2017 Reading List


Here’s what I’ve been reading this year along with a list of plays I’ve watched. You can find previous years’ lists here.


  1. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016
  2. Washington Square by Henry James
  3. A Small Boy and Others by Michael Moon
  4. Faulkner, Mississippi by Edward Glissant
  5. Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
  6. Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel by Edmund White
  7. Arabian Nights by Michael Moon
  8. Orca by Steven Brust
  9. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett
  10. The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet
  11. In a Shallow Grave by James Purdy
  12. The Romantic Revolution: A History by Tim Blanning
  13. Raylan by Elmore Leonard
  14. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  15. Poetic Justice: The Literary Imagination and Public Life by Martha C. Nussbaum
  16. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
  17. Gertrude of Stony Island Avenue by James Purdy
  18. Scarlet and Black by Stendhal
  19. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  20. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  21. The Leaves of Grass (1855) by Walt Whitman
  22. Buddhism: A Short History by Edward Conze
  23. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  24. The Married Man by Edmund White
  25. Werewolves in Their Youth by Michael Chabon
  26. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
  27. St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
  28. Just Kids by Patti Smith †
  29. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  30. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
  31. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
  32. What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
  33. Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright †
  34. The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois†
  35. The Way of Zen by Alan W. Watts
  36. The Existentialist Café by Sara Bakewell
  37. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  38. The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Allen Taylor †
  39. Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
  40. The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein
  41. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  42. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben †
  43. Jung by Anthony Stevens
  44. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  45. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi †
  46. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  47. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
  48. Still Life by Louise Penny
  49. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  50. The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers †


  1. La Bonne Âme du Se-Tchouan by Bertolt Brecht (Lorraine Pintal, TNM) *
  2. Noises Off by Michael Frayn (Jacob Tierney, Segal Centre) *
  3. La Cantatrice chauve et La Leçon by Eugène Ionesco (Normand Chouinard, Le Théâtre du Rideau Vert) *
  4. You Will Remember Me by François Archambault (Roy Surette, Centaur Theatre) *
  5. Caligula by Albert Camus (René Richard Cyr, TNM) *
  6. MacBeth by William Shakespeare (Collège Saint-Hillaire)
  7. Un Jeu de l’amour et du hasard by Marivaux (Alain Zouvi, TNM) *
  8. Demain Matin, Montréal m’attends by Michel Tremblay (René Richard Cyr, TNM) *
  9. Chat en poche by George Feydeau (Théâtre Rougement) *
  10. Aura (Moment Factory, Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal) *
  11. Lucrèce Borgia by Victor Hugo (Denis Podalydès, La Comédie Française at TNM) *
  12. Stone: Homage à Plamondon (Cirque du Soleil, L’Amphithéâtre Cogeco à Trois-Rivière)
  13. “Café Müller” and “The Rite of Spring” by Pina Bausch (Wuppertal Tanztheater at the NAC) *
  14. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (Martin Lavigne, Centre Culturel de Beloeil) *

†: Audiobook