I’ve been reading books since I was a little kid, but only in my mid-twenties did I start keeping a list of the books I’ve read.

Except for Gravity’s Rainbow, which royally sucked from beginning to end, all of these books were wonderful. I especially loved the ones with stars next to them. And the ones with two stars completely rocked my world.

Last update: June 4, 2019




Just Kids, Patti Smith

Driving Mr. Albert, Michael Paterniti

A Complicated Kindness, Miriam Toews

Fever Dream, Samanta Schweblin

*A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit

Jazz, Toni Morrison

An Initiation into the World of Lucid Dreaming, Darien Simon, M.S.

Call Them By Their True Names, Rebecca Solnit

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

The Best American Essays 2016, Edited by Jonathan Franzen

*Journal of a Solitude, May Sarton

Walks with Men, Ann Beattie

Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport

The Idiot, Elif Batuman

*Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

The Man Who Quit Money, Mark Sundeen

Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck

*The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr

*Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World Maryanne Wolf

The Reader, Bernhard Schlink

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

Cold Mountain: The Legend of Han Shan and Shih Te, Sean Michael Wilson

*Feed, M.T. Anderson

*Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit

Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn

The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Beowulf

*The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

*If You Leave Me, Crystal Hana Kim

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Villette, Charlotte Brontë

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami

Watchmen, Alan Moore

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies, Laura Stampler

Awakening Loving-Kindness, Pema Chödrön

*2666, Roberto Bolaño

The Course of Love, Alain de Botton

Enduring Love, Ian McEwan

*On Photography, Susan Sontag

Diary of an Oxygen Thief, Anonymous

*The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, David Abram

Be Here Now, Ram Dass

A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn

Anarchy in Action, Colin Ward

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers

Counter-Clock World, Philip K. Dick

**Reinventing Organizations, Frederic Laloux

*A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

*The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

*The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson

Bloodchild, Octavia E. Butler

Trimmings, Harryette Mullen

Ariel, Sylvia Plath

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Grendel, John Gardner

Lunch Poems, Frank O’Hara

Song of Myself, Walt Whitman

Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel

Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

*Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse

The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac

**Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides

The Darkest Road, Guy Gavriel Kay

The Wandering Fire, Guy Gavriel Kay

The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay

Maiden Voyage, Tania Aebi

We, Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Scripture of the Golden Eternity, Jack Kerouac

**Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg

Netherland, Joseph O’Neill

**Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research, John Steinbeck

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami

The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

*1984, George Orwell

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

**One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

**Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald