When reviewing the lists of top ten books of 2015 from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Week, The Guardian or (when the editors get lazy and ask the reader to come up with a list) The Wall Street Journal, I discovered that I did not read a single book on those lists. It is not that I did not read a book this year, but it appears that I did not read what everyone else seems to be reading this year.
The stack of books read during this year include, but are not limited to, the following: Meditations on the Insatiable Soul, poems by Robert Bly; The Moviegoer and Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy; True North, The Farmer’s Daughter, and Julip by Jim Harrison; Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor; Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich; The Dharma Bums and Big Sur by Jack Kerouac; Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Sky Above, Great Wind and One Robe, One Bowl (translations of Ryokan’s poetry); and Rabbit, Run by John Updike.
Notable, these books have at least one thing in common: they were written and published prior to the internet. That is not to say that every book I read last year pre-dates the world wide web. For example, Nick Demske’s self-titled release is a modern poetry volume. But what intrigues me by some of these books is that they could never, ever possibly be published in today’s market.
I started reading one author because a writer I met in Racine encouraged me to explore fiction. One book lead to another which opened the door to a different author which lead to another book. And that lead to a year’s worth of following authors and their books.
Currently, I have at least a dozen books I am reading now that will begin the journey for next year.
 The New York Times
 The Washington Post
 The Week
 The Guardian
 The Wall Street Journal
 This whole reading/book list started with: The best books I should have read before 2013.
 And here is the best reads of 2013.
 The next year is more of a commonplace book list of best reads of 2014.