Books I have read

I am stealing the idea and structure of this page from James Todd Rubin.  Bold titles indicate books I liked a lot. Blue titles indicate books I’ve read on the Kindle.  A after the title indicates a re-read of the book. I didn’t start this list until mid-2014.


  1. Self-Reliance and Other Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1/16/2017)
  2.  Where it Hurts, by Reed Farrel Coleman (1/25/2017)
  3. Deep Work, by Cal Newport (1/28/2017)
  4. Über Sebald, Uwe Schütte (ed.) 2/9/2017)
  5. Home, by Harlan Coben (2/12/2017)
  6. Saturn’s Moons, A W.G. Sebald Handbook (3/2/2017)
  7. Painted Ladies ^, by Robert B. Parker (3/11/2017)
  8. A Really Big Lunch, by Jim Harrison (3/12/2017)
  9. Mangrove Lightening, by Randy Wayne White (4/17/2017)
  10. Little White Lies, by Ace Atkins (a Spenser book)(5/2/2017)
  11. When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays, by Marilynne Robinson (5/7/2017)
  12. This Old Man, by Roger Angell (6/13)2017)
  13. Why I Came West, by Rick Bass (6/25/2017)
  14. Magic Hours: Essays On Creators and Creation, by Tom Bissell (7/1/2017)
  15. Der Namenlose Tag, by Friedrich Ani (7/15/2017)
  16. The Fallen, by Ace Atkins (7/21/2017)
  17. The Snowman, by Jo Nesbø (8/6/2017)
  18. Modern Homebrew Recipes: Exploring Styles and Contemporary Techniques, by Gordon Strong (11/4/2017)
  19. Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet, by Reed Farrel Coleman (11/5/2017)
  20. Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (11/11/2017) Cute book
  21. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, by Sherman Alexie (11/27/2017)
  22. The Green Ripper, by John D. MacDonald (12/23/2017)


  1. Robert B. Parker’s, The Devil Wins, by Reed Farrel Coleman (1/14/2016)
  2. Dalva,^ by Jim Harrison (1/15/2016) – One of my favorite books of all time
  3. Dead Man’s Float, by Jim Harrison (1/17/2016)  – latest book of poetry by my favorite writer
  4. Farmer, ^ by Jim Harrison (1/22/1016) – the book before his breakout book (Legends of the Fall)
  5. Taming a Sea-Horse^, by Robert B. Parker (1/25/2016)
  6. The Ancient Minstrel, by Jim Harrison (2/13/2016) – not his best. The last novella made me want to throw the book against the wall.
  7. The Girl in the Spider’s Web, by David Lagercrantz (2/23/2015) – Lagercrantz is no Stieg Larsson. Lisabeth Salander has been ‘humanized,’ which is a subtraction.
  8. Hadji Murat, by Leo Tolstoy (3/14/2016) – Tolstoy’s final work of fiction is a masterpiece.
  9. Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins  (5/6/2016) – I really liked this installment of Atkins’ continuation of Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” series.
  10. The Promise, by Robert Crais (6/6/2016) – another good outing in the Elvis Cole series.
  11. Der Einsame Engel, by Friedrich Ani (7/4/2016) – not as melancholy as some of the other Tabor Süden books.
  12. The Innocents, by Ace Atkins (7/17/2016) – left me wanting more.
  13. The Art of Fiction, by James Salter (7/19/2016) – 3 lectures Salter delivered at the University of Virginia as part of the Kapnick Lecture Series. Inspiring.
  14. You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott (9/14/2016) – After the first chapter, I was sucked in. Great beach read.
  15. Leavin’ Trunk Blues, by Ace Atkins (9/15/2016) – Second book in the Nick Travers series (early, early Atkins).
  16. The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare (12/13/2016)


1. The Big Seven, by Jim Harrison (1/12/2015)

2. Pale Grey for Guilt, ^ by John D. MacDonald (2/24/2015)

3. Personal, by Lee Child (3/1/2015)

4. River Swimmer,^ by Jim Harrison (3/17/2015)

5. The Charles Bowden Reader, by Charles Bowden (3/18/2015)

6. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard (3/24/2015)

7. Der Verschwundene Gast, by Friedrich Ani (3/27/2015)(Novella)

8. Family Honor^, by Robert B. Parker (5/19/2015)

9. Kickback, by Ace Atkins (5/19/2015)

10. My Friend Maigret, by Georges Simenon (6/28/2015)

11. The Martian, by Andy Weir (6/28/2015)

12. Süden und das verkehrte Kind^, by Friedrich Ani (7/19/2015)

13. The Redeemers, by Ace Atkins (7/27/2015)

14. Festival of Insignificance, by Milan Kundera (7/31/2015)

15. Latest Readings, by Clive James (8/30/2015)

16. The Stranger, by Harlen Coben (9/22/2015)

17. Hemingway in Love: His Own Story, by A.E. Hotchner (10/25/2015)

18. Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry, by Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser (11/5/2015)

19. The Sentry, by Robert Crais (12/20/2015)

20. Early Autumn^, by Robert B. Parker (12/22/2015)

21. Mortal Stakes^, by Robert B. Parker (12/31/2015)

Books I Read in 2014  (without date finished)

Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin, by Paul Cronin.

Johnny und Jean, by Teresa Präauer

Brown Dog, by Jim Harrison

Im Kopf von Bruno Schulz, by Maxim Biller

My Paris Kitchen, by David Lebovitz

Zur Freundlichen Erinnerung, by Oskar Maria Graf

Oral Pleasure: Kosinski as Storyteller, by Jerzy Kosinski

Phaedra, by Racine

Deceived, by Randy Wayne White

Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare

Doc Ford Country, by Randy Wayne White

Ruhlman’s Twenty, by Michael Ruhlman

Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi

Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, by Paul Hendrickson.

Cheapshot, by Ace Atkins

The Forsaken, by Ace Atkins

Gravesend, by William Boyle

Great Plains, by Ian Frazier

Spenser and Travis McGee: The Trafalgar Square Bomber, by Bill Rayburn

Show Your Work!, by Austin Kleon

The Gread Leader, by Jim Harrison ^

The Kid, by Ben Bradley

M, by Friedrich Ani

Süden und die Stimme der Angst, by Friedrich Ani (really depressing)


3 thoughts on “Books I have read

  1. Hi Harvey! I like the book list but I noticed one missing…
    I saw your post on Dialog International regarding Ayn Rand.
    I noticed you didn’t mention Atlas here… I am currently in search of Atlas wirft die Welt ab, especially first edition if possible. Would you still be interested in parting with it!?

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