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.

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 get any of these is at your local library.

Reading 2019

Reading 2018

Reading 2017

Currently Reading:

A Canticle for Leibowitz, William M. Miller, Jr, 1959

The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, 2008

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand, Marcus Chown, 2019

Losing Earth: A Recent History, Nathaniel Rich, 2019

On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, Naomi Klein, 2019

Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall, Nina Willner, 2016

No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies, William T. Vollmann, 2018

Memoirs and Selected Writings, Ulysses S. Grant

The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

The Age of Reason, Jean-Paul Sartre

Battle Cry of Freedom, James M. McPherson

Lying, Sam Harris

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari

At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails, Sarah Bakewell

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, Jia Tolentino, 2019

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, 1962

These Truths: A History of the United States, Jill Lepore, 2018

William S. Burroughs and the cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Casey Rae, 2019

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Naomi Klein, 2014

Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63, Taylor Branch, 1988

My Struggle: Book One, Karl Ove Knausgård, 2009

The Mueller Report: Presented with Related Materials by The Wahington Post, The Washington Post, 2019

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, Lauren Markham, 2017

Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, Marwan Hisham, 2018

The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East, Robert Fisk, 2005

On Deck:

The Idea of Justice, Amartya Sen, 2009

On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and Its Consequences, 1948-2000, Julian E. Zelizer, 2004

Making Minnesote Liberal: Civil Rights and the Transformation of the Democratic Party, Jennifer A. Delton, 2002

Social Policy in the United States: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective, Theda Skocpol, 1994

Exhalation: Stories, Ted Chiang, 2019

House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday, 1968

The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from our Eyes, Donald D. Hoffman, 2019

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

Entrenchment: Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies, Paul Starr, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, 1985

The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins, 1976

A Torch Kept Lit, William F. Buckley

A Colony In A Nation, Chris Hayes, 2017

Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville, 1835

A People’s History of Sports in the United States, Dave Zirin, 2009

Our Only World, Wendell Berry, 2015

Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror, John Ashbery, 1975

On The Trail, Silas Chamberlin 2016

Animals Strike Curious Poses, Elena Passarello, 2017

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriett Beecher Stowe, 1851

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, 2007

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