January 30, 2014

books

* = good
** = really freaking good

2016
1. anthony doerr: all the light you cannot see

2015

1. george saunders: tenth of december
2. james mcbride: the good lord bird **
3. chad harbach: the art of fielding *
4. ernest cline: ready player one
5. kate atkinson: life after life
6. natalie goldberg: long quiet highway
7. renata adler: speedboat
8. sarah waters: the paying guests
9. lucy grealy: autobiography of a face
10. robin sloane: mr. penumbra's 24-hour bookstore
11. eula biss: on immunity
12. nadia bolz-weber: accidental saints: 
13. vendela vida: the diver's clothes lie empty
14. kate dicamillo: the miraculous journey of edward tulane
15. lawrence wright: going clear

2014

1. james dashner: the maze runner
2. susan patron: the higher power of lucky
3. jon krakauer: into the wild *
4. christopher mcdougall: born to run
5. james dashner: the scorch trials
6. margaret atwood: maddaddam
7. gillian flynn: gone girl
8. sunny haralson: beauty tips for the bereaved **
9. elizabeth gilbert: eat, pray, love
10. jeanne duprau: the prophet of yonwood
11. jeanne duprau: the diamond of darkhold
12. james dashner: the death cure [aside: this is possibly the worst book I've ever read]
13. veronica roth: divergent
14. nora ephron: heartburn
15. veronica roth: insurgent
16. jenny offill: dept. of speculation *
17. veronica roth: allegiant [second prize for worst book ever read]
18. naomi novik: his majesty's dragon
19. jhumpa lahiri: the lowland *
20. eleanor catton: the luminaries *
21. joshua ferris: then we came to the end
22. naomi novik: throne of jade
23. adam johnson: the orphan-master's son *
24. naomi novik: black powder war
25. rivka galchen: atmospheric disturbances

2013

1. lauren groff: the monsters of templeton
2. margaret atwood: the year of the flood
3. lars kepler: the hypnotist
4. patrick rothfuss: the name of the wind
5. kathryn stockett: the help
6. julian barnes: the sense of an ending
7. jeanne duprau: the city of ember
8. paula mclain: the paris wife
9. laura hillenbrand: unbroken: a world war II story of survival, resilience, and redemption **
10. jeanne duprau: the people of sparks
11. r.j. palacio: wonder
12. mary ann shaffer & annie barrows: the guernsey literary and potato peel society
13. sara gruen: water for elephants
14. gretchen rubin: the happiness project [horrible]
15. oliver sacks: the mind's eye
16. c.s. lewis: the horse and his boy
17. emma donoghue: room *
18. karen joy fowler: we are all completely beside ourselves

2012

1. george r.r. martin: a clash of kings
2. george r.r. martin: a storm of swords
3. stieg larsson: the girl who played with fire
4. john & mary gribbin: galileo in 90 minutes
5. suor maria celeste & dava sobel: letters to father: suor maria celeste to galileo, 1623-1633
6. george r.r. martin: a feast for crows
7. stieg larsson: the girl who kicked the hornet's nest
8. tea obreht: the tiger's wife 
9. lauren groff: delicate edible birds *
10. piper kerman: orange is the new black: my year in a women's prison
11. rebecca skloot: the immortal life of henrietta lacks
12. abraham verghese: cutting for stone
13. ali smith: there but for the *
14. karen spears zacharias: the silence of mockingbirds
15. rudyard kipling: the jungle book
16. marilynne robinson: gilead **
17. george r.r. martin: a song of ice and fire: a dance with dragons
18. c.s. lewis: till we have faces: a myth retold *
19. cheryl strayed: tiny beautiful things: advice on love and life from dear sugar
20. madeleine l'engle: a wrinkle in time
21. madeleine l'engle: a wind in the door
22. madeleine l'engle: a swiftly tilting planet
23. madeleine l'engle: many waters
24. ursula le guin: lavinia
25. margaret atwood: oryx and crake
26. rebecca stead: when you reach me
27. cheryl strayed: torch
28. leanne shapton: swimming studies **
29. cheryl strayed: wild: from lost to found on the pacific crest trail **

2011

1. betty smith: joy in the morning
2. jean thompson: who do you love
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3. cory doctorow: down and out in the magic kingdom
4. p.g. wodehouse: my man jeeves
5. d.h. lawrence: the rainbow
6. david grann: the lost city of z
7. isaac bashevis singer: shosha
8. karen pryor: don't shoot the dog! the new art of teaching and training
9. jason tesar: the awakened: part one
10. laura whitcomb: a certain slant of light
11. thich nhat hanh: true love
12. george r.r. martin: a game of thrones: a song of ice and fire
13. mike foster: gracenomics
14. malcolm gladwell: what the dog saw, and other adventures [it turns out I kind of hate malcolm gladwell?]
15. suzanne collins: the hunger games
16. suzanne collins: catching fire
17. suzanne collins: mockingjay
18. stieg larsson: the girl with the dragon tattoo
19. malcolm gladwell: blink: the power of thinking without thinking

2010

1. david wroblewski: the story of edgar sawtelle
2. lydia miller: love in infant monkeys
3. judith ortiz cofer: the meaning of consuelo
4. azar nafisi: reading lolita in tehran
5. mark rashid: whole heart, whole horse
6. james crumley: the last good kiss
7. tao te ching, stephen addiss & stanley lombardo, trans.
8. anthony crossley: training the young horse
9. norman mailer: the executioner's song
10. richard brautigan: an unfortunate woman
11. madeleine l'engle: and both were young
12. neil gaiman: american gods
13. kate douglas smith wiggin: rebecca of sunnybrook farm
14. jeremy butterfield: damp squid: the english language laid bare
15. ronlyn domingue: the mercy of thin air
16. anna gavalda: I wish someone were waiting for me somewhere
17. sloane crosley: I was told there'd be cake