An ever-changing selection of my top 15 favorite fiction and non-fiction books


You Know You Want This
Kristen Roupenian
Fiction. 2019.

Where The Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens
Fiction. 2018.

Jane Austen
Fiction. 1818.

A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
Fiction. 2016.

Sombrero Fallout
Richard Brautigan
Fiction. 1976.

Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
Fiction. 1985.

South of the Border, West of the Sun
Haruki Murakami
Fiction. 1992.

The Virgins
Pamela Erens
Fiction. 2013.

Rules of Civility
Amor Towles
Fiction. 2011.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Patrick Suskind
Thriller. 1985.

Chase Novak
Horror. 2012.

Chang-rae Lee
Fiction. 2005.

Black Hole
Charles Burns
Fiction. 1995.

Battle Royale
Koushun Takami
Fiction. 1999.

The Mansion in the Mist
John Bellairs
Mystery. 1992.


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
Jia Tolentino
Non-Fiction. 2019.

Bruce Lee: A Life
Matthew Polly
Biography. 2018.

Notes on a Nervous Planet
Matt Haig
Non-Fiction. 2018.

In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines
Stanley Karnov
History. 1989.

Deep Work
Cal Newport
Business. 2016.

Malcolm X: Speeches at Harvard
Malcolm X
History. 1991.

Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke
Non-Fiction. 1929.

The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail
Óscar Martínez
Non-Fiction. 2015.

Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed
Meghan Daum
Non-Fiction. 2015.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Alison Weir
History. 1991.

Desert Solitaire
Edward Abbey.
Non-Fiction. 1968.

Our Band Could Be Your Life
Michael Azerrad
Music History. 2001.

The Cat: 3500 Years of the Cat in Art
Caroline Bugler
Art History. 2011.

In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
Non-Fiction. 1965.

Nick Hornby
Non-Fiction. 2003.

Books I’ve read in 2020 so far


The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History
Andy Greene
Non-Fiction. 2020.

The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind
Justin Driver
Education. 2018.


The Perfect Girlfriend
Karen Hamilton
Fiction. 2018.

The Couple Next Door
Shari Lapena
Mystery. 2016.

San Diego Noir
Maryelizabeth Hart
Fiction. 2011.

In the Woods
Tana French
Mystery. 2004.

The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin
Non-Fiction. 1963.


Girls on Fire
Robin Wasserman
Non-Fiction. 2011.

Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?
Fiction. 2016.

Think on These Things
Jiddu Krishnamurti
Eastern Philosophy. 1989.

Sounds Like Titanic
Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
Non-Fiction. 2019.

The Divided Self
Ronald David Laing
Psychiatry. 1965.


Artful Cats: Discoveries from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art 
Mary Savig
Non-Fiction. 2019.

Death to the Bullshit Artists of Texas
Fernando A. Flores
Fiction. 2018.

The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll
Charlie Gillett
History. 1970.

Winter Notes on Summer Impressions
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Non-Fiction. 1863.

Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol
Iain Gately
History. 2008.

The Beauty Myth
Naomi Wolf
Non-Fiction. 1990.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” —Jorge Luis Borges