C. Sean Burns

Associate Professor

University of Kentucky
College of Communication and Information
School of Information Science

PhD, University of Missouri, 2013
MA, University of Missouri, 2009
BA, Monmouth College, 1996

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cseanburns
GitHub: https://github.com/cseanburns
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8695-3643


This page exists for recollection and motivation. I purchased an e-reader in the fall of 2020, and I'm using this page to track/remember what I've read on the device and to motivate me to keep reading. The motivation part is important. I went a long time without reading non-specific-work stuff, and I don't want to revert to being like that. It's been truly rejuvenating, personally and professionally, to read broadly again.

I'll also probably add works here that I read in print, since most of what I'll read in print I'll check out from the library, and this list will help me remember that I read those books, too.


  1. The Fifth Season / N. K. Jemisin.
  2. A Walk in the Woods / Bill Bryson.
  3. The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick" by Himself / Nat Love.
  4. How Democracies Die / Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.
  5. What Doesn't Kill Us / Scott Carney.
  6. Ring Shout / P. Djèlí Clark.
  7. Hao: Stories / Ye Chun.
  8. Call for the Dead / John le Carré.
  9. The Brave Learner / Julie Bogart.
  10. Norwegian Wood / Haruki Murakami.
  11. Sustainable. Resilient. Free. The Future of Public Higher Education / John Warner.
  12. The Year of Magical Thinking / Joan Didion.
  13. We Should All Be Feminists / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  14. The Hard Crowd / Rachel Kushner.
  15. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art / James Nestor.
  16. Uncanny Valley: A Memoir / Anna Wiener.
  17. The Vanishing Half / Brit Bennett.
  18. Battle Ground / Jim Butcher.
  19. Peace Talks / Jim Butcher.
  20. Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream / Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson.
  21. Lab Girl / Hope Jahren.
  22. Deacon King Kong / James McBride.
  23. Mexican Gothic / Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
  24. Dept. of Speculation / Jenny Offill.
  25. Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone / James Baldwin.


  1. Exciting Times: A Novel / Naoise Dolan.