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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.

Music, Film, TV


10:15 Saturday Night by The Cure
New Pop Festival, 1979

Sleep to Dream by Fiona Apple
MTV Unplugged, 1997

Always and Forever by Heatwave
BBC Four, Year Unknown

Feelin’ Good by My Brightest Diamond
The Warfield, 2007

Thinking of a Place by The War on Drugs
WFUV Public Radio, 2017


The Goonies
Adventure, 1985

In the Mood for Love
Drama, 2000

Mad Max: Fury Road
Action, 2015

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Thriller, 1999

When Harry Met Sally
Comedy, 1989


Black Mirror
Channel 4 and Netflix, 2011-Present

Breaking Bad
AMC, 2008-2013

HBO, 2017-Present

The Twilight Zone (Original Series)
CBS, 1959-1964

The X-Files
Fox, 1993-2002 and 2016-2018


Edgar Wright: How to Do Visual Comedy
Every Frame a Painting, 2014-2016

Film Countdowns
David Ehrlich, 2014-Present

Live on KEXP
KEXP, 2001-Present

O.J.: Made In America
ESPN Films, 2016

The Rewatchables Podcast
The Ringer, 2015-Present


Arts & culture

Chihuly Garden & Glass
Seattle, WA

Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
Rome, IT

Fratelli Alinari
Florence, IT

Musical Instrument Museum
Brussels, BE

National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.

for science!

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, CA

Museo Galileo
Florence, IT

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Washington, D.C.

the great outdoors

Acadia National Park

Bark'n Springs Canine Water Park
Austin, TX

Seward Park
Seattle, WA

VanDusen Botanical Garden
Vancouver, CA

Villa Borghese
Rome, IT


The Great Wall

Largo di Torre Argentina
Rome, IT

Piazza di Trevi
Rome, IT

Suzzallo and Allen Libraries
Seattle, WA

Texas State Capitol
Austin, TX

Food & Drink

Memorable meals

Seafood Risotto at Chinappi di Pesce
Rome, IT

Ramen at Daikokuya
Los Angeles, CA

Handmade Pasta at Il Corvo Pasta
Seattle, WA

Matzo Ball Caldo at June’s
Austin, TX

BBQ Tsukemen at Kemuri Tatsu Ya
Austin, TX

desserts i won’t share

Gelato Cone at Come il Latte
Rome, IT

Grandma Hagler’s Strawberry Cake at Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Austin, TX

Gelato at La Carraia
Florence, IT

Chocolates and Gelato at Quetzalcoatl Chocolatier
Rome, IT

Thai Tea Affagato at Sway
Austin, TX

hometown favorites

North Park, San Diego

Banh Thai
University Heights, San Diego

Normal Heights, San Diego

Kearny Mesa, San Diego

Mitch’s Seafood
Point Loma, San Diego


Deadstock Coffee
Portland, OR

Granville Island Public Market
Vancouver, CA

Lucy’s Fried Chicken
Austin, TX

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
Austin, TX

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Seattle, WA

Shopping & Amusement


Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle, WA

Powell’s City of Books
Portland, OR

South Congress Books
Austin, TX

Libreria Del Viaggiatore
Rome, IT

Ophelia’s Books
Seattle, WA


401 Games
Toronto, CA

Amoeba Music
Hollywood, CA

Il Museo del Louvre
Rome, IT

Twisted Jazz Shop
Florence, IT

Waterloo Records & Video
Austin, TX

Fashion & beauty

Brussels, BE

Charm School Vintage
Austin, TX

Glasswing Shop
Seattle, WA

Officina Profuma-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Florence, IT

Street Doing
Florence, IT


Distant Lands
Pasadena, CA

Fremont Vintage Mall
Seattle, WA

Ma Maison de Papier
Brussels, BE

Paxton Gate
San Francisco, CA

Take Heart
Austin, TX