2021

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
Matthew B Crawford
★★
Authority
Jeff VanderMeer
★★★
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
Douglas Coupland
★★ (notes)
Annihilation
Jeff VanderMeer
★★★★
House of M
Brian Michael Bendis
★★★★
OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea
Patrick Freyne
★★★ (notes)
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
★★★★
Thirty-Two Words for Field
Manchan Magan
★★ (notes)
The Stars My Destination
Alfred Bester
★★★★
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
Jenny Odell
★★★★

2020

A Children's Bible
Lydia Millet
★★★★
Death by Video Game: Tales of Obsession from the Virtual Frontline
Simon Parkin
★★★
Beowulf: A New Translation
Maria Dahvana Headley
★★★
Piranesi
Susanna Clarke
★★★★ (notes)
A Ghost In The Throat
Doireann Ni Ghriofa
★★★★★
Semiosis
Sue Burke
★★★★
Gideon the Ninth
Tamsyn Muir
★★★★
The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack
Nicholas Gurewitch
★★★★
To Be Taught, If Fortunate
Becky Chambers
★★★★★
Trout Fishing in America
Richard Brautigan
★★★
Wisdom Of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety
Alan W. Watts
The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western
Richard Brautigan
★★★★
Exhalation
Ted Chiang
★★★★

2019

This is How You Lose the Time War
Amal El-Mohtar
Melmoth
Sarah Perry
All the Birds in the Sky
Charlie Jane Anders
★★★
The Power
Naomi Alderman
★★★★
The Chain
Adrian McKinty
★★
Normal People
Sally Rooney
★★★★★
Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It
Mike Monteiro
★★★★★
The Third Policeman
Flann O'Brien
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad
Austin Kleon
★★★★ (notes)
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Olga Tokarczuk
★★
Treasure
Clive Cussler
★★ (notes)
Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies
Dave Addey
★★★★★ (notes)
Akira, Vol. 6
Katsuhiro Otomo
★★★★ (notes)
Akira, Vol. 5
Katsuhiro Otomo
The Obelisk Gate
N.K. Jemisin
All the Names They Used for God
Anjali Sachdeva
★★★★★
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Sebastian Junger
★★★
Akira, Vol. 4
Katsuhiro Otomo
★★★
Circe
Madeline Miller
★★★★★

2018

America
Jean Baudrillard
★★
Zone One
Colson Whitehead
The Ballad of Black Tom
Victor LaValle
★★★★★
Akira, Vol. 3
Katsuhiro Otomo
★★★★
Akira, Vol. 2
Katsuhiro Otomo
★★★★
The Last Samurai
Helen DeWitt
A History of the World in 10½ Chapters
Julian Barnes
★★★★★
Akira, Vol. 1
Katsuhiro Otomo
★★★★
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Neil Postman
★★★★★
The Long Earth:
Terry Pratchett
★★★★
The Player of Games
Iain M. Banks
The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
★★★★
Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk
★★★
A Man Lay Dead
Ngaio Marsh
★★ (notes)
You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of Ghosts
M. John Harrison
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right
Angela Nagle
★★★ (notes)
Grimm Tales: For Young and Old
Philip Pullman
A Spaceship Built of Stone and Other Stories
Lisa Tuttle
The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits
Lewis Carroll
★★★★
The Witch
Shirley Jackson
★★★
Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Douglas Adams
★★★
Fever Dream
Samanta Schweblin
The Wild Shore
Kim Stanley Robinson
Ten Things Video Games Can Teach Us:
Jordan Erica Webber
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology
Cory O'Brien
★★★
Sea of Rust
C. Robert Cargill
★★★★
The Underground Railroad: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017
Colson Whitehead
★★★★★

2017

Queenpin
Megan Abbott
★★★★
Artemis
Andy Weir
★★
La Belle Sauvage
Philip Pullman
★★★
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Elizabeth Schaefer
★★★
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
Alastair Bonnett
★★★★
The Moonstone
Wilkie Collins
Speak
Louisa Hall
Gardens of the Moon
Steven Erikson
Interview with the Vampire
Anne Rice
Children of Time
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Bitter Seeds
Ian Tregillis
The Business
Iain Banks
Ghost
Jason Reynolds
★★★
You Are Not A Gadget
Jaron Lanier
Authority
Jeff VanderMeer
Become What You Are
Alan W. Watts
Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie
Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders
★★★★ (notes)
The BFG
Roald Dahl
★★★
Alex Cox's Introduction to Film: A Director's Perspective
Alex Cox
★★★★ (notes)
The Fifth Season
N.K. Jemisin
★★★★★

2016

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
P.W. Singer
Stories of Your Life and Others
Ted Chiang
★★★★★
Soon I Will Be Invincible
Austin Grossman
Sleeping Giants
Sylvain Neuvel
★★★
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
Angela Carter
★★★
Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
★★★★
The Book of Lost Things
John Connolly
★★★★
Gilead
Marilynne Robinson

2015

Caliban's War
James S.A. Corey
Endtroducing.....
Eliot Wilder
★★★★
The Earthsea Quartet
Ursula K. Le Guin
★★★★
On the Shortness of Life
Seneca
★★★
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Elizabeth Kolbert
Altered Carbon
Richard K. Morgan
Breathing Machine: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Leigh Alexander
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
David Shafer
★★★
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
★★★★
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
★★★★★
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces
Radley Balko
★★★★★
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle
★★
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Walter M. Miller Jr.
★★★
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Ed Catmull
★★★★
Black Moon
Kenneth Calhoun
★★★
Havoc, in Its Third Year
Ronan Bennett
In the Woods
Tana French
The Internet Of Garbage
Sarah Jeong
★★★★
Warlock
Oakley Hall
Wolf in White Van
John Darnielle
★★★★★
The Forever War
Joe Haldeman
★★★★
The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
★★★
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Greg McKeown
★★
Shovel Ready
Adam Sternbergh
★★★★
Mort
Terry Pratchett
★★★
Leviathan Wakes
James S.A. Corey
★★★
Stoner
John Williams
★★★★★
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Marie Kondo
The Greek Myths
Robin A.H. Waterfield
Right Ho, Jeeves
P.G. Wodehouse
★★
Annihilation
Jeff VanderMeer
★★★★
Crooked Little Vein
Warren Ellis
★★★
Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
★★★★

2014

Heir to the Empire
Timothy Zahn
★★★★
Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman
★★★
Ancillary Sword
Ann Leckie
★★★
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Austin Kleon
★★★★ (notes)
Foundation
Isaac Asimov
★★
The Descent
Jeff Long
★★
Seconds
Bryan Lee O'Malley
★★★★
Lexicon
Max Barry
★★
Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever
Mark O'Connell
★★★★
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
★★★★★
Life as We Knew It
Susan Beth Pfeffer
★★★
The Martian
Andy Weir
★★★★
Black Hole
Charles Burns
★★★
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
Austin Kleon
★★★★ (notes)
Here Are The Young Men
Rob Doyle
Hatchet
Gary Paulsen
★★★ (notes)
Dept. of Speculation
Jenny Offill
★★★★ (notes)
Under the Skin
Michel Faber
★★★★
Far North
Marcel Theroux
★★ (notes)
Dark Eden
Chris Beckett
★★ (notes)
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Zen in the Art of Archery: Training the Mind and Body to Become One
Eugen Herrigel
★★★★ (notes)
All You Need Is Kill
Hiroshi Sakurazaka
★★★

2013

Horns
Joe Hill
★★★★ (notes)
The Rook
Daniel O'Malley
★★★
Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
Jon Ronson
★★★ (notes)
Go Ask Alice
Beatrice Sparks
★★ (notes)
The Mirage
Matt Ruff
★★★ (notes)
Gun Machine
Warren Ellis
★★★ (notes)
Spin
Robert Charles Wilson
★★★★ (notes)
Both Flesh and Not
David Foster Wallace
★★★ (notes)
The Sisters Brothers
Patrick deWitt
★★★★ (notes)
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloan
★★★★★ (notes)
John Dies at the End
David Wong
★★ (notes)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Robert M. Pirsig
★★★
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Jenny Lawson
★★★ (notes)

2012

The Last Policeman
Ben H. Winters
★★ (notes)
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Stephen Greenblatt
House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski
★★★★★ (notes)
Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event
Mark Millar
Anathem
Neal Stephenson
★★★
A-frame
Chad Randl
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
D.T. Max
Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form
Anna Anthropy
Wool Omnibus
Hugh Howey
★★★★
On Bullshit
Harry G. Frankfurt

2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
★★
Reamde
Neal Stephenson
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969
Alan Moore
★★
Black Dossier
Alan Moore
★★★
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910
Alan Moore
★★
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
H.P. Lovecraft
★★★★
The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex: What's Wrong With Modern Movies?
Mark Kermode
★★★
More Pricks Than Kicks
Samuel Beckett
Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris
Graham Robb
Kraken
China Miéville
The Wordy Shipmates
Sarah Vowell
★★★★
A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole
★★★★
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Terry Pratchett
★★
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ray Bradbury
★★★
Batman: The Killing Joke
Alan Moore
★★★
From Hell
Alan Moore
★★★★★
The Complete Maus
Art Spiegelman
★★★★
V for Vendetta
Alan Moore
★★★★
All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age
Hubert L. Dreyfus
★★ (notes)
Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
★★★★
The Ghost Pirates
William Hope Hodgson
★★
The Good Fairies of New York
Martin Millar
★★★
Spartan Gold
Clive Cussler
Room
Emma Donoghue
★★★★
Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy
★★★★

2010

Filthy English
Peter Silverton
Consider Phlebas
Iain M. Banks
★★★
Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro
Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
Werner Herzog
Image - Music - Text
Roland Barthes
The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories. Edward Hollis
Edward Hollis
Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
★★★★
Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood
Fup
Jim Dodge
★★★★★
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
★★★★ (notes)
Freedom
Jonathan Franzen
Open
Andre Agassi
Labyrinth
Kate Mosse
★★ (notes)
Our Man In Havana
Graham Greene
★★★★ (notes)
Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
★★★★
Killing Floor
Lee Child
That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland during the Second World War
Clair Wills
The Strain
Guillermo del Toro
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Díaz
★★★★
Makers
Cory Doctorow
The Four Gospels: The Pocket Canons Edition
A.N. Wilson
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale
Joseph Conrad
★★
The Passage
Justin Cronin
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Haruki Murakami
The Broom of the System
David Foster Wallace
★★★★
The Year of the Flood
Margaret Atwood
Who Really Runs Ireland?
Matt Cooper
Fordlandia: The Rise And Fall Of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
Greg Grandin
How Proust Can Change Your Life
Alain de Botton
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
Italo Calvino
★★★★★
The New York Trilogy
Paul Auster
★★★★
Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer: Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema and Other Important Topics
Vern
Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Susanna Clarke
★★★★★
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
★★★★
The Turn of the Screw
Henry James
★★ (notes)
Narrative and Stylistic Patterns in the Films of Stanley Kubrick Narrative and Stylistic Patterns in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
Luis M. García Mainar
A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments
David Foster Wallace
At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O'Brien
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
David Foster Wallace
★★★
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
David Foster Wallace
Directed by Steven Spielberg: Poetics of the Contemporary Hollywood Blockbuster
Warren Buckland
★★★★★ (notes)
Girl with Curious Hair
David Foster Wallace
Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics
Frederic Spotts
It's Only a Movie
Mark Kermode
On Stranger Tides
Tim Powers
★★★★
Red Seas Under Red Skies
Scott Lynch
★★★★
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Richard Holmes
The Blade Itself
Joe Abercrombie
★★★
The Complete Cosmicomics
Italo Calvino
The Gunslinger
Stephen King
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
Angela Carter
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
★★★★★
The Lost City of Z
David Grann
★★★★
The Terror
Dan Simmons
Under the Dome
Stephen King
Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism
Ian Bogost
Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
Tom Bissell
★★★ (notes)

2009

The Elements of Style, Illustrated
William Jr. Strunk
★★★★★