Godfrey-Smith, Peter: Other Minds; The Octopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

NYTimes Notables 2016 - Fiction and Poetry

  • All That Man Is by David Szalay
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx
  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Black Water by Louise Doughty
  • Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
  • Collected Poems: 1950 - 2012 by Adrienne Rich
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  • Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman
  • Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo
  • The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies
  • A Gambler's Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem
  • The Gloaming by Melanie Finn
  • Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  • House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchison
  • I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014 by Eileen Myles
  • Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
  • Larose by Louise Erdrich
  • The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien
  • Look: Poems by Solmaz Sharif
  • The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay
  • Mischling by Affinity Konar
  • Mister Monkey by Francine Prose
  • Moonglow by Michael Chabon
  • The Mortifications by Derek Palacio
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams
  • The North Water by Ian McGuire
  • Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  • Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan
  • Still Here by Lara Vapnyar
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • Today I Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  • Valiant Gentlemen by Sabina Murray
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans
  • Weathering by Lucy Wood
  • Zero K by Don DeLillo

NYTimes Notables 2015 - Fiction and Poetry

  • Beatlebone by Kevin Barry
  • The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
  • Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
  • The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector
  • Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
  • The Door by Magda Szabo
  • Dragonfish by Vu Tran
  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  • Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years by Thomas Mallon
  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July
  • The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
  • Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson
  • From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 by Jorie Graham
  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
  • Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders by Julianna Baggott
  • Here by Richard McGuire
  • The Hollow Land by Jane Gardam
  • Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman
  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith
  • The Incarnations by Susan Barker
  • Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
  • The Love Object: Selected Stories by Edna O'Brien
  • Loving Day by Mat Johnson
  • Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
  • The Mare by Mary Gatskill
  • The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
  • Mislaid by Nell Zink
  • My Struggle: Book 4 by Ove Knausgaard
  • Night at the Fiestas: Stories by Kristin Valdez Quade
  • Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • S. O. S.: Poems 1961-2013 by Amiri Baraka
  • The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
  • Submission by Michel Houellebecq
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
  • The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
  • The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories by Joy Williams
  • The Whites by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt)

Not yet released

  • Steering the Craft, Ursula K. Le Guin (releases Kindle edition 9/1/15)
  • Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (9/22/15)

Stuff I'd like to read, aka, The List

  • Abbott, Meagan:
    • Dare Me
    • The Fever
    • You Will Know Me
  • Aira, César
    • Ghosts
    • How I Became A Nun
    • An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
  • Akhmatova, Anna
  • Aksyonov, Vassily: The New Sweet Style
  • Alexander, Christopher: The Timeless Way of Building
  • Allen, Jeffrey Renard: Rails Under My Back
  • Amis, Martin: Heavy Water
  • Armitage, Simon: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; A New Verse Translation
  • Atkinson, Kate: One Good Turn
  • Bacigalupi, Paolo: The Water Knife
  • Bailey, Paul
    • Peter Smart's Confessions
    • Gabriel's Lament
  • Baker, Kevin
    • Dreamland
    • Paradise Alley
  • Banasky, Carmiel: The Suicide of Claire Bishop
  • Bangqing, Han: The Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai
  • Barker, Clive: The Scarlet Gospels
  • Barron, Laird (writes horror)
  • Barthelme, Donald
  • Barthelme, Frederick: Elroy Nights
  • Bausch, Richard: The Stories of Richard Bausch
  • Bellow, Saul
    • Herzog
    • Augie March
    • Humboldt's Gift
    • Ravelstein
  • Bender, Aimee: Willful Creatures
  • Bennett, Alan: The Laying on of Hands
  • Biggers, Earl Derr: Charlie Chan novels
  • Bolano, Roberto
    • 2666
    • The Skating Rink
    • Antwerp
    • The Insufferable Gaucho
    • The Return
  • Bogosian, Eric: Perforated Heart
  • Brelinski, Val: The Girl Who Slept With God
  • Brunner, John: The Sheep Look Up
  • Brust, Steven: Draegera books
  • Byatt, A.S.: Possession
  • Caputo, Philip: Acts of Faith
  • Casey, Maud: Genealogy
  • Cercas, Javier: The Speed of Light
  • Choi, Susan: American Woman
  • Coetzee, J. M.
    • Disgrace
    • Diary of a Bad Year
  • Cohen, Joshua: Book of Numbers
  • Cortazar, Julio: Diary of Andres Fava
  • Crouch, Blake: Wayward Pines trilogy
  • Cruz Smith, Martin
  • Dean, Pamela: Tam Lin
  • Delson, Rudolph: Maynard & Jennica
  • deWitt, Patrick: Ablutions; Notes for a Novel
  • Douglas, Ann: The Feminization of American Culture
  • Dufresne, John: Johnny Too Bad: Stories
  • Durham, David Anthony: Gabriel's Story
  • Eco, Umberto: Numero Zero
  • Egan, Greg: Permutation City
  • Egan, Kieron: The Educated Mind
  • Elliot, Jason: The Network
  • Ellman, Lucy: Dot in the Universe
  • Emerson: Essays and Lectures
  • Faber, Michel: The Book of Strange New Things
  • Ferris, Joshua: Then We Came to the End
  • Fox, Paula: The Widow's Children
  • Frost, Mark:
    • The List of Seven
    • The Six Messiahs
  • Gaitskill, Mary: Veronica
  • Galchen, Rivka: Atmospheric Disturbances
  • Gilbert, Dave: &Sons
  • Glass, Julia: The Widower's Tale
  • Glynn, Alan: The Dark Fields
  • Golding, Paul: The Abomination
  • Goldstein, Rebecca: Properties of Light
  • Grossman, David: To The End of the Land
  • Guibert, Emmanuel: The Photographer (Graphic Novel, also Lefevre, Didier and Lemercier, Frederic)
  • Harrison, Jim: Returning to Earth
  • Haskell, John: American Purgatorio
  • Hellenga, Robert: Philosophy Made Simple
  • Hemon, Aleksandar: The Lazarus Project
  • Hempel, Amy
    • Reasons to Live
  • Hilton, James: Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Himes, Chester
  • Holman, Sheri
    • A Stolen Tongue
    • The Dress Lodger
  • Holmes, Julia: Meeks
  • Huong, Duong Thu
  • Hughes, Ted
  • Hurley, Andrew Michael: The Loney
  • Huston, Charlie: Caught Stealing
  • Huxley, Aldous: The Divine Within
  • Hyland, M.J.: This Is How
  • Jackson, Shelley: Half Life
  • Jackson, Shirley: Novels and Stories
  • Jewell, Lisa: The House We Grew Up In
  • Johnson, Denis: Tree of Smoke
  • Jones, Edward P.: The Known World
  • Kadare, Ismail: The Pyramid
  • Karnezis, Panos: Little Infamies
  • Kaye, John
    • Stars Screaming
    • The Dead Circus
  • Kennedy, William
    • Legs
    • Billy Phelan's Greatest Game
    • Ironweed
    • Quinn's Book
    • Very Old Bones
    • The Flaming Corsage
    • Roscoe
  • Kirino, Natsuo: Out
  • Krauss, Nicole: Great House
  • Lampedusa, Prince of: The Leopard
  • Laxness, Halldor
    • Iceland's Bell
    • Under the Glacier
  • Le Carré, John: A Most Wanted Man
  • Ledgard, J. M.: Submergence
  • Lent, Jeffrey: In the Fall
  • Lennon, J. Robert: Castle
  • Lipinski, Thomas
  • Long, David: The Inhabited World
  • Magris, Claudio: Danube
  • Mantel, Hilary: Vacant Possession
  • Martin, Valerie: Property
  • Marwood, Alex: The Wicked Girls
  • McCarthy, Tom:
    • Remainder
    • C
  • McEwan, Ian: Solar
  • McGowan, Heather: Duchess of Nothing
  • McGuane, Thomas: Gallatin Canyon: Stories
  • McMahon, Thomas
    • Ira Foxglove
    • Principles of American Nuclear Chemistry
    • McKay's Bees
    • Loving Little Egypt
  • Mengestu, Dinaw: The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears
  • Michaels, Leonard: The Collected Stories
  • Millhauser, Steven: Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories
  • Milligan, J.: Jack Fish
  • Millman, Dan: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
  • Mooney, Ted: The Same River Twice
  • Moore, Lorrie: A Gate at the Stairs
  • Morrall, Clare: Astonishing Splashes of Colour
  • Morrison, Toni: A Mercy
  • Munro, Alice: Runaway
  • Nehme, Farran Smith: Missing Reels
  • Newman, Robert: The Fountain at the Center of the World
  • Nicholson, William: The Society of Others
  • Nicol, Mike: Revenge trilogy
  • Oliver, Lauren: Rooms
  • O'Nan, Stewart: West of Sunset
  • Paley, Grace: Just As I Thought
  • Parker, Michael: Don't Make Me Stop Now
  • Peace, David: Tokyo Year Zero
  • Peelle, Lydia: Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing
  • Perrotta, Tom: Joe College
  • Phillips, Adam and Taylor, Barbara: On Kindness
  • Pistorius, Martin: Ghost Boy
  • Powers, Richard
    • Three Farmers on their Way to a Dance
    • The Gold Bug Variations
    • Operation Wandering Soul
    • The Time of our Singing
  • Powell, Anthony
      "A Dance to the Music of Time"
    • A Question of Upbringing
    • A Buyer's Market
    • The Acceptance World
    • At Lady Molly's
    • Casanova's Chinese Restaurant
    • The Kindly Ones
    • The Valley of Bones
    • The Soldier's Art
    • The Military Philosophers
    • Books Do Furnish a Room
    • Temporary Kings
    • Hearing Secret Harmonies
  • Pritchard, Sara: Lately
  • Puchner, Eric: Music through the Floor; Stories
  • Rafferty, Terrence: Death of an Ordinary Man
  • Riis, Jacob de: Making of an American
  • Robinson, Marilynne: Lila
  • Ross, Adam: Mr. Peanut
  • Saint-Exupery, Antoine: Wind, Sand, and Stars
  • Salter, James: Last Night
  • Saramago, José: The Elephant's Journey
  • Schlink, Bernhard: The Reader
  • Schlosser, Eric: Command and Control
  • Schroeder, Karl: Lady of Mazes
  • Shapiro, Elena Mauli: In the Red
  • Shepard, Jim
    • Project X
    • Like You'd Understand, Anyway
  • Shields, Carol
    • Swann
    • Unless
    • Collected Stories
  • Shteyngart, Gary: Super Sad True Love Story
  • Smiley, Jane: Some Luck
  • Sieffert, Rachel: Afterwards
  • Somerville, Patrick: The Cradle
  • Sund, Erik Axl: The Crow Girl
  • Tabucchi, Antonio: Indian Nocturne
  • Theroux, Marcel: Far North
  • Theroux, Paul: Blinding Light
  • Thomas, Matthew: We Are Not Ourselves
  • Thomas, Michael: Man Gone Down
  • Toews, Miriam: All My Puny Sorrows
  • Toussaint, Jean-Philippe
    • Television
    • Making Love
    • The Bathroom
  • Tyson, Neil Degrasse: (autobiography)
  • Unsworth, Barry: The Songs of the Kings
  • Walbert, Kate: A Short History of Women
  • Walter, Jess: The Zero
  • Wang Dulu: maybe check out the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon series? I didn't know these were novels
  • Ward, Lynd: Six Novels in Woodcuts
  • Ware, Ruth: The Woman in Cabin 10
  • Waugh, Evelyn
  • Welsh, Louise: The Cutting Room
  • Westerfeld, Scott: The Risen Empire
  • Whitehead, Colson: John Henry Days
  • Wilbur, Richard: Collected Poems, 1943-2004
  • Williams, John: Stoner
  • Wilson, Daniel H:
    • Robopocalypse
    • Robogenesis
  • Womack, Jack: Random Acts of Senseless Violence
  • Woodward, Gerard:
    • August
    • I'll Go to Bed at Noon
    • A Curious Earth
  • Zupan, Kim: The Ploughmen
On meditation:
  • Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
  • Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
On Buddhism/mindfulness
  • Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, Dr. Mark Epstein
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs, Steven Batchelor
  • Dropping Ashes on the Buddha,
  • The Wisdom of Insecurity, Alan Watts
  • A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer
other stuff
  • Insurrections of the Mind (100 years of the New Republic)
  • The Uprising: Poetry and Finance by Frank Berardi
  • Ever Yours: The Essential Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
  • A Beautiful Constraint by Adam Morgan (business/motivational?)
year of reading women (+ stuff in list above!)
  • The Unspeakable by Meghan Dunn
  • The Village Effect by Susan Pinker (psychology)
  • How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
  • Bird by Bird by Anne LaMott
  • The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
  • Reboot and Rebel by Amy Tinterra (YA)
  • Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
  • More Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu (YA)
  • Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng
  • In the Light of What We Know Zia Haider Rahman
  • Ellen Oh (YA)
  • Marie Mutsuki Mockett: Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Good-bye
  • Lottie Moore: Birds of America
  • Annie Dillard: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Poetry by Denise Levertov
  • Julie Cruikshank: Do Glaciers Listen (mentioned by CKunzelman)
  • Anna North: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
  • Jessica Knoll: Luckiest Girl Alive
  • Elizabeth Alexander: The Light of the World (memoir)
  • Carter, Angela: The Bloody Chamber
  • Ware, Ruth: In a Dark, Dark Wood
  • Straub, Emma: The Vacationers
  • Kirman, Robin: Bradstreet Gate
Some games-adjacent writing (formal systems stuff) suggested by David Kanaga:
  • Investigations, Stuart Kauffman
  • Philosophy and Simulation, Manuel Delanda
  • Numbers and Games, John Conway