Torea Frey

Editor, writer, photographer, observer on the street.

2017 in books

Where will the pages take me now?

  1. Everything Leads to You, Nina La Cour
  2. We Could Be Beautiful, Swan Huntley
  3. Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple
  4. Hold Still, Nina La Cour
  5. The Red Car, Marcy Dermansky
  6. The Baker's Daughter, Sarah McCoy
  7. Frog Music, Emma Donoghue 
  8. Comet in Moominville, Tove Jansson 
  9. Jane Steele, Lyndsay Faye
  10. Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  11. Raymie Nightingale, Kate DiCamillo
  12. Girls on Fire, Robin Wasserman
  13. Disclaimer, Renee Knight
  14. The Portable Veblen, Elizabeth Mckenzie
  15. The Real Liddy James, Anne-Marie Casey
  16. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Dominic Smith
  17. The Assistants, Camille Perri
  18. The Dollhouse, Fiona Davis
  19. The Excellent Lombards, Jane Hamilton (in progress)

2016 in books

It's always good to read.

  1. A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin 
  2. The White Road: Journey Into an Obsession, Edmund de Waal
  3. Anne of Avonlea, Lucy Maud Montgomery
  4. Saint Mazie, Jami Attenberg
  5. Cultural Amnesia, Clive James
  6. Pretty Is, Maggie Mitchell
  7. The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
  8. The Improbability of Love, Hannah Rothschild
  9. Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own, Kate Bolick
  10. Mislaid, Nell Zink
  11. Outline, Rachel Cusk
  12. The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henriquez
  13. A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World, Rachel Cantor 
  14. Positive Discipline, Jane Nelson
  15. Forty Rooms, Olga Grushin
  16. Springtime: A Ghost Story, Michelle de Kretser
  17. Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward
  18. In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India, Edward Luce
  19. The Royal We, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
  20. A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
  21. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
  22. American Housewife, Helen Ellis
  23. The Lost Time Accidents, John Wray
  24. Mythologies, Roland Barthes
  25. The Arrangement, Ashley Warlick
  26. Little Labors, Rivka Galchen
  27. Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Diane Williams
  28. A Cure for Suicide, Jesse Ball
  29. The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan 
  30. A Book of Simple Living, Ruskin Bond
  31. The Bling Ring, Nancy Jo Sales
  32. In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume
  33. The Folded Clock, Heidi Julavits
  34. Edinburgh, Alexander Chee 
  35. We Are Our Brains, D. F. Swaab
  36. Joe Gould's Teeth, Jill Lepore
  37. The Lonely City, Olivia Laing
  38. The Children's Home, Charles Lambert
  39. The Girls, Emma Cline
  40. Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett
  41. Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion 
  42. Second Nature, Alice Hoffman
  43. One Hundred Twenty-One Days, Michele Audin
  44. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O'Farrell
  45. Betsy-Tacy, Maud Hart Lovelace
  46. The Book of Speculation, Erika Swyler 
  47. Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Maud Hart Lovelace
  48. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, Maud Hart Lovelace
  49. Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, Maud Hart Lovelace
  50. Ways to Disappear, Idra Novey
  51. Outside Lies Magic, John Stilgoe
  52. Some of my Lives, Rosamond Bernier
  53. The Tumbling Turner Sisters, Juliette Fay
  54. Hold Still, Sally Mann
  55. The Gilded Years, Karin Tanabe
  56. The After Party, Anton DiSclafani

 

2015 in books

What's on my shelf this year? Here's a glimpse at the titles I've read:

  1. Rainey Royal, Dylan Landis
  2. Hurry Down Sunshine, Michael Greenberg
  3. Perfect Madness, Judith Warner
  4. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Andrew Sean Greer 
  5. The Wallcreeper, Nell Zink 
  6. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, Anton DiSclafani
  7. City of Ash, Megan Chance
  8. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  9. The Word Exchange, Alena Graedon
  10. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  11. Ugly Girls, Lindsay Hunter 
  12. Love Slave, Jennifer Spiegel
  13. After Birth, Elisa Albert
  14. Smart Girls Get What They Want, Sarah Strohmeyer 
  15. Under the Wide and Starry Sky, Nancy Horan
  16. The Book of Dahlia, Elisa Albert
  17. Never Mind, Edward St Aubyn
  18. Bad News, Edward St Aubyn
  19. Some Hope, Edward St Aubyn
  20. Mother's Milk, Edward St Aubyn 
  21. At Last, Edward St Aubyn
  22. Follow Me, Joanna Scott
  23. Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
  24. Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh 
  25. The Sellout, Paul Beatty
  26. A Guide to Being Born, Ramona Ausubel 
  27. 1913: The Year Before the Storm, Florian Illies 
  28. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, Helen Grant 
  29. Almost Famous Women, Megan Mayhew Bergman 
  30. Adam, Ariel Schrag 
  31. The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante
  32. The Heiresses, Sara Shepard
  33. Help for the Haunted, John Searles
  34. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon---And the Journey of a Generation, Sheila Weller 
  35. Dark Rooms, Lili Anolik 
  36. Five Women, Rona Jaffe
  37. The Adderall Diaries, Stephen Elliott
  38. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  39. Bringing Up Bebe, Pamela Druckerman
  40. Turtle Diary, Russell Hoban
  41. Life Among the Savages, Shirley Jackson
  42. Raising Demons, Shirley Jackson
  43. Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky 
  44. On Immunity, Eula Biss 
  45. This One Is Mine, Maria Semple 
  46. The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
  47. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
  48. 10:04, Ben Lerner
  49. Happily Ever After, Harriet Evans
  50. Dear Daughter, Elizabeth Little
  51. The Bad Seed, William March
  52. A History of Food in 100 Recipes, William Sitwell
  53. Comet in Moominland, Tove Jansson
  54. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak 
  55. Nurture Shock, Po Bronson 
  56. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara 
  57. Unbecoming, Rebecca Scherm
  58. Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum
  59. Between Lives, Dorothea Tanning
  60. The Star Side of Bird Hill, Naomi Jackson 
  61. Between You and Me, Mary Norris
  62. Far From the Tree, Andrew Solomon 
  63. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  64. Bluets, Maggie Nelson
  65. Ana of California, Andi Teran 
  66. The Suicide of Claire Bishop, Carmiel Banasky
  67. Love and Other Way of Dying, Michael Paterniti
  68. Find Me, Laura van den Berg
  69. Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh
  70. Dietland, Sarai Walker
  71. Founding Grammars, Rosemarie Ostler
  72. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, Jonathan Evison
  73. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  74. Local Girls, Caroline Zancan
  75. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, Anna North 
  76. Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper, Hilary Liftin
  77. Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins

2014 in books

The titles I read, as I read them.

  1. Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary
  2. Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York, Kathy Peiss
  3. Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, William Dalrymple
  4. Glaciers, Alexis M. Smith
  5. Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger
  6. They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Horace McCoy
  7. The Red Leather Diary, Lily Koppel
  8. The Oracle of Stamboul, Michael David Lukas
  9. The Listeners, Leni Zumas
  10. Imperfect Birds, Anne Lamott
  11. Songlines, Bruce Chatwin
  12. Machine Dreams, Jayne Anne Phillips
  13. Notes from No Man's Land, Eula Biss
  14. It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Work by Women Artists & Writers, Lisa Pearson, ed.
  15. Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin
  16. Women Against Men, Storm Jameson
  17. Behind the Burly Q, Leslie Zemeckis and Blaze Starr
  18. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Karen Russell
  19. Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner
  20. The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson
  21. Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
  22. Cat's Eye, Margaret Atwood
  23. The Crack-Up with Other Pieces and Stories, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  24. West with the Night, Beryl Markham 
  25. Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link
  26. My Life in Middlemarch, Rebecca Mead
  27. The Maytrees, Annie Dillard
  28. Twins, Marcy Dermansky
  29. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  30. I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron
  31. Save Yourself, Kelly Braffet
  32. Wide Eyed, Trinie Dalton
  33. Music for Torching, A. M. Homes 
  34. Practical Jean, Trevor Cole 
  35. A Book of One's Own: People and their Diaries, Thomas Mallon
  36. The Mammoth Book of Street Art, JAKe (ed.)
  37. Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
  38. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos & Don'ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures, Dona M. Wong
  39. The Locusts Have No King, Dawn Powell
  40. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
  41. The Odditorium, Melissa Pritchard
  42. Bark, Lorrie Moore
  43. Varieties of Disturbance, Lydia Davis
  44. Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson  
  45. Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov
  46. Fair Play, Tove Jansson 
  47. Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth 
  48. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler 
  49. The Bachelor of Arts, R. K. Narayan
  50. Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A. S. King
  51. Summer Will Show, Sylvia Townsend Warner
  52. The Lady in Gold, Anne-Marie O'Connor 
  53. Every Day is for the Thief, Teju Cole
  54. Me and Fat Glenda, Lila Perl
  55. Mr. Fortune's Maggot, Sylvia Townsend Warner
  56. The Salutation, Sylvia Townsend Warner
  57. Wildmen, Wobblies, and Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook's Lowbrow Northwest, ed. Brian Booth
  58. The Good Lord Bird, James McBride
  59. Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
  60. Serve it Forth, MFK Fisher
  61. Consider the Oyster, MFK Fisher
  62. The Gastronomical Me, MFK Fisher
  63. Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill
  64. Stoner, John Williams
  65. The Summer Book, Tove Jansson
  66. A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg
  67. A Dark Adapted Eye, Ruth Rendell 
  68. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg
  69. The Blue of Her Body, Sara Greenslit 
  70. Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle, Murray Morgan
  71. Artful, Ali Smith
  72. The Fig Eater, Jody Shields
  73. Expecting Better, Emily Oster
  74. The Borrower, Rebecca Makkai
  75. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote
  76. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  77. O Pioneers!, Willa Cather
  78. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  79. Dramarama, E. Lockhart
  80. Green Girl, Kate Zambreno
  81. The Art Forger, B. A. Shapiro
  82. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  83. The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
  84. 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas, Marie-Helene Bertino
  85. Tortoise by Candlelight, Nina Bawden
  86. A Partial History of Lost Causes, Jennifer duBois
  87. Betsy-Tacy, Maud Hart Lovelace
  88. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  89. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, Elizabeth Smart
  90. The Assumption of the Rogues & Rascals, Elizabeth Smart
  91. Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Maud Hart Lovelace
  92. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, George Saunders
  93. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, Maud Hart Lovelace
  94. Landline, Rainbow Rowell 
  95. Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, Maud Hart Lovelace
  96. Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott
  97. The Talented Miss Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
  98. Crapalachia, Scott McClanahan
  99. Heaven to Betsy, Maud Hart Lovelace 
  100. A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel
  101. The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison
  102. California, Edan Lepucki
  103. The Fallback Plan, Leigh Stein

  104. Provence, 1970: MFK Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste, Luke Barr

  105. Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell

  106. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, Steven Pinker

  107. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell 

  108. Lizard Music, Daniel Pinkwater

  109. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
  110. 20th Century Ghosts, Joe Hill
  111. Almost No Memory, Lydia Davis
  112. Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi
  113. Ask the Passengers, A. S. King
  114. What Was Lost, Catherine O'Flynn
  115. The Life in the Studio, Nancy Hale
  116. Attachments, Rainbow Rowell
  117. The Home-Maker, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  118. The Mistress's Daughter, A. M. Homes 
  119. Saturn's Return to New York, Sara Gran
  120. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, A. S. King
  121. An Invisible Sign of My Own, Aimee Bender
  122. How to Get Into the Twin Palms, Karolina Waclawiak
  123. Wolf in White Van, John Darnielle
  124. The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch
  125. The Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown
  126. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  127. The Happiest Baby on the Block, Harvey Karp
  128. Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes
  129. The Fever, Megan Abbott 
  130. Great Granny Webster, Caroline Blackwood
  131. Daughters of the North, Sarah Hall
  132. The Transcriptionist, Amy Rowland 
  133. Betsy in Spite of Herself, Maud Hart Lovelace
  134. Amy Falls Down, Jincy Willett
  135. The Girls from Corona Del Mar, Rufi Thorpe
  136. The Hundred-Year House, Rebecca Makkai 
  137. The Woman Who Borrowed Memories, Tove Jansson
  138. Can't and Won't, Lydia Davis
  139. Black Dahlia, James Ellroy

Miles, 2014

A running log of the miles I've walked, jogged, etc., in 2014.

January: 202

February: 220

March: 260

April: 301

May: 280

June: 246

July: 245

August: 233

September: 213

October: 245

November: 227

December: 208

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2014 total: 2,880

2013 in books

What I read, as I read it. (Note: 2013 is "the Year of Reading Proust," and I'm playing along on Goodreads; this will likely drastically reduce the number of books I read on the whole, but I'm psyched to finally go In Search of Lost Time.)

  1. Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple
  2. Blindness, Henry Green
  3. Monsieur Proust's Library, Anka Muhlstein
  4. The Great War and Modern Memory, Paul Fussell
  5. Tenth of December, George Saunders
  6. This is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange
  7. Orchids on Your Budget, Marjorie Hillis
  8. The Book of Blood and Shadow, Robin Wasserman
  9. Nine Months, Paula Bomer
  10. Zazen, Vanessa Veselka
  11. It's Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini
  12. Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
  13. Witch Baby, Francesca Lia Block
  14. Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Francesca Lia Block
  15. Missing Angel Juan, Francesca Lia Block
  16. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
  17. The Fifty Year Sword, Mark Z. Danielewski
  18. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust
  19. How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran
  20. HHhH, Laurent Binet
  21. Battleborn, Claire Vaye Watkins
  22. Stream of Life, Clarice Lispector
  23. How Literature Saved My Life, David Shields
  24. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
  25. School for Love, Olivia Manning
  26. May We Be Forgiven, A. M. Homes
  27. Dora, Lidia Yuknavitch
  28. Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross
  29. Fever, Mary Beth Keane
  30. Baby Be-Bop, Francesca Lia Block
  31. Wallflower at the Orgy, Nora Ephron
  32. Turn, Magic Wheel, Dawn Powell
  33. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
  34. Vaclav and Lena, Haley Tanner
  35. A Thousand Morons, Quim Monzo 
  36. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
  37. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain
  38. Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner
  39. Mary Coin, Marisa Silver
  40. If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland
  41. Bitter Bitch, Maria Sveland
  42. Dare Me, Megan Abbott
  43. Within a Budding Grove, Marcel Proust
  44.  Bright's Passage, Josh Ritter 
  45. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler
  46. Errantry, Elizabeth Hand
  47. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson
  48. Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, Christine Byl
  49. Where I Was From, Joan Didion
  50. The Assumption of the Rogues & Rascals, Elizabeth Smart
  51. The Little Disturbances of Man, Grace Paley
  52. The Cove, Ron Rash
  53. The Magic Circle, Jenny Davidson
  54. Speedboat, Renata Adler
  55. Loitering With Intent, Muriel Spark
  56. The Lost Art of Walking, Geoff Nicholson 
  57. Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing, Elaine Showalter  
  58. Matilda, Roald Dahl
  59. The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, Kathleen Alcott
  60. Threats, Amelia Gray
  61. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  62. Giving Up the Ghost, Eric Nuzum
  63. The Cranes Dance, Meg Howrey
  64. Pitch Dark, Renata Adler
  65. The Fat Woman's Joke, Fay Weldon
  66. The Vanishers, Heidi Julavits 
  67. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  68. The Guermantes Way, Marcel Proust 
  69. Black Light, Elizabeth Hand
  70. Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored, Mary Gabriel 
  71. Big Brother , Lionel Shriver
  72. Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi
  73. The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
  74. Stay Awake, Dan Chaon
  75. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  76. Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones
  77. The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
  78. Tampa, Alissa Nutting 
  79. The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit
  80. Schroder, Amity Gaige 
  81. The Faster I Walk The Smaller I Am, Kjersti A. Skomsvold 
  82. Inside, Alix Ohlin
  83. The Panopticon, Jenni Fagan
  84. The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer  
  85. The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence 
  86. Understood Betsy, Dorothy Canfield
  87. We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo
  88. The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes 
  89. The Zodiac Arch, Freya Stark  
  90. Sodom and Gomorrah, Marcel Proust  
  91.  Night Film, Marisha Pessl
  92. Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks
  93. The Lola Quartet, Emily St. John Mandel
  94. The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector 
  95. Alice Fantastic, Maggie Estep
  96. A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit 
  97. The Heart Broke In, James Meek
  98. The Book Borrower, Alice Mattison 
  99. Manifestoes of Surrealism, Andre Breton
  100. Gods Without Men, Hari Kunzru
  101. The Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud
  102. Passing, Nella Larsen
  103. The Color Master, Aimee Bender
  104. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  105. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
  106. The Residue Years, Mitchell S. Jackson
  107. The Captive, Marcel Proust
  108. Moonwalking With Einstein, Joshua Foer  
  109. People Round the Corner, Thyra Samter Winslow 
  110. Blood in the Parlor, Dorothy Dunbar 
  111. Five Star Billionaire, Tash Aw 
  112. The Narrow House, Evelyn Scott
  113. White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi 
  114. Anarchism is Not Enough, Laura Riding 
  115. Sleeveless Errand, Norah C. James 
  116. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson 
  117. Run, Ann Patchett
  118. The Fugitive, Marcel Proust  
  119. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
  120. Come Closer, Sara Gran
  121. The Assassin from Apricot City: Reportage from Turkey, Witold Szablowski
  122. The Complete Short Stories, Agnes Owens 
  123. Winner of the National Book Award, Jincy Willett
  124. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  125. Looking for Alaska, John Green
  126. Dope, Sara Gran
  127. The Box Garden, Carol Shields
  128. You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, Katharine Harmon
  129. Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran
  130. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
  131. Time Regained, Marcel Proust 
  132. How to Talk to Practically Anybody About Practically Anything, Barbara Walters
  133. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  134. Lucretia and the Kroons, Victor LaValle
  135. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
  136. The Tracey Fragments, Maureen Medved
  137. The Lifted Veil, George Eliot
  138. Serena, Ron Rash

Miles, 2013

A neurotic listing of miles run, walked, ellipticalled, what have you, in 2013.

January: 206

February: 214

March:  267

April: 301

May:  253

June: 286

July: 263

August: 267

September: 284

October: 318

November: 249

December: 207

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Total: 3,110

2012 in books

Books that I've read, as I read them! So many books, so little time.

  1. The Effect of Living Backwards, Heidi Julavits
  2. Betsy in Spite of Herself, Maud Hart Lovelace
  3. What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going, Damion Searls
  4. Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta
  5. The Colossus of New York, Colson Whitehead
  6. The Fountain Overflows, Rebecca West 
  7. Betsy and Joe, Maud Hart Lovelace
  8. I Married You for Happiness, Lily Tuck
  9. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  10. Betsy and the Great World, Maud Hart Lovelace
  11. Betsy's Wedding, Maud Hart Lovelace
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  13. Carney's House Party, Maud Hart Lovelace
  14. No One Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July
  15. Winona's Pony Cart, Maud Hart Lovelace
  16. The Map of Time, Felix J. Palma 
  17. Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  18. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  19. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, Stephen Crane
  20. The Deepening Stream, Dorothy Canfield
  21. Treasure Island!!!, Sara Levine
  22. Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
  23. The Colors of Infamy, Albert Cossery
  24. Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World, Sara Vowell
  25. The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
  26. Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan
  27. Phases of an Inferior Planet, Ellen Glasgow
  28. The Magician King, Lev Grossman 
  29. The Hare With Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal
  30. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner 
  31. Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace
  32. Pointed Roofs, Dorothy Richardson
  33. The Zookeeper's Wife, Diane Ackerman
  34. Amsterdam Stories, Nescio
  35. My Next Bride, Kay Boyle 
  36. The Hangman's Daughter, Oliver Potsch
  37. Mary Olivier: A Life, May Sinclair
  38. Marking the Sparrow's Fall, Wallace Stegner 
  39. The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them, Elif Batuman
  40. The Luminist, David Rocklin 
  41. New Grub Street, George Gissing
  42. The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience, J. S. Holliday
  43. Half Empty, David Rakoff 
  44. The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell
  45. When I Was A Child I Read Books, Marilynne Robinson 
  46. Hope: A Tragedy, Shalom Auslander 
  47. Lightning Rods, Helen DeWitt
  48. Adam Bede, George Eliot
  49. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates 
  50. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
  51. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  52. Miss Lulu Bett, Zona Gale 
  53. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo 
  54. Friendship Village, Zona Gale
  55. The Newlyweds, Nell Freudenberger
  56. The Easter Parade, Richard Yates
  57. Best Russian Short Stories, various authors 
  58. In the Mountains, Elizabeth von Arnim
  59. The Children's Book, A. S. Byatt
  60. Talion, Mary Maddox 
  61. Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, Diana Athill 
  62. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Aimee Bender
  63. Howards End, E. M. Forster 
  64. The Artist of Disappearance, Anita Desai 
  65. The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold, Kate Bernheimer
  66. Miss Fuller, April Bernard
  67. The Californians, Gertrude Atherton 
  68. As If A Bird Flew By Me, Sara Greenslit
  69. What Dreams May Come, Gertrude Atherton
  70. My Ears Are Bent, Joseph Mitchell
  71. Anywhere But Here, Mona Simpson
  72. Queen Lucia, E. F. Benson 
  73. As a Friend, Forrest Gander
  74. Ayiti, Roxane Gay 
  75. Emily of Deep Valley, Maud Hart Lovelace 
  76. How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, Arnold Bennett
  77. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain 
  78. The End of Everything, Megan Abbott
  79. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot 
  80. The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson 
  81. The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector 
  82. A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers
  83. On Top of the World: Five Women Explorers in Tibet, Luree Miller
  84. Household Stories, Brothers Grimm (trans. Lucy Crane) 
  85. The Raising, Laura Kasischke 
  86. Maida's Little Shop, Inez Haynes Gillmore 
  87. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  88. Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll
  89. The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy
  90. Light Woman, Zona Gale
  91. Dracula, Bram Stoker 
  92. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  93. Angel Island, Inez Haynes Gillmore
  94. Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  95. Mosses from an Old Manse, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  96. Selected short stories, Edgar Allan Poe
  97. The Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells
  98. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells 
  99. The Best of Everything, Rona Jaffe 
  100. The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker
  101. Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  102. Champagne Days of San Francisco, Evelyn Wells
  103. Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  104. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury 
  105. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter 
  106. The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson
  107. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  108. Little Brother, Cory Doctorow 
  109. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling
  110. Sorry Please Thank You, Charles Yu 
  111. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
  112. The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken, Terry Teachout
  113. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
  114. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville 
  115. The House Without Windows, Barbara Newhall Follett 
  116. A Cordiall Water: A Garland of Odd and Old Receipts to Assuage the Ills of Man and Beast, MFK Fisher
  117. Arcadia, Lauren Groff
  118. How to Cook a Wolf, MFK Fisher
  119. Swim for the Little One First, Noy Holland
  120. Love in a Dish, MFK Fisher
  121. The Brimming Cup, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  122. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store, Robin Sloan
  123. Hong Kong, Jan Morris 
  124. How Should a Person Be?, Sheila Heti
  125. The Most Dangerous Thing, Laura Lippman
  126. Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
  127. The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
  128. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  129. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  130. The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin, Idries Shah
  131. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

2011 in books

Watch it grow, watch it change!

  1. The Modulor, Le Corbusier
  2. The Metropolis Case, Matthew Gallaway
  3. Various Antidotes, Joanna Scott
  4. American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, Karen Abbott
  5. The Outward Room, Millen Brand
  6. The Book of Happiness, Nina Berberova, trans. Marian Schwartz
  7. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
  8. The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester 
  9. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  11. Tourmaline, Joanna Scott
  12. Sag Harbor, Colson Whitehead
  13. What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, Laura van den Berg
  14. The Taste of Penny, Jeff Parker
  15. Hackenfeller's Ape, Brigid Brophy
  16. Further Adventures in Our Restless Universe, Dawn Raffel
  17. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
  18. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Kevin Wilson
  19. A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  20. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo 
  21. The Lodger, Marie Belloc-Lowndes
  22. Naked Sleeper, Sigrid Nunez
  23. The Entire Predicament, Lucy Corin
  24. Girl From Yamhill, Beverly Cleary
  25. You Lost Me There, Rosencrans Baldwin
  26. Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, Deb Olin Unferth
  27. Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
  28. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  29. Tiger, Tiger, Margaux Fragoso
  30. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale
  31. Other People We Married, Emma Straub
  32. The Clash of Images, Abdelfattah Kilito
  33. Visitation, Jenny Erpenbeck
  34. The Jokers, Albert Cossery
  35. Half A Life, Darin Strauss
  36. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
  37. Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson
  38. The Sleepwalker, Margarita Karapanou
  39. Old New York, Edith Wharton
  40. The Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer
  41. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson
  42. There Is No Year, Blake Butler
  43. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, Terry Ryan
  44. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Lorrie Moore
  45. The Last Little Blue Envelope, Maureen Johnson
  46. Slammerkin, Emma Donoghue
  47. The Hours, Michael Cunningham
  48. The Girl With the Brown Fur, Stacey Levine
  49. Pirate Talk or Mermalade, Terese Svoboda
  50. Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
  51. Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
  52. The Great Frustration, Seth Fried
  53. The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, Alina Bronsky
  54. The Singer's Gun, Emily St. John Mandel
  55. Just Kids, Patti Smith
  56. The Quality of Life Report, Meghan Daum
  57. The Consequence of Skating, Steve Gillis
  58. Shoplifting From American Apparel, Tao Lin
  59. Native Speaker, Chang-rae Lee
  60. So Much Pretty, Cara Hoffman
  61. Girl Factory, Jim Krusoe
  62. Open City, Teju Cole
  63. Us, Michael Kimball
  64. Bury Me Deep, Megan Abbott
  65. I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Sloane Crosley
  66. I'd Know You Anywhere, Laura Lippman
  67. Model Home, Eric Puchner
  68. The Information, James Gleick
  69. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
  70. Personal Days, Ed Park
  71. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  72. The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead
  73. The Distance Between Us, Masha Hamilton
  74. The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, Jessica Anya Blau
  75. The Fates Will Find Their Way, Hannah Pittard
  76. Postcards from a Dead Girl, Kirk Farber
  77. Horse, Flower, Bird, Kate Bernheimer
  78. Daughters of the Revolution, Carolyn Cooke
  79. The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters, Timothy Schaffert
  80. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson
  81. Heaven to Betsy, Maud Hart Lovelace
  82. Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms, Carmela Ciuraru
  83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  84. On Elegance While Sleeping, Viscount Lascano Tegui (trans. Idra Novey)
  85. The Money Class, Suze Orman
  86. A Little Book of Language, David Crystal
  87. Once Upon A River, Bonnie Jo Campbell
  88. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  89. Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam
  90. We the Animals, Justin Torres
  91. After Claude, Iris Owens
  92. Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language, Robert McCrum
  93. The Journey's Echo, Freya Stark
  94. The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
  95. The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht
  96. The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  97. Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi
  98. The Story-Teller, Patricia Highsmith
  99. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession, Allison Hoover Bartlett
  100. The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmad 
  101. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  102. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  103. The Private Lives of Trees, Alejandro Zambra
  104. Candide, Voltaire
  105. Betsy Was a Junior, Maud Hart Lovelace
  106. The Wilder Life, Wendy McClure
  107. The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither, Isabella Bird
  108. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  109. The Scholar and the Dragon, Stella Kon
  110. Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Richard Rhodes 
  111. Betsy-Tacy, Maud Hart Lovelace
  112. Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Maud Hart Lovelace
  113. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
  114. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, Maud Hart Lovelace
  115. Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, Maud Hart Lovelace
  116. Suicide, Edouard Levé (trans. Jan Steyn)
  117. The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson
  118. Mystery and Manners, Flannery O'Connor

2010 in books

With little comment, and in no particular order, the books that fed my brain between January and December 2010 (favorites bolded):

  1. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Nick Flynn
  2. Sacred Games, Vikram Chanda
  3. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
  4. Lush Life, Richard Price
  5. Sunset Park, Paul Auster
  6. The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
  7. Like Life, Lorrie Moore
  8. Lit, Mary Karr
  9. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore
  10. Flaubert's Parrot, Julian Barnes
  11. Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker
  12. Rumpus Women, compilation
  13. C, Tom McCarthy
  14. The Street of Crocodiles, Bruno Schulz
  15. My Dog Tulip, JR Ackerley
  16. Make Believe, Joanna Scott
  17. The Manikin, Joanna Scott
  18. The Black Minutes, Martin Solares
  19. Half Life, Shelley Jackson
  20. The Places in Between, Rory Stewart
  21. Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
  22. A Short History of Women, Kate Walbert
  23. Lowboy, John Wray
  24. You Are Here, Meenakshi Madhavan
  25. The White Mary, Kira Salak
  26. Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk
  27. The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  28. Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
  29. Fugitives and Refugees, Chuck Palahniuk
  30. The 42nd Parallel, John Dos Passos
  31. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
  32. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  33. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  34. The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson
  35. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larsson
  36. Room, Emma Donoghue
  37. The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, Thomas Mullen
  38. Possible Side Effects, Augusten Burroughs
  39. A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  40. Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane
  41. Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
  42. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
  43. Bad Marie, Marcy Dermansky
  44. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
  45. Bright-Sided, Barbara Ehrenreich
  46. Ghosted, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
  47. Kapitoil, Teddy Wayne
  48. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  49. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  50. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  51. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Mario Vargas Llosa
  52. The Coast of Akron, Adrienne Miller
  53. The Vagrants, Yiyun Li
  54. Moth Smoke, Mohsin Hamid
  55. The Territory of Men, Joelle Fraser
  56. Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault
  57. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  58. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, Geoff Dyer
  59. The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
  60. Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon
  61. War, Sebastian Junger
  62. A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
  63. The Ask, Sam Lipsyte
  64. Little Bee, Chris Cleave