While on the Subject of Lists…

While I am yet to review a book (or a National Park or a hike), I love me a good list. Consider it a limbering up exercise. My brain is kind of dead from thesis overload today, but I thought I could get myself moving in the right direction by listing the books I read last year. I’ve also entered them on Good Reads, but having just back-catalogued about 15 years worth of completed books on that site, last year’s list is now lost in the mess.

In 2014, I read the following books:
* Rebecca Solnit – Field Guide to Getting Lost
* Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar
* Hunter S Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
* Adrienne Rich – An Atlas of the Difficult World
* Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
* Jane Smiley – A Thousand Acres
* David Foster Wallace – A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again
* Truman Capote – Summer Crossing
* David Lodge – Changing Places
* Jeanette Winterson – Sexing the Cherry
* Jennifer Egan – A Visit From the Goon Squad
* Henry James – Washington Square
* Tennessee Williams – The Glass Menagerie
* Julian Rios – House of Ulysses
* Henry David Thoreau – Civil Disobedience
* E.B. White – Here is New York
* Jack Kerouac and William S Burroughs – And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks
* Jess Walter – Beautiful Ruins
* Anne Enright – The Forgotten Waltz
* J.M. Coetzee – The Life and Times of Michael K
* Nicole Krauss – The History of Love
* Sjon – The Whispering Muse
* Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
* Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
* Italo Calvino – Invisible Cities
* Itala Svevo – James Joyce
* Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
* Christina Rossetti – The Goblin Market
* Le Fanu – Carmilla
* Vernon Lee – Amour Dure
* H.G. Wells – The Time Machine
* Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway
* Bertoldt Brecht – Mother Courage and her Children
* Jennifer Pharr Davis – Becoming Odyssa
* Brew Davis – 46 Days
* Jennifer Pharr Davis – Called Again
* Jack Kerouac – Atop an Underwood
* James Franco – Palo Alto
* George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty Four
* John Banville – The Sea
* Patti Smith – Just Kids
* Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse Five
* Paul Auster – Moon Palace
* Laura Esquivel – Like Water For Chocolate
* Marisha Pessl – Special Topics in Calamity Physics
* Hanif Kureishi – The Buddha of Suburbia
* Arthur Rimbaud – Illuminations
* Ben Lerner – Leaving the Atocha Station
* Jonathan Safran Foer – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
* Bill Walker – Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail
* Bill Walker – Skywalker: Highs and Lows of the Pacific Crest Trail
* Richard Judy – Thru: An Appalachian Trail Love Story
* Natalie Carver – Walking Down A Dream
* Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
* Michelle Knight – A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
* Heather Rose – The Butterfly Man

As you can see, by the end of last year I was obsessing over trail memoirs, most of them self published. I cannot wait to hit the trail for my next long hike. But as I am not currently in a position to take that much time out of my life, I try and assuage the hankering by reading about the trail. Well, you know what they say about scratching an itch…

Itchy feet aside, very much looking forward to what this year will bring to the shelves…

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