Reading list

What I'm reading, and what I loved best, year by year


In late 2016, a friend asked how many books I'd read during the year. I couldn't remember, and I didn't like that feeling very much. Retroactively, I was able to put together a decent list of the books I'd read that year, but I know I missed quite a few. For 2017 and beyond, I hope to keep a list of the books I've read, that I plan to read, and which were my favorites.

Favorite books of each year are marked in bold.


Currently reading:

  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu


  • Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
  • The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky
  • Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste 3 Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere), Lisa Cron
  • Hide, Matthew Griffin
  • The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life, John Le Carre
  • The Singer's Gun, Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Unseen World, Liz Moore
  • Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead


  • The Tetris Effect: The Game That Hypnotized the World, Dan Ackerman
  • Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Girl in the Road, Monica Byrne
  • Moonglow, Michael Chabon
  • The Wangs vs. the World, Jade Chang
  • The Queen of the Night, Alexander Chee
  • Leaving Orbit: Notes From the Last Days of American Spaceflight, Margaret Lazarus Dean
  • The Turner House, Angela Flournoy
  • In the Woods, Tana French
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
  • Monterey Bay, Lindsay Hatton
  • The Nix, Nathan Hill
  • The Wanderers, Meg Howrey
  • The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Fortune Smiles, Adam Johnson
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, Erik Larson
  • The Russia House, John Le Carre
  • The Storyteller, Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature, Meredith Maran
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
  • The Good Lord Bird, James McBride
  • Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin, Catherine Merridale
  • Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
  • The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht
  • Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi
  • A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
  • Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, Benjamin Percy
  • A Hundred Thousand Worlds, Bob Proehl
  • Everybody's Fool, Richard Russo
  • Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, Peter Stark
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson


  • Marrow Island, Alexis M. Smith
  • My Documents, Alejandro Zambra
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Wait for Signs, Craig Johnson
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle (re-read)
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno, Anthony Marra
  • Every Anxious Wave, Mo Daviau
  • Escape Clause, John Sandford
  • Extreme Prey, John Sandford
  • Night School, Lee Child
  • A Burglar's Guide to the City, Geoff Manaugh
  • To the Bright Edge of the World, Eowyn Ivey
  • Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday, Debbie Graber
  • The Hours Count, Jillian Cantor
  • The Flood Girls, Richard Fifield
  • Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, Elizabeth Greenwood
  • Suspicion, Joseph Finder
  • Life Among the Savages, Shirley Jackson
  • Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout, Philip Connors
  • A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams, Michael Pollan
  • The Charm School, Nelson DeMille
  • In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook, Jessica Hische
  • Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love, Matt Logelin
  • Contact, Carl Sagan (re-read)
  • The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity, Louise DeSalvo
  • Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, Dani Shapiro
  • All the Old Knives, Olen Steinhauer
  • Get in Trouble, Kelly Link
  • Iron Lake, William Kent Krueger