2014 List

My only parameter this year is keeping the ratio of the books I read at 75% books I already own to 25% library/borrowed books. Ratings are out of five stars.

  1. Perfect, by Rachel Joyce, 2014.  ✭✭
  2. State of Failure:  Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State, by Jonathan Schanzer, 2013.  ✭✭✭✭
  3. One of Your Own:  The Life and Death of Myra Hindley, by Carol Ann Lee, 2010.  ✭✭✭✭
  4. The Book of Jonah, by Joshua Max Feldman, 2014.  ✭
  5. Radical:  Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream, by David Platt, 2010.  ✭✭
  6. Things That Matter:  Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, by Charles Krauthammer, 2013.  ✭✭✭✭
  7. Mary Poppins, by P. L. Travers, 1934.  ✭✭✭½
  8. The Disaster Artist:  My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell, 2013.  ✭✭✭✭✭
  9. The Polysyllabic Spree, by Nick Hornby, 2004.  ✭✭✭½
  10. Housekeeping vs. The Dirt, by Nick Hornby, 2006.  ✭✭✭½
  11. More Baths, Less Talking, by Nick Hornby, 2012.  ✭✭½
  12. Liberal Fascism, by Jonah Goldberg, 2007.  ✭✭✭✭✭
  13. Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto, 1988.  ✭✭
  14. Cartwheel, by Jennifer duBois, 2013.   ✭✭✭½
  15. Rage, by Richard Bachman (a.k.a. Stephen King), 1977.  ✭✭
  16. The Long Walk, by Richard Bachman (a.k.a. Stephen King), 1979.  ✭✭½
  17. Justification and Regeneration, by Charles Leiter, 2007.  ✭✭✭½
  18. The Girl On The Fridge, by Etgar Keret, 2006. Trans. from Hebrew.  ✭✭✭
  19. Shakespeare Wrote For Money, by Nick Hornby, 2008.  ✭
  20. The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green, 2012.  ✭✭½
  21. Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones, 1986.  ✭✭✭
  22. The Wasp Factory, by Iain Banks, 1984.  ✭✭✭
  23. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, 1982.  ✭✭✭
  24. Hook Man Speaks, by Matt Clark, 2001.  ✭✭½
  25. Why the Germans?  Why the Jews? :  Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust, by Götz Aly, 2011. Trans. from German.  ✭✭✭✭✭
  26. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, 1859.  Fourth read.  ✭✭✭✭✭
  27. Skellig, by David Almond, 1998.  ✭✭✭½
  28. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, by John le Carré, 1963.  ✭✭✭½
  29. The Poems of Catullus, by Catullus, c. 54 B.C..  Trans. from Latin by Wigham.  ✭✭✭½
  30. Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell, 2006.  ✭✭✭✭½
  31. Digital Barbarism:  A Writer’s Manifesto, by Mark Helprin, 2009.  ✭✭✭½
  32. The Transcriptionist, by Amy Rowland, 2014.  ✭
  33. Dismantling America and Other Controversial Essays, by Thomas Sowell, 2013.  ✭✭✭½
  34. Life’s Little Ironies, by Thomas Hardy, 1894.  ✭✭✭✭✭
  35. Unleashing the Scripture, by Stanley Hauerwas, 1993.  ✭✭✭
  36. Subduing Demons in America:  Selected Poems 1962 – 2007, by John Giorno, 2008.  ✭
  37. Memories of My Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 2004. Trans. from Spanish.  ✭✭
  38. Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris, 2000.  ✭✭
  39. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, by David Foster Wallace, 2005.  ✭✭✭
  40. The Stranger Beside Me, by Ann Rule, 1980.  ✭✭✭✭
  41. The Andalite Chronicles, by K.A. Applegate, 1997.  (reread)
  42. The Invasion, by K.A. Applegate, 1996.  (reread)
  43. Our Culture, What’s Left of It:  The Mandarins and the Masses, by Theodore Dalrymple, 2005.  ✭✭✭✭✭
  44. The Dinner, by Herman Koch, 2009.  Trans. from Dutch.  ✭✭
  45. The Lobster Kings, by Alexi Zentner, 2014.  ✭
  46. One of a Kind:  The Rise and Fall of Stuey ‘The Kid’ Ungar, by Dalla & Alson, 2005.  ✭✭✭
  47. Lost For Words, by Edward St. Aubyn, 2014.  ✭✭✭
  48. The Professor, The Banker, and the Suicide King:  Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time, by Michael Craig, 2005.  ✭✭✭
  49. The Noble Hustle:  Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death, by Colson Whitehead, 2014.  ✭✭✭✭
  50. Chosen By God, by R.C. Sproul, 1994.  ✭✭
  51. Poker Nation, by Andy Bellin, 2002.  ✭✭✭½
  52. Positively Fifth Street:  Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker, by James McManus, 2004. ✭✭✭✭
  53. Mockingbird, by Walter Tevis, 1963.  ✭✭✭✭½
  54. The Martian, by Andy Weir, 2013.  ✭✭
  55. The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck, 1933.  ✭✭✭✭
  56. Caro’s Book of Poker Tells, by Mike Caro, 2003. ✭✭✭
  57. Dominance, by Will Lavender, 2011.  ✭
  58. Shut Up and Deal, by Jesse May, 1998.  ✭✭✭✭
  59. The Biggest Game In Town, by A. Alvarez, 1983.  ✭✭✭✭✭
  60. The Enchanted, by Rene Denfeld, 2014.  ✭✭✭✭
  61. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, 2011.  ✭✭✭✭
  62. Under The Skin, by Michael Faber, 2000.  ✭✭✭½
  63. Hold’Em Poker for Advanced Players, by Sklansky and Malmuth, 1987.  ✭✭½
  64. Redeployment, by Phil Klay, 2014.  ✭✭½
  65. Naked in Garden Hills, by Harry Crews, 1969.  ✭✭½
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