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. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Susan Elia MacNeal
  2. Voices, Arnaldur Indridason

Next on My List

  1. When It Grows Dark, Jorn Lier Horst
  2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

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