26 Jan 2006
I have to say that I kind of hated a lot of the books I read this year. Unfortunate, but true. An asterisk is by the books I would recommend, or read again, or give to someone for his or her birthday.
1. Prep* by Curtis Sittenfeld.
2. The Areas of My Expertise* by John Hodgman.
3. Golladay Hall: The Barbee/Lake Family Murder by Betty A. Hinson.
4. The Inner Circle* by T.C. Boyle.
5. Paris: Then and Now by Peter and Oriel Caine.
6. Meat is Murder by Joe Pernice.
7. Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
8. Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl.
9. Wickett’s Remedy by Myla Goldberg.
10. Talking it Over by Julian Barnes.
11. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader* by Anne Fadiman.
12. Early Escapades* by Eudora Welty and Patti Carr Black.
13. Eudora Welty by Suzanne Marrs.
14. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene.
15. The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs.
16. Saturday* by Ian McEwan.
17. The Trouble with Poetry* by Billy Collins.
18. My Life in France* by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme.
19. A Live Coal in the Sea by Madeleine L’Engle.
20. Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban.
21. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.
22. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.
23. A House on the Heights by Truman Capote.
24. One Dozen and One: Short Stories by Gladys Taber.
25. The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton by Kathryn Hughes.
26. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
27. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford.
28. The Moveigoer by Walker Percy.
29. The Glass Castle* by Jeannette Walls.
30. Flying Leap**** by Judy Budnitz.
31. Miss American Pie* by Margaret Sartor.
32. The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank.
33. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron.
34. Mountain Man Space Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists* by the Editors of McSweeney’s.
35. The Alchemy of Books by Lawrence Clark Powell.
36. Friendship: An Expose by Joseph Epstein.
37. Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron.
38. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby.
39. The Upper West Side, New York by Robert Miles Parker.
40. LaPorte, Indiana* by Jason Bitner.
41. Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is edited by Lisa Wagner.
42. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
43. Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart.
44. The Third Man by Graham Greene.
45. Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill.
46. Spring Storm by Tennessee Williams.