2018 COMPLETED LIST

Completed 2018 list with links to reviews.

This will be updated as reviews are completed, but please note, not all books will be reviewed.

  1. After the Quake
  2. The Age of Innocence
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  4. As I Lay Dying (To Be Reviewed)
  5. The Baron in the Trees (To Be Reviewed)
  6. Blood Meridian
  7. Circe (To Be Reviewed)
  8. The Crying of Lot 49
  9. Dark Matter
  10. East of Eden 
  11. Everything I Never Told You
  12. The Exorcist
  13. The Good Solider
  14. The Horse and His Boy
  15. In a Dark, Dark Wood
  16. Interpreter of Maladies (To Be Reviewed)
  17. Jagannath (To Be Reviewed)
  18. Less Than Zero
  19. The Madman
  20. The Magician’s Nephew
  21. The Man in the Brown Suit (To Be Reviewed)
  22. The Man Who Never Was (To Be Reviewed)
  23. A Mind to Murder 
  24. Mother Night (To Be Reviewed)
  25. The Murder at the Vicarage
  26. Murder on the Links
  27. The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  28. Nine Coaches Waiting
  29. The Nix (To Be Reviewed)
  30. The Remains of the Day
  31. The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
  32. Survivor
  33. The Thirty-Nine Steps
  34. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
  35. Tour de Force (To Be Reviewed)
  36. Tuesday’s with Morrie
  37. The Virgin Suicides
  38. Washington Square
  39. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love 
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2018 Listacular Recap

TOP FIVE:

Books Which Became a Part of My Heart

    1. East of Eden 
    2. The Nix (To Be Reviewed)
    3. Mother Night (To Be Reviewed)
    4. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love 
    5. Survivor

 

Books I’d Recommend to All Readers 

  1. After the Quake
  2. The Exorcist
  3. Circe (To Be Reviewed)
  4. Interpreter of Maladies (To Be Reviewed)
  5. Nine Coaches Waiting

Honorable Mentions

  1. The Baron in the Trees (To Be Reviewed)
  2. The Man in the Brown Suit (To Be Reviewed)
  3. Tour de Force (To Be Reviewed)
  4. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
  5. The Man Who Never Was (To Be Reviewed)

Books I’m Least Likely to Recommend

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie
  2. The Crying of Lot 49
  3. The Good Solider
  4. Jagganath (To Be Reviewed)
  5. As I Lay Dying (To Be Reviewed)

2017 Listacular Recap

TOP FIVE:

 

Books Which Became a Part of My Heart

  1. The African Queen
  2. Turtle Diary
  3. Stoner
  4. Into the Wild
  5. The Princess Bride

 

Books I’d Recommend to All Readers 

  1. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  2. The Shining
  3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  4. The Lord of the Rings
  5. Slaughterhouse Five

 

Honorable Mentions

  1. West
  2. The Joy Luck Club
  3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  4. Uncommon Type: Some Stories
  5. A Wrinkle in Time

 

Books I’m Least Likely to Recommend

  1. Rabbit, Run
  2. Darcula
  3. Moll Flanders
  4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  5. The Sandman

2017 List

Completed 2017 list with links to reviews (will be updated as I finish reviewing):

  1. The African Queen
  2. Cakes and Ale
  3. The Death of a Beekeeper
  4. Depression and Other Magic Tricks
  5. Dracula
  6. An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
  7. Factotum
  8. Fahrenheit 451
  9. The Fall
  10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  11. The Fellowship of the Ring
  12. The Golden Age
  13. Green for Danger
  14. The Handmaid’s Tale
  15. Howl and Other Poems
  16. In the Garden of Beasts
  17. Into the Wild
  18. Invisible Cities
  19. Invisible Monsters
  20. The Iron Age
  21. The Joy Luck Club
  22. A Life in Parts
  23. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  24. Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett
  25. Moll Flanders
  26. A Moveable Feast
  27. Mrs. Fletcher
  28. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  29. My Man Jeeves
  30. No Country for Old Men
  31. Northanger Abbey
  32. Of Love and Other Demons
  33. The Palace of Dreams
  34. Persepolis
  35. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  36. The Princess Bride
  37. Rabbit, Run
  38. The Return of the King
  39. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
  40. The Shining
  41. The Silent Gondoliers
  42. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  43. Slaughterhouse-Five
  44. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  45. Stoner
  46. The Strangler Vine
  47. The Thing Around Your Neck
  48. Turtle Diary
  49. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
  50. The Two Towers
  51. Uncommon Type: Some Stories
  52. West
  53. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
  54. The Wind in the Willows
  55. A Wrinkle in Time

 

That time when the movie was as good as the book…

In honor of the climax of award season, here is a list of (some of) my favorite books to film:

  1. Fight Club – Ed Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter bring to life Chuck Palahniuk’s greatest work. A brilliant mind warp. I’d say more. But. The first rule of fight club is…
  2. American Psycho – …speaking of brilliant mind warps. Christian Bale was born to play Bret Easton Ellis’ perfectly psychotic Patrick Bateman. An on screen performance that still gives me chills, and a novel which brings to light the pitfalls of a materialistic society. Oh. And one of my favorite reviews (click herefrom last year.
  3. The Hunger Games Trilogy – I don’t read a ton of YA, but Suzanne Collins killed it (no pun intended) with The Hunger Games, and the screen versions did the books justice. Fantastic acting all around, and Mockingjay was actually improved on film.
  4. Election – The first of Tom Perrotta’s novels to be brought to a movie theater near you. A quirky piece of literature that leant itself masterfully to the big screen. The intertwining narratives, high school politics, and midlife crises, made for unique and poignant film experience. Reese Witherspoon’s interpretation of Tracy Flick went beyond my wildest dreams. 
  5. Little Children – My favorite of Tom Perrotta’s novels to be brought to a movie theater near you. Perrotta’s mastery of narrative jumping is executed flawlessly on screen in this exploitation of suburban living. Stand out performances from Kate Winslet (bae), and Jackie Earle Haley. The last paragraph of the novel still makes me cry.

 

Look out for a new review on Wednesday!

2016 Listacular Recap

TOP FIVE:

 

Books Which Became a Part of My Heart

  1. Furiously Happy
  2. The Tao of Pooh
  3. The Sun Also Rises
  4. If on a winter’s night a traveler
  5. The Little Prince

 

Books I’d Recommend to All Readers 

  1. All the Light We Cannot See
  2. Station Eleven
  3. Call for the Dead/A Murder of Quality
  4. The Redemption of Galen Pike
  5. Cat’s Cradle

 

Honorable Mentions

  1. American Psycho
  2. The Old Man and the Sea
  3. The Gods, the Little Guys, and the Police
  4. The Dwarf
  5. Shantytown

 

Books I’m Least Likely to Recommend

  1. Notes from Underground
  2. Frankenstein
  3. The Sound of Things Falling
  4. Another Roadside Attraction
  5. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window…

2016 List

HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH LINKS TO REVIEWS 

  1. All the Light We Cannot See
  2. American Psycho
  3. Another Roadside Attraction
  4. Ariel
  5. The Bird Artist
  6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  7. Call for the Dead
  8. Cannery Row
  9. Cat’s Cradle
  10. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  11. The Count of Monte Cristo
  12. Dear Mr. You
  13. The Dwarf
  14. Emma
  15. Frankenstein
  16. Furiously Happy
  17. The Girl on the Train
  18. The Gods, the Little Guys, and the Police
  19. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  20. Henrietta Who
  21. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
  22. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
  23. An Improvised Life
  24. In the Woods
  25. The Invention of Curried Sausage
  26. Leave it to Psmith
  27. The Little Prince
  28. Mrs Dalloway
  29. Murder Fantastical
  30. A Murder of Quality
  31. Nine Inches
  32. Notes from Underground
  33. The Old Man and the Sea
  34. Perelandra
  35. The Pew Group
  36. The Plague
  37. Rashomon
  38. The Redemption of Galen Pike
  39. The Road
  40. The Screwtape Letters
  41. Shantytown
  42. Silk
  43. The Sound of Things Falling
  44. Station Eleven
  45. Stiff
  46. The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
  47. The Sun Also Rises
  48. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
  49. The Tao of Pooh
  50. Tess of the D’Ubervilles
  51. The Transmigration of Bodies
  52. Tribe
  53. The Turn of the Screw
  54. Ways of Going Home
  55. The Wisdom of Insecurity