17 April 2008

stumbling into love...or lists of books that are proof my nerdiness

While looking for an image for yesterday's post about Flatland, I ran into a website that I want to share.

Obviously, I am always saying we all need to read more. Knowledge is a gift to be gained and given away. And books are still our most reliable (and portable) sources of knowledge.

Anyway, The University of Texas at Austin has something called a "Freshman Reading Round-Up", which is nothing more than a clever way to introduce students to books found to be important or worthwhile by distinguished faculty members.

The 2005 list is the page I stumbled upon. I subsequently found the 2006 version.

Take a stumble yourself: UT-Austin 2005 Reading Round-Up

Books I have read from the 2005 list include:

- Flatland by E.A. Abbot
- On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
- The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The 2006 List

Books I have read from the 2006 list (other than repeats from 05'):

- Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

In going through these lists, and realizing how much I had enjoyed those I had already read from the lists, I realized that this little resource might be a real reading treasure. Go through and find your own treasure. Ask me about the above titles if you really want to know. Enjoy if you will.


  1. alright... i have a comment. what else do you do besides read? what else is going on in the life of kyle? oh, and how was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night?

  2. curious incident of the dog in the night time....

    incredible. one of the 5 or 6 best fiction books i've read - especially when considering simple reading pleasure.

  3. Try reading 'The Shack' by William Young. Really sweet story and one I will be sharing with all of my friends. (For those of you who are book lovers like me, Amazon has it gently used for about $6)