Greetings! Welcome to my annual list of books I’ve read the previous year. Pretty exciting and original so far, right?
As an avid reader, I can’t afford to buy all the books I want to read, so I buy from local authors and local (usually independent) bookstores while checking out digital titles or paperbacks. I really recommend you spend whatever book budget you have to support authors you love.
If you are looking for awesome sites to download digital titles in multiple formats, you can’t go wrong with manybooks.net, Project Gutenberg, and Librivox. I’ve used each of these sites for years. Manybooks shows a short excerpt from the book and often features reader comments, before allowing you to download ebooks in whatever format you need. It does require registration, although it is free to register and download books. Project Gutenberg also offers free downloadable ebooks, although no registration or fee is required. Librivox is similar to both sites, except it offers audiobooks instead of ebooks. The audiobooks are read by volunteers, so the audio and reading quality may vary, but they are usually well done.
Many local public libraries offer digital titles for checkout which can be deleted when the loan expires. I use the Overdrive app to download ebooks from multiple libraries onto my phone and/or Tablet. Not only can I download novels and nonfiction, but audiobooks, graphic novels, and periodicals like Poets & Writers. Another useful library app is Hoopla Digital, a subscription service for libraries that allows them to extend their digital selection with additional ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, and videos; I read almost the entire Walking Dead graphic novel series via Hoopla!
If you are interested in supporting local authors, I urge you to check out your local libraries and bookstores to find out where there are readings and other author events.
2019 Books Read:
1 Dragon Champion by E.E. Knight (audiobook via Overdrive)
2 Dodge Tuck Roll by Rikki Santer (poetry collection)
3 Dragon Avenger by E.E. Knight (audiobook via Overdrive)
4 Fragile Capacities: School Poems by Sandra Feen (poetry collection)
5 The Fourth Dimension: Toward a Geometry of Higher Reality by Rudy Rucker (ebook via Barnes & Noble NOOK)
6 Dragon Outcast by E.E. Knight (audiobook via Overdrive)
7 Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (audiobook via Overdrive)
8 In Sickness and In Elf by AE Jones (ebook via Barnes & Noble NOOK)
9 Beowulf translated and read by Seamus Heaney (audiobook via Overdrive)
10 The Second O of Sorrow (poetry collection) by Sean Thomas Dougherty (ebook via Hoopla Digital)
11 The Sharing Knife: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold (audiobook via Overdrive)
12 The Walking Dead (vol 30): New World Order by various (graphic novel via Hoopla Digital)
13 The Walking Dead (vol 31): The Rotten Core by various (graphic novel via Hoopla Digital)
14 Where You Are: poems by Jason Irwin
15 Poemaholic by Azriel Johnson
16 The Vigil by Shelley Chernin
17 Naked Toes: poems by Sara Minges
18 Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (ebook via Overdrive)
19 Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman (ebook via Hoopla)
20 The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (audiobook via Overdrive)
21 Edith Hamilton’s Mythology (ebook via NOOK app)
22 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (audiobook via Overdrive)
23 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (ebook via NOOK)
24 Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy by multiple contributors (ebook via Humble Bundle)
25 Love Poems and A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni (audiobook via Overdrive)
26 The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time by Douglas Adams (ebook via NOOK)
27 Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams (ebook via NOOK)
28 Raga for What Comes Next by Dianne Borsenik
29 The Trial and the Death of Socrates (Apology and Phaedo) by Plato (audiobook via Overdrive)
30 So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams (ebook via NOOK)
31 Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner and Select Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (ebook via manybooks.net)
32 Circe by Madeline Miller (audiobook via Overdrive)
33 The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton (ebook via Overdrive)
34 The Poet X by Elizabeth Alcevedo (ebook via Overdrive)
35 Blackbird by Laura Grace Weldon (paperback)
36 Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach (ebook via Hoopla)
37 Desiree in Paris: Priestess of Magdalene by Elise Renollet & Roselyn Brookes (ebook ARC read on Overdrive app)
38 Shazam! Volume 1 by various (graphic novel via Hoopla)
39 Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon (ebook via Overdrive)
40 Wonder Woman volume 6: Children of the Gods by various (graphic novel via Hoopla)
41 Wonder Woman volume 7: Amazons Attacked by various (graphic novel via Hoopla)
42 Wonder Woman volume 8: Dark Gods by various (graphic novel via Hoopla)
43 The Walking Dead volume 32: Rest in Peace by various (graphic novel via Hoopla)
44 How to eat a poem by various (ebook via Hoopla)
45 Wonder Woman volume 9: The Enemy of Both Sides by various (graphic novel via Hoopla)
46 Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour by various (graphic novel via Hoopla)
47 Hail to the King: a DenCom Thriller by S.T. Hoover (ebook ARC read on Overdrive app)
48 In Pearl Broth: Poems New and Selected by Rikki Santer
49 John Constantine, HellBlazer vol 1: Original Sins (via Hoopla)
50 John Constantine, HellBlazer 30th Anniversary Celebration (via Hoopla)
51 Paradise Lost by John Milton (ABRIDGED audiobook read by Anton Lesser via Overdrive)
52 Vending Machine: Poetry for Change volume five (poetry anthology via The Poet’s Haven
53 Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley (audiobook via Overdrive)
54 The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe (ebook via Hoopla)
55 Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (audiobook via Overdrive)
56 Dark Purple Intersections (inside my Black Doll Head Irises) by Juliet Cook
57 Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 by John Burroughs
58 Romance of la Pucelle by Elise Renollet and Roselyn Brookes (ebook ARC read via Overdrive app)
59 LibriVox’s Most Wanted Poetry Collection by various (audiobook via Librivox)
60 Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (ebook via manybooks.net)
61 The Raven and the Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe (ebook via manybooks.net)
62 Eighteenth Century Poetry and Prose Collection by various authors (audiobook via Librivox.org)
63 Gypsy Queen by Nicole Hennessy
64 Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (ebook via Overdrive)
65 The Tradition (poetry collection) by Jericho Brown (ebook via Overdrive)
66 A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (NOOK ebook)
From my list, you can see I’ve read an eclectic selection of books in the past year: contemporary and classic poetry, graphic novels, mythology, literature, humor, and nonfiction. I think it’s important to expose yourself to as many different types of things as possible, because we learn from everything we do. It’s not just true that we are what we eat; we are what we consume–whether that’s books or television or any other media.
I also partially read many other books, but I did not list them here because I never finished reading them. I make no apologies for that. If a book doesn’t interest me by a certain point, if I don’t feel I’m getting anything from reading it, I don’t hesitate to put it down. After all, I’ll never get to read every book I want to in my limited lifespan, so why waste time reading something I’m not benefitting from?
Also, because my list of books read is so long, I’ve broken down the list into several blog posts on my Patreon as well: the difference is that those posts explain what I liked or didn’t about each selection. No pressure, but if you’d like to sponsor me for $1 a month this year, you can read all my Patreon blog posts! For less than a cup of tea, you can get weekly posts about books, my writing process, nonfiction, or flash stories. If not, I’m happy that you visited my blog and read this far.
Thank you, and Happy New Year!
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