The Cut

The Cut

These are all books I’ve read since January 1st 2017 that I thought were good, but not good enough to make the top 100, and others that I didn’t like for whatever reason. I’m not a reviewer – just a curator. Either a book gets my stamp of approval – meaning I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone – or it doesn’t.

Okay, enough talk, get reading bitches!

Key: (F)=Fiction (NF)=Non Fiction (C)=Classic (OW)=On Writing (P)=Philosophy/Self Help

Currently Reading

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (C)

Where Nightmares Come From –  (various) (OW)

The Original Grimm’s Fairy Tales (F)

Reality is Broken – Jane McGonigal (P)

Made The Cut

The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom (F)

NOS4R2 – Joe Hill (F)

The Nightrunners – Joe Landsdale (F)

Influence – Robert Cialdini (P)

Cemetary Dance Magazine 69 (F)

Dune – Frank Herbert (F)

Discipline Equals Freedom – Jocko Willink (P)

Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg (OW)

12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan Peterson (P)

Musashi – Eiji Yoshikawa (F)

Writing Tools – Roy Clark (OW)

How to Stop Worrying and Live – Dale Carnegie (P)

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie (P)

Midnight Echo #11 (F)

Junky – William S. Burroughs (F)

Midnight Sun – Ramsey Campbell (F)

Ancestor – Scott Sigler (F)

I was Blind but now I see – James Altucher (P)

How to Win Friends and Influence People (P)

The Martian – Andy Weir (F)

Panzram – Journal of Murder (NF)

Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon (F)

Watcher in the Shadows – Carlos Ruiz Zafon (F)

Nocturnal – Scott Sigler (F)

Madam Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (C)

Bird By Bird – Ann Lamott (OW)

Permutation City – Greg Egan (F)

The Uses of Enchantment – Bruno Bettleheim (OW)

Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs (F)

The View from the Cheap Seats – Neil Gaiman (OW)

The Passage – Justin Cronin (F)

The Warrior Ethos – Steven Pressfield (OW)

The Knowledge – Steven Pressfield (F)

Letters to Lucilius – Seneca (P)

Killing Rommel – Steven Pressfield (F)

Mothertongue – Bill Bryson (NF)

Wild – Cheryl Strayed (P)

Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman (F)

Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink (P)

A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare – Peter Ackroyd (NF)

Danse Macabre – Stephen King (NF)

Watership Down – Richard Adams (C)

If This is a Man – Primo Levi (P)

Night Music – John Connolly (F)

The Writing Life – Annie Dillard (OW)

Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari (NF)

Did Not Make The Cut

My most common reasons for disliking a book are, in no order: 1. Shit writing 2. Not my thing 3. Irritating characters 4. Long winded/wordy 5. Pretentious 6. Boring 7. It was mediocre/neutral 8. I lost interest due to my own short attention span 9. Any combination of the above. I should also mention that a lot of famous classic books considered to be works of genius do not make the cut. This is because, while I might appreciate the value and brilliance of these books and believe them to be great, I did not necessarily enjoy reading them. A lot of classical literature is not easy or enjoyable to read just because of the style of the writing. Since my ‘Cut’ is all about my personal reading pleasure, I can’t include them.

The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (C)

Don Quixote – Miguel Cervantes (C)

The Pilo Family Circus – Will Elliot (F)

Darkness, Tell Us – Richard Laymon (F)

The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli (C)

The Vikings – Robert Wernicke (NF)

101 Great Lives – Patrick Pringle (NF)

The Wicked Boy – Kate Summerscale (NF)

The Iliad – Homer (C)

Dubliners – James Joyce (C)

The Widow – Fiona Barton (F)

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