previous books

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December 2019
The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan, 1915.
Undine, Freiherr de Friedrich Heinrich Karl La Motte-Fouqué, 1811.

November 2019
The Story of a Soul, Saint Therese of Lisieux, 1898.
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, 1868.
Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World, Scott Russell Sanders, 1994.
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Elizabeth Taylor, 1971.

October 2019
The Murmur of Bees, Sofía Segovia, 2019.
The Adventures of Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi, 1883.
The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton, 2018.

September 2019
The Wisdom of Donkeys, Andy Merrifield, 2009.
One Dog and His Boy, Eva Ibbotson, 2012.

August 2019
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays, Alexander Chee, 2018.
Surviving Minimized, Andrea White, 2018.

July 2019
Mama's Last Hug, Frans de Waal, 2019.
The Key to Extraordinary, Natalie Lloyd, 2016.
Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool, 2010.

June 2019
Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas, Mari Sandoz, 1942.
(re-read - I like this book)

May 2019
Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury, 1957.
The Problim Children, Natalie Loyd, 2018.

April 2019
This Life or the Next: A Novel, Demian Vitanza, 2018.
The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo, 2018.
The Midnight Gang, David Walliams, 2018.
Anam Cara, John O'Donohue, 1997.
Beyond the Bright Sea, Lauren Wolk, 2017.
Nova, Samuel R. Delaney, 1969.
Roverandom, J.R.R. Tolkien, 1998.

March 2019
Wonderment: The Lisbeth Zwerger Collection, 2014.
Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Lai, 2011.
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, David Quammen, 2018.
A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd, 2014.

February 2019
Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges, 1962.
Gratitude, Oliver Sacks, 2015.
The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben, 2016.
Babel-17, Samuel R. Delaney, 1966.
Catseye, Andre Norton, 1961

January 2019
Fish Have No Feet, Jon Kalman Stefansson, 2018.
Sunset Pass, Captain Charles King, 1890.


December 2018
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, Carl Safina, 2015.
Where the Crawdads Sings, Delia Owens, 2018.

November 2018
The Carry Home, Gary Ferguson, 2014.
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman, 2017.
Wish, Barbara O'Connor, 2016.
Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari, 2015.

October 2018
Red Thread, Charlotte Higgins, 2018.

September 2018
Living with a SEAL, Ray Itzler, 2015.
The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery, 2015.
Mules, Mules and More Mules, Rose Miller, 2010.
The Mostly True Story of Jack, Kelly Barnhill, 2011.
Way of the Warrior Kid, Jocko Willink, 2017.

May-August 2018
Sorry, stopped keeping track. (I might try to reconstruct the missing months but for now I'm just going to re-start tracking in September...)

April 2018
The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion, Wendy Williams, 2015.
Crazy Horse: Strange Man of the Ogalalas, Mari Sandoz, 1942.
Kinship with All Life, J. Allen Boone, 1976.

March 2018
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham, 2003.
The Witch's Boy, Kelly Barnhill, 2014.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children , Ransom Riggs, 2011.

February 2018
Binti: The Night Masquerade , Nnedi Okorafor, 2018.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill, 2016.

January 2018
Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler, 1993.
The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, 2015.
La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman, 2017.
The Captured, Scott Zesch, 2007.


December 2017
Barn Dance, Anna Blake, 2016.
World Whisperer, Rachel Devenish Ford, 2016.
The Big Aha, Rudy Rucker, 2013.

November 2017
Clayhanger, Arnold Bennett, 1910.
The Busted Ex-Texan and Other Stories, W.H.H. Murray, 1890.
Just Kids, Patti Smith, 2010.
Chance, Joseph Conrad, 1913.

October 2017
Horses Never Lie, Mark Rashid, 2011.
Signa, Ouida, 1875.

September 2017
The Wood Beyond the World, William Morris, 1894.
The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy, 1887.
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, 1877.
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older, 2015.
Little Lord Fauntleroy, Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1886.
Ivan the Fool, Leo Tolstoy, 1885.
Whole Heart, Whole Horse, Mark Rashid, 2009.

August 2017
Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, 1994.
Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth Von Armin, 1898.
The Underdogs, Melissa Fay Greene, 2016.
A Voyage to the Moon, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1657.
The Prisoner of Zenda, Anthony Hope, 1894.
Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, 2014.
Tractate on a School Mount, Alexander Nevzorov, 2012.

July 2017
King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild, 1999.
News of the World, Paulette Jiles, 2016.
Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt, 1963.

June 2017
Zen Mind, Zen Horse, Allen J. Hamilton, 2011.
The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson, 1951.
Riding on the Power of Others, Ren Hurst, 2015.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke, 2004.

May 2017
The String Keeper's Wish, Beth Lauren Parrish, 2015.
The Confessions of Nat Turner, Thomas R. Gray, 1831.
Roughing It, Mark Twain, 1872.
Travels in West Africa, Mary Henrietta Kingsley, 1897.

April 2017
My Horses, My Teachers, Alois Podhajsky, 1968.
Beautiful Joe, Marshall Saunders, 1893.
The Secret of Platform 13, Eva Ibbotson, 1994.
The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois, 1903.

March 2017
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith, 1948.
King of the Wind, Marguerite Henry, 1948.
Star Maker, Olaf Stapledon, 1937.
The Happy Horse, Tania Kindersley, 2016.

February 2017
Lumen, Camille Flammarion, 1897.
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen, 1803.
The Iron Heel, Jack London, 1908.
Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor, 2017.

January 2017
Germinal, Émile Zola, 1885.
One Wild Bird at a Time, Bernd Heinrich, 2016.
Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1915.


December 2016
Hungry Hearts, Anzia Yezierska, 1920.
Find Me Unafraid, Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner, 2015.
Orlando, Virginia Woolf, 1928.
Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal, Tim Hayes, 2015.

November 2016
The Complete Training of Horse and Rider, Alois Podhajsky, 1967.
Kim, Rudyard Kipling, 1901.
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman, 2009.

October 2016
A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, Madeleine L'Engle, 2013.
Horse Care for Kids, Cherry Hill, 2002.
Pharais; and, The Mountain Lovers, William Sharp, 1910.
The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius, c. 480-524.

September 2016
Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, Katherine Langrish, 2016.
On Horsemanship, Xenophon, c. 430-354 BC.
The Brethren, H. Rider Haggard, 1904.
The Light That Failed, Rudyard Kipling, 1891.
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, Charles de Lint, 2013.
Crock of Gold, James Stephens, 1912.
How to Walk Across America, Tyler Coulson, 2013.

August 2016
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor, 2015.
The Treasure of the Isle of Mist, W. W. Tarn, 1920.
I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong, 2016.
The First White Man of the West, Timothy Flint, 1856.
The Laughter of Peterkin, Fiona Macleod, 1897.
Irish Fairy Tales, James Stephens, 1920.
Granny's Wonderful Chair, Frances Browne, 1857.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852.

July 2016
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov, 1967.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaimann, 2013.
Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones, 1986.
Touch Magic, Jane Yolen, 1981.
A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick, 1977.
Dogsbody, Diana Wynne Jones, 1975.

June 2016
Thy Servant, A Dog, Rudyard Kipling, 1930.
Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll, 1871.
My Wonderful Visit, Charlie Chaplin, 1922.
Lassie Come-Home, Eric Knight, 1940.
Jacob's Room, Virginia Woolf, 1920.
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson, 1977.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie, 2007.
Anne, Constance Fenimore Woolson, 1881.

April - May 2016
The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Goudge, 1946.
My Dog Always Eats First, Leslie Irvine, 2013.
Clarissa Harlowe, Samuel Richardson, 1748.

March 2016
The Art of Literature, Arthur Schopenhauer, 1891.
A Tramp's Sketches, Stephen Graham, 1912.
The Breath of Life, John Burroughs, 1915.
The Green Ember, S. D. Smith, 2014.
This Kind of War, T. R. Fehrenbach, 1995.

February 2016
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, 1875-77.
Training Border Collies, Barbara Sykes, 2015.
Ten Natural Steps to Training the Family Dog, Matthew Duffy, 2011.

January 2016
A Happy Boy, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, 1917.
The Complete Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino, 2014.
Dogs & Human Health: The New Science of Dog Therapy & Therapy Dogs, Milena Penkowa, 2015.


December 2015
Beyond the Stars, Ray Cummings, 1963.
The Song of Roland, trans. C. K. Scott Moncrieff
Confessions (Books I-VIII), Augustine of Hippo
Robbery Under Arms, Rolf Boldrewood, 1888.
King James Bible (The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, The Acts of the Apostles)
Lives (Lycurgus, Numa Pompilius, Lycurgus and Numa Compared, Alexander, Caesar), Plutarch
Ethics (Book I), Politics (Book I), Aristotle
Republic (Books I-II), Plato
Clouds, Lysistrata, Aristophanes
Apology, Crito, Plato

November 2015
Godolphin, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1833.
The Treasure of the Humble, Maurice Maeterlink, 1896.
Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather, 1927.
The House on the Borderland, William Hope Hodgson, 1908.

October 2015
The Passing of the Aborigines, Daisy Bates, 1938.
The King of Elfland's Daughter, Lord Dunsany, 1924.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, 2014.
Caleb Williams, William Godwin, 1794.

September 2015
Mutual Aid, Petr Kroptokin, 1902.
The Final Empire, William Kotke, 2007.
Common Sense, Thomas Paine, 1776.
We, Yevgeny Zamyatin, 1921.
Lilith, George MacDonald, 1895.
Sylvie, Gérard de Nerval, 1854.
Footsteps, Richard Holmes, 1985.

August 2015
The Warden, Anthony Trollope, 1855.
Summer, Edith Wharton, 1917.
Captain Blood, Rafael Sabatini, 1922.
Men Like Gods, H.G. Wells, 1923.
The Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin, 1840.
Nature Anatomy, Julia Rothman, 2015.

July 2015
The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler, 1903.
Shadows on the Rock, Willa Cather, 1931.
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, David George Haskell, 2012.
Dazzle Gradually, Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, 2009.

June 2015
The Galaxy Primes, E. E. Smith, 1965.
The Elder Brothers' Warning, Alan Ereira, 2008.
Laudato Si, Pope Francis, 2015.
She, H. Rider Haggard, 1887.
Wild Animals I Have Known, Ernest Thompson Seton, 1898.
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome, 1889.
Silence, Thich Nhat Hanh, 2015.

May 2015
Pan, Knut Hamsun, 1894.
Tribal Peoples for Tomorrow's World, Stephen Corry, 2011.
Looking Backward, Edward Bellamy, 1888.
The Heart of Man, Jón Kalman Stefánsson, 2015.
The Falling Sky, Davi Kopenawa, 2013.

April 2015
Children of the New Forest, Frederick Marryat, 1847.
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf, 1927.
The Tales of Mother Goose, Charles Perrault, 1696 (A)
Coriolanus, William Shakespeare, 1607.
Lorna Doone, R.D. Blackmore, 1869.

March 2015
On the Improvement of the Understanding, Benedict Spinoza, 1677.
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, 1908. (A)
Conquest of the Useless, Werner Herzog, 2004.
The Fables of Aesop, tr. Joseph Jacobs, 1889. (A)
Peter and Wendy, J.M. Barrie, 1911.
The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng, 2012.
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino, 1972.
Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne, 1926. (A)
The Story of Burnt Njal, tr. Sir George Dasent, 1861.

February 2015
The War with the Newts, Karel Čapek, 1936.
Petersburg, Andrei Bely, 1916.
Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper, 1962.
Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed, Paul Cronin, 2014.

January 2015
Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans, T. R. Fehrenbach, 2000.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, 1964. (A)
Sand, Hugh Howey, 2014.
Monstress, Lysley Tenorio, 2012.


December 2014
The Story of Opal, Opal Whiteley, 1920.
The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis, 1971.
The Promise, Ann Weisgarber, 2014.
Emile, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1762.
Lucian's True History, Lucian of Samosata.

November 2014
On the Shortness of Life, Lucius Anneus Seneca.
The Sorrow of Angels, Jon Kalman Stefansson, 2013.
Stoner, John Williams, 1965.
Lila: A Novel, Marilynne Robinson, 2014.

October 2014
Flush: A Biography, Virginia Woolf, 1933.
Wild Horse Annie, David Cruise and Alison Griffiths, 2010.
Assata: An Autobiography, Assata Shakur, 1987.
Erewhon, Samuel Butler, 1872.
The Machine Stops, E.M. Forster, 1909.
The Devil's Pool, George Sand, 1917.
Omnilingual, H. Beam Piper, 1957.
My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir, 1911.

September 2014
The Quick and the Dead, Joy Williams, 2000.
Crowds and Power, Elias Canetti, 1960.
The Waves, Virginia Woolf, 1931.
The Betrothed, Alessandro Manzoni, 1834.
The Kestrel Waters, Randy Thornhorn, 2013.

August 2014
Extra Indians, Eric Gansworth, 2010.
The Way of Chuang Tzu, Thomas Merton, 1965.
Practical Mysticism, Evelyn Underhill, 1915.
The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter, 1st century AD.
Secrets of the Woods, William J. Long, 1901.
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, 1857.
Stuart Little, E. B. White, 1945. (A)
Letting Go of the Camera, Brooks Jensen, 2004.
Mimesis, Eric Auerbach, 1953.

July 2014
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl, 1970. (A)
Charlotte's Web, E. B. White, 1952. (A)
Heaven and Hell, Jon Kalman Stefansson, 2007.
Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2013.
A Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe, 1722.

June 2014
The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot, 1860.
Spinoza's 'Ethics', Steven Nadler, 2006.

May 2014
Metropolis, Thea Von Harbou, 1926.
Something Like An Autobiography, Akira Kurosawa, 1982.
Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman, 2009.
A Voyage to Arcturus, David Lindsay, 1920.
The Little Locksmith, Katharine Butler Hathaway, 1943.
Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn, Amanda Gefter, 2014.

April 2014
Propaganda, Edward Bernays, 1928.
The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, Charles Darwin, 1899.
Animal Wise, Virginia Morell, 2013.

March 2014
The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham, 1919.
The Road, Jack London, 1907.
Slap Noir, James BigBoy Medlin, 2014.
The Warlord of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1919.
The Gods of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1918.

February 2014
A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1917.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert K. Massie, 2011.

January 2014
The Outermost House, Henry Beston, 1928.
Walking, Henry David Thoreau, 1862.
The Eternal Wonder, Pearl S. Buck, 2013.
Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women, George MacDonald, 1858.
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, 2013.

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