I'm trying a new format-a list of books read with minimal comments of course I have longer reviews for them on my blog/GoodReads (Book Reviews):
(1) When the Going Was Good Evelyn Waugh-love this writer, the travel stuff is also good.
(2) BFI: Aguirre, the Wrath of God Eric Ames-fascinating film, this book also has interesting information regarding the film.
(3) The Green House Mario Vargas Llosa –not my favorite (see Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Who Killed Palomino Molero), but still worthy.
(4) Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changhun Homare Endo-a book review I did for The Kyoto Journal, but a fascinating story.
(5) Memories of Wind and Waves Junichi Saga-really compelling Japanese history.
(6) Memento Mori by Muriel Spark-I’m a fan, but not her best.
(7) Under the Big Black Sun John Doe-I’m a huge X fan, but this is an oral history of the LA scene in the early 80`s and it just so happens I like quite a few bands they record here.
(8) Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler-a classic!
(9) In The Shadow of the Banyan Tree Vaddey Ratner-a powerful personal story of surviving the Khmer Rouge.
(10) Innocents Abroad Mark Twain-It was much better than I would have thought.
(11) The Sympathizer Viet Than Nguyen-enjoyable, but perhaps over-rated.
(12) The High Window Raymond Chandler-so far I haven’t been let down.
(13) In the Woods of Memory Shun Medoruma-a revelation, a contemporary Japanese classic.
(14) First They Killed My Father Loung Ung-see #9, but nonfiction.
(15) Rice, Noodle, Fish Matt Goulding -a book by a person who loves Japanese food as much as me.
(16) The Village of Waiting George Packer-coming of age as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.
(17) Five Star Billionaire Tash Aw-modern life in Shanghai according to pay scale.
(18) Notes On A Native Son James Baldwin-excellent essays, inspired by the film I am Not Your Negro about the writer/activist James Baldwin.
(19) Arrow of God Chinau Achebe-the last installment in a trilogy and perhaps the most challenging volume.
(20) Before the Fall Noah Hawley-the Fargo show runner’s novel, not bad.
(21) The World to Come Jim Shepard –the best short story writer alive?
(22) Lost Oasis Robert Twigger –mildly interesting, but I do want to visit the Egyptian desert.
(23) Writers At The Movies Jim Shepard (ed)-good stuff, inspiration to see films I haven’t before.
(24) A Good Day To Die Jim Harrison-he hasn’t let me down yet.
(25) The Lady in the Lake Raymond Chandler-classic American pulp fiction.
(26) The Best American Travel Writing 2014 (Paul Theroux ed.)-impressive collection.
(27) You Only Live Twice Ian Fleming-different from the movie, not as good.
(28) Tokyo: A Biography Stephen Mansfield-not essential.
(29) The Last Shogun Ryotaro Shiba-historical fiction, I need to know more history.
(30) Hokkaido Highway Blues Will Ferguson-an entertaining story of hitch hiking from Kyushu to Hokkaido.
(31) 33 1/3: Parallel Lines Kembrew McLeod-great album’s history.
(32) Political Fictions Joan Didion-incisive essays about US politics from 1988-1998, from a master stylist.
(33) 33 1/3: Pyschocandy Paula Meija-great album.
(34) Sado Angus Waycott-a week trekking around Sado island with several historical musings about this former land of exile.
(35) A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting Guy Delise-short comic stories about parenting in comic form.
(36) Hostage Guy Delise-a harrowing graphic novel account of a Doctors Without Frontiers hostage in Chechnya.
(37) Nostromo Joseph Conrad-another impressive classic tale set in revolutionary South America.
(38) The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (ed. Paul Theroux)-great collection of essays.
(39) South and West Joan Didion-very brief but interesting notes on travel in the south and California in the 1970s.
(40) Nobody Knows My Name James Baldwin-another interesting collection of essays, he didn’t get on with Richard Wright but DID get on with Norma Mailer!?
(41) The Fire Next Time James Baldwin-Baldwin’s thoughts on race, religion, and American history.
(42) The Secret History Donna Tart-intelligent, but overlong literary crime novel.
(43) BFI: I Know Where I am Going! Pam Cook-excellent analysis of a classic film.
(44) The Rum Diary Hunter S. Thompson-perhaps minor Thompson but still an entertaining account of struggling journalists in 1950s Puerto Rico.
(45) BFI: Alien Roger Luckhurst-excellent overview and analysis of one of my favorite SF movies.
(46) 52 Pickup Elmore Leonard-dependable crime saga.
(47) The Little Sister Raymond Chandler-enjoyable hardboiled action as usual.
(48) Ghosts of the Tsunami Richard Lloyd Perry-gives a face to the suffering after the tsunami.
(49) Farmer Jim Harrison-another enjoyable short novel.
(50) The Savage Cinema Stephen Prince-a look at violence in the films of Sam Peckinpah.
(51) The Gate Natsume Soseki-the strum and drang of a quiet life.
(52) Devils in Daylight Junichiro Tanizaki-a Poe inspired mystery novella from one of my favorite Japanese authors.
(53) Hue 1968 Mark Bowden-lively modern history.
(54) Taiwan Film Directors Emilie Yueh-Yu Yeh & Darrell Davis-good overview of Yang, Hou, Lee, and Tsai.
(55) No Name in the Street James Baldwin-nonfiction with insights about the tumultuous 60s-the March on Washington, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
(56) Flood of Fire Ahmitav Ghosh-triumphant final volume of the Ibis trilogy.
(57) The Maids Junichiro Tanizaki-colorful episodic accounts of maids in the fictional Chikura household.
(58) Lucky Child Loung Ung-continued inspirational life story of a Khmer Rouge survivor in America.
(59) The Devil Finds Work James Baldwin-a memoir of his experiences watching movies and a critique of the racial politics of American cinema.
(60) Other Essays James Baldwin-uncollected essays from various sources.
(61) And Then Natsume Soseki-quiet, slow burning turmoil.
(62) Black Wings Has My Angel Elliot Chaze-a forgotten pulp classic.
(63) In The Time of Madness Richard Lloyd Parry-turmoil in Indonesia circa 1997-1998.