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What I Read in 2019: 65 Books

This is the sixth edition of my yearly reading list recap. After increasing my total number of books read each year for the first five years, this is the first time the number has decreased from the previous year (118 to 65, in this case). Either way, I apparently have read nearly 500 books over the last six years. During this “lighter” year that has just finished, most of what I read was quite enjoyable and worthy, but there were very few individual titles that I would add to my all-time favorites list. For what it’s worth, the longest title of the year was the colossal Les Miserables, which could easily count as five books. 

Paper or E-Books (26):

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Dalva by Jim Harrison

The Road Home by Jim Harrison

The Woman Lit by Fireflies by Jim Harrison

The Push by Tommy Caldwell

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

If Beale Street could Talk by James Baldwin

Judas by Amos Oz

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Plague by Albert Camus

The Fall by Albert Camus

At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

Brief Encounters with Che Guevara by Ben Fountain

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

Herzog by Saul Bellow

The Chapo Guide to Revolution by Chapo Trap House

Talking Back, Talking Black by John McWhorter

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Shame by Salman Rushdie

The Human Stain by Philip Roth

The Map of Knowledge by Violet Moller

Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman


Audiobooks (39): 

The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Dubois

Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson

Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

What Maisie Knew by Henry James

The American by Henry James

My Life: Provincial by Anton Chekhov

Beast in the Jungle by Henry James

Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche

Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche

Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Omoo by Herman Melville

I Malavogli by Giovanni Verga

Canne al Vento by Grazia Deledda

Il Principe by Niccolò Machiavelli

The Inheritors by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

Theological Political Treatise by Benedict Spinoza

Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed

Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Right Ho Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D’urbevilles by Thomas Hardy

The Man who was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

Youth by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad

The Point of Honor by Joseph Conrad

Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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