The books I read in 2019

This is a potentially incomplete list of all the books I remember reading last year. I was going to put it on Twitter a few weeks ago, but nah. Why should Twitter get all the good stuff?

So, in no particular order:

  • Everything Matters – Ron Currie
  • The Blurry Years – Eleanor Kriseman
  • Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  • Dirty Boulevard: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Lou Reed
  • Tales from Nowhere – Lonely Planet
  • Homesick for Another World – Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Love is a Mix Tape – Rob Sheffield
  • Cool Gray City of Love – Gary Kamiya
  • The Incendiaries – R.O. Kwon
  • Hark – Sam Lipsyte
  • 1Q84* – Haruki Murakami
  • Solaris* – Stanislaw Lem
  • Bukowski in a Sundress – Kim Addonizio
  • The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States – Jeffrey Lewis
  • A Thousand Distant Radios – Woody Skinner
  • Severance – Ling Ma
  • The White Album – Joan Didion
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost – Rebecca Solnit
  • The Taxidermist’s Catalog – James Brubaker
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle – George V. Higgins
  • Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem
  • The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells – Andrew Sean Greer 
  • Bartleby – Herman Melville
  • Benito Cereno – Herman Melville
  • No Longer At Ease – Chinua Achebe
  • Favorite Monster – Sharma Shields
  • They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us – Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink – Elvis Costello
  • All the Sad Young Literary Men – Keith Gessen
  • Florida – Lauren Goff
  • Appointment in Samarra – John O’Hara
  • The Power of Point of View – Alicia Rasley
  • Story Genius – Lisa Cron
  • To Show and To Tell – Phillip Lopate
  • Bitches Brew – George Grella Jr.
  • Live at the Apollo – Douglas Volk

The last two on this list are those little 33 1/3 books published by Bloomsbury; if you’re a music lover and a particular kind of nerd, you should check them out. They’re tons of fun.

The three before that are writing craft books. I feel like I read more than just three of those last year; I should make a point to read more of them this year.

The books with an asterisk are ones I didn’t finish and probably won’t try to in the future.

As far as the rest of the list goes, there were a few re-reads (the Melville, the Didion and the Higgins), but I’m trying not to revisit many books these days, since there are so so so many out there that I want to read but haven’t. For 2020 I’d like to get the number of female authors up a bit, and I’d definitely like the next edition of this list to be less white.

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