My 2022 in Books

This year I kept having the sense that I was way behind my normal reading pace, but somehow I still ended up reading 25 books. I wouldn’t say it was a great year. There was nothing particularly outstanding. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed The Lonesome Dove series, The Tress and PurgatorioThe Spanish Game, a spy novel set in the early 2000s Madrid, made me think I should go off somewhere to write a story about my first years in the city.

The big disappointments were the Stephane Crane biography which I found unreadable and Zorba the Greek which was just so bad and outdated. Anyways, here is the entire list in reverse chronological order:

  • Empire of Ice and Stone: the Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk by Buddy Levy (currently reading).
  • Historic Tales of Gasparilla Island by David Futch.
  • Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove, #4) by Larry McCurtry
  • Dead Man’s Walk (Lonesome Dove, #3) by Larry McCurtry
  • Slammed (Slammed, #1) by Colleen Hoover
  • The Trees by Percival Everett
  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder
  • A Heart So White by Javier Marias
  • Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant
  • Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gumah
  • Years of Glory: Nelly Benatar and the Pursuit of Justice in Wartime North Africa by Susan Gilson Miller
  • The Spanish Game (Alec Milius #2) by Charles Cumming
  • The First 90 Days: Cri#cal Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael D. Watkins
  • The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias
  • Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
  • The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond by Chris Blackwell
  • The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (a re-read)
  • In the Country of Others by Leila Slimani
  • Purgatorio by Jon Sistiaga
  • Streets of Laredo (Lonesome Dove, #2) by Larry McCurtry
  • Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
  • Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove, #1) by Larry McCurtry
  • Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich by Harald Jähner
  • Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane by Paul Auster


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