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Best-Of Lists

Original posts with remarks and initial rankings: 2020, 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 20162015, 20142013.


Post date in parentheses. More book talking on Goodreads.

Paper Trails by Cameron Blevins (June 2021)
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson (June 2021)
Down from Basswood by Lynn Maria Laitala (February 2021)
Meditations on Hunting by José Ortega y Gasset (December 2020)
Information Hunters by Kathy Peiss (March 2020)
Get Thee Back to the Future by Ian Doescher (August 2019)
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser (December 2018)
Boom Town by Sam Anderson (November 2018)
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (August 2018)
John Tyler by Gary May (July 2018)
Atlas of a Lost World by Craig Childs (June 2018)
Quisling: A Study in Treachery by Hans Fredrick Dahl (March 2018)
84 Charing Cross Road (February 2018)
Win Bigly by Scott Adams (February 2018)
Pinery Boys by Franz Rickaby (January 2018)
The New Analog by Damon Krukowski (December 2017)
How to Think by Alan Jacobs (November 2017)
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (September 2017)
The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel (September 2017)
The Iliad by Homer (August 2017)
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler (July 2017)
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks (July 2017)
The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse (July 2017)
Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings by Josh Larsen (June 2017)
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper (April 2017)
The Benedict Option
by Rod Dreher (March 2017)
The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries
by Anders Rydell (February 2017)
Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
by Robert Gordon (February 2017)
Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur
by Thomas Reeves (December 2016)
A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40
by William Trotter (December 2016)
But What If We’re Wrong?
by Chuck Klosterman (August 2016)
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West (July 2016)
Track Changes
by Matthew Kirschenbaum (June 2016)
Crunchy Cons
by Rod Dreher (March 2016)
Better Living Through Criticism
by A.O. Scott (February 2016)
First Entrepreneur
by Edward Lengel (February 2016) for Library Journal
Herbert Hoover in the White House by Charles Rappleye (February 2016) for LJ
The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks (February 2016)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (January 2016)
The Typewriter: A Graphic History
by Janine Vangool (January 2016)
The Typewriter Revolution
by Richard Polt (December 2015)
The Hunt for Vulcan
by Thomas Levenson (November 2015)
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman (November 2015)
Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton (October 2015)
We Don’t Need Roads
by Caseen Gaines (September 2015)
The Meaning of the Library by Alice Crawford (July 2015)
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
by Jon Ronson (June 2015)
Dataclysm: Who We Are by Christian Rudder (June 2015)
H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald (April 2015)
How We Got to Now
by Steven Johnson (January 2015)
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
by James Swanson (January 2015)
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
by Nicholas Carr (October 2014)
by James Nestor (August 2014 – Published at ThinkChristian)
The Word Exchange
by Alena Graedon (March 2014)
The Race Beat by Hank Klibanoff (January 2014)
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield (December 2013)
The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher (October 2013)
Then They Came For Me by Maziar Bahari (September 2013)
Longitude by Dava Sobel (July 2013)
Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup (July 2013)
The Pleasures of Reading in An Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs (July 2013)
Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President by Ari Hoogenboom (June 2013)
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands (April 2013)
The Reason for God by Tim Keller (March 2013)
Hellhound On His Trail by Hampton Sides (February 2013)
Black Bodies and Quantum Cats by Jennifer Ouellette (August 2012)
Bound for Canaan by Fergus Bordewich (August 2012)
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (May 2008)


Interview: Alena Graedon, author of The Word Exchange (June 2014)
Interview: Unprofessional Confessions with Rich Dyson (June 2014)
Two Librarians Discuss: The Fault In Our Stars – Okay? (June 2014)
“Read Books. Often. Mostly Print” – A Rather Bookish Manifesto (June 2014)
A Novel Ninevember (November 2013)