Books

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus

I am an unrepentant bookworm. I love reading books, buying books, smelling books, admiring books. I love the crackling of the spine as it is first opened, and the aroma emitted by flipping through the pages. I have a strong distate for dog-ears, spine creases, and writing in the margins.

The Great Books Project

This project stems from a desire to read great books throughout my life, inspired years ago by The New Lifetime Reading Plan. My interest began (and remains) primarily in fiction, but the project has grown in many wonderful directions and is now organized by genre:

            

The Year in Books

The books I have read thus far in 2017:

  1. The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen
  2. Moonglow - Michael Chabon
  3. News of the World - Paulette Jiles
  4. The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
  5. The Nix - Nathan Hill
  6. Here I Am - Jonathan Safran Foer
  7. The Refugees - Viet Thanh Nguyen
  8. The North Water - Ian McGuire
  9. A Savage War - Williamson Murray
  10. The Turner House - Angela Flournoy
  11. Landscape Turned Red - Stephen Sears
  12. The March - E.L. Doctorow
  13. Gettysburg - Stephen Sears
  14. The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
  15. Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
  16. The Vegetarian - Han Kang
  17. Human Acts - Han Kang

Past Years in Books

The books I read in 2016:

  1. Gateway to Freedom - Eric Foner
  2. King of the World - David Remnick
  3. Schindler's List - Thomas Keneally
  4. The Big Bam - Leigh Montville
  5. Luckiest Man - Jonathan Eig
  6. Green on Blue - Elliot Ackerman
  7. Age of Ambition - Evan Osnos
  8. The Butcher's Trail - Julian Borger
  9. Papa Bear - Jeff Davis
  10. Franklin and Winston - Jon Meacham
  11. The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe
  12. The Sellout - Paul Beatty
  13. The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick
  14. Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward
  15. SPQR - Mary Beard
  16. The Martian - Andy Weir
  17. The Summer Before the War - Helen Simonson
  18. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
  19. Ghettoside - Jill Leovy
  20. Bobby Kennedy - Larry Tye
  21. Being Nixon - Evan Thomas
  22. Believer - David Axelrod
  23. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
  24. This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! - Jonathan Evison
  25. The Wrong Side of Darkness - Michael Connelly
  26. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
  27. The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
  28. Bush - Jean Edward Smith
  29. The Second World War - Antony Beevor
  30. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

The books I read in 2015:

  1. Fives and Twenty-Fives - Michael Pitre
  2. The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers
  3. Redeployment - Phil Klay
  4. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
  5. Home - Marilynne Robinson
  6. Lila - Marilynne Robinson
  7. Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
  8. Dept. of Speculation - Jenny Offill
  9. Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
  10. A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall - Will Chancellor
  11. An Untamed State - Roxane Gay
  12. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami
  13. The Children Act - Ian McEwan
  14. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
  15. A Strange and Sublime Address - Amit Chaudhuri
  16. Afternoon Raag - Amit Chaudhuri
  17. My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
  18. The Prestige - Christopher Priest
  19. A Darkness More Than Night - Michael Connelly
  20. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
  21. Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
  22. Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
  23. A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest Gaines
  24. The Painter - Peter Heller
  25. City of Bones - Michael Connelly
  26. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
  27. Lost Light - Michael Connelly
  28. High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
  29. The Cider House Rules - John Irving
  30. The Narrows - Michael Connelly
  31. The Closers - Michael Connelly
  32. The Natural - Bernard Malamud
  33. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving - Jonathan Evison
  34. The Wright Brothers - David McCullough
  35. The Blind Side - Michael Lewis
  36. The Fiery Trial - Eric Foner
  37. Michael Jordan - Roland Lazenby
  38. Our Souls at Night - Kent Haruf
  39. Reagan - H.W. Brands
  40. Waging Heavy Peace - Neil Young
  41. Over the Edge of the World - Laurence Bergreen
  42. Moneyball - Michael Lewis
  43. Bruce - Peter Ames Carlin
  44. Ramblin' Man - Ed Cray
  45. Echo Park - Michael Connelly
  46. The Overlook - Michael Connelly
  47. The Brass Verdict - Michael Connelly
  48. Sutton - J.R. Moehringer
  49. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
  50. The Reversal - Michael Connelly
  51. The Drop - Michael Connelly
  52. The Black Box - Michael Connelly
  53. The Burning Room - Michael Connelly
  54. Call for the Dead - John le Carré
  55. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
  56. Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
  57. I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
  58. Wool - Hugh Howey
  59. The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan
  60. Purity - Jonathan Franzen
  61. To the End of the Land - David Grossman
  62. The Tsar of Love and Techno - Anthony Marra
  63. Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  64. The Secret Chord - Geraldine Brooks
  65. Fortune Smiles - Adam Johnson
  66. Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff
  67. The Crossing - Michael Connelly
  68. The Bully Pulpit - Doris Kearns Goodwin
  69. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth - Christopher Scotton
  70. Destiny and Power - Jon Meacham

The books I read in 2014:

  1. A Hologram for the King - Dave Eggers
  2. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
  3. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne
  4. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  5. The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
  6. Johnny Cash - Robert Hilburn
  7. Monsters - Rich Cohen
  8. The Black Echo - Michael Connelly
  9. A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
  10. The Good Lord Bird - James McBride
  11. The Cove - Ron Rash
  12. Arik - David Landau
  13. The Fixer - Bernard Malamud
  14. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid
  15. Days of Fire - Peter Baker
  16. The Black Ice - Michael Connelly
  17. The Concrete Blonde - Michael Connelly
  18. William Cooper's Town - Alan Taylor
  19. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
  20. An Army at Dawn - Rick Atkinson
  21. My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
  22. The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly
  23. The Day of Battle - Rick Atkinson
  24. The Guns at Last Light - Rick Atkinson
  25. 1491 - Charles Mann
  26. Trunk Music - Michael Connelly
  27. John Quincy Adams - Fred Kaplan
  28. Angels Flight - Michael Connelly
  29. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
  30. Righteous Victims - Benny Morris
  31. The Book of Unknown Americans - Cristina Henriquez
  32. This Is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper
  33. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
  34. My Promised Land - Ari Shavit
  35. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - Ron Hansen
  36. John Brown, Abolitionist - David Reynolds
  37. Invincible - Amy Lawrence
  38. The Martian - Andy Weir
  39. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  40. Wonderland - Stacey D’Erasmo

The books I read in 2013:

  1. Spring Snow - Yukio Mishima
  2. Runaway Horses - Yukio Mishima
  3. The Temple of Dawn - Yukio Mishima
  4. The Decay of the Angel - Yukio Mishima
  5. Louis D. Brandeis - Melvin Urofsky
  6. Baltasar and Blimunda - Jose Saramago
  7. The Stone Raft - Jose Saramago
  8. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John Bogle
  9. The Elements of Investing - Burton Malkiel
  10. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  11. Family Matters - Rohinton Mistry
  12. Such a Long Journey - Rohinton Mistry
  13. Learned Hand - Gerald Gunther
  14. The Risk Pool - Richard Russo
  15. The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
  16. Scorpions - Noah Feldman
  17. Benediction - Kent Haruf
  18. In Spite of the Gods - Edward Luce
  19. Hugo Black - Roger Newman
  20. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name - Vendela Vida
  21. King Leopold's Ghost - Adam Hochschild
  22. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
  23. Wild Bill - Bruce Allen Murphy
  24. Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
  25. Chief Justice - Ed Cray
  26. Justice Brennan - Seth Stern
  27. Thurgood Marshall - Juan Williams
  28. The Outpost - Jake Tapper
  29. Immortality - Milan Kundera
  30. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
  31. The Admirals - Walter Borneman
  32. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra
  33. Cooked - Michael Pollan
  34. And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini
  35. Guests of the Ayatollah - Mark Bowden
  36. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  37. The Blood of Heaven - Kent Wascom
  38. Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
  39. Revolutionary Summer - Joseph Ellis
  40. Transatlantic - Colum McCann
  41. The Son - Philipp Meyer
  42. Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor - Richard Beeman
  43. The Flamethrowers - Rachel Kushner
  44. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
  45. Angel in the Whirlwind - Benson Bobrick
  46. Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C. Clarke
  47. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
  48. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
  49. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
  50. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  51. The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker
  52. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
  53. Thomas Jefferson - Jon Meacham
  54. Mary Coin - Marisa Silver
  55. The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg
  56. The Unwinding - George Packer
  57. The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
  58. Legacy of Ashes - Tim Weiner
  59. The Healing - Jonathan Odell
  60. Enemies - Tim Weiner
  61. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown
  62. A Terrible Glory - James Donovan
  63. Stillness and Speed - Dennis Bergkamp
  64. Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne
  65. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
  66. The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
  67. The English Girl - Daniel Silva

The books I read in 2012:

  1. Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Robert E. Lee - Emory Thomas
  3. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  4. Grant - Jean Edward Smith
  5. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
  6. A. Lincoln - Ronald White
  7. The Odyssey - Homer
  8. Kissing the Virgin's Mouth - Donna Gershten
  9. The Family Fang - Kevin Wilson
  10. The Greek Achievement - Charles Freeman
  11. Carthage Must Be Destroyed - Richard Miles
  12. 11/22/63 - Stephen King
  13. The Aeneid - Virgil
  14. Metamorphoses - Ovid
  15. Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
  16. How Rome Fell - Adrian Goldsworthy
  17. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky - Heidi Durrow
  18. Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
  19. Catherine the Great - Robert Massie
  20. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
  21. All the Devils Are Here - Betheny McLean
  22. The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson
  23. Arguably - Christopher Hitchens
  24. The Hand That Once Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell
  25. Investing Made Simple - Mike Piper
  26. A People's Tragedy - Orlando Figes
  27. Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
  28. Home - Toni Morrison
  29. Boy's Life - Robert McCammon
  30. A History of Twentieth-Century Russia - Robert Service
  31. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
  32. A World Undone - G.J. Meyer
  33. Correcting the Landscape - Marjorie Kowalski Cole
  34. Hitler: 1889-1936 - Ian Kershaw
  35. The Book of Dead Birds - Gayle Brandeis
  36. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain
  37. Hitler: 1936-1945 - Ian Kershaw
  38. Inferno - Max Hastings
  39. West of Here - Jonathan Evison
  40. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage - Alice Munro
  41. Running the Rift - Naomi Benaron
  42. Eisenhower in War and Peace - Jean Edward Smith
  43. The Warmth of Other Suns - Isabel Wilkerson
  44. Walking with the Wind - John Lewis
  45. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  46. The Great Bridge - David McCullough
  47. Mudbound - Hillary Jordan
  48. The House of Morgan - Ron Chernow
  49. Titan - Ron Chernow
  50. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
  51. Mr. Sammler's Planet - Saul Bellow
  52. The Spectator Bird - Wallace Stegner
  53. The Forever War - Dexter Filkins
  54. Last Lion - Peter Canellos
  55. Game Change - John Heilemann
  56. Howards End - E.M. Forster
  57. The Round House - Louise Erdrich
  58. Telegraph Avenue - Michael Chabon
  59. Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
  60. The Middlesteins - Jami Attenberg
  61. Africa - John Reader
  62. The Snowball - Alice Schroeder
  63. Quiet - Susan Cain
  64. The Wizard of Lies - Diana Henriques
  65. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
  66. Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely
  67. Clarence Darrow - John Farrell
  68. Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan

The books I read in 2011:

  1. Julius Caesar - Philip Freeman
  2. Antony and Cleopatra - Adrian Goldsworthy
  3. The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing - Taylor Larimore
  4. The Four Pillars of Investing - William Bernstein
  5. The Automatic Millionaire - David Bach
  6. Smart Couples Finish Rich - David Bach
  7. Common Sense on Mutual Funds - John Bogle
  8. The Finkler Question - Howard Jacobson
  9. The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachman
  10. A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel
  11. Winning the Loser's Game - Charles Ellis
  12. Alexander the Great - Philip Freeman
  13. Lenin - Robert Service
  14. Trotsky - Robert Service
  15. Stalin - Robert Service
  16. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
  17. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint - Brady Udall
  18. Watership Down - Richard Adams
  19. The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown
  20. When Genius Failed - Roger Lowenstein
  21. Den of Thieves - James Stewart
  22. Too Big to Fail - Andrew Ross Sorkin
  23. American Rust - Philipp Meyer
  24. T.R. - H.W. Brands
  25. Big Machine - Victor LaValle
  26. Woodrow Wilson - John Milton Cooper, Jr.
  27. Freedom From Fear - David Kennedy
  28. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
  29. Grand Expectations - James Patterson
  30. Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks
  31. Nobody's Fool - Richard Russo
  32. Restless Giant - James Patterson
  33. An Unfinished Life - Robert Dallek
  34. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
  35. This Kind of War - T.H. Fehrenbach
  36. The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning - Taylor Larimore
  37. Crucible of War - Fred Anderson
  38. Almost a Miracle - John Ferling
  39. Plain, Honest Men - Richard Beeman
  40. Ratification - Pauline Maier
  41. Paradise - Toni Morrison
  42. The First American - H.W. Brands
  43. The Right Financial Plan - Larry Swedroe
  44. Empire of Liberty - Gordon Wood
  45. The House that Bogle Built - Lewis Braham
  46. Don't Count on It! - John Bogle
  47. What Hath God Wrought - Daniel Walker Howe
  48. Andrew Jackson - H.W. Brands
  49. The Impending Crisis - David Potter
  50. The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
  51. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby
  52. Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder
  53. The Greatest Show on Earth - Richard Dawkins
  54. The Civil War: Fort Sumter to Perryville - Shelby Foote
  55. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell
  56. The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt
  57. The Civil War: Fredericksburg to Meridian - Shelby Foote
  58. The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
  59. The Art of Fielding - Chard Harbach
  60. The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht
  61. The Civil War: Red River to Appomattox - Shelby Foote
  62. Unconventional Success - David Swensen

The books I read in 2010:

  1. Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann
  2. Young Stalin - Simon Sebag Montefiore
  3. Number9Dream - David Mitchell
  4. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
  5. A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
  6. This Side of Brightness - Colum McCann
  7. Dancer - Colum McCann
  8. Dressing the Man - Alan Flusser
  9. A World at Arms - Gerhard Weinberg
  10. Zoli - Colum McCann
  11. Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
  12. The Prize - Daniel Yergin
  13. Rostropovich - Elizabeth Wilson
  14. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
  15. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson
  16. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson
  17. Lincoln's Virtues - William Lee Miller
  18. President Lincoln - William Lee Miller
  19. Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey
  20. Mystic River - Dennis Lehane
  21. Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
  22. A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane
  23. Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
  24. The Known World - Edward Jones
  25. The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
  26. Darkness, Take My Hand - Dennis Lehane
  27. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
  28. Sacred - Dennis Lehane
  29. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
  30. Gone, Baby, Gone - Dennis Lehane
  31. Prayers for Rain - Dennis Lehane
  32. Churchill - Martin Gilbert
  33. The Twelve Chairs - Ilf & Petrov
  34. First Family - Joseph Ellis
  35. Great House - Nicole Kraus
  36. Moonlight Mile - Dennis Lehane
  37. The Irresistible Henry House - Lisa Grunwald
  38. Matterhorn - Karl Marlantes
  39. Room - Emma Donoghue
  40. The Lonely Polygamist - Brady Udall
  41. Washington - Ron Chernow

The books I read in 2009:

  1. Bush's Law - Eric Lichtblau
  2. Standard Operating Procedure - Philip Gourevitch
  3. Ironweed - William Kennedy
  4. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  5. Stalin - Simon Sebag Montefiore
  6. The People's Act of Love - James Meek
  7. The Peloponnesian War - Donald Kagan
  8. FDR - Jean Edward Smith
  9. John Marshall - Jean Edward Smith
  10. The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
  11. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
  12. A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley
  13. Breathing Lessons - Anne Tyler
  14. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
  15. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
  16. Truman - David McCullough
  17. Eisenhower - Carlo D'Este
  18. Battle Cry of Freedom - James McPherson
  19. Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin
  20. Andrew Carnegie - David Nasaw
  21. The Weather Makers - Tim Flannery
  22. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
  23. Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Adichie
  24. All the Names - Jose Saramago
  25. Going After Cacciato - Tim O'Brien
  26. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  27. India - John Keay
  28. Barbarians at the Gate - Bryan Burrough
  29. The Smartest Guys in the Room - Bethany McLean
  30. The Glorious Cause - Robert Middlekauff
  31. Home - Marilynne Robinson
  32. Seeing - Jose Saramago
  33. The Palace of Dreams - Ismail Kadare
  34. Death with Interruptions - Jose Saramago
  35. Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
  36. Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
  37. The Korean War - Max Hastings
  38. Possession - A.S. Byatt
  39. The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
  40. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
  41. The Search for Modern China - Jonathan Spence
  42. Cloudsplitter - Russell Banks
  43. Khrushchev - William Taubman
  44. Arthur & George - Julian Barnes
  45. The Lazarus Project - Aleksandar Hemon
  46. The Great War for Civilisation - Robert Fisk
  47. A Savage War of Peace - Alistair Horne
  48. Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond
  49. The Rise of American Democracy - Sean Wilentz
  50. The Human Stain - Philip Roth
  51. The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
  52. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
  53. The House of the Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  54. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
  55. The Vintage Guide to Classical Music - Jan Swafford
  56. Empire Express - David Haward Bain
  57. The Gold Bug Variations - Richard Powers
  58. Native Son - Richard Wright
  59. The Coming of the Third Reich - Richard Evans
  60. Gentleman - Bernhard Roetzel
  61. The Third Reich in Power - Richard Evans
  62. Men's Style - Russell Smith
  63. The Third Reich at War - Richard Evans
  64. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
  65. The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
  66. American Pastoral - Philip Roth
  67. Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
  68. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
  69. People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

The books I read in 2008:

  1. Eventide - Kent Haruf
  2. Passionate Sage - Joseph Ellis
  3. The Assassins' Gate - George Packer
  4. Benjamin Franklin - Edmund Morgan
  5. The Survivor - John Harris
  6. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  7. The Tie That Binds - Kent Haruf
  8. The Cement Garden - Ian McEwan
  9. The Immortal Bartfuss - Aharon Appelfeld
  10. Cobra II - Michael Gordon
  11. Fiasco - Thomas Ricks
  12. In the Company of Soldiers - Rick Atkinson
  13. State of Denial - Bob Woodward
  14. Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse
  15. The Sweet Hereafter - Russell Banks
  16. Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson
  17. His Illegal Self - Peter Carey
  18. Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
  19. Ray in Reverse - Daniel Wallace
  20. Badenheim 1939 - Aharon Appelfeld
  21. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
  22. The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
  23. In the Wake - Per Petterson
  24. Lincoln - Richard Carwardine
  25. Supreme Conflict - Jan Crawford Greenburg
  26. The Lake - Yasunari Kawabata
  27. Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
  28. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
  29. Isaac Newton - James Gleick
  30. The Assault on Reason - Al Gore
  31. The Nine - Jeffrey Toobin
  32. House of the Sleeping Beauties - Yasunari Kawabata
  33. The Ice Storm - Rick Moody
  34. Harry, Revised - Mark Sarvas
  35. Justice For All - Jim Newton
  36. Becoming Justice Blackmun - Linda Greenhouse
  37. Drown - Junot Diaz
  38. The Child in Time - Ian McEwan
  39. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
  40. The New Face of War - Bruce Berkowitz
  41. Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
  42. Ancient Greece - Thomas Martin
  43. Obsessive Genius - Barbara Goldsmith
  44. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
  45. A Separate Peace - John Knowles
  46. The Bill of Rights - Akhil Amar
  47. Go Tell It on the Mountain - James Baldwin
  48. Polio - David Oshinsky
  49. March - Geraldine Brooks
  50. The Chosen - Chaim Potok
  51. Billy Budd - Herman Melville
  52. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
  53. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  54. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  55. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
  56. Tartuffe and Other Plays - Moliere
  57. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  58. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin - Gordon Wood
  59. Companero - Jorge Castaneda
  60. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
  61. Girls of Riyadh - Rajaa Alsanea
  62. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  63. The Sea - John Banville
  64. A History of Modern Japan - Andrew Gordon
  65. Russia - Philip Longworth
  66. The Cold War - John Lewis Gaddis
  67. Peace Like a River - Leif Enger
  68. Promised Land, Crusader State - Walter McDougall
  69. Polk - Walter Borneman
  70. Netherland - Joseph O'Neill
  71. The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
  72. Then We Came to the End - Joshua Ferris
  73. 1948 - Benny Morris
  74. Crescent & Star - Stephen Kinzer
  75. The American Plague - Molly Crosby
  76. The Demon Under the Microscope - Thomas Hager
  77. Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner
  78. First Snow on Fuji - Yasunari Kawabata
  79. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski
  80. The Winds of Change - Eugene Linden
  81. The World According to Garp - John Irving
  82. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  83. The Story of Britain - Rebecca Fraser
  84. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
  85. Reason - Robert Reich
  86. Bad Money - Kevin Phillips
  87. The Trillion Dollar Meltdown - Charles Morris
  88. The Audacity of Hope - Barack Obama
  89. What's the Matter With Kansas? - Thomas Frank
  90. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
  91. De Niro's Game - Rawi Hage
  92. The Conscience of a Liberal - Paul Krugman
  93. To Siberia - Per Petterson
  94. Supercapitalism - Robert Reich
  95. A Mercy - Toni Morrison
  96. Seize the Day - Saul Bellow
  97. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
  98. Einstein - Walter Isaacson
  99. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  100. The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
  101. 1812 - Walter Borneman
  102. When We Were Orphans - Kazuo Ishiguro
  103. Charming Billy - Alice McDermott
  104. Last Orders - Graham Swift
  105. A Leap in the Dark - John Ferling

The books I read in 2007:

  1. Cobb - Al Stump
  2. Saturday - Ian McEwan
  3. Where Angels Fear to Tread - E.M. Forster
  4. Cataclysm - David Stevenson
  5. Gilgamesh - Unknown
  6. Organic, Inc. - Samuel Fromartz
  7. 84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
  8. American Colonies - Alan Taylor
  9. Pnin - Vladimir Nabokov
  10. A Land As God Made It - James Horn
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
  14. Mayflower - Nathaniel Philbrick
  15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
  18. Where I'm Calling From - Raymond Carver
  19. Beloved - Toni Morrison
  20. Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
  21. Silas Marner - George Eliot
  22. Many Thousands Gone - Ira Berlin
  23. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  24. The French and Indian War - Walter Borneman
  25. Empires at War - William Fowler
  26. Blindness - Jose Saramago
  27. Field Notes From a Catastrophe - Elizabeth Kolbert
  28. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  29. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
  30. Johnny Cash - Michael Streissguth
  31. A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah
  32. Othello - William Shakespeare
  33. A History of the Middle East - Peter Mansfield
  34. The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow
  35. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
  36. Of Love and Other Demons - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  37. Friday Night Lights - H.G. Bissinger
  38. The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon
  39. Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
  40. America's Splendid Little Wars - Peter Huchthausen
  41. The Battle of Salamis - Barry Straus
  42. The Generals' War - Michael Gordon
  43. Crusade - Rick Atkinson
  44. The Looming Tower - Lawrence Wright
  45. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
  46. Not a Good Day to Die - Sean Naylor
  47. The Princess Bride - William Goldman
  48. Middle Passage - Charles Johnson
  49. A Woman in Jerusalem - A.B. Yehoshua
  50. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
  51. The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
  52. The Iliad - Homer
  53. Atticus - Ron Hansen
  54. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  55. Sounder - William Armstrong
  56. Midnight Magic - Avi
  57. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
  58. Caesar - Adrian Goldsworthy
  59. Cicero - Anthony Everitt
  60. Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink
  61. We Wish to Inform You... - Philip Gourevitch
  62. Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
  63. The Distance Between Us - Masha Hamilton
  64. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  65. Augustus - Anthony Everitt
  66. Ancient Rome - Christopher Mackay
  67. The Wheel on the School - Meindert DeJong
  68. The Chinese - Jasper Becker
  69. Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh
  70. The Whipping Boy - Sid Fleischman
  71. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
  72. Summer for the Gods - Edward Larson
  73. Genome - Matt Ridley
  74. The Rubaiyat - Omar Khayyam
  75. American Creation - Joseph Ellis
  76. The Year of Living Biblically - A.J. Jacobs
  77. Freakonomics - Steven Levitt
  78. Murder in the Cathedral - T.S. Eliot
  79. Julie of the Wolves - Jean George
  80. Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
  81. Plainsong - Kent Haruf

The books I read in 2006:

  1. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  2. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  3. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
  4. Moon Tiger - Penelope Lively
  5. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  6. The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
  7. Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
  8. Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes
  9. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. The Well-Educated Mind - Susan Wise Bauer
  11. Mythology - Edith Hamilton
  12. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke
  13. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
  14. Six Days of War - Michael Oren
  15. The Yom Kippur War - Abraham Rabinovich
  16. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle
  17. Anthills of the Savannah - Chinua Achebe
  18. Brick Lane - Monica Ali
  19. Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
  20. A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
  21. The Book of Evidence - John Banville
  22. Theft - Peter Carey
  23. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  24. Moth Smoke - Mohsin Hamid
  25. The Elected Member - Bernice Rubens
  26. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters / Seymour - J.D. Salinger
  27. Life & Times of Michael K - J.M. Coetzee
  28. Black Dogs - Ian McEwan
  29. The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories - Yasunari Kawabata
  30. The Fatal Shore - Robert Hughes
  31. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
  32. His Excellency - Joseph Ellis
  33. The First World War - Hew Strachan
  34. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy
  35. Season of Migration to the North - Tayeb Salih
  36. The Judas Field - Howard Bahr
  37. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  38. Undaunted Courage - Stephen Ambrose
  39. The Innocent - Ian McEwan
  40. The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
  41. The Man in the High Castle - Philip Dick
  42. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  43. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
  44. The First World War - John Keegan
  45. 1776 - David McCullough
  46. Regeneration - Pat Barker
  47. The Eye in the Door - Pat Barker
  48. The Ghost Road - Pat Barker
  49. Rocket Boys - Homer Hickam
  50. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
  51. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan
  52. When Pride Still Mattered - David Maraniss

The books I read in 2005:

  1. Brilliance of the Moon - Liam Hearn
  2. Death Comes For the Archbishop - Willa Cather
  3. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. The Sound of Waves - Yukio Mishima
  5. True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey
  6. Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
  7. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  8. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  9. Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges
  10. Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
  11. Battle Creek - Scott Lasser
  12. A Problem From Hell - Samantha Power
  13. Lincoln - David Herbert Donald
  14. First in His Class - David Maraniss
  15. Cancer Ward - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  16. The Fall - Albert Camus
  17. Intruder in the Dust - William Faulkner
  18. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather
  19. The Acharnians - Aristophanes
  20. The Clouds - Aristophanes
  21. Lysistrata - Aristophanes
  22. Lucy Gayheart - Willa Cather
  23. Exile and the Kingdom - Albert Camus
  24. Alcestis - Euripides
  25. Medea - Euripides
  26. The Children of Heracles - Euripides
  27. Hippolytus - Euripides
  28. Andromache - Euripides
  29. Electra - Euripides
  30. Hecabe - Euripides
  31. Suppliant Women - Euripides
  32. Trojan Women - Euripides
  33. An Enemy of the People - Henrik Ibsen
  34. The Wild Duck - Henrik Ibsen
  35. Romsersholm - Henrik Ibsen
  36. Peer Gynt - Henrik Ibsen
  37. A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov
  38. Thousand Cranes - Yasunari Kawabata
  39. The Pianist - Wladyslaw Szpilman
  40. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon
  41. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
  42. The Coffeehouse Investor - Bill Schultheis
  43. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
  44. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
  45. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
  46. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
  47. I Married a Communist - Philip Roth
  48. The Master of Go - Yasunari Kawabata
  49. Caesar and Cleopatra - George Bernard Shaw
  50. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
  51. Empire Falls - Richard Russo
  52. The Music Room - Dennis McFarland
  53. Lindbergh - A. Scott Berg
  54. The Alchemist - Paolo Coehlo
  55. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
  56. The Lance and the Shield - Robert Utley
  57. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
  58. The Shadow of the Sun - Ryszard Kapuscinski
  59. Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
  60. An Empire of Wealth - John Steele Gordon
  61. Androcles and the Lion - George Bernard Shaw
  62. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  63. Heartbreak House - George Bernard Shaw
  64. The Year of Jubilo - Howard Bahr
  65. My American Journey - Colin Powell
  66. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
  67. A Reporter's Life - Walter Cronkite
  68. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  69. Straight Man - Richard Russo

The books I read in 2004:

  1. Failure is Not an Option - Gene Kranz
  2. Last Picture Show - Larry McMurtry
  3. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
  4. Death of Sweet Mister - Daniel Woodrell
  5. Plays - Anton Chekhov
  6. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids - Kenzobauro Oe
  7. Shipping News - Annie Proulx
  8. Vendor of Sweets - RK Narayan
  9. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  10. Summer of '49 - David Halberstam
  11. Arms and the Man - George Bernard Shaw
  12. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  13. The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad
  14. How to Be Good - Nick Hornby
  15. Neuromancer - William Gibson
  16. Big Fish - Daniel Wallace
  17. Staircase of a Thousand Steps - Masha Hamilton
  18. Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
  19. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
  20. Mysteries of Pittsburgh - Michael Chabon
  21. A Model World - Michael Chabon
  22. Werewolves in Their Youth - Michael Chabon
  23. Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon
  24. A Good Life - Ben Bradlee
  25. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
  26. Emma - Jane Austen
  27. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. The Theban Plays - Sophocles
  29. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  30. Beauty & Sadness - Yasunari Kawabata
  31. Dreamtigers - Jorge Luis Borges
  32. The Iceman Cometh - Eugene O'Neill
  33. Krapp's Last Tape - Samuel Beckett
  34. Endgame - Samuel Beckett
  35. Vietnam - Stanley Karnow
  36. Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
  37. Candide - Voltaire
  38. Founding Brothers - Joseph Ellis
  39. The Plague - Albert Camus
  40. Herzog - Saul Bellow
  41. Confessions of a Mask - Yukio Mishima
  42. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
  43. The English Teacher - R.K. Narayan
  44. Candida - George Bernard Shaw
  45. American Sphinx - Joseph Ellis
  46. What Kind of Nation - James Simon
  47. Pere Goriot - Honore Balzac
  48. Patriots - A.J. Langguth
  49. Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky
  50. Barabbas - Par Lagerkvist
  51. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  52. Robert Kennedy - Evan Thomas
  53. A Death in the Family - James Agee
  54. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  55. Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
  56. The Sound of the Mountain - Yasunari Kawabata
  57. If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino
  58. Bearing the Cross - David Garrow
  59. The Subjection of Women - John Stuart Mill
  60. The Green Mile - Stephen King
  61. Benjamin Franklin - Walter Isaacson
  62. The Two Gentlemen of Verona - William Shakespeare
  63. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
  64. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
  65. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  66. The City and the Stars - Arthur Clarke
  67. A Fine and Private Place - Peter Beagle
  68. The Comedy of Errors - William Shakespeare
  69. The Last Unicorn - Peter Beagle
  70. D-Day - Stephen Ambrose
  71. Crime & Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
  72. Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
  73. The Pastures of Heaven - John Steinbeck
  74. The Moon is Down - John Steinbeck
  75. Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
  76. Too Late the Phalarope - Alan Paton
  77. Citizen Soldiers - Stephen Ambrose
  78. Voyage in the Dark - Jean Rhys
  79. Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton
  80. A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul
  81. All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
  82. Hard Times - Charles Dickens
  83. Agamemnon - Aeschylus
  84. The Libation Bearers - Aeschylus
  85. The Euminides - Aeschylus
  86. The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes
  87. A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
  88. Across the Nightingale Floor - Liam Hearn
  89. Grass For His Pillow - Liam Hearn

The books I read in 2003:

  1. Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. White Noise - Dom DeLillo
  4. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  5. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  6. A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
  7. Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen
  8. Ghosts - Henrik Ibsen
  9. The Master Builder - Henrik Ibsen
  10. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
  11. The Black Flower - Howard Bahr
  12. The Gift of Stones - Jim Crace
  13. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  14. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
  15. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
  16. The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
  17. Solaris - Stanislaw Lem
  18. Euthyphro - Plato
  19. Apology - Plato
  20. Crito - Plato
  21. The Spirit of the Age - John Stuart Mill
  22. On Liberty - John Stuart Mill
  23. The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
  24. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  25. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  26. Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev
  27. Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
  28. To America - Stephen Ambrose
  29. Mask of Command - John Keegan
  30. Band of Brothers - Stephen Ambrose
  31. O Pioneers! - Willa Cather
  32. Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow
  33. Whiteness of Bones - Susanna Moore
  34. John Adams - David McCullough
  35. When Character Was King - Peggy Noonan
  36. Day of Infamy - Walter Lord
  37. Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
  38. The Coffeehouse Investor - Bill Schultheis
  39. The Four Pillars of Investing - William Bernstein
  40. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
  41. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Song of the Lioness - Tamora Pierce
  43. Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon