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:

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

The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, 2008

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

Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh, 1945

Rabbit, Run John Updike, 1960

Completed in 2020

A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles, 2016

The Boy From the Woods, Harlan Coben, 2020

Foundation, Isaac Asimov, 1951

Rising From the Plains, John McPhee, 1986

To a God Unknown, John Steinbeck, 1933

In Suspect Terrain, John McPhee, 1983

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold, 1949

Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey, 1968

Basin and Range, John McPhee, 1981

Deep Work, Cal Newport, 2016

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, 1847

Holy the Firm, Annie Dillard, 1977

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard, 1974

I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Margaret Craven, 1967

Walden, Henry David Thoreau, 1854

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

On Deck:

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

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

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, 1962

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

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 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

Reading 2019

Reading 2018

Reading 2017

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