(Part of my “Jason is trying to read 1000 books” series. Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6)
This year was a banger for books! 38! That’s one more than last year (and just three shy of my high water mark). At the same time, I feel like I’ve been reading ever more ambitiously, thicker tomes, and haven’t done as many graphic novels lately.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Scary and superbly written, I loved the world she built. Didn’t realize until the end of the year Atwood’s a terf though :\
Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Everyone should read this book.
Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
This book was a pretty wild ride! I’m excited and also scared to read the rest of the trilogy.
Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami
Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
2020 ended up being my year of Tolkien! I kind of can’t wait until enough time has passed that I can read these books freshly anew.
I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib
Paper Towns by John Green
The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Ohh this book changed me. A love story to trees and people too. Please read it.
The Shining by Stephen King
It might not have been my best choice to read this in the depths of winter, while living in a Covid-isolated world, but… I loved it. Dark but sympathetic. Hate to be this guy, but the book is better than the movie.
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
Seeing with Fresh Eyes by Edward Tufte
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
MacArthur Park by Andrew Durbin
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Town that Drowned by Riel Nason
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
This mammoth book fascinated me, and acted as a gateway drug to my new KSR addiction, which you’ll see more of for probably the next year or so.
The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
I tried, at least.
How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
Everyone should read this book!! It was definitely one of my favourites of the year, mind expanding. Read it on vacation, as you do.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The Chair by Galen Cranz
I sit for 10+ hours a day in a chair, better learn something about what it’s doing to my body.
Red Mars by Kim Stanely Robinson
OK so I found books 2 and 3 of this trilogy on a stoop on my block this summer, then picked up this first book to dive in. It’s a big, big world! and the story is pretty hard sci-fi. I found it intriguing, but rough around the edges, especially the last hundred or so pages. But I see the appeal. More on this later.
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
I give this book five stars.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
Y’all, read this one too! One of the characters in the Overstory is based on Dr. Simard, and her book is also terrific. This planet we live on is a beautiful miracle and we have got to take better care of it.
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Another stoop book, but this one should be returned to sender.
Peow Ex Mag Vol 1 by Various
Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer
A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety by Sarah Jaquette Ray
Feeling anxious about global warming? You should read this book, it’s quick and helpful. I promise.
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
OK yeah so I realized it while reading this book and then stopped.
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
Oh my god this book is a fucking trip. I recommend reading it in one sitting while getting progressively wine drunk.
Green Mars by Kim Stanely Robinson
I enjoyed Green so much more than Red. Hot take: but imo you can skip Red and just start here, it explains enough of the backstory anyway, and is way tighter of a book, despite being every bit as gargantuan as the book that precedes it.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
And now I’ve read Fight Club.
Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanely Robinson
Absolutely fucking loved this book. This is KSR at his best. It’s a meaty book with meaty ideas, and yet feels full of pep and vigour. Easily my favourite of his books I’ve read so far.
Truth of the Devine by Lindsay Ellis
Thanks for reading. I love you.