Bookshelf

Sometime around the start of 2010, I fell hard for reading. I have loved books from a young age, but never in my life have I read so much so quickly. I’m loving it, and don’t plan to stop, so I’ve been keeping a running list of books on a “to-read” list. As I make my way through them I have been giving a rating of 1 to 5 stars so I can remember what to recommend to others. Here is the list to date:

2013
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [***.5]
Bringing Up Bébé, Pamela Druckerman [***]
Carry the One, Carol Anshaw [***]
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy [**]
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin [***.5]
Best Friends Forever, Jennifer Weiner [**]
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes [***]
Life Among Giants, Bill Roorbach [***.5]
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Soloman [****]
The Secret of Happy Families, Bruce Feiler [***.5]
The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout [**.5]
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson [****]
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner [***.5]
Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan [***.5]
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein [***]
Zeitoun, Dave Eggers [***.5]
Home, Marilynne Robinson [***]
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver [***]
The Silver Star, Jeanette Walls [**.5]
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri [***]
The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco [***]
Sisterland, Curtis Sittenfeld [***]
The Telling Room, Michael Paterniti [**.5]
The Conscious Bride, Sheryl Paul [***]
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, Alan Bradley [****]
The Round House, Louise Erdrich [***.5]
The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman [****]
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel [***.5]
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman [***]
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Maria Semple [****]
A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki [****]
Mating in Captivity, Ester Perel [****]

2012

A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan [***.75]
Swamplandia!, Karen Russell [****]
The Illumination, Kevin Brockmeier [***]

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens [***.5]
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett [***.75]
A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson [***.5]
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle [**.5]
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley [***]
The Submission, Amy Waldman [****]
Freakanomics, Steven Dunar and Steven Levitt [***]
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [****]
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach [****]
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [***.5]
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [**]
The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht [**.5]
What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell  [***]
The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman [***.5]
Personal Finance for Dummies, Eric Tyson [****]
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg [***.5]
The Thousand Autums of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell  [***]
Open, Andre Agassi [****]
The Real Cost of Living, Carmen Wong Ulrich [***.5]
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo [***]
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn [**.5]
The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje [***]
The Keep, Jennifer Egan [**.5]
Into the Beautiful North, Luis Alberto Urrea [***]
The Bookseller, Mark Pryor [***.5] 
2011
Black Swan Green, David Mitchell [****]
The Gendarme, Mark T. Mustian [**.5]
Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories, Mike Birbiglia [***]
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O’Farrel [***]
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver [****]
How Did You Get This Number, Sloane Crosley [***]
Room, Emma Donoghue [***]
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein [***.5]
Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand [****]
Great House, Nicole Krauss [***]
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson [***]
Let’s Take the Long Road Home: A Memoir of Friendhip, Gail Caldwell [****]
A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabladon [***]
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot [***]
Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez [**.5]
Born to Run, Christopher McDougall [****]
Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese [****]

The Red Thread, Ann Hood [*]
Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain [***]
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson [***]
The Nobodies Album, Carolyn Parkhusrt [**.5]
The Housekeeper and The Professor, Yoko Ogawa [***]
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro [**]
A Painted House, John Grisham [***]
2010
158-Pound Marriage, John Irving [*** ]
American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld [****.5]
Baby Proof, Emily Giffin [***]

The Chester Chronicles, Kermit Moyer [***]

Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert [****]

The Coral Thief, Rebecca Stott [**]

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbary [***]
A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
[***]
The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner [***.5]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
Stieg Larsson [****]
The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson [****]

The Good Thief, Hannah Tinti [**.5]

Good Without God, Greg Epstein [**.5]

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck [****]

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society,
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows [***.5]
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
[****]
A Home at Big Stone Gap, Adriana Trigiani [**]

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan [**.5]

Little Bee, Chris Cleave [****]

A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines [**]

Let the Great World Spin: A Novel, Colum McCann [***.5]

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown [***]

One Day, Dave Nicholls [****]

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe [**.5]

A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick [***]

A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian, Marina Lewycka [*]

A Short History of Women, Kate Walbert [***]
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar [**.5]

The Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder [***]

Tinkers, Paul Harding[***.5]

Traveling with Pomegranates, Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor [**]

Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen [***]

What is Left the Daughter, Howard Norman [***.5]

When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro
[***]
The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell [***]

Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri [****]

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, Susan Jane Gilman [***.5]
Mating in Captivity, Ester Perel [****]

To Read:
11/22/63, Stephen King
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaajte
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Big Girl Small, Rachel DeWoskin
Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, Maile Meloy
The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
By Nightfall, Michael Cunningham
Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival, Norman Ollestad
Daring Greatly, Dr. Brené Brown
Day After Night, Anita Diamant
Drown, Junot Diaz
An Echo in the Bone, Diana Gabaldon
Elsewhere, Richard Russo
The Fates Will Find Their Way, Hannah Pittard
Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence, Heidi Holverson
Fraction of the Whole, Steve Toltz
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
Getting to Yes, Fisher, et. Al
The Gifts of Imperfection, Dr. Brene Brown
Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
Gulp, Mary Roach
Half Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls
Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger
How I Became a Famous Novelist, Steve Hely
How to Breathe Under Water, Julie Orringer
The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Daniyal Mueenuddin
Last Night in Twisted River, John Irving
The Likeness, Tana French
Love in Infant Monkeys: Stories, Lydia Millet
Love is a Mixed Tape: Life and Loss One Song at a Time, Rob Sheffield
The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Maid’s Version, Daniel Woodrell
The Marrowbone Marble Company, M. Glenn Taylor
Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
The Memory of Love, Aminatta Forna
Memory Wall: Stories, Anthony Doerr
Mister Max, Cynthia Voight
The Mushroom Hunter, Langdon Cook
Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
The Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich
Private Life, Jane Smiley
Sacred Hunger, Barry Unsworth
Sarah Phillips, Andrea Lee
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
Sun, Stone and Shadows, Jorge Hernandez
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, Ori Brafman & Rom Brafman
The Swerve, Stephen Greenblatt
Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel, Carol Rifka Brunt
Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
This How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper
Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, Juliann Garey
Transatlantic, Colum McCann
Type Talk, Kroeger and Theusen
War Dances, Sherman Alexie
Wiseblood, Flannery O’Connor
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4 thoughts on “Bookshelf

  1. This is awesome! I am trying to get back into the groove of reading and am going to use this list. I’m reading the Lacuna now and am really enjoying it. Thanks for putting this together!!

  2. I am SO impressed with your reading list. You have inspired me!! It is my goal to finish at least 2 of the 3 books I half read by the end of April. Look forward to reading more on your bloggy.

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