fact, maybe only one of them was. Reading for 2009 included lots of Richard Powers and books on neuroscience, but also a re-read of “Gravity’s Rainbow” and a wonderful Chinese book.

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(This was first published as a Facebook note.)

These are not necessarily books written in 2008, just ones John read during the year. He has not picked the top ten, just the top ones, and there happen to be ten. Here they are, in no particular order. The list includes some books on evolution, some excellent novels and a wonderful classic John had not yet discovered.

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