Looking back on a year’s worth of reading

books, reading

Here’s a list of the books I read or finished reading in 2015. In some cases, these were re-reads, and I’ve also included books that I re-read for courses I taught, which honestly, is one of the pleasures of teaching–you get the opportunity to revisit old friends in print.

Trout fishing in america by Richard Brautigan
In watermelon sugar by Richard Brautigan
Walden by Thoreau
Turtle island by Gary Snyder
Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
The monkey wrench gang by Edward Abbey
What the living do by Marie Howe
Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
The Mindful Writer by Dinty Moore
Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama
The Nigger of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad
The Kings of Rock and Roll by Mark Edmundson
Attack of the 50 foot woman by Carolina Morales
The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs
Highway rain by Kenneth Pobo
American Poetry 19th century vol. 1, Library of America
Kingdom of ordinary time by Marie Howe
The Art of Living by John Gardner
Mumbo Jumbo by  Ishmael Reed
The Country and the City by Raymond Williams
11 Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates
Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl
Dora a case history by Sigmund Freud
Education of henry adams by Henry Adams
Wandering by Hermann Hesse
Faust part ii by Goethe
Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse
Dream of a Democratic culture by Tim Lacy
The ambassadors by Henry James
Within a budding grove by Marcel Proust
Beyond the University by Michael S. Roth
The Golden Bowl by Henry James
My struggle 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Letters to my Younger Self, ed. by Jayne Thompson and Emily DeFreitas
Klingsor’s Last Summer by Hermann Hesse
On writing by Stephen King
The Great ideas today, 1965
Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow
Forests by Robert Pogue Harrison
Encyclical on environment by Pope Francis
American Earth, ed. by Bill McKibben
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
Twilight of the idols, the antichrist by Nietzsche
Dead white guys by Matt Burriesci
John Keats by Walter Jackson Bate
Essays of Francis bacon
Spit back a boy by Iain Haley Pollack

51 books, almost an average of 1 per week. Not bad. I hope to do better in 2016. Happy new reading year to all!