The Old School Book Catapult

Formerly known as The Book Catapult, this is now simply the blog of The Book Catapult – an actual independent bookstore in San Diego, CA!

The Catapult Notable List 2014 preview night!

To kick off this year’s Catapult Notable list – which will be unveiled TOMORROW – this is a list of the books I read at least portions of in 2014 – just so you can get an idea of what we’re dealing with here. Amazingly, there may be 5 or 6 titles down there that are serious contenders for the 2015 Catapult Notable list. We’ll just have to wait & find out.: 

S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst (unfinished)
Octopus! by Katherine Harmon Courage (unfinished)
Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux
Things I Like About America by Poe Ballantine
By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan
Arkansas by John Brandon
The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld by Justin Hocking (unfinished)
Why I Read by Wendy Lesser (unfinished)
Mount Terminus by David Grand (unfinished)
Inappropriate Behavior by Murray Farish
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Young God by Katherine Faw Morris
The Painter by Peter Heller
The Silent History by Eli Horowitz et al
The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
Bark by Lorrie Moore (unfinished)
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (unfinished)
The Bees by Laline Paull (unfinished)
Redeployment by Phil Klay
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (unfinished, reread)
Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Deep by James Nestor
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nicholas Butler
Eyrie by Tim Winton (unfinished)

Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (twice)
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit (unfinished)
The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr (reread)
The Hour of Lead by Bruce Holbert (unfinished)
Hell at the Breech by Tom Franklin
California by Edan Lepucki
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (unfinished, reread)
About Grace by Anthony Doerr (reread)
Red or Dead by David Peace (unfinished)
Further Joy: Stories by John Brandon (unfinished)
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
The End of Absence by Michael Harris (unfinished)
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (unfinished)
The Travels of Daniel Ascher by Deborah Levi-Betherat (Indies Introduce)
The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (reread)
Mort(e) by Robert Repino (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Eat My Heart Out by Zoe Pilger (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Between You and Me by Mary Norris (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Young Skins by Colin Barrett (Indies Introduce)
A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison (unfinished, Indies Introduce)

The Upstairs Wife by Rafia Zakaria (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Soil by Jamie Kornegay (Indies Introduce)
Mercy 6 by David Bajo
The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein (Indies Introduce)
The Valley by John Renehan (Indies Introduce)
Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Black River by S.M. Hulse (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Night of the Fiestas by Kristin Valdez Quade (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Hammer Head by Nina MacLaughlin (Indies Introduce)
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian (unfinished, Indies Introduce)
The End of Night by Paul Bogard
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
The Emerald Light in the Air by Donald Antrim
I Am Radar by Reif Larsen
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (unfinished)
The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare (unfinished)
Sweetland by Michael Crummey
501 Minutes to Christ by Poe Ballantine
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
The Rage by Gene Kerrigan
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (unfinished)
Turtleface and Beyond: Stories by Arthur Bradford
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (unfinished)
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer 

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