Reading Log


On his website, Matt Bell keeps a log of the books that he reads each year, and I thought that was a pretty cool idea. Like him, I only include books I’ve read all the way through. If I don’t finish it, it doesn’t get added.

  • 2020
    1. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood—Family Read Aloud
    2. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
    3. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson—Family Read Aloud
    4. The Institute by Stephen King
    5. A Tale of the Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
      1. Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn, Michael Mignola, P. Craig Russell, David Hornung, and John Workman
      2. Master of the Future by Brian Augustyn, Eduardo Barreto, Steve Oliff, and Willie Schubert
    6. Farmhand by Rob Guillory
    7. Proxima Centauri by Farel Dalrymple
    8. The Dark Tower by Stephen King—Audio Book
    9. Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai by Stan Sakai
    10. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz—Audio Book
    11. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
    12. Little Faith by Nickolas Butler
    13. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodsgon Burnett
    14. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
    15. The 10,000 Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
    16. Wytches by Scott Snyder, Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, Clem Robins, and David Brothers
    17. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
    18. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
    19. Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope by Darcy Van Poelgest (writer), Ian Bertram (artist), Matt Hollingsworth (colors), Aditya Bidikar (letters), Ben Didier (design)
    20. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
    21. Ice Cream Man, Vol. 2: Strange Neapolitan by W. Maxwell Prince (writer), Martin Morazzo (art), Chris O’Halloran (colors), Good Old Neon (lettering, interior cover design), & Shanna Matuszak (cover design)
    22. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
    23. Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw
    24. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
    25. Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band is Playing & Leviathan 99 by Ray Bradbury–Audiobook, read by Paul Hecht
    26. Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
    27. The Outsider by Stephen King–Audiobook, read by Will Patton
    28. A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw
    29. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
    30. First Dangle and Other Stories by Kevin Hearne
    31. Ring Shout by P. Dejli Clark
    32. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman–Audiobook, narrated by Philip Pullman and performed by a full cast
    33. Savage Legion, Book One in the Savage Rebellion series by Matt Wallace
    34. Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis–Audiobook, read by Amy Landon
  • 2019
    • The Adventure Zone Vol. 1: Here There Be Gerblins by The McElroys and Carey Pietsch
    • Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King –audiobook
    • Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 2–Bodertown by Jeff Lemire, Adnrea Sorrentino, and Marcelo Maiolo
    • Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 1–Berzerker by Jeff Lemire, Adnrea Sorrentino, and Marcelo Maiolo
    • The Infamous Soothing System of Professor Maillard adapted by Raleigh Marcell Jr., based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
    • Suicide Woods by Benjamin Percy
    • The Umbrella Academy, Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
    • A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill
    • X-Men: Second Coming
      • Second Coming: Prepare by Mike Carey, Stuart Immonen, Michel Lacombe, and Justin Ponsor
      • X-Men: Second Coming #1 by Craig Kyle & Chris Yost, David Finch, Batt, Aspen’s Peter Steigerwald
      • Uncanny X-Men #523-525 by Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Justin Ponsor
      • New Mutants #12-14 by Zeb Wells, Ibraim Roberson with Law Medina & Nathan Fox, Brian Reber with Matt Milla & Jose Villarrubia
      • X-Men: Legacy #235-237 by Mike Carey, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, and Justin Ponsor
      • X-Force #26-28 by Craig Kyle & Chris Yost, Mike Choi, and Sonia Oback
      • X-Men: Second Coming Coming #2
        • Chapter 1 by Zeb Wells, Ibraim Roberson, and Matt Milla
        • Chapter 2 by Mike Carey, Esad Ribic, and Matthew Wilson
        • Chapter 3 by Craig Kyle & Chris Yost, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, and Frank Martin
        • Chapter 4 by Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Brad Anderson
    • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury–audiobook
    • The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark
    • Redshirts by John Scalzi–Audio book
    • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    • Kindred by Octavia Butler–Audio book
    • Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E, Volume 1: War of the Monsters by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli
    • Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
    • Mister Miracle by Tom King (writer), Mitch Gerads (artist & colorist), Clayton Cowles (letterer), and Nick Derington (original series cover art)
    • How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (Family Read Aloud)
    • The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky by John Hornor Jacobs
    • Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
    • Nightwing, Volume 7: The Bleeding Edge by Benjamin Percy, Chris Mooneyham, and Klaus Johnson
    • Elevation by Stephen King
    • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
    • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson–Audio Book
    • Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
    • Battling Boy #2: The Fall of the House of West by Paul Pope, JT Petty, and David Rubin
    • Battling Boy by Paul Pope
    • SteelHeart by Brandon Sanderson–Audio Book
    • Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick by Brick by Gerard Way and Nick Derington
    • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark
    • Huck Out West by Robert Coover
    • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
    • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month N.K. Jemisin
    • Get Jiro by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, art by Langdon Foss and Jose Villarubia
    • Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Alberto Ponticelli, Irene Koh, and Paul Pope
    • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
    • The Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire
    • The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
    • The Invisibles Book One written by Grant Morrison with art by Steve Yeowell, Jill Thompson, Chris Weston, John Ridgway, Steve Parkhouse, Paul Johnson, Phil Jimenez, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Mark Buckingham.
    • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman–Audio Book
    • Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
    • Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor–Audio Book
    • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed–Audio Book
  • 2018
    • Head On by John Scalzi
    • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
    • Gideon Falls Volume 1: The Black Barn by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Dave Stewart
    • The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah by Stephen King–Audio Book
    • Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
    • Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin (Family Read Aloud)
    • Descender: Volume Four by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
    • Descender: Volume Three by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
    • Descender: Volume Two by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
    • Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher–Audio Book
    • Sweet Tooth, Volume One: Out of the Deep Woods by Jeff Lemire
    • Descender: Volume One by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
    • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    • Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler
    • I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas
    • Oddfellow’s Orphanage by Emily Winfield Martin (Family Read Aloud)
    • Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty–Audio Book
    • The Fisherman by John Langan
    • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo (Family Read Aloud)
    • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman–Audio Book
    • Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
    • The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay–Audio Book
    • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara–Audio Book
    • The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley
    • Bear Town by Fredrik Backman–Audio Book
    • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
    • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
    • Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, #1-4 by Jeff Lemire
    • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
    • The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson
    • Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown
    • Saga: Volume Eight by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
    • Afterlife With Archie: Escape From Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
    • Don’t Live For Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary, and Personal Observations on Writing 2008-2017 by John Scalzi
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline–Audio Book
    • Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King–Audio Book
    • Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
    • The Changeling by Victor LaValle
    • X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor
    • Somebody Owes Me Money by Donald E. Westlake–Audio Book
    • Goliath by Tom Gauld
    • Moon Cop by Tom Gauld
    • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
    • Destroyer by Victor LaValle
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury–Audio Book
    • Turn Coat (#11 in The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher–Audio Book
    • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
    • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
    • The Disaster Artist by Greg Sistero–Audio Book
    • Small Favor (#10 in The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher–Audio Book
    • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
    • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro–Audio Book
    • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (taught in sophomore English, so it’s an annual read)
    • In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien
    • Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace
    • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
    • Black Hammer #1-13 by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
  • 2017 (as far back as I can remember)
    • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
    • Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle
    • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
    • The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
    • Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris–Audio Book
    • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender–Audio Book
    • A Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
    • Office at Night by Kate Bernheimer and Laird Hunt
    • Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem
    • Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy
    • The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
    • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer
    • Tenth of December by George Saunders
    • Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn
    • Screenplay by Syd Field
    • The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler