Mid-Year Reading

Over the last few years, I’ve posted mega-lists of works I’m either just starting to chew on or digesting. I’ve tried to write about this more frequently this year. I decided I’d also do a set of mid-year lists of favorites so far.

General Favorites 2017–So Far

Books that left traces.

Fiction

Einstein’s Dreams: Alan Lightman
Hamlet
: William Shakespeare
Labyrinths
: Jorge Luis Borges
Marigold
: Troy James Weaver
The Marriage Plot
: Jeffrey Eugenides
My Antonia
: Willa Cather
Oliver Twist
: Charles Dickens
One Hundred Years of Solitude
: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Pickwick Papers
: Charles Dickens
The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories
: Bruno Schulz
Too Loud a Solitude
: Bohumil Hrabal
The Underground Railroad
: Colson Whitehead
Visions:
Troy James Weaver
Witchita Stories
: Troy James Weaver

 

Nonfiction

Auto/Biography
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
: James Weldon Johnson
Jim Henson: The Biography
: Brian Jay Jones
Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America
: Natalie Goldberg

Psychology/Philosophy/Education
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
: Neil Postman
Beyond Freedom and Dignity
: BF Skinner
Embedded Formative Assessment:
Dylan Wiliam
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
: Albert Camus
Practicing Peace in Times of War
: Pema Chödrön
The Story of Philosophy
: Will Durant
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
: Frances E. Jensen
A Whole New Mind: Dan Pink

Essays/Criticism
Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Essays, 1979-1985
: Adrienne Rich
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays:
Zadie Smith

Film
The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film: Michael Ondaatje
Halloween (Devil’s Advocates):
Murray J.D. Leeder
Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film
: Carol J. Clover

 

Art/Comics

The Best American Comics 2014
The Cage:
Martin Vaughn-James
Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic:
Alison Bechdel
Paper Girls, Vol 1
: Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson
Paul in the Country
: Michel Rabagliati
Set to Sea:
Drew Weing
The Worst Breakfast:
China Miéville and Zak Smith

 

Poetry

All the Poems: Muriel Spark
Dark City
: Charles Bernstein
Magic City Gospel
: Ashley M. Jones
Off Message
: Joel Brouwer
Selected Poems, 1954-1986
: Tomas Tranströmer
Short Talks: Brick Books Classics I
: Anne Carson
The White Stones
: J. H. Prynne
A Woman of Property
: Robyn Schiff

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