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:

Read in 2021

The Eye of the World: The Wheel of Time Series #1, Robert Jordan, 1990

The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America, Louis Menand, 2001

Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir, 2020

Post Colonial Love Poem, Natalie Diaz, 2020

Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir, 2019

How to Take Smart Notes, Sönke Ahrens, 2017

Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro, 2021

The Overstory, Richard Powers, 2018

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury, 1962

Dancing at the Rascal Fair, Ivan Doig, 1996

The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry, 2018

The Cosmic Purr: Poems, Aaron Poochigian, 2012

Gasoline and The Vestal Lady on Brattle, Gregory Corso, 1958, 1955

Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner, 1971

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion, 1968

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster, 1961

A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1958

House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday, 1968

The Captive Mind, Czeslaw Milosz, 1953

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King, 2000

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

Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro, 2021

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

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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