I read. A lot.

I am trying to also read well, and in service of that goal, I am reviewing every book I read. This forces me to engage with and think about the books I read more than I might if I were simply devouring them and moving on to the next. I am writing about them to help me remember, as well. I am only posting select reviews here, mostly of newer releases.

If I were you, I’d be wondering if my taste can be trusted. The answer is probably not, but here are some of my favorite books to give you an idea of what I love and/or respect:

Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
Republic – Plato
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
The Iliad – Homer
Hygiene and the Assassin – Amélie Nothomb
Till We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis
Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Ox-Bow Incident – Walter Van Tilburg Clark

Other authors I really love are Raymond Carver, Theodore Dalrymple, Somerset Maugham, Bernard Malamud, and Thomas Hardy. As far as genres go, I primarily like literary fiction, classic literature, philosophy, theology, history, true crime, and political/military non-fiction. I am currently trying to branch out and read more graphic novels and science fiction, two genres of which I have been disdainful in the past.

I doubt this will be relevant to anyone, but if you are an author and for some reason want me to review your book, leave a comment. E-books are ok. I promise to be honest, if nothing else.

(Blog title and banner come from the brilliant English show “Black Books”, a must-watch for any bibliophile and/or misanthrope.)