“We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”
― Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Since I embarked on my  Great Books Project during law school, my life has been enhanced in immeasurable ways by a renewed devotion to reading. Well, not entirely immeasurable, since I have kept track of every book I have read since 2003.

The books I have read thus far in 2017:

  1. The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen
  2. Moonglow – Michael Chabon
  3. News of the World – Paulette Jiles
  4. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
  5. The Nix – Nathan Hill
  6. Here I Am – Jonathan Safran Foer
  7. The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen
  8. The North Water – Ian McGuire
  9. A Savage War – Williamson Murray
  10. The Turner House – Angela Flournoy
  11. Landscape Turned Red – Stephen Sears
  12. The March – E.L. Doctorow
  13. Gettysburg – Stephen Sears
  14. The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara
  15. Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
  16. The Vegetarian – Han Kang
  17. Human Acts – Han Kang
  18. American War – Omar El Akkad
  19. The Cubs Way – Tom Verducci
  20. God Help the Child – Toni Morrison
  21. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  22. Foundation and Earth – Isaac Asimov
  23. Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  24. American Ulysses – Ronald White
  25. Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  26. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  27. Washington Square – Henry James

The books I read in 2016:

  1. Gateway to Freedom – Eric Foner
  2. King of the World – David Remnick
  3. Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally
  4. The Big Bam – Leigh Montville
  5. Luckiest Man – Jonathan Eig
  6. Green on Blue – Elliot Ackerman
  7. Age of Ambition – Evan Osnos
  8. The Butcher’s Trail – Julian Borger
  9. Papa Bear – Jeff Davis
  10. Franklin and Winston – Jon Meacham
  11. The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe
  12. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  13. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
  14. Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
  15. SPQR – Mary Beard
  16. The Martian – Andy Weir
  17. The Summer Before the War – Helen Simonson
  18. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  19. Ghettoside – Jill Leovy
  20. Bobby Kennedy – Larry Tye
  21. Being Nixon – Evan Thomas
  22. Believer – David Axelrod
  23. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  24. This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! – Jonathan Evison
  25. The Wrong Side of Darkness – Michael Connelly
  26. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  27. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  28. Bush – Jean Edward Smith
  29. The Second World War – Antony Beevor
  30. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

The books I read in 2015:

  1. Fives and Twenty-Fives – Michael Pitre
  2. The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers
  3. Redeployment – Phil Klay
  4. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  5. Home – Marilynne Robinson
  6. Lila – Marilynne Robinson
  7. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  8. Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill
  9. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
  10. A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall – Will Chancellor
  11. An Untamed State – Roxane Gay
  12. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami
  13. The Children Act – Ian McEwan
  14. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  15. A Strange and Sublime Address – Amit Chaudhuri
  16. Afternoon Raag – Amit Chaudhuri
  17. My Name is Asher Lev – Chaim Potok
  18. The Prestige – Christopher Priest
  19. A Darkness More Than Night – Michael Connelly
  20. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  21. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  22. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
  23. A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest Gaines
  24. The Painter – Peter Heller
  25. City of Bones – Michael Connelly
  26. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  27. Lost Light – Michael Connelly
  28. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  29. The Cider House Rules – John Irving
  30. The Narrows – Michael Connelly
  31. The Closers – Michael Connelly
  32. The Natural – Bernard Malamud
  33. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving – Jonathan Evison
  34. The Wright Brothers – David McCullough
  35. The Blind Side – Michael Lewis
  36. The Fiery Trial – Eric Foner
  37. Michael Jordan – Roland Lazenby
  38. Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf
  39. Reagan – H.W. Brands
  40. Waging Heavy Peace – Neil Young
  41. Over the Edge of the World – Laurence Bergreen
  42. Moneyball – Michael Lewis
  43. Bruce – Peter Ames Carlin
  44. Ramblin’ Man – Ed Cray
  45. Echo Park – Michael Connelly
  46. The Overlook – Michael Connelly
  47. The Brass Verdict – Michael Connelly
  48. Sutton – J.R. Moehringer
  49. Nine Dragons – Michael Connelly
  50. The Reversal – Michael Connelly
  51. The Drop – Michael Connelly
  52. The Black Box – Michael Connelly
  53. The Burning Room – Michael Connelly
  54. Call for the Dead – John le Carré
  55. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  56. Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
  57. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  58. Wool – Hugh Howey
  59. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
  60. Purity – Jonathan Franzen
  61. To the End of the Land – David Grossman
  62. The Tsar of Love and Techno – Anthony Marra
  63. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  64. The Secret Chord – Geraldine Brooks
  65. Fortune Smiles – Adam Johnson
  66. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  67. The Crossing – Michael Connelly
  68. The Bully Pulpit – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  69. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth – Christopher Scotton
  70. Destiny and Power – Jon Meacham

The books I read in 2014:

  1. A Hologram for the King – Dave Eggers
  2. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  3. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  4. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  5. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  6. Johnny Cash – Robert Hilburn
  7. Monsters – Rich Cohen
  8. The Black Echo – Michael Connelly
  9. A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
  10. The Good Lord Bird – James McBride
  11. The Cove – Ron Rash
  12. Arik – David Landau
  13. The Fixer – Bernard Malamud
  14. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia – Mohsin Hamid
  15. Days of Fire – Peter Baker
  16. The Black Ice – Michael Connelly
  17. The Concrete Blonde – Michael Connelly
  18. William Cooper’s Town – Alan Taylor
  19. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  20. An Army at Dawn – Rick Atkinson
  21. My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
  22. The Last Coyote – Michael Connelly
  23. The Day of Battle – Rick Atkinson
  24. The Guns at Last Light – Rick Atkinson
  25. 1491 – Charles Mann
  26. Trunk Music – Michael Connelly
  27. John Quincy Adams – Fred Kaplan
  28. Angels Flight – Michael Connelly
  29. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  30. Righteous Victims – Benny Morris
  31. The Book of Unknown Americans – Cristina Henriquez
  32. This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper
  33. The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
  34. My Promised Land – Ari Shavit
  35. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – Ron Hansen
  36. John Brown, Abolitionist – David Reynolds
  37. Invincible – Amy Lawrence
  38. The Martian – Andy Weir
  39. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  40. Wonderland – Stacey D’Erasmo

The books I read in 2013:

  1. Spring Snow – Yukio Mishima
  2. Runaway Horses – Yukio Mishima
  3. The Temple of Dawn – Yukio Mishima
  4. The Decay of the Angel – Yukio Mishima
  5. Louis D. Brandeis – Melvin Urofsky
  6. Baltasar and Blimunda – Jose Saramago
  7. The Stone Raft – Jose Saramago
  8. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing – John Bogle
  9. The Elements of Investing – Burton Malkiel
  10. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  11. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  12. Such a Long Journey – Rohinton Mistry
  13. Learned Hand – Gerald Gunther
  14. The Risk Pool – Richard Russo
  15. The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
  16. Scorpions – Noah Feldman
  17. Benediction – Kent Haruf
  18. In Spite of the Gods – Edward Luce
  19. Hugo Black – Roger Newman
  20. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name – Vendela Vida
  21. King Leopold’s Ghost – Adam Hochschild
  22. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  23. Wild Bill – Bruce Allen Murphy
  24. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
  25. Chief Justice – Ed Cray
  26. Justice Brennan – Seth Stern
  27. Thurgood Marshall – Juan Williams
  28. The Outpost – Jake Tapper
  29. Immortality – Milan Kundera
  30. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  31. The Admirals – Walter Borneman
  32. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra
  33. Cooked – Michael Pollan
  34. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
  35. Guests of the Ayatollah – Mark Bowden
  36. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  37. The Blood of Heaven – Kent Wascom
  38. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
  39. Revolutionary Summer – Joseph Ellis
  40. Transatlantic – Colum McCann
  41. The Son – Philipp Meyer
  42. Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor – Richard Beeman
  43. The Flamethrowers – Rachel Kushner
  44. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  45. Angel in the Whirlwind – Benson Bobrick
  46. Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
  47. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  48. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
  49. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  50. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  51. The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker
  52. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  53. Thomas Jefferson – Jon Meacham
  54. Mary Coin – Marisa Silver
  55. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  56. The Unwinding – George Packer
  57. The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
  58. Legacy of Ashes – Tim Weiner
  59. The Healing – Jonathan Odell
  60. Enemies – Tim Weiner
  61. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
  62. A Terrible Glory – James Donovan
  63. Stillness and Speed – Dennis Bergkamp
  64. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
  65. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
  66. The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
  67. The English Girl – Daniel Silva

The books I read in 2012:

  1. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Robert E. Lee – Emory Thomas
  3. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  4. Grant – Jean Edward Smith
  5. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  6. A. Lincoln – Ronald White
  7. The Odyssey – Homer
  8. Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth – Donna Gershten
  9. The Family Fang – Kevin Wilson
  10. The Greek Achievement – Charles Freeman
  11. Carthage Must Be Destroyed – Richard Miles
  12. 11/22/63 – Stephen King
  13. The Aeneid – Virgil
  14. Metamorphoses – Ovid
  15. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  16. How Rome Fell – Adrian Goldsworthy
  17. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky – Heidi Durrow
  18. Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  19. Catherine the Great – Robert Massie
  20. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
  21. All the Devils Are Here – Betheny McLean
  22. The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
  23. Arguably – Christopher Hitchens
  24. The Hand That Once Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell
  25. Investing Made Simple – Mike Piper
  26. A People’s Tragedy – Orlando Figes
  27. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  28. Home – Toni Morrison
  29. Boy’s Life – Robert McCammon
  30. A History of Twentieth-Century Russia – Robert Service
  31. Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  32. A World Undone – G.J. Meyer
  33. Correcting the Landscape – Marjorie Kowalski Cole
  34. Hitler: 1889-1936 – Ian Kershaw
  35. The Book of Dead Birds – Gayle Brandeis
  36. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain
  37. Hitler: 1936-1945 – Ian Kershaw
  38. Inferno – Max Hastings
  39. West of Here – Jonathan Evison
  40. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – Alice Munro
  41. Running the Rift – Naomi Benaron
  42. Eisenhower in War and Peace – Jean Edward Smith
  43. The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson
  44. Walking with the Wind – John Lewis
  45. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  46. The Great Bridge – David McCullough
  47. Mudbound – Hillary Jordan
  48. The House of Morgan – Ron Chernow
  49. Titan – Ron Chernow
  50. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
  51. Mr. Sammler’s Planet – Saul Bellow
  52. The Spectator Bird – Wallace Stegner
  53. The Forever War – Dexter Filkins
  54. Last Lion – Peter Canellos
  55. Game Change – John Heilemann
  56. Howards End – E.M. Forster
  57. The Round House – Louise Erdrich
  58. Telegraph Avenue – Michael Chabon
  59. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
  60. The Middlesteins – Jami Attenberg
  61. Africa – John Reader
  62. The Snowball – Alice Schroeder
  63. Quiet – Susan Cain
  64. The Wizard of Lies – Diana Henriques
  65. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
  66. Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
  67. Clarence Darrow – John Farrell
  68. Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan

The books I read in 2011:

  1. Julius Caesar – Philip Freeman
  2. Antony and Cleopatra – Adrian Goldsworthy
  3. The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing – Taylor Larimore
  4. The Four Pillars of Investing – William Bernstein
  5. The Automatic Millionaire – David Bach
  6. Smart Couples Finish Rich – David Bach
  7. Common Sense on Mutual Funds – John Bogle
  8. The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson
  9. The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
  10. A Random Walk Down Wall Street – Burton Malkiel
  11. Winning the Loser’s Game – Charles Ellis
  12. Alexander the Great – Philip Freeman
  13. Lenin – Robert Service
  14. Trotsky – Robert Service
  15. Stalin – Robert Service
  16. A Visit From the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  17. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint – Brady Udall
  18. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  19. The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown
  20. When Genius Failed – Roger Lowenstein
  21. Den of Thieves – James Stewart
  22. Too Big to Fail – Andrew Ross Sorkin
  23. American Rust – Philipp Meyer
  24. T.R. – H.W. Brands
  25. Big Machine – Victor LaValle
  26. Woodrow Wilson – John Milton Cooper, Jr.
  27. Freedom From Fear – David Kennedy
  28. Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
  29. Grand Expectations – James Patterson
  30. Caleb’s Crossing – Geraldine Brooks
  31. Nobody’s Fool – Richard Russo
  32. Restless Giant – James Patterson
  33. An Unfinished Life – Robert Dallek
  34. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  35. This Kind of War – T.H. Fehrenbach
  36. The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning – Taylor Larimore
  37. Crucible of War – Fred Anderson
  38. Almost a Miracle – John Ferling
  39. Plain, Honest Men – Richard Beeman
  40. Ratification – Pauline Maier
  41. Paradise – Toni Morrison
  42. The First American – H.W. Brands
  43. The Right Financial Plan – Larry Swedroe
  44. Empire of Liberty – Gordon Wood
  45. The House that Bogle Built – Lewis Braham
  46. Don’t Count on It! – John Bogle
  47. What Hath God Wrought – Daniel Walker Howe
  48. Andrew Jackson – H.W. Brands
  49. The Impending Crisis – David Potter
  50. The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  51. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby
  52. Mountains Beyond Mountains – Tracy Kidder
  53. The Greatest Show on Earth – Richard Dawkins
  54. The Civil War: Fort Sumter to Perryville – Shelby Foote
  55. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
  56. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
  57. The Civil War: Fredericksburg to Meridian – Shelby Foote
  58. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  59. The Art of Fielding – Chard Harbach
  60. The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
  61. The Civil War: Red River to Appomattox – Shelby Foote
  62. Unconventional Success – David Swensen

The books I read in 2010:

  1. Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann
  2. Young Stalin – Simon Sebag Montefiore
  3. Number9Dream – David Mitchell
  4. The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
  5. A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
  6. This Side of Brightness – Colum McCann
  7. Dancer – Colum McCann
  8. Dressing the Man – Alan Flusser
  9. A World at Arms – Gerhard Weinberg
  10. Zoli – Colum McCann
  11. Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
  12. The Prize – Daniel Yergin
  13. Rostropovich – Elizabeth Wilson
  14. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  15. The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson
  16. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson
  17. Lincoln’s Virtues – William Lee Miller
  18. President Lincoln – William Lee Miller
  19. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  20. Mystic River – Dennis Lehane
  21. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane
  22. A Drink Before the War – Dennis Lehane
  23. Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
  24. The Known World – Edward Jones
  25. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  26. Darkness, Take My Hand – Dennis Lehane
  27. Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
  28. Sacred – Dennis Lehane
  29. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
  30. Gone, Baby, Gone – Dennis Lehane
  31. Prayers for Rain – Dennis Lehane
  32. Churchill – Martin Gilbert
  33. The Twelve Chairs – Ilf & Petrov
  34. First Family – Joseph Ellis
  35. Great House – Nicole Kraus
  36. Moonlight Mile – Dennis Lehane
  37. The Irresistible Henry House – Lisa Grunwald
  38. Matterhorn – Karl Marlantes
  39. Room – Emma Donoghue
  40. The Lonely Polygamist – Brady Udall
  41. Washington – Ron Chernow

The books I read in 2009:

  1. Bush’s Law – Eric Lichtblau
  2. Standard Operating Procedure – Philip Gourevitch
  3. Ironweed – William Kennedy
  4. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  5. Stalin – Simon Sebag Montefiore
  6. The People’s Act of Love – James Meek
  7. The Peloponnesian War – Donald Kagan
  8. FDR – Jean Edward Smith
  9. John Marshall – Jean Edward Smith
  10. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  11. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
  12. A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley
  13. Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler
  14. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  15. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  16. Truman – David McCullough
  17. Eisenhower – Carlo D’Este
  18. Battle Cry of Freedom – James McPherson
  19. Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  20. Andrew Carnegie – David Nasaw
  21. The Weather Makers – Tim Flannery
  22. Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry
  23. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Adichie
  24. All the Names – Jose Saramago
  25. Going After Cacciato – Tim O’Brien
  26. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  27. India – John Keay
  28. Barbarians at the Gate – Bryan Burrough
  29. The Smartest Guys in the Room – Bethany McLean
  30. The Glorious Cause – Robert Middlekauff
  31. Home – Marilynne Robinson
  32. Seeing – Jose Saramago
  33. The Palace of Dreams – Ismail Kadare
  34. Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago
  35. Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  36. Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
  37. The Korean War – Max Hastings
  38. Possession – A.S. Byatt
  39. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
  40. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  41. The Search for Modern China – Jonathan Spence
  42. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
  43. Khrushchev – William Taubman
  44. Arthur & George – Julian Barnes
  45. The Lazarus Project – Aleksandar Hemon
  46. The Great War for Civilisation – Robert Fisk
  47. A Savage War of Peace – Alistair Horne
  48. Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond
  49. The Rise of American Democracy – Sean Wilentz
  50. The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  51. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  52. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  53. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  54. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  55. The Vintage Guide to Classical Music – Jan Swafford
  56. Empire Express – David Haward Bain
  57. The Gold Bug Variations – Richard Powers
  58. Native Son – Richard Wright
  59. The Coming of the Third Reich – Richard Evans
  60. Gentleman – Bernhard Roetzel
  61. The Third Reich in Power – Richard Evans
  62. Men’s Style – Russell Smith
  63. The Third Reich at War – Richard Evans
  64. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  65. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  66. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  67. Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks
  68. Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith
  69. People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks

The books I read in 2008:

  1. Eventide – Kent Haruf
  2. Passionate Sage – Joseph Ellis
  3. The Assassins’ Gate – George Packer
  4. Benjamin Franklin – Edmund Morgan
  5. The Survivor – John Harris
  6. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  7. The Tie That Binds – Kent Haruf
  8. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  9. The Immortal Bartfuss – Aharon Appelfeld
  10. Cobra II – Michael Gordon
  11. Fiasco – Thomas Ricks
  12. In the Company of Soldiers – Rick Atkinson
  13. State of Denial – Bob Woodward
  14. Steppenwolf – Hermann Hesse
  15. The Sweet Hereafter – Russell Banks
  16. Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson
  17. His Illegal Self – Peter Carey
  18. Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
  19. Ray in Reverse – Daniel Wallace
  20. Badenheim 1939 – Aharon Appelfeld
  21. Black Swan Green – David Mitchell
  22. The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
  23. In the Wake – Per Petterson
  24. Lincoln – Richard Carwardine
  25. Supreme Conflict – Jan Crawford Greenburg
  26. The Lake – Yasunari Kawabata
  27. Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  28. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  29. Isaac Newton – James Gleick
  30. The Assault on Reason – Al Gore
  31. The Nine – Jeffrey Toobin
  32. House of the Sleeping Beauties – Yasunari Kawabata
  33. The Ice Storm – Rick Moody
  34. Harry, Revised – Mark Sarvas
  35. Justice For All – Jim Newton
  36. Becoming Justice Blackmun – Linda Greenhouse
  37. Drown – Junot Diaz
  38. The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
  39. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
  40. The New Face of War – Bruce Berkowitz
  41. Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri
  42. Ancient Greece – Thomas Martin
  43. Obsessive Genius – Barbara Goldsmith
  44. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  45. A Separate Peace – John Knowles
  46. The Bill of Rights – Akhil Amar
  47. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  48. Polio – David Oshinsky
  49. March – Geraldine Brooks
  50. The Chosen – Chaim Potok
  51. Billy Budd – Herman Melville
  52. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
  53. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  54. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  55. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  56. Tartuffe and Other Plays – Moliere
  57. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  58. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin – Gordon Wood
  59. Companero – Jorge Castaneda
  60. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  61. Girls of Riyadh – Rajaa Alsanea
  62. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  63. The Sea – John Banville
  64. A History of Modern Japan – Andrew Gordon
  65. Russia – Philip Longworth
  66. The Cold War – John Lewis Gaddis
  67. Peace Like a River – Leif Enger
  68. Promised Land, Crusader State – Walter McDougall
  69. Polk – Walter Borneman
  70. Netherland – Joseph O’Neill
  71. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  72. Then We Came to the End – Joshua Ferris
  73. 1948 – Benny Morris
  74. Crescent & Star – Stephen Kinzer
  75. The American Plague – Molly Crosby
  76. The Demon Under the Microscope – Thomas Hager
  77. Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner
  78. First Snow on Fuji – Yasunari Kawabata
  79. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski
  80. The Winds of Change – Eugene Linden
  81. The World According to Garp – John Irving
  82. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  83. The Story of Britain – Rebecca Fraser
  84. The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
  85. Reason – Robert Reich
  86. Bad Money – Kevin Phillips
  87. The Trillion Dollar Meltdown – Charles Morris
  88. The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
  89. What’s the Matter With Kansas? – Thomas Frank
  90. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  91. De Niro’s Game – Rawi Hage
  92. The Conscience of a Liberal – Paul Krugman
  93. To Siberia – Per Petterson
  94. Supercapitalism – Robert Reich
  95. A Mercy – Toni Morrison
  96. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
  97. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  98. Einstein – Walter Isaacson
  99. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  100. The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
  101. 1812 – Walter Borneman
  102. When We Were Orphans – Kazuo Ishiguro
  103. Charming Billy – Alice McDermott
  104. Last Orders – Graham Swift
  105. A Leap in the Dark – John Ferling

The books I read in 2007:

  1. Cobb – Al Stump
  2. Saturday – Ian McEwan
  3. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
  4. Cataclysm – David Stevenson
  5. Gilgamesh – Unknown
  6. Organic, Inc. – Samuel Fromartz
  7. 84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
  8. American Colonies – Alan Taylor
  9. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
  10. A Land As God Made It – James Horn
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  14. Mayflower – Nathaniel Philbrick
  15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
  18. Where I’m Calling From – Raymond Carver
  19. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  20. Appointment in Samarra – John O’Hara
  21. Silas Marner – George Eliot
  22. Many Thousands Gone – Ira Berlin
  23. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  24. The French and Indian War – Walter Borneman
  25. Empires at War – William Fowler
  26. Blindness – Jose Saramago
  27. Field Notes From a Catastrophe – Elizabeth Kolbert
  28. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  29. Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  30. Johnny Cash – Michael Streissguth
  31. A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
  32. Othello – William Shakespeare
  33. A History of the Middle East – Peter Mansfield
  34. The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  35. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
  36. Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  37. Friday Night Lights – H.G. Bissinger
  38. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon
  39. Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
  40. America’s Splendid Little Wars – Peter Huchthausen
  41. The Battle of Salamis – Barry Straus
  42. The Generals’ War – Michael Gordon
  43. Crusade – Rick Atkinson
  44. The Looming Tower – Lawrence Wright
  45. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
  46. Not a Good Day to Die – Sean Naylor
  47. The Princess Bride – William Goldman
  48. Middle Passage – Charles Johnson
  49. A Woman in Jerusalem – A.B. Yehoshua
  50. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  51. The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
  52. The Iliad – Homer
  53. Atticus – Ron Hansen
  54. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  55. Sounder – William Armstrong
  56. Midnight Magic – Avi
  57. Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
  58. Caesar – Adrian Goldsworthy
  59. Cicero – Anthony Everitt
  60. Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink
  61. We Wish to Inform You… – Philip Gourevitch
  62. Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
  63. The Distance Between Us – Masha Hamilton
  64. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  65. Augustus – Anthony Everitt
  66. Ancient Rome – Christopher Mackay
  67. The Wheel on the School – Meindert DeJong
  68. The Chinese – Jasper Becker
  69. Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh
  70. The Whipping Boy – Sid Fleischman
  71. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  72. Summer for the Gods – Edward Larson
  73. Genome – Matt Ridley
  74. The Rubaiyat – Omar Khayyam
  75. American Creation – Joseph Ellis
  76. The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
  77. Freakonomics – Steven Levitt
  78. Murder in the Cathedral – T.S. Eliot
  79. Julie of the Wolves – Jean George
  80. Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
  81. Plainsong – Kent Haruf

The books I read in 2006:

  1. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  2. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  3. Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
  4. Moon Tiger – Penelope Lively
  5. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  6. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  7. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  8. Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
  9. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. The Well-Educated Mind – Susan Wise Bauer
  11. Mythology – Edith Hamilton
  12. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  13. The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
  14. Six Days of War – Michael Oren
  15. The Yom Kippur War – Abraham Rabinovich
  16. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle
  17. Anthills of the Savannah – Chinua Achebe
  18. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  19. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
  20. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
  21. The Book of Evidence – John Banville
  22. Theft – Peter Carey
  23. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  24. Moth Smoke – Mohsin Hamid
  25. The Elected Member – Bernice Rubens
  26. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters / Seymour – J.D. Salinger
  27. Life & Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
  28. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
  29. The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories – Yasunari Kawabata
  30. The Fatal Shore – Robert Hughes
  31. No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
  32. His Excellency – Joseph Ellis
  33. The First World War – Hew Strachan
  34. Child of God – Cormac McCarthy
  35. Season of Migration to the North – Tayeb Salih
  36. The Judas Field – Howard Bahr
  37. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  38. Undaunted Courage – Stephen Ambrose
  39. The Innocent – Ian McEwan
  40. The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
  41. The Man in the High Castle – Philip Dick
  42. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  43. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
  44. The First World War – John Keegan
  45. 1776 – David McCullough
  46. Regeneration – Pat Barker
  47. The Eye in the Door – Pat Barker
  48. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  49. Rocket Boys – Homer Hickam
  50. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  51. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  52. When Pride Still Mattered – David Maraniss

The books I read in 2005:

  1. Brilliance of the Moon – Liam Hearn
  2. Death Comes For the Archbishop – Willa Cather
  3. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. The Sound of Waves – Yukio Mishima
  5. True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey
  6. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  7. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  8. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  9. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
  10. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
  11. Battle Creek – Scott Lasser
  12. A Problem From Hell – Samantha Power
  13. Lincoln – David Herbert Donald
  14. First in His Class – David Maraniss
  15. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  16. The Fall – Albert Camus
  17. Intruder in the Dust – William Faulkner
  18. A Lost Lady – Willa Cather
  19. The Acharnians – Aristophanes
  20. The Clouds – Aristophanes
  21. Lysistrata – Aristophanes
  22. Lucy Gayheart – Willa Cather
  23. Exile and the Kingdom – Albert Camus
  24. Alcestis – Euripides
  25. Medea – Euripides
  26. The Children of Heracles – Euripides
  27. Hippolytus – Euripides
  28. Andromache – Euripides
  29. Electra – Euripides
  30. Hecabe – Euripides
  31. Suppliant Women – Euripides
  32. Trojan Women – Euripides
  33. An Enemy of the People – Henrik Ibsen
  34. The Wild Duck – Henrik Ibsen
  35. Romsersholm – Henrik Ibsen
  36. Peer Gynt – Henrik Ibsen
  37. A Hero of Our Time – Mikhail Lermontov
  38. Thousand Cranes – Yasunari Kawabata
  39. The Pianist – Wladyslaw Szpilman
  40. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
  41. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  42. The Coffeehouse Investor – Bill Schultheis
  43. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  44. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  45. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
  46. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  47. I Married a Communist – Philip Roth
  48. The Master of Go – Yasunari Kawabata
  49. Caesar and Cleopatra – George Bernard Shaw
  50. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
  51. Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  52. The Music Room – Dennis McFarland
  53. Lindbergh – A. Scott Berg
  54. The Alchemist – Paolo Coehlo
  55. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  56. The Lance and the Shield – Robert Utley
  57. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  58. The Shadow of the Sun – Ryszard Kapuscinski
  59. Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem
  60. An Empire of Wealth – John Steele Gordon
  61. Androcles and the Lion – George Bernard Shaw
  62. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  63. Heartbreak House – George Bernard Shaw
  64. The Year of Jubilo – Howard Bahr
  65. My American Journey – Colin Powell
  66. Measuring America – Andro Linklater
  67. A Reporter’s Life – Walter Cronkite
  68. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  69. Straight Man – Richard Russo

The books I read in 2004:

  1. Failure is Not an Option – Gene Kranz
  2. Last Picture Show – Larry McMurtry
  3. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  4. Death of Sweet Mister – Daniel Woodrell
  5. Plays – Anton Chekhov
  6. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids – Kenzobauro Oe
  7. Shipping News – Annie Proulx
  8. Vendor of Sweets – RK Narayan
  9. Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  10. Summer of ’49 – David Halberstam
  11. Arms and the Man – George Bernard Shaw
  12. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  13. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
  14. How to Be Good – Nick Hornby
  15. Neuromancer – William Gibson
  16. Big Fish – Daniel Wallace
  17. Staircase of a Thousand Steps – Masha Hamilton
  18. Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  19. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  20. Mysteries of Pittsburgh – Michael Chabon
  21. A Model World – Michael Chabon
  22. Werewolves in Their Youth – Michael Chabon
  23. Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
  24. A Good Life – Ben Bradlee
  25. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  26. Emma – Jane Austen
  27. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. The Theban Plays – Sophocles
  29. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  30. Beauty & Sadness – Yasunari Kawabata
  31. Dreamtigers – Jorge Luis Borges
  32. The Iceman Cometh – Eugene O’Neill
  33. Krapp’s Last Tape – Samuel Beckett
  34. Endgame – Samuel Beckett
  35. Vietnam – Stanley Karnow
  36. Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
  37. Candide – Voltaire
  38. Founding Brothers – Joseph Ellis
  39. The Plague – Albert Camus
  40. Herzog – Saul Bellow
  41. Confessions of a Mask – Yukio Mishima
  42. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  43. The English Teacher – R.K. Narayan
  44. Candida – George Bernard Shaw
  45. American Sphinx – Joseph Ellis
  46. What Kind of Nation – James Simon
  47. Pere Goriot – Honore Balzac
  48. Patriots – A.J. Langguth
  49. Notes From Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  50. Barabbas – Par Lagerkvist
  51. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  52. Robert Kennedy – Evan Thomas
  53. A Death in the Family – James Agee
  54. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  55. Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
  56. The Sound of the Mountain – Yasunari Kawabata
  57. If on a winter’s night a traveler – Italo Calvino
  58. Bearing the Cross – David Garrow
  59. The Subjection of Women – John Stuart Mill
  60. The Green Mile – Stephen King
  61. Benjamin Franklin – Walter Isaacson
  62. The Two Gentlemen of Verona – William Shakespeare
  63. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  64. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  65. The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare
  66. The City and the Stars – Arthur Clarke
  67. A Fine and Private Place – Peter Beagle
  68. The Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  69. The Last Unicorn – Peter Beagle
  70. D-Day – Stephen Ambrose
  71. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  72. Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck
  73. The Pastures of Heaven – John Steinbeck
  74. The Moon is Down – John Steinbeck
  75. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  76. Too Late the Phalarope – Alan Paton
  77. Citizen Soldiers – Stephen Ambrose
  78. Voyage in the Dark – Jean Rhys
  79. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  80. A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul
  81. All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
  82. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  83. Agamemnon – Aeschylus
  84. The Libation Bearers – Aeschylus
  85. The Euminides – Aeschylus
  86. The Making of the Atomic Bomb – Richard Rhodes
  87. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  88. Across the Nightingale Floor – Liam Hearn
  89. Grass For His Pillow – Liam Hearn

The books I read in 2003:

  1. Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. White Noise – Dom DeLillo
  4. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  6. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
  7. Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen
  8. Ghosts – Henrik Ibsen
  9. The Master Builder – Henrik Ibsen
  10. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  11. The Black Flower – Howard Bahr
  12. The Gift of Stones – Jim Crace
  13. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  14. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  15. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  16. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  17. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
  18. Euthyphro – Plato
  19. Apology – Plato
  20. Crito – Plato
  21. The Spirit of the Age – John Stuart Mill
  22. On Liberty – John Stuart Mill
  23. The Good Earth – Pearl Buck
  24. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  25. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  26. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  27. Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov
  28. To America – Stephen Ambrose
  29. Mask of Command – John Keegan
  30. Band of Brothers – Stephen Ambrose
  31. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
  32. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
  33. Whiteness of Bones – Susanna Moore
  34. John Adams – David McCullough
  35. When Character Was King – Peggy Noonan
  36. Day of Infamy – Walter Lord
  37. Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yukio Mishima
  38. The Coffeehouse Investor – Bill Schultheis
  39. The Four Pillars of Investing – William Bernstein
  40. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  41. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Song of the Lioness – Tamora Pierce
  43. Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon