2013 Reading List

I’m not going to name favorites from this list (even though I do have them), but I should also note that I don’t read bad books.  At all.  My life is too short to waste my time reading books that aren’t good.  If I start reading a book that doesn’t measure up, I don’t finish it.  Period.  Here I stand; I will not recant.

1. Narrative Discourse Revisited by Gerard Genette

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

3. Kinky Friedman’s Guide to Texas Etiquette by Kinky Friedman

4. World War One: A Short History by Norman Stone

5. Rules for the Dance by Mary Oliver

6. Coming Back to the Body: Poems by Joyce Sutphen

7. The Plains Indians by Paul H. Carlson

8. The Niagara River: Poems by Kay Ryan

9. Europe’s Last Summer by David Fromkin

10. The Round House by Louise Erdrich

11. Holy Week: Poems by Michael H. Lythgoe

12. Beyond Integration? by Todd C. Ream, editor

13. Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate by Greg Lukianoff

14. A Thousand Vessels: Poems by Tania Runyan

15. Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

16. Benediction by Kent Haruf

17. Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham

18. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

19. The Realist Short Story of the Powerful Glimpse: Chekhov to Carver by Kerry McSweeney

20. A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction by Ron Hansen

21. Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer’s Life by Bret Lott

22. The Difference Between Men and Women: Stories by Bret Lott

23. People I Wanted to Be: Stories by Gina Ochsner

24. Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian by Bret Lott

25. My Bright Abyss: Meditations of a Modern Believer by ChristianWiman

26. Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? by Dianne Donnelly, editor

27. Fathers, Sons, Brothers: The Men in My Family by Bret Lott

28. This Tree Will Be Here for a Thousand Years: Poems by Robert Bly

29. Jewel by Bret Lott

30. When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman

31. American Primitive: Poems by Mary Oliver

32. Jesus’ Son: Stories by Denis Johnson

33. Teaching Literature by Elaine Showalter

34. How Fiction Works by James Wood

35. Tinkers by Paul Harding

36. Lapse Americana: Poems by Benjamin Myers

37. College Unbound: The Future of Higher Ed and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey Salingo

38. To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild

39. Fitting Ends: Stories by Dan Chaon

40. Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry by Mark Jarman

41. Human Chain: Poems by Seamus Heaney

42. Dandelions: Poems by Dave Etter

43. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan

44. Elegy for Trains: Poems by Benjamin Myers

45. The Liontamer’s Daughter: Poems by Dave Etter

46. On Poetry and Craft: Selected Prose by Theodore Roethke

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