Best books I read last year
The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America, Kenneth Pollack
A Deepness in the Sky and A Fire Upon The Deep, Vernor Vinge
Jarhead, Anthony Swofford
I’d count “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” except that 2005 wasn’t the first time I read it.
The worst books were
How I Became Stupid, Martin Page
Logan’s Search and Logan’s World, William F. Nolan
An Unfortunate Woman, Richard Brautigan
Taken Hostage, David Farber
2 Replies to “Best books I read last year”
If you just count the good
If you just count the good books, you are way ahead of most people. I thought you were a big Brautigan fan. Are you finally maturing, or was this book not up to par? I need to know, because I have copies of “Revenge of the Lawn” and “Dreaming of Babylon” waiting here for me to ship to you. Also, “Lila” by Robert Pirsig of ZatAoMM fame.
I’m still a big Brautigan
I’m still a big Brautigan fan. An Unfortunate Woman wasn’t either poetry or prose. It was a half-baked journal fragment. I think there was a reason Brautigan never sent it to a publisher.
I suppose it really doesn’t belong on the “worst” list, but on the “biggest disappointment” list.
I haven’t read “Dreaming of Babylon” and I’m interested to read “Lila.” I think my copy of “Revenge of the Lawn” was given away, hopefully to someone I was sleeping with at the time but I don’t really recall who ended up with it.