Books I Read This Year

I believe book collections say so much about a person. From these you can glean: curious, irreverent, nerdy

Books I read in 2011
Books I read in 2012
Books I read in 2013
Books I read in 2014
Books I read in 2015
Books I read in 2016
Books I read in 2017
Books I read in 2018
Books I read in 2019
Books I read in 2020
Books I read in 2021
Books I read in 2022

When I initially began this project, my intent was to try to fit more books into my busy life and to gain a little encouragement by seeing my lists grow. It was more successful than I expected it would be, and I have been reading many more books than I expected to be able to. My second goal was to help gain a better breadth of genres, so I will continue to try to improve that aspect. Please drop a recommendation into the comments if you know of a book that should be read!

Full disclosure:

Most of the time I read audio books on my iPhone. I love you, audible.com! Though I value holding a book above all other forms of reading, it isn’t practical in my life.  Always the multitasker, I read stories (and listen to APM, BBC, and other podcasts) while washing dishes, working in the garden, driving, mowing the lawn, going for a run, folding clothes. An unexpected bonus is that I now look forward to folding the laundry and washing dishes! Another bonus is that I am able to enjoy the impressive voice talents of many narrators. It adds an important dimension to books that I haven’t experienced before.

The following are books I read so far this year. If you want to see what I read in other years, hit the links above.

  1. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. I reviewed it in 2020, but reading it again because I read the first ones.
  2. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabriel Zevin.

11 thoughts on “Books I Read This Year

  1. Gee, someone who reads much the same things I do. Would like to recommend a couple of Japanese novels that I absolutely love: “Deep River” by Shusaku Endo and my all-time favorite read, “The Old Capital” by Yasunari Kawabata. I read Kawabata’s novel once a year and always find the writing wonderful. If I ever could write something like that, I would be so happy I would just die. That’s the way my mama would put it.

    1. Thanks for the recommended titles! I find it amusing that you say we read much the same thing, because my tastes are all over the place. but yes, you read Joyce and Kawabata annually, so you are making your case. 😉 I am curious to see what else Shusaku Endo would write, since Silence was so overwhelmingly pious. Are you a writer? Oh, of course you are; you have a blog. I guess I’ll get myself over there and read it!

  2. one of the reads in my life that truly hit home
    I didn’t read it until age 50
    If you haven’t crossed paths with it
    my vote would be don’t wait as long as I did .

    * The Road Less Traveled – M Scott Peck *

    Michael

  3. I was at “Laurelhurst Buds” when I saw the books I read at the top. How have I missed this all this time?? Well, you got me. If it’s funny, I’m all in. I’ll have to get to those last 2. I have the headboard stacked with to be read books and rarely do audio, which I should because I can’t see. 🙂 So now I’ll go back where I started and come back here for more later. Darn, more books. There will be some tech issues to be worked out living down in the hole here but I’ll make it work. Thanks for the reviews. BTW, fingers still crossed. 🙂

    1. Ooh, my 2015 list is so short, too, so I’m glad you found two that you like. Yes, they are both very funny. I have purchased multiple books that claim to be funny, and they usually only rise to the level of “amusing.” These two are FUNNY! I can loan you Hyperbole and a Half after we unpack.

      1. 🙂 Tech support had to rebuild my closet yesterday. The shelf started coming down. Something about too much weight. .;( Tuesday he hooked up his sisters stereo with surround sound and my rails are up the terraces. I’m a very good worker! ( pointer actually) 🙂

  4. Hi CMLove,

    Great set of books. Recently, due to the problems in the US and given my background, I read three books about refugees in Europe from about 1935 -1942. Ground level of a refugee experience. Martha Gellhorn’s A Stricken Field, Anna Seghers’ Transit, and finally Antal Szerb’s Journey by Moonlight. I worked with refugees and IDs for 25 years and what I see now is the same thing that has been going on for hundreds of years. I agree with you the root cause is racism with a touch of xenophobia to spice it up a bit. Also, I am reblogging your recent post. Nice writing. Good luck. Duke

    1. Hi Duke. I just now spotted your comment because I am belatedly updating my 2021 book list. I am sad but not surprised to hear that you have decided that refugees today are created the same way as refugees from any time in history. What’s your opinion of those three books? Would you recommend one over the others? I read a surprisingly chilling YA novel in 2019 called Internment, by Samira Ahmed. Chilling mostly because of how easy it was to believe that the apocalyptical United States portrayed could actually happen in a few years. This chilling reality is why The Hunger Games (also with refugees) freaked me out too. What is it with scaring the bejeebers out of our teens? haha.

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