My Top 10 of the Last 350 Books Read on Goodreads

In November 2019, I wrote about reaching 300 books read on Goodreads since 2014. This past Monday, when I finished Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, I reached 350 (or a little more, considering a few books were collections of books, such as The Lord of the Rings – a reread). Instead of breaking down the numbers like that 2019 post, I thought this time I’d highlight my top 10 of the 350, out of the 50 that I rated five stars.

The only order I’m putting them in is alphabetical order by title:

  1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  2. All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver
  3. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  4. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  5. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  6. Leaves of Grass: The Deathbed Edition by Walt Whitman
  7. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  8. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  9. The River Why by David James Duncan
  10. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

Two of them, All Creatures Great and Small and All Systems Red, are the beginnings of series; another two, poetry; and five, nonfiction. That wasn’t by design to be split into fiction and nonfiction, but it is nice how it worked out that way. Naturally, I highly recommend all of them, but the one that I think is a must-read is Being Mortal – because, well, we all are mortal (unless there’s something I don’t know about you).


Last week, beyond Project Hail Mary, I mentioned books I might read. Out of those, the next one I’m reading is Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo by Jo Koy. I plan on finishing that either tonight or tomorrow. Kim and I are still listening to the podcast Aack Cast by Jamie Loftus about “Cathy, the iconic and much-maligned comic strip by Cathy Guisewite,” in which Jamie Loftus “weaves between reporting and fiction, putting a cruelly treated cartoon everywoman in context.” I’m still making my way through the final two seasons of Criminal Minds.

And finally, tomorrow afternoon I’m going to a virtual concert with Bob Dylan. Tying in with the mention of Whitman earlier, I’ll leave you with this from Dylan from last year’s phenomenal album Rough and Rowdy Ways:

19 thoughts on “My Top 10 of the Last 350 Books Read on Goodreads

  1. One of the books that I remember most and recommend to the most people is Being Mortal. It’s probably the age we are with aging parents, but it really spoke to me.

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  2. That’s a great list, Bryan! Being Mortal, Between the World and Me, and Travels with Charley were all 5-star reads for me, too. I finally read Elizabeth Acevedo earlier this year and will definitely try The Poet X soon.

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  3. Great list! I read Travels With Charley and Between the World and Me but I guess they are some of the books I forgot to review. So that means a re-read of them, and hopefully I won’t forget the reviews this time. 🙂

    I hope you have a great week!

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  4. That list has very interesting variety! I’m tempted by several of them. I’ve read quite a few articles by Coates and Gawanda, but not the books.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  5. Lists are my favorite sort of posts. Especially lists of books. And especially, especially lists of good books.

    I’ve read three on your list.

    *All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot ☆☆☆☆☆
    *Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande ☆☆☆☆☆
    *Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck ☆☆☆☆

    All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver
    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Leaves of Grass: The Deathbed Edition by Walt Whitman
    Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    All Systems Red by Martha Wells
    The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
    The River Why by David James Duncan

    I am very interested in reading the other seven. I’m especially interested in Poet X and Meditations.

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  6. Completely agree that everyone should read Being Mortal. Same for the Ta-Nahisi Coates. I hadn’t heard of the Cathy podcast but being a fan of the strip back in the day, may need to check it out. Enjoy Dylan (love that song).

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