We asked the past year’s podcast-guests for the favorite books they read in 2018 and the books they hope to read in 2019 for our special year-end Guest List episode! Nearly three dozen guests participated, so listen to the show to hear about their picks, and use this page to check out all the books, as well as their past episodes! (And there’s a bonus conversation with Bill Kartalopoulos, editor of the Best American Comics series!)

(Photo of Jesse Sheidlower‘s bookshelves by me; Jesse was a 2018 guest, but he didn’t write back for this episode. Booo . . .)

If you’d like a guide to the episode, detailing the order of the speakers and when their segments begin, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

The Guests

Jerry Beck (8:55)

Jerry’s 2019 goals

Christopher Brown (33:25)

Chris’ 2019 goals

Dave Calver (39:45)

Roz Chast (39:00)

Roz’ 2019 goals

Mark Dery (23:55)

Michael Gerber (21:20)

Cathy B Graham (13:40)

Cathy’s 2019 goal

Dean Haspiel (27:10)

Dean’s 2019 goal

  • White – Bret Easton Ellis

Steven Heller (7:00)

Steven’s 2019 goal

Richard Kadrey (25:50)

Richard’s 2019 goals

Paul Karasik (18:00)

Paul’s 2019 goals

Bill Kartalopoulos (1:50:00)

Bill’s 2019 goal

Ken Krimstein (14:05)

Ken’s 2019 goal

Nora Krug (12:00)

Nora’s 2019 goal

  • More Philip Roth

John Leland (22:30)

John’s 2019 goal

Alberto Manguel (6:20)

Alberto’s 2019 goals

Hal Mayforth (37:50)

Hal’s 2019 goals

  • More Dickens & Twain

Dave McKean (20:25)

Dave’s 2019 goal

Mark Newgarden (19:20)

Audrey Niffenegger (38:20)

Audrey’s 2019 goals

Jim Ottaviani (30:30)

Jim’s 2019 goals

Robert Andrew Parker (20:00)

Shachar Pinsker (33:05)

Nathaniel Popkin (12:25)

Chris Reynolds (17:35)

Chris’ 2019 goal

  • More by Cordwainer Smith

Lance Richardson (16:05)

Lance’s 2019 goals

JJ Sedelmaier (7:50)

David Small (11:15)

David’s 2019 goal

  • some short novels by Thomas Mann

Willard Spiegelman (32:00)

Willard’s 2019 goal

Levi Stahl (40:05)

Lavie Tidhar (37:10)

Mark Ulriksen (32:20)

Mark’s 2019 goals

Irvin Ungar (37:30)

Henry Wessells (4:00)

Henry’s 2019 goals

Gil Roth (42:00)

Gil’s 2019 goals

Guest List Sequence

Henry Wessells – 4:00
Alberto Manguel – 6:20
Steven Heller – 7:00
JJ Sedelmaier – 7:50
Jerry Beck – 8:55
David Small – 11:15
Nora Krug – 12:00
Nathaniel Popkin – 12:25
Cathy B Graham – 13:40
Ken Krimstein – 14:05
Lance Richardson – 16:05
Chris Reynolds – 17:35
Paul Karasik – 18:00
Mark Newgarden – 19:20
Robert Andrew Parker – 20:00
Dave McKean – 20:25
Michael Gerber – 21:20
John Leland – 22:30
Mark Dery – 23:55
Richard Kadrey – 25:50
Dean Haspiel – 27:10
Jim Ottaviani – 30:30
Willard Spiegelman – 32:00
Mark Ulriksen – 32:20
Shachar Pinsker – 33:05
Christopher Brown – 33:25
Lavie Tidhar – 37:10
Irvin Ungar – 37:30
Hal Mayforth – 37:50
Audrey Niffenegger – 38:20
Roz Chast – 39:00
Dave Calver – 39:45
Levi Stahl – 40:05
Gil Roth – 42:00
Bill Kartalopoulos – 1:50:00