I think most of what I have listed here was worth reading and probably still is.

When I was rating books on Goodreads, I realized that all my ratings were 4s and 5s. If a book engaged me enough to finish reading it, I usually gave it a high rating. If a book doesn’t engage me, I usually don’t finish it. If I don’t finish it, I don’t feel I should rate it.

The exception would be things I happen across that are so bad I feel a warning is in order.

If you try something on these lists I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on it.

There is also a collection of “first paragraphs” of books I’ve read that you might like to browse.

One final note. I’ve been rather lazy about linking these items. I’ve decided that going forward I’ll try to link to the author’s website if they have one and are still living. Otherwise, I’ll leave it to you to choose a source since there are so many and I’m not affiliated with any sellers. Remember the best place for you to get any of these is at your local library.

Currently Reading:

Leviathan Wakes James S. A. Corey, 2011

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury, 1962

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World, Marcia Bjornerud, 2018

The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, 1881

On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation, Alexandra Horowitz, 2014

Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner, 1971

Assembling California, John McPhee, 1993

Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh, 1945

Rabbit, Run John Updike, 1960

Completed in 2021

On Deck:

The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, 1962

My Struggle: Book One, Karl Ove Knausgård, 2009

Natural History, Carlos Fonseca, 2017

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, 2017

Exhalation: Stories, Ted Chiang, 2019

House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday, 1968

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, William Styron, 1990

The Overstory, Richard Powers, 2018

The Captive Mind, Czeslaw Milosz, 1953

Reading 2020

Reading 2019

Reading 2018

Reading 2017


  • Ed says:

    Dan, I’m currently reading Reaganland: America’s Right Turn by Rick Perlstein. It’s the 4th and supposedly last book in a series that basically tells how we got to this point in America’s politics beginning with Goldwater’s loss in 1968.

    • Dan says:

      Thanks Ed! If I read any books of a political nature this year, it will definitely be in the second half of the year. Of course, by the second half of the year, Texas may have seceded from the Union.

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