On Reading 100 Books, Part II

  1. Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters
  2. Girl Online
  3. This Is Where I Leave You
  4. Palo Alto: Stories
  5. The Girl on the Train
  6. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life
  7. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
  8. God Bless the Squirrel Cage
  9. The Catcher in the Rye
  10. Another Kind of Monday
  11. White Bird in a Blizzard
  12. Love is a Dog From Hell: Poems, 1974-1977
  13. Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up
  14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories
  15. Family Over Everything
  16. The Devil’s Game
  17. When I Was Five I Killed Myself
  18. The Dark Knight Returns
  19. The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today
  20. Texts from Mittens
  21. Memoirs of a Beatnik
  22. Wonder Boys
  23. Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences
  24. Pittsburgh Dad: Everything Your Dad Has Said to You
  25. The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
  26. The Driftless Area
  27. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  28. Walter and Margaret Keane
  29. Personal Days
  30. You
  31. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
  32. Tony and Susan
  33. The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work
  34. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread
  35. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
  36. Batman: Earth One
  37. Batman: Earth One Volume 2
  38. Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery
  39. The Train from Pittsburgh
  40. Rat Queens Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth
  41. To Kill a Mockingbird
  42. Go Set a Watchman
  43. Gonzo Girl
  44. Mosquitoland
  45. Alias Omnibus
  46. The Art of Drew Struzan
  47. Luckiest Girl Alive
  48. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
  49. Room
  50. Ready Player One
  51. Ten Days in a Mad-house
  52. We All Looked Up
  53. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness
  54. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together
  55. Drew Struzan: Oeuvre
  56. Safe Baby Handling Tips
  57. It
  58. Catwoman: When in Rome
  59. Fortunately, the Milk
  60. Animal Farm
  61. Dear Committee Members
  62. Star Wars: Aftermath
  63. Sea of Trees
  64. Matilda
  65. Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe
  66. Four Past Midnight
  67. Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour
  68. The Price of Salt
  69. Poorly Drawn Lines: Good Ideas and Amazing Stories
  70. American Pastoral



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14 responses to “On Reading 100 Books, Part II

  1. I don’t think you failed at all. You spent your year reading, learning new things and finding new favorites.

  2. I’m sure reading 70 books is an achievement in itself. Okay so you fell 30 short of your target but don’t beat yourself up over that. I have to agree with the “follow up” to Mockingbird, it was very disappointing. Neither wonder then that it took so long to be published.
    I’m not the avid reader I once was, partly my eyes and partly lack of time. Your list contains a few books I have read and others I wouldn’t mind reading at some point. Thank you for your views and the list.

  3. Ani

    Thanks for posting.. I’m gonna read some Bukowski now thanks to your selection of his poetry. I used to think he wasn’t my speed but I perhaps I was too young then to really make that decision.

  4. I find it hard enough to get through about 50 a year, let alone writing up reviews of them all…

  5. I found “Watchman” worth reading, though it was much less sophisticated than “Mockingbird”. It does require that we acknowledge the clay feet of our idols, does it not? It also reads much more like a graduate student writing exercise than “Mockingbird”, so I found it jarring, but also enlightening about the not-so-subtle racism of that time and, because we have not so adroitly addressed it and all that follows, of our present time.

    • True that novels like this are always interesting as portals to the past, but I think the “jarring” aspect you mention is one of the reasons the novel didn’t land for me.
      Thanks for reading!

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  7. Tried to read Roth: hated it. Can’t even remember which one, but supposedly one of the “best.” Enjoyed your post very much! Inspires me to write my own 2015 review….

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