Monday, December 29, 2014

A list of the books I read in 2014

Following is a list of the books I read this year.
This is the third year I have made such a list.
The list for 2013 is here. The list for 2012 is here.


The Writings of Charles Dickens
with Critical and Bibliographical Introductions and Notes
by Edwin Percy Whipple
Illuminated with Steel Portraits and Engravings
from the Original Designs
by Browne, Cruikshank, Leech, and Others
in Thirty-Two Volumes

Houghton, Mifflin and Company



The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
(Two Volumes)

Sketches by Boz
Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People

The Adventures of Oliver Twist

Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
(Two Volumes)

The Old Curiosity Shop

Barnaby Rudge, Master Humphrey’s Clock,
and The Mystery of Edwin Drood
(Two Volumes)

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
and American Notes
(Two Volumes)

Dombey and Son
(Two Volumes)

The Personal History of David Copperfield
(Two Volumes)

Bleak House
(Two Volumes)

Little Dorrit
(Two Volumes)

A Tale of Two Cities

Great Expectations

Our Mutual Friend
(Two Volumes)

Christmas Books: Tales and Sketches
(Two Volumes)

Hard Times and Other Stories

The Uncommercial Traveler and Pictures from Italy

Plays, Poems, and Miscellanies

A Child’s History of England;
also A Holiday Romance and Other Pieces

Life, Letters, and Speeches of Charles Dickens,
with Biographical Sketches of the Principal Illustrators of Dickens’s Works
(Two Volumes)

The Dickens Dictionary
A Key to the Plot and Characters in the Tales of Charles Dickens
with Copious Indexes and Bibliography by Gilbert A. Pierce
with Additions by William A. Wheeler


Never More Together : A Wordless Poem
by Steven McCabe

Monsieur Ambivalence : a post literate fable
by Thomas Fuller

Galileo’s Daughter : A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel

The Wanderer (Le Grand Meaulnes)
by Alain-Fournier

A White Umbrella in Mexico
by F. Hopkinson Smith
with Illustrations by the Author

Life of Charles Darwin
by G.T. Bettany

The Moon and Sixpence
by W. Somerset Maugham

Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury

The Dramatic Works of St. John Hankin
by St. John Hankin
(Three Volumes)

Remembrance Rock
by Carl Sandburg

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
by Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
by Carl Van Doren

The Words: The Autobiography of Jean-Paul Sartre
by Jean-Paul Sartre

Always The Young Strangers
by Carl Sandburg

Seeds of Man : An Experience Lived and Dreamed
by Woody Guthrie

East of Eden
by John Steinbeck

Memoirs of a Nun
by Denis Diderot

Jude the Obscure
by Thomas Hardy

The Metamorphosis of Ajax : A New Discourse on a Stale Subject
by Sir John Harington

Absalom, Absalom!
by William Faulkner

The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway

The Human Comedy
by William Saroyan

A Listening Thing
by William Michaelian

Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable
by Samuel Beckett

O Lost : A Story of the Buried Life
(The original version of Look Homeward, Angel)
by Thomas Wolfe

Sister Carrie
by Theodore Dreiser

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
by Herman Melville

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(with 42 illustrations by Gustave Doré)

Van Loon's Lives :
Being a true and faithful account of a number of highly interesting meetings with certain historical personages, from Confucius and Plato to Voltaire and Thomas Jefferson, about whom we had always felt a great deal of curiosity and who came to us as our dinner guests in a bygone year.
by Hendrik Willem van Loon

La Vita Nuova
by Dante Alighieri
(translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)

The Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri
(translated by Melville Best Anderson)

by George Eliot

The Betrothed
by Alessandro Manzoni

Goblin Market : a tale of two sisters
by Christina Rossetti

Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-1654
Edited by Edward Abbott Parry

The Diary of John Evelyn
by John Evelyn
(Two Volumes)

Purefoy Letters : 1735-1753
by Elizabeth Fish Purefoy and Henry Purefoy
(Two Volumes)


Jonathan Chant said...

Another eclectic and inspiring list. Thank you for sharing.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, too, Jonathan. A year ends, a year begins. True wealth in books and friends.

Jonathan Chant said...

Good to see Ray Bradbury on that list.

William Michaelian said...

In fact it does make a certain amount of sense.

Lorraine Renaud said...

wow I've read great expectation years ago Moby Dick in French as a child, The Divine Comedy, while studying...
this year though, it's been the Titanic. And vast arrays of books from survivors of the Holocaust, from Historian, and the book on Hitler which i keep on starting to read, and put it down...but if ever you have a chance to read a book translated in English by Charlotte Delbo or Leon Kahn, you'd want to read, I read Camelot the true Story, as well as the book of the life of La Comtesse de Segur an author in 1880 who wrote children's book , Camelot, the true Story as well as all the books I can find from Daniel Meurois...I have hundreds of good fiction ready to read, not to mention one written by our very own blogger Kim Talon

William Michaelian said...

Beautiful. And what I like best of all, is that there is no end to it.

Lorraine Renaud said...

oh have you ever read the best fictional end of the world book? You should it's wonderful it's called Swan Song by Robert McCammon even though fiction you'll have trouble putting it down

William Michaelian said...

I haven’t; and in fact, as this and the previous two lists illustrate, I read very little recent/current fiction. Maybe I will catch up with modern times eventually.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Did you nothing else in 2014? I thought I was a voracious reader.

William Michaelian said...

I’m not sure, Yvonne; I must have done something else — in fact, thanks to these books, it feels I’ve lived several lifetimes.

Lorraine Renaud said...

I'm now reading on Book on Hitler the early years, the information from a friend of Hitler , the artist who couldn't make it, the outburst of such rage...and I can see how he became the monster he was all through his own self..It is truly scary to know as you read what it lead to, and yet not surprised, I can't seem to put it down anymore...