Lists are all too often gratuitous (as with lists of accomplishments) and of dubious value (as with many "best of" lists). But I usually don't find that either problem applies to lists of books and other materials one has read. Why? Because what a person has read — that is, their reading formation — plays an important role in how and what they think. The adage "You are what you eat" goes for all things we consume, whether literally or figuratively, and so I offer my book list as a window into my own reading formation, with all of its predilections and blind spots.
Books Read in 2019
Sigrid Undset. The Wreath. [Kristin Lavransdatter, Book 1]
Arturo Escobar. Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds.
Sigrid Undset. The Wife. [Kristin Lavransdatter, Book 2]
Maggie Nelson. The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning.
Neil Gaiman. Norse Mythology.
Markus Gabriel. Why the World Does Not Exist.
Mikhail Bulgakov. The Master and Margarita.
Benjamin Hoff. The Tao of Pooh.
Yasunari Kawabata. Snow Country.
Wallace Stegner. Angle of Repose.
Kazuo Ishiguro. Remains of the Day.
Marshall McLuhan + Quentin Fiore. The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. (Third reading)
Keller Easterling. Medium Design. (Second reading)
Sigrid Undset. The Cross. [Kristin Lavransdatter, Book 3]
Kazuo Ishiguro. Never Let Me Go.
Caroline Levine. Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network.
Mark Synnott. The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life.
William Shakespeare. Julius Caesar.
Deidre Shauna Lynch. The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning.
Flann O’Brien. At Swim-Two-Birds.
Tom McCarthy. Satin Island.
J. M. Coetzee. Elizabeth Costello.
J. M. Coetzee. Slow Man.
Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451.