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Amazon Reading List (PHP/XML/jQuery)

This is my ongoing reading list, with lnks to the books on Amazon and readings lists from past years.

A couple of years ago, I created an account on Goodreads to keep track of the books I read. Then I noticed that Goodreads is owned by Amazon, which means that Goodreads is a big data-mining service wrapped inside an enormous data-mining service, at which point I figured I might as well just go to the original source. On top of that I built my own primitive version of Goodreads.

To do this I wrote a PHP script to request a list of books by ISBN ASIN from Amazon's Product Advertising web service and then filter and display the results. This page then uses jQuery (since it is included with Drupal) to measure my reading progress and generate the totals and averages in the last table row.

The full code for this and some technical notes are available on the Amazon Advertising API and the jQuery summarize table entry and progress meter pages. The tab and progress bar effects use jQuery UI 1.8.7, also included with Drupal 7.

Past Book Listings:

Title/Author/Publisher/ISBNBuyPagesDate CompletedRating (of 5)
Title: Invisible Cities
Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
ISBN: 0156453800
Book Cover1655/2017
Title: The Bridge of San Luis Rey: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
Author: Thornton Wilder
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780062232724
Book Cover1315/2017
Title: The Quiet American
Author: Graham Greene
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0142001384
Book Cover1885/2017
Title: The Nonexistent Knight and The Cloven Viscount
Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Harvest Books
ISBN: 0156659751
Book Cover2465/2017
Title: Warfare and Society in Europe, 1792-1914 (Warfare and History)
Author: Geoffrey Wawro
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415214459
Book Cover2565/2017
Title: Thieves Fall Out (Hard Case Crime)
Author: Gore Vidal
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
ISBN: 9781783292486
Book Cover2405/2017
Title: Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems -- Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded
Author: Anne M. Fletcher
Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547347288
Book Cover3495/2017
Title: If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
Author: Tim O'Brien
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307762924
Book Cover2244/2017
Title: To Travel Hopelessly: A TEFL Memoir
Author: English Teacher X
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1468076329
Book Cover1844/2017
Title: Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
ISBN: 0385333846
Book Cover2884/2017
Title: Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: HarperOne
ISBN: 0062224700
Book Cover2083/2017
Title: Prosperous Homesteading
Author: Greg Jeffers
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1543168663
Book Cover1603/2017
Title: The Journey Home: Some Words in the Defense of the American West (Plume)
Author: Edward Abbey
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: 0452265622
Book Cover2563/2017
Title: The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time
Author: John Kelly
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0060006935
Book Cover3643/2017
Title: Molloy
Author: Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802151361
Book Cover2562/2017
Title: Child of God
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679728740
Book Cover2082/2017
Title: No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307387134
Book Cover3091/2017
Title: Pop. 1280
Author: Jim Thompson
Publisher: Mulholland Books
ISBN: 0316403784
Book Cover2561/2017
Title: Au Phuc Dup and Nowhere to Go: The Only Really True Book About Viet Nam
Author: Fred Reed
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 144013720X
Book Cover1241/2017
Title: Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life
Author: Oswald Spengler
Publisher: Arktos Media Ltd
ISBN: 1910524174
Book Cover841/2017
Title: I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir
Author: Brian Wilson
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0306823063
Book Cover3121/2017
Title: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Serpent's Tail Classics)
Author: Horace McCoy
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
ISBN: 184668739X
Book Cover1281/2017
Title: The Getaway
Author: Jim Thompson
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0679732500
Book Cover1921/2017
Title: Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors
Author: John Densmore
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 0385304471
Book Cover3681/2017

Ratings Guidelines

5: This book is on my personal list of classics. The book stays with you after you finish it, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
4: Excellent. The book is insightful and maybe a definitive work in its genre. Recommended to anyone who likes to read.
3: I liked the book, but I'd recommend it only to fans of that particular author or genre.
2: Not good, but the book presents a few interesting points or observations. Not original or well-written, and I'd suggest it only for enthusiasts of that particular author or topic.
1: Don't bother. The book is so boring or badly written that it's tough to finish.

1177 B.C.
The 47 Ronin
The Accidental Superpower
Alas, Babylon
The Arabian Nights
The Big Sleep
Black Hawk Down
Blood Meridian
A Bright Shining Lie
The Chrysalids
Clark Ashton Smith, collected
The Count of Monte Cristo
Crime and Punishment
The Day of the Jackal
The Demolished Man
Desert Solitaire
A Deepness in the Sky
Destination: Void
A Distant Mirror
Don Quixote De La Mancha
Empire of the Sun
Engine Summer
The Fall of Carthage
Farewell, My Lovely
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
The Getaway
The Great Mortality
The Happy Isles of Oceania
Hard Rain Falling
Hellstrom's Hive
A History of the Peloponnesian War
I Am Brian Wilson
The Iliad
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
Journey to the End of the Night
The Kalevala
King Solomon's Mines
The Last of the Breed
Les Enfants Terribles
The Long Goodbye
Lost Victories (Manstein)
Mahan on Naval Warfare
The Martian Chronicles
The Master and Margarita
Masters of Atlantis
A Maze of Death
The Monkey Wrench Gang
The Müller-Fokker Effect
Nightmare Alley
No Country for Old Men
No God but God
The Odyssey
The Origin of Species, unabridged
The Peace to End All Peace
A People's Tragedy
Population 1280
The Proud Tower
The Pursuit of the Millennium
The Ramayana
Riddle of the Sands
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
The Sea-Wolf
The Shape of Water
The Sheep Look Up
Sherlock Holmes, complete
The Sirens of Titan
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Stars My Destination
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Twelve Caesars
The Voyage of the Beagle
They Shoot Horses, Don't They
War of the Worlds
The Well at the World's End
When the War Was Over