What I’ve Read This Year

Books in bold are superior favorites and end year top-ten candidates.

–January–
1. A Warning, Anonymous
2. How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman
3. The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg
4. The Guardians, John Grisham
5.  Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy,  Trita Parsi
6. The Most They Ever Had, Rick Bragg
7.  Welcome to Your Brain, Sandra Aamodt
8. Why is Sex Fun?, Jared Diamond
9. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, Frans de Waal
10. The Heart of the 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman
11. Men in Blue, W.E.B. Griffin
12. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
13.  Shiloh: A Novel, Shelby Foote
14.  The Secret Life of Cows, Rosamund Young
15. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning,  Margareta Magnusson

–February–
16. What Pastors Wish Their Church Members Knew, Denise George
17. The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman
18. The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis
19. The Pluto Files, Neil deGrasse Tyson
20. The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships, Susan Piver
21. The Fasting Cure, Upton Sinclair
22. The Slave Who Went to Congress, Frye Gaillard
23.  A Sand County Almanac; and Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold
24.  The Courageous Eight, William Waheed
25. The Complete Guide to Fasting, Jason Fung
26.  His Way: the Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra,  Kitty Kelley
27. The Planets: The Definitive Visual Guide to Our Solar System, Smithsonian Institute
28. Prague Fatale, Phillip Kerr
29. Braving the Elements: The Stormy History of American Weather, David Laskin
30. The Bodies in the Library, Marty Wingate
31. The Second Sleep, Robert Harris
32. The Ground Beneath Us,  Paul Bogard

–March–
33. The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie
34. American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins
35. The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis. (Reread)
36. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
37. Letters from an Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson
38. Are We There Yet? The American Automobile, Past Present and Driverless, Dan Albert
39. The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great, Benjamin Merkle
40. The True Soldier, Paul Fraser Collard
41. Will My Cat  Eat my Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death, Caitlin Doughty
42. American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793,  Jim Murphy
43. This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, Adam Kay
44. The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail, Oscar Martinez

–April–
45. Bonaparte’s Sons Richard Howard
46. Star Trek Discovery: Drastic Measures, Dayton Ward
47. Bilbo’s Last Song,  J.R.R. Tolkien (poem)
48. The Making of the British Army, Allan Mallinson
49.  The Warrior Queen: The Life and Legend of Aethelflaed, Joanna Arman
50. The Weather Machine:  A Journey Inside the Forecast, Andrew Blum
51.  The Bright Blue Sky, Max Hennessy
52. Cruel as the Grave,  Sharon Kay Penman
53.  A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages, Martyn Whitlock

–May–
54. Sideways Stories from Wayside School,  Louis Sachar (reread)
55. 18 Miles: The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere, Christopher Dewdney
56. Fasting: Spiritual Freedom Beyond our Appetites Lynn Baab,
57. The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Bill Bryson
58.  The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship between Violence and Virtue, Richard Wrangham
59. What the Robin Knows, Jon Young
60. The Mustering of the Hawks, Max Hennessy
61. The Science of Breaking Bad Donna Nelson
62. Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, Oliver Sacks
63. Never Home Alone: The Natural History of Where We Live, Rob Dunn
64. The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Life of Birds, Noah Strycker
65. The Lion at Sea, Max Hennessy
66. Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom, Louis Sachar

 

–June–
67.  Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel, Tom Wainwright
68. Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America,  Peter Andreas
69.  To Build a Castle: My Life as a Dissenter, Vladimir Bukovsky
70. Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Ripoff Artists, Frank Abanagle Jr
71.  Ruby Ridge:  The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family, Jess Walter
72. American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing,  Lou Michel
73. To Wake the Giant: A Novel of Pearl Harbor, Jeff Shaara
74. The United States of Beer, Dane Huckelbridge,
75.  Star Trek Voyager: Seven of Nine, Christie Golden
76.  Goosebumps #4: Say Cheese and Die!R.L. Stine
77. The Founding Fathers Guide to the US Constitution, Brion McClanahan
78. Er Ist Wieder Da /  Look Who’s Back!,  Timur Vermes

— July–
79. Star Trek Picard: Last Best Hope, Una McCormack
80. Star Trek Enterprise:  Uncertain Logic, Christopher L. Bennett
81. Clutter Free, Kathi Lipp
82. Waco: A Survivor’s Story, David Thibodeau
83. Stoicism and Western Buddhism, Patrick  Ussher
84. By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, Charles Murray
85. The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, Jason Fung
86. Gandhi on Non-Violence, Thomas Merton & Mohandas Gandhi
87. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan Peterson
88. Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist, Alston Chase
89. The Ethical Assassin, David Liss (Reread)
90. The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson
91. In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
92. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, James Luceno
93. Is Reality Optional? …and other Essays, Thomas Sowell
94. The End of October, Lawrence

–August–
95.  The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton
96. Sex and the Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind,  Anthony Esolen
97. How Dante Can Save Your Life, Rob Dreher
98. American Illiad: The Story of the Civil War, Charles Roland