Monday, July 28, 2014

Mike Boydston has an impressive dedication to BBC...

....and also an impressive amount of free time, apparently.  Making a record of all the books we have read in the four (!) years of BBC was a long-requested blog feature and has been on my list of things to do for awhile, but Mike went and just did it.  I appended our most recent reads to the end of his impressive efforts.  Thanks to all of you who have been a part of the group over the last few years.  

Get ready to gaze in admiration/horror at Mike's comprehensive BBC history (now immortalized in the "BBC - The Story So Far" permalink to the right) after the jump:


6/2010 Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris
7/2010 The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
8/2010 The Road, Cormac McCarthy
9/2010 Gentlemen of the Road, Michael Chabon
10/2010 Too Big to Fail, Andrew Sorkin
11/2012 [Moved to December]
12/2010 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon


Persepolis, Marjane Sartapi
Sandman vol. 1, Neil Gaiman
Watchmen, Alan Moore
The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller 
[Also: “Hi everyone.  I'm new to the group.” David C. Cripe] 
2/2011 [Moved to March]
3/2011 The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
4/2011 Hunting Eichmann, Neal Bascomb
5/2011 Schrödinger's Ball, Adam Felber
6/2011 The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, Deborah Blum 
Also: first Boy Book Club movie night — X-Men: First Class
7/2011 A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
8/2011 [postponed]
9/2011 Homicide:  Life on the Streets, David Simon
10/2011  Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter, Steven Johnson
11/2011 A Spot of Bother, Mark Haddon
12/2011 A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, Eric Newby


1/2012 [Regular meeting postponed. Bonus Song of Ice and Fire meeting held.]
2/2012 Wonderboys, Michael Chabon
[Also: LOTR trivial pursuit night]
3/2012 Life, Keith Richards
4/2012 Ready Player One, Earnest Cline
5/2012 My Year of Flops, Nathan Rabin
6/2012 A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
7/2012 The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
8/2012 Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
9/2012 A Few Seconds of Panic, Stefan Fatsis
10/2012 Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik
11/2012 Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
12/2012 The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester


1/2013 The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
2/2013 The Sisters Brothers, Patrick DeWitt
The Manhattan Projects (vol. 1), Johnathan Hickman
Superman: Red Son, Mark Millar
Pride of Baghdad, Brian Vaughan
Habibi, Craig Thompson
4/2013 Perdido Street Station, China Mieville  
[Also: Beer Night at Cheeky Monk]
5/2013 King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild
6/2013 The Leftovers,Tom Perrotta
7/2013 Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
8/2013     What if?  by Robert Cowley
9/2013     History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
10/2013   The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
11/2013   American Gods by Neil Gaiman
12/2013   Stiff by Mary Roach


             [Beginning of BBC Game Night spinoff]
1/2014   Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
2/2014   Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
3/2014   Four Fish by Paul Greenberg
4/2014   A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
5/2014   The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
6/2014   In the Shape of the Boar by Lawrence Norfolk
7/2014   Reamde by Neal Stephenson
8/2014   Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9/2014   The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman 


  1. Most awesome. Thanks for the record keeping! I'm also realizing how many wonderful books I've read through the BBC that I totally wouldn't have read otherwise, so thanks to all for the social pressure.

  2. Yes, I am very dedicated and you should all bow down before me. What, is that not how it works?

    Really, it wasn't that hard. An appallingly large percentage of my job consists of sifting through old emails, so I came to the task well prepared. (And, judging from Andrew's old emails, it was the only way I could ensure the correct spelling of "Kavalier.")

    More seriously, I had about the same reaction Seth did. As I started into the list I found books I'd forgotten we read but that I really liked, including some of our best nonfiction like My Year of Flops and A Few Seconds of Panic.Then I just got amused by some of the timing. (The Jaunting book was more than a year ago? Damn.) Then I started thinking about spreadsheets tallying instances of recurring topics, as in The Sparrow of course. And then I knew it was time to stop.