60 Books I read in 2022, in order

January 2022
The 1619 Project, by Nikole Hannah-Jones et al
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Offshore, by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow
The Big Six, by Arthur Ransome
The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking), by Katie Mack

February 2022
Lady Death, the Memoirs of Stalin’s Sniper, by Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Dawn: Xenogenesis, by Octavia E. Butler
A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston

March 2022
The Country Life, by Rachel Cusk
Intimacies, by Katie Kitamura
The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall
The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
The Book of Form and Emptiness, by Ruth Ozeki
Missee Lee by Arthur Ransome

April 2022
Adulthood Rites, Book Two of the Xenogenesis Trilogy, by Octavia Butler
Imago, Book Three of the Xenogenesis Trilogy, by Octavia Butler
She Who Became the Sun, by Shelley Parker-Chan
The Picts and the Martyrs, by Arthur Ransome

May 2022
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger
Great Northern? by Arthur Ransome
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin

June 2022
A Thousand Ships, by Natalie Haynes
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Crocodile Bride by Ashleigh Bell Petersen
Corrections in Ink, by Keri Blakinger (my favorite book this year)
Sandra Newman’s The Men
Ursula K Le Guin’s The Word for World is Forest
I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

July 2022
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millett
The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey
Fox & I: An Uncommon Friendship, by Catherine Raven
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

August 2022
Anne of Avonlea, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Alias Emma by Ava Glass
Anne of the Island, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot, by Marianne Cronin
How to Steal a Dog, by Barbara O’Connor
The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
Planet of Exile, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Easy Beauty, a memoir, by Chloé Cooper Jones

September, 2022
City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Fuzz, by Mary Roach
Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo
Cuba, by Ada Ferrer

October, 2022
So Big, by Edna Furber
Anne of Windy Poplars, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Nona the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir
The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow

November, 2022
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, by Sara Gran
Fledgling, by Octavia E. Butler
Nettle & Bone, by T. Kingfisher
Anne’s House of Dreams, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

December , 2022
Kelly Barnhill’s When Women Were Dragons

The Next 50 Books I Finished

This is a list of the books I read, from March 2021 to December 2021

March 2021

Perestroika in Paris, by Jane Smiley
Notes on a Silencing, by Lacy Crawford
The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton
The Face of War, by Martha Gellhorn
Brown Girl in the Ring, by Nalo Hopkinson
Gypsy, a memoir, by Gypsy Rose Lee
Strange Weather in Tokyo, by Hiromi Karakawa
Under a White Sky: the nature of the future, by Elizabeth Kolbert
Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell

April 2021

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom
The Girls of Slender Means, by Muriel Spark
The Cigar Factory, by Michele Moore
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark

May 2021

Swallowdale, by Arthur Ransome
The Mandelbaum Gate, by Muriel Spark
Peter Duck, by Arthur Ransome
Michelle Zauner’s Crying in H Mart
Muriel Spark’s Memento Mori
Winter Holiday, by Arthur Ransome
Loitering with Intent, by Muriel Spark

June 2021

Coot Club, by Arthur Ransome
Fugitive Telemetry (Murderbot diaries, Book 6) by Martha Welles
The Finishing School, by Muriel Spark
Pigeon Post, by Arthur Ransome
The Bachelors, by Muriel Spark

July 2021

Ducks, Newburyport, by Lucy Ellmann
The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark

August 2021

The Copenhagen Trilogy, memoirs by Tove Ditlevsen
We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, by Arthur Ransome
The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch

September 2021

Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather
Nobody will tell you this but me, by Bess Kalb
The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore

October 2021

Monica Byrne’s The Actual Star
The Heroine with 1001 Faces, by Maria Tatar
Madeline Miller’s Circe

November 2021

Daniel DeFoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year
Louise Erdrich’s new and terrific novel, The Sentence
Od Magic, by Patricia A. McKillip
The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald

December 2021

The Uninvited Guests, by Sadie Jones
P. G. Wodehouse’s Heavy Weather
Arthur Ransome’s Secret Water
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4, by Sue Townsend
The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula Le Guin
The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald
Split Tooth, by Tanya Tagaq

The Next 50 Books I Read: March 2020 to February 2021

March 2020

  • No Visible Bruises, by Rachel Louise Snyder
  • The Night Watchman, the first book I read by Louise Erdrich, whose work is so engaging for me that I went on to read 12 more this year
  • Out, by Natsuo Kirino

April 2020

  • Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli
  • The third part of the Wolf Hall trilogy, Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror & the Light, the ending of which was spoiled for me by an interview with the author I heard on public radio a number of years ago

May 2020

  • Network Effect, by Martha Wells
  • The City We Became, by NK Jemisin, the most right now book I read this year

June 2020

  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Midnight in Chernobyl, by Adam Higginbotham
  • The Daughters of Erietown, by Connie Schultz
  • Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City, by Kate Winkler Dawson
  • Elmet, by Fiona Mosley

July 2020

  • The Dinosaur Artist, by Paige Williams
  • Meet Me in the Future, by Kameron Hurley
  • Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Becoming Duchess Goldblatt, by Anonymous
  • Shame Pudding, a wonderful graphic memoir by Danny Noble
  • Murder in Little Egypt, by Darcy O’Brien

August 2020

  • Falling Free, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey
  • Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler, by Svenja O’Donnell

September 2020

  • Safe Passage by Ida Cook
  • Seducing and Killing Nazis: Hannie, Truus and Freddie: Dutch Resistance Heroines of WWII, by Sophie Poldermans
  • The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdrich
  • A Way of Life, Like Any Other, by Darcy O’Brien

October 2020

  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, by Louise Erdrich
  • Bunny, by Mona Awad
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

November 2020

  • The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste
  • LaRose, by Louise Erdrich
  • Archivist Wasp, by Nicole Kornher-Stace

December 2020

  • Future Home of the Living God, by Louise Erdrich
  • Severance, by Ling Ma
  • The Master Butcher’s Singing Club, by Louise Erdrich

January 2021

  • The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
  • The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich
  • Shocking Life, The Autobiography of Elsa Schiaparelli, a very entertaining gift from my brother Andy

February 2021

  • V. E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
  • My Life in France, by Julia Child
  • The Birch Bark House, by Louise Erdrich
  • Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons
  • Shadow Tag, by Louise Erdrich 
  • Paddle to the Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling
  • Four Souls, by Louise Erdrich
  • Tracks, by Louise Erdrich
  •  Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo
  • The Game of Silence, by Louise Erdrich

Almost All the Books I Read in 2016

Here is a list of almost all the books I read (and finished) in 2016, in approximate order

Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep,” one of many books my brother recommended.
Raymond Chandler’s “The Long Goodbye,” because his dialog absolutely crackles with energy, and I couldn’t get enough of it.
Ron Chernow’s ponderous and highly illuminating “Alexander Hamilton”
Raymond Chandler’s “The Lady in the Lake”
James Salter’s exciting novel about fighter pilots, “The Hunters,” also recommended by my brother.
Raymond Chandler’s “Farewell My Lovely”
Matthew Thomas’s extraordinarily sad, “We Are Not Ourselves”
Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” because I was about to see the play

Robert Stone’s terrific Vietnam-era novel, “Dog Soldiers,” also suggested to me by my brother.
Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley Underground,” because I had read “The Talented Mr. Ripley” in 2015 and it had blown my mind.
J. G. Farrell’s “The Siege of Krishnapur”
Sally Denton’s damning portrait of Bechtel’s evil empire, “The Profiteers”
Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley’s Game”
C. J. Chivers’s stunning portrait of the AK-47, “The Gun,” a book I highly recommend.
Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”
Andrew Cockburn’s “Kill Chain”
Marlon James’s “A Brief History of Seven Killings”
Andrew Solomon’s revealing, honest, and oddly undressing “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression”
E.L. Doctorow’s “Homer & Langley”
Mary Norris’s lovely memoir, “Between You & Me,” a gift from The Graduate.
Patricia Highsmith’s “The Boy Who Followed Ripley”
Andrew Solomon’s illuminating collection of essays, “Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change”
Alan Bradley’s “A Red Herring Without Mustard,” third of the series of entertaining Flavia de Luce mystery novels
Edwidge Danticat’s “Brother, I’m Dying”
Julia Alvarez’s “In the Time of the Butterflies”
Maggie Nelson’s “The Argonauts”
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Sympathizer: A Novel”
Gloria Emerson’s “Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins From the Vietnam War,” from my brother’s Vietnam War reading list.
Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley Under Water,” the last of the Ripley-ad
Maud Casey’s “The Man Who Walked Away,” because my brother asked me to.
Elie Wiesel’s “Night,” a re-read.
Hanya Yanagihara’s hard to read but ultimately redeeming, “A Little Life: A Novel”
Alan Bradley’s, “I Am Half-Sick of Shadows,” another Flavia de Luce novel.
Nell Irvin Painter’s “The History of White People,” which I highly recommend.

Alan Bradley’s 5th Flavia de Luce novel, “Speaking from Among the Bones” 
Elizabeth Kolbert’s disturbing “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History”
Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” less because Oprah said to and more because I read his weird book about schools of elevator maintenance, “The Intuitionist”
Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi classic, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” also known as “Blade Runner”
Rebecca Solnit’s “Men Explain Things to Me”
Tim O’Brien’s “If I Die in a Combat Zone,” part of my brother’s Vietnam War reading list. 

Another of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce novels, “The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches”
Tracy Kidder’s “The Soul of a New Machine,” which made me nostalgic for the days when my husband was designing and building new computer devices.
Anita Brookner’s gently crafted and absolutely amazing, “Fraud”
Jeffrey Toobin’s readable but ungenerous portrait, “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst”
Jeremy P. Bushnell’s hipster adventure, “The Insides”
Maxine Hong Kingston’s admirable “The Woman Warrior,” again on the recommendation of my brother.
Sandra Cisneros’s warm “The House on Mango Street”
Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking, but single-minded and dated “The Feminine Mystique”
Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Eileen”
Laura Olin’s “Form Letters”
Yet another of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books, “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust”
Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania”
D.G. Compton’s “The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe”
George Plimpton’s “Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback,” which I wish I had read after “Out of my League,” below, and not before.
John le Carré’s “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” probably at my brother’s suggestion

Robert A. Caro’s 1100+ page non-fiction epic, “The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York,” which I enjoyed every bit of, and came away finally understanding most (if not all) of the things I hate about New York. Highly recommended.

John le Carré’s “Call for the Dead”
Sady Doyle’s funny modern feminist look at women in pop culture, “Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear, and Why”
John le Carré’s “A Murder of Quality”
Small-town journalist Tom Ryan’s book about hiking with his dog, called, “Following Atticus,” which I was asked to read by my sister in law. Dog books always have sad parts, and funny parts, and this provides the expected. I strongly object to his style of dog-rearing, though, and would like to go on the record as saying that carrying your puppy around all the time for the first month is a certain way to raise a very spoiled dog.  

John le Carré’s “The Looking Glass War”
George Plimpton’s very funny baseball book, “Out of My League” 
Tommy Wieringa’s chilly novel, “These Are the Names”
Paul Beatty’s tart racial satire, “The Sellout: A Novel”
Graeme Macrae Burnet’s grisly and excellent, “His Bloody Project”
Hope Jahren’s intimate and generous, “Lab Girl,” which I’d suggest you read this year.
And, lastly, John le Carré’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” another George Smiley novel, and probably my favorite of them.  

Total Number of books, 67. 
Total number of authors, 53.
20 of the authors are women, and I think 9 are non-white.

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40 are fiction. 27 are non-fiction.