Books that I read in 2015

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(Bolded below are books that I ‘pleasure read’. The rest were assigned for school).

  1. The Prince– Machiavelli
  2. A Gentle Madness– Nicholas A. Basbanes
  3. On Writing– Stephen King
  4. As I Lay Dying– William Faulkner
  5. Lying about Hitler- Richard J. Evans
  6. Catch 22– Joseph Heller
  7. How Hitler could have won world war two– Bevin Alexander
  8. The origins of the first world war- Mulligan
  9. Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen
  10. The Tempest– William Shakespeare
  11. The firm,  The Inside Story of the Stasi- Gary Bruce
  12. The opposite of loneliness– Marina Keegan
  13. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain
  14. Tom Sawyer Abroad– Mark Twain
  15. Genghis Khan; Emperor of all Men– Harold Lamb
  16. Don Quixote– Cervantes
  17. The Swerve– Stephen Greenblatt
  18. The Idiot– Dostoevsky
  19. Twilight– Elie Wiesel
  20. Silver Star– Jeannette Walls
  21. Democracy Matters– Cornel West
  22. Baddawi-Leila Abdelrazaq
  23. The Bridge at Remagen– Hechler
  24. Detroit city is the place to be– Mark Binelli
  25. In the Garden of Beasts– Erik Larson
  26. The Scarlet Pimpernel-Emmuska Orcey
  27. Anna Karenina– Tolstoy
  28. The richest man in Babylon– Clason
  29. The Time Machine– H.G. Wells
  30. The snows of Kilimanjaro– Hemingway
  31. Travels with Charley– John Steinbeck
  32. A Sand County Almanac– Aldo Leopold
  33. Call of the Wild– Jack London
  34. Sherlock, a scandal in bohemia– Doyle
  35. Alice in Wonderland– Lewis Carroll
  36. Meditations– Marcus Aurelius
  37. The Metamorphosis– Kafka
  38. Sherlock, the red headed league– Doyle
  39. Sherlock, a case of identity– Doyle
  40. Sherlock, the Boscombe valley mystery– Doyle
  41. History of Julius Caesar– Abbot
  42. 2bro2b– Vonnegut
  43. Heart of Darkness– Conrad
  44. Faust– Goethe
  45. The Jungle Book– Kipling
  46. Orientalism– Edward Said
  47. De Profundis– Oscar Wilde
  48. The Million Pound Bank Note– Mark Twain
  49. Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century– Sean Patrick
  50. The Importance of Being Earnest– Oscar Wilde
  51. On the Decay of the Art of Lying– Mark Twain
  52. The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction- Tyerman
  53. Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites- Mitchell Stevens
  54. Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—and What We Can Do About It- Hacker & Dreifus
  55. Troilus and Criseyde– Chaucer
  56. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I– Gibbon
  57. The Fall of the House of Usher– Poe
  58. The Pit and the Pendulum– Poe
  59. Richard III– Shakespeare
  60. Dracula– Bram Stoker
  61. Thinking fast and slow- Kahneman
  62. Historians in trouble- Wiener
  63. Woman on the edge of time- Marge Piercy
  64. God on the quad- Naomi Riley
  65. The masque of the red death– Poe
  66. Crusader castles and modern histories- Ellenbloom
  67. Missoula- Krakauer
  68. Excellent sheep- William Deresiewicz
  69. Why are professors liberal and why do conservatives care?- Neil Gross
  70. Oliver twist– Charles Dickens
  71. Moon and sixpence– W. Somerset Maugham
  72. Robinson Crusoe– Daniel Defoe
  73. The Hanging Stranger– Philip K Dick
  74. The skull– Philip K Dick
  75. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn– Mark Twain


Five favorite books that I read this year.

Anna Karenina– if you can get past the hours and hours that it will take to digest the content of this romantic and emotional drama, you’re in for one of the greatest pieces of storytelling known to human history. It’s simply incredible how a human can paint such a full and detailed portrait of fictional characters. I had a hard time leaving the universe that Tolstoy created for us. Highly recommended.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I– this is unquestionably lauded as one of the finest accounts of the Roman Empire, and arguably one of the most thorough pieces of historical literature ever devised. I’ve never stumbled across a book that made me feel this close to the exploits of men such as Caesar, Nero, and Aurelius. Highly recommended.

Travels with Charley– being a huge fan of Steinbeck’s style helped me out with this, but there’s something here for everyone. It weaves around the American scenic and cultural landscape in a way that goes to show us why the writer made his mark in middle century America. It’s a fun read.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn– There’s no real need to review this one, since most of you likely read this sometime during your early educational careers (or didn’t read, for that matter). It’s a masterpiece, plain and simple. Flawed, cracked, revealing in nearly every dialogue the fractured state of 19th century America. Read.

Missoula– I read the majority of this in a public setting and nearly instantly regretted it. It’s chalk full of gut-wrenching, disgusting yet incredibly thought-provoking scenes of sexual assault and the way in which institutions of higher authority often silence victims. I nearly barfed during some descriptions. Read, please.


2 thoughts on “Books that I read in 2015

  1. Wow, Michael! Quite an accomplishment. Your “casual” reading has taken on some of the real classics – love your annotations! If you have time in 2016, be sure to read Wendel Berry (his novels are as good as his poetry, which is as good as his essays!), Mark Helprin (start with A Refiner’s Fire, then Winter’s Tale), Jim Harrison, Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose), Sherman Alexie, Barb Kingsolver, and Anthony Doerr. And the next time you’re in Redmond, let’s drink coffee and talk books and ideas!

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