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

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion, 2005

Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami, 2005

The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner, 1976

Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. One, Rocannon's World, Ursula K. Le Guin, 1966

Neuromancer, William Gibson, 1984

Read in 2023

On Deck

Some were started but set aside.

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

Assembling California, John McPhee, 1993

The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, 1962

My Struggle: Book One, Karl Ove Knausgård, 2009

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

Exhalation: Stories, Ted Chiang, 2019

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

Autumntide of the Middle Ages, Johan Huizinga, 2020

Leviathan Wakes James S. A. Corey, 2011

Rabbit, Run, John Updike, 1960

Natural History, Carlos Fonseca, 2017

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

Previous Years

Reading 2022

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Reading 2020

Reading 2019

Reading 2018

Reading 2017