Greetings to my fellow writers and readers.
I was impeccably fortunate to have read so many fascinating and entertaining books this year! I read an eclectic selection of hard-boiled pulp, horror fiction, the cross sections of science and spirituality, existential philosophy, and fantasy.
Some of the authors of these books have even responded to my fan mails (I have no shame in geeking about this fact)!
Having a bunch of extra time on my hands this year has especially enabled me to diversify my reading.
I’m wondering what books my friends have read this year? What books do you desire to read in 2020?
In my humble opinion, books are the among one of the best reasons to live. I also find that I value my public library card far more than even my driver’s license.
Here, in chronological order, is the listing of every book I read to completion in 2019, two of which I was lucky enough to get published in!
1) Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski
2) Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris
3) The Outside by Colin Wilson
4) Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Stephen Mitchell translation)
5) Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
6) Just After Sunset: Stories by Stephen King
7) Strange Weaterh by Joe Hill
8) Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit by Krista Tippett
9) God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
10) Freedom From the Known by Krishnamurti
11) No Death, No Fear by Thch Nhat Hanh
12) Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe IDispenze
13) Mother Teresa In Theory & Practice: The Missionary Position by Christopher Hitchens
14) Secret Windows: Essays & Fiction On the Craft of Writing by Stephen King
15) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
16) The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
17) I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
18) Houses of the Unholy by JG Faherty
19) On Writing Horror: A Handbook by The Horror Writers Association
20) How to Write Pulp Fiction by James Scott Bell
21) Emerging American Horror Writers: Midwest Region (in which my story “Welcome Home” was published)
22) Hell House by Richard Matheson
23) The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
24) The Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
25) Offspring by Jack Ketchum
26) Red by Jack Ketchum
27) The Courage to Create by Rollo May
28) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
29) Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
30) A Thousand Names for Joy by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
31) The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
32) The Essential Harlan Ellison: A Retrospective
33) Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene
34) High Cotton: Stories by Joe R. Lansdale
35) Pulp by Charles Bukowski
36) Living Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
37) Gwendy’s Button Box by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King
38) Existentialism Is A Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
39) Smoke & Mirrors: Short Fictions & Illusions by Neil Gaiman
40) Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
41) Stardust by Neil Gaiman
42) Ghost Story by Peter Straub
43) The Lottery & Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
44) Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton
45) Ghosts: A Haunted History by Lisa Morton
46) Turn of the Screw by Henry James
47) Catch & Release by Lawrence Block
48) Shearing Time by Sara De Luca
49) Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters & Hot Rod Horror
50) Five Novellas by Jeff Strand
51) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Stories by Washington Irving
52) The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
53) The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
54) The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
55) The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Moral values by Sam Harris
56) Bag of Bones by Stephen King
57) Thinner by Richard Bachman
58) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
59) On Writing by Charles Bukowski
60) Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
61) Locke & Key Vol. I by Joe Hill
62) The Death That Walk (edited by Stephen Jones)
63) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
64) Accursed: A Horror Anthology (in which my story, “The Typewriter” was published)
65) Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development.
Now, as for books I’d like to read in 2020 . . . Well, the list is possibly infinite!
But, I suppose I’d like to read some more classics. Perhaps Dickens, Shakespeare, and Dostoyevsky.
As for particular titles, I’d like to read The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud, Moby Dick by Herman Mellville, How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Questions & 20 Attempts to Answer by Sarah Bakewell.
And oh yes, my friend Jack Ontario will be releasing his debut book of poetry this upcoming January! A fine volume of poetry entitled, “Sunburst Woman”.
How about you, fellow friends and bloggers? What might you be reading? And what books have you read in 2019?