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. 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).
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)