1000 Books, Year 7

(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

    (again, oops)

  • 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.

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