Books

I recently discovered that Goodreads has a feature which allows you to export your books into a neat .csv file. If it’s of interest, here are my books from the last seven years or so of me being literate (I’m not including anything pre-Charlotte’s Web or so, since I doubt anyone will be served by learning of my six-year-old self’s obsession with Geronimo Stilton): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oOAvMoISrBFrswSKCopomFr0-Nr19rB0o_qdlzMp9-Q/edit?usp=sharing.

As well, below I’ve compiled some of my more recent books and older books which I particularly enjoyed, for interest.

2020 (thus far)

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • Physics and Philosophy by Werner Heisenberg
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
  • Free Will by Sam Harris
  • Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky
  • What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel
  • On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • The Best of Roald Dahl by Roald Dahl (short stories)
  • The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • L’Étranger by Albert Camus
  • Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
  • Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Man vs. Beast by Robert Muchamore
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

2019

  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  • Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • Divine Madness by Robert Muchamore
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • United We Stand by Eric Walters
  • We All Fall Down by Eric Walters
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel
  • Blackhawk Down by Mark Bowden
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
  • The Long Walk by Richard Bachman
  • The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt
  • The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
  • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
  • The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
  • Peak by Roland Smith
  • Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva
  • The Forever Letter by Elana Zaiman
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe
  • The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald
  • Swear to Howdy by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
  • Thunderhead by Neil Shusterman
  • How Democracies Die: What Our History Reveals About Our Future by Steven Levitsky
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Dry by Neil Shusterman
  • Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer
  • This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  • Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • Ethics in the Real World: 86 Brief Essays on Things that Matter by Peter Singer
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Memorable Books from 2018 and Before (not nearly a comprehensive account)

Before the academic and social pressures of high school began, I read many books. Being the socially inept and hopelessly nerdy person I was (am?), there were in fact several hundred. However, I don’t think the list of 600 or so books will be of any particular use to anyone (though if it is, it can be found in the spreadsheet linked near the top of this page). Therefore, for utility I have narrowed the list down to a small selection of books that I thought were especially worthwhile, loosely categorised under a few headings.

Books I read 7 times or more because I think that’s a good test of literary appeal

  • The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne
  • The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  • The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
  • Meet the Austins by Madeline L’Engle
  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
  • The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
  • The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

Particularly memorable nonfiction books targeted towards adults, which made me feel Incredibly Sophisticated as a eight-year-old reader

  • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
  • Red Notice by Bill Browder
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The End of Faith by Sam Harris
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
  • Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
  • Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Code Book by Simon Singh
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Time to Dance, a Time to Die: The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518 by John Waller

Classics that I liked, because as archaic as they might be, I’ve found them useful (defining this as books which lots of people regard as intellectually significant, not necessarily books which are old)

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Phanton Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Other books which I remember distinctly and were influential in some way

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Floors by Patrick Carman
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
  • The Poetry of Robert Frost by Robert Frost
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • True by Katherine Hannigan
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpugo
  • Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
  • Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders by Kevin Sylvester
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

 

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