What I’m Reading

What I’m Reading Now | Next on My List | All-Time Favorite Books

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

William Faulkner

What I’m Reading (or listening to) Now

  1. Outline, Rachel Cusk
  2. Liar’s Club, Mary Karr

Next on My List

  1. When It Grows Dark, Jorn Lier Horst
  2. George and Lizzie, Nancy Pearl

Books I’ve Enjoyed Since I Started Keeping Track (October 2015)
Note: if I didn’t enjoy a book, I didn’t add it to this list, which may explain why a title went from “What I’m Reading” to not on any list.

  1. The Absent One, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  2. The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  3. My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent
  4. Voices, Arnaldur Indridason
  5. Silence of the Grave, Arnaldur Indridason
  6. Jar City, Arnaldur Indridason
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil de Grasse Tyson
  8. The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
  9. Miss Jane, Brad Watson
  10. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  11. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  12. A Really Big Lunch, Jim Harrison
  13. The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery
  14. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
  15. South and West, Joan Didion
  16. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  17. Hillbilly Elegy,  J. D. Vance
  18. Ordeal, Jorn Lier Horst
  19. Caveman, Jorn Lier Horst
  20. Mastering Leadership, Robert Anderson & William Adams
  21. The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  22. Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  23. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  24. Crusader’s Cross, James Lee Burke
  25. In the Kingdom of Ice, Hampton Sides
  26. Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
  27. The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff
  28. Delicate, Edible Birds, Lauren Groff
  29. Pack of Two, Caroline Knapp
  30. The Earth is Enough, Harry Middleton
  31. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  32. Can’t Not Do, Paul Shoemaker
  33. The Lake House, Kate Morton
  34. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  35. The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah
  36. StandOut 2.0, Marcus Buckingham
  37. Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Emma Hooper
  38. Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Joan Didion
  39. Fates & Furies, Lauren Groff
  40. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North
  41. Thunderstruck, Erik Larson
  42. Hold Still, Sally Mann
  43. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  44. The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan
  45. The Swimmer, Joakim Zander
  46. Strengths-based Parenting, Mary Rechmeyer and Jennifer Robison

All-Time Top Favorites 

  1. The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
  2. Man’s Fate, Andre Malraux
  3. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  4. A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean
  5. She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb
  6. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  7. Rivers of Memory, Harry Middleton
  8. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
  9. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  10. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  11. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
  12. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  13. The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
  14. Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austen
  15. Grendel, John Gardner
  16. The Meadow, James Galvin

Favorite Books I Read with My Kids

  1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankewiler, E. L. Konigsburg
  2. Magic Marks the Spot (and the entire Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series), Caroline Carlson
  3. Gregor the Overlander (and other books in the same series), Suzanne Collins
  4. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
  5. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle
  6. The Borrowers, Mary Norton
  7. The Fairy Tale Detectives (and the entire Sisters Grimm series), Michael Buckley
  8. Looking for Alaska, John Green
  9. The Hunger Games (and series), Suzanne Collins
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban (and the entire series, but book 3 is my favorite), J. K. Rowling