Wednesday, January 01, 2020

2019: Got My Kicks Reading 66

Nonfiction: 43
Fiction: 22
Poetry: 1
Audiobooks: 6

1. Elevation - Stephen King F
2. Nomadland - Jessica Bruder NF
3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman F
4.The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah F
5. If Beale Street Could Talk - James Baldwin F
6. My Life in Middlemarch - Rebecca Mead NF

7. Clock Dance - Anne Tyler F
8. Becoming - Michelle Obama NF
9. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters - Anne Boyd Rioux NF
10. The Library Book - Susan Orlean NF
11. The Dwelling Place - Catherine Cookson F

12. An American Marriage - Tayari Jones F
13. Dopesick - Beth Macy NF
14. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and The Legend - Susan Orlean NF

15. The Story of a Marriage - Andrew Sean Greer F
16. Unsheltered - Barbara Kingsolver F
17. Maid - Stephanie Land NF
18. Home Sweet Maison - Danielle Postel-Vinay NF
19. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning - Margareta Magnusson NF

20. My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life - Ruth Reichl NF
21. The Art of Discarding - Nagisa Tatsumi NF
22.  Love and Ruin - Paula McLain F
23. Hers: Design With a Feminine Touch - Jacqueline de Montravel NF

24. Buttermilk Graffiti - Edward Lee NF
25. Drinking: A Love Story - Caroline Knapp NF
26. Outer Order, Inner Calm - Gretchen Rubin NF
27. The Island of Sea Women - Lisa See F
28. One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way - Robert Maurer, Ph.D. NF
29. The Best American Food Writing 2018 - Ruth Reichl, ed. NF
30. Now and On Earth - Jim Thompson F

31. Food: A Love Story - Jim Gaffigan NF
32. Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963 - Susan Sontag NF
33. As Consciousness Is Harnessed To Flesh: Journals and Notebooks 1964-1980 - Susan Sontag NF
34. The Volcano Lover - Susan Sontag F
35. Henry, Himself - Stewart O'Nan F
36. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid F

37. Swimming in a Death Sea - David Rieff NF
38. The Escape Artists - Neal Bascomb NF
39. Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid F
40. Incoming Assets - Stephanie Williams and Celestian Rince NF
41. The Trial of Lizzie Borden - Cara Robertson NF
42. Three Women - Lisa Taddeo NF
43. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara NF
44. After A While You Just Get Used To It: A Tale of Family Clutter - Gwendolyn Knapp NF

45. Sempre Susan - Sigrid Nunez NF
46. The Pioneers - David McCullough NF
47. Dancing Fish and Ammonites - Penelope Lively NF
48. The Government Lake - James Tate P
49. Happy All the Time - Laurie Colwin F
50. A Ladder to the Sky - John Boyne F
51. What Is the Story of Frankenstein? - Sheila Keenan NF

52. Bettyville - George Hodgman NF
53. Sontag: Her Life and Work - Benjamin Moser NF

54. What Do We Need Men For? - E. Jean Carroll NF
55. The Truth About Mary Rose - Marilyn Sachs F
56. The Grief Recovery Handbook - John W. James and Russell Friedman NF
57. The Sterile Cuckoo - John Nichols F
58. Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell NF
59. Dannemora - Charles A. Gardner NF
60. Blink - Malcolm Gladwell NF
61. Go Down Together - Jeff Guinn NF

62. Varina - Charles Frazier F
63. Born Round - Frank Bruni NF
64. Middlemarch - George Eliot F
65. Spam: A Biography - Carolyn Wyman NF
66. A Grief Observed - C.S. Lewis NF


Sam said...

Nicely done, Susan. I'm particularly impressed with your fiction to nonfiction ratio. I've not once had it happen where my nonfiction titles exceed my fiction titles even though I almost always shoot for that when starting a new reading-year.

Ruthiella said...

That's a great and varied list. I didn't realize you read so much nonfiction. I barely read any at all - only five NF titles in 2019. Do you read NF by whim or by theme?

Bybee said...

Sam, I was surprised nonfiction won by so large of a margin.

Bybee said...

Ruthiella, looking back, seems like themes emerge: grief, elderly or gravely parents, struggles getting by in America, organizing/discarding, and Susan Sontag.

Bybee said...

Malcolm Gladwell! Outlaws on the lam!

Bybee said...

Food writing is a perennial favorite.