New Books:

(Best to Worst)

  • Hawaii by James Michener
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashell Hammett
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfell
  • The Short Stories Vol. I by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • A Blueprint for Armageddon by Dan Carlin
  • Last Orders by Harry Turtledove
  • A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
  • The Uncuppling by Meg Wolitzer
  • The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
  • Seinfeldia by Jennifer Armstrong
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  • The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena by R.L. Stine*
  • American Peril by Dan Carlin
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neal DeGrass Tyson
  • Eyewitness Explorer by Rupert Matthews*
  • The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
  • Knots: Stories by Gunhild Øyehaug*
  • The High Window by Raymond Chandler
  • The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Dragonflight by Anne McCafferty
  • How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack by Chuck Sambuchino*
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Graham Smith
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Old Books:

  • This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly for Me) by Bruce McCall*
  • The Best of DFW by David Foster Wallace
  • The Secrets of the Gnomes by Rein Poortoliet*
  • The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • Scary Stories: to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz*
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Stories Read

There are a lot of exclusions in this list. I’ve actually read a total of 156+ non book length fictions this year (Flash Fiction, Short Story, Long Story, Novella), but the list below excludes stories reread, stories I helped work on in one way or another, and stories that were part of larger collections that I read and either finished plan on finishing soon. That boils down to 29 stories remaining (many of which are from the New Yorker… but not all)

  • Tossing and Turning by Calvin Trillin
  • Jimmy’s Fight Song by Rebecca Ellis
  • Mystery Novels Inspired by a Co-Working Space by Zain Khalid
  • Crazy They Call Me by Zadie Smith
  • Ladies Lunch by Lore Segal
  • The Hanging of Mary by Claudia Summers
  • A Small Flame by Yiyun Li
  • Fly Already by Etgar Keret
  • Seinfeld Episodes from the Point of View of the Girlfriends by Blythe Roberson
  • Crossing the River No Name by Will Mackin
  • Show Don’t Tell by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • A Love Story by Samantha Hunt
  • Cell Songs by Shoshana Sumrall Frerking
  • Love and Marriage and Love and Marriage by Nick Gregorio
  • Not So Fast Canada by Bruce McCall
  • Disaster E- by Dean Schtekil
  • Christina the Astonishing (1150-1224) by Kristin Valdes Quade
  • Future Usten Adaptations by Blythe Roberson
  • The Itch by Don DeLillo
  • Everything is So Far From Here by Cristina Henriquez
  • The Purple Swamp Hen by Penelope Lively
  • Abroad by Penelope Lively
  • The Row by Penelope Lively
  • Who Do You Think You Were by Penelope Lively
  • Old as the Hills by Penelope Lively
  • On the Half-Shell by Nick Gregorio
  • The Phoenix on the Sword by Robert E. Howard
  • Don’t Even Try Sam by William H. Gass
  • Soliloquy for a Chair by William H. Gass
  • Fangs of Gold by Robert E. Howard

Books Unfinished:

  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemsen (terrible)
  • The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories by Penelope Lively (Ehh)
  • Best American Short Stories 2016 (will finish early next year)
  • Good Grief by Nick Gregorio (will finish next year)
  • The Wise Man’s Fears by Patrick Rothfuss (will finish next year)
  • The Ultimate NES Guide Book by Pat Contri (will finish next year)