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. The Day the World Came to Town, Jim Defede
  2. Atonement , Ian McEwan

Next on My List

  1. 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. Fever Dream, Samantha Schweblin
  2. Moonglow, Michael Chabon
  3. Autumn, Ali Smith
  4. Liar’s Club, Mary Karr
  5. The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
  6. Outline, Rachel Cusk
  7. When It Grows Dark, Jorn Lier Horst
  8. The Absent One, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  9. The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  10. My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent
  11. Voices, Arnaldur Indridason
  12. Silence of the Grave, Arnaldur Indridason
  13. Jar City, Arnaldur Indridason
  14. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil de Grasse Tyson
  15. The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
  16. Miss Jane, Brad Watson
  17. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  18. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  19. A Really Big Lunch, Jim Harrison
  20. The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery
  21. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
  22. South and West, Joan Didion
  23. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  24. Hillbilly Elegy,  J. D. Vance
  25. Ordeal, Jorn Lier Horst
  26. Caveman, Jorn Lier Horst
  27. Mastering Leadership, Robert Anderson & William Adams
  28. The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  29. Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  30. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  31. Crusader’s Cross, James Lee Burke
  32. In the Kingdom of Ice, Hampton Sides
  33. Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
  34. The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff
  35. Delicate, Edible Birds, Lauren Groff
  36. Pack of Two, Caroline Knapp
  37. The Earth is Enough, Harry Middleton
  38. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  39. Can’t Not Do, Paul Shoemaker
  40. The Lake House, Kate Morton
  41. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  42. The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah
  43. StandOut 2.0, Marcus Buckingham
  44. Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Emma Hooper
  45. Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Joan Didion
  46. Fates & Furies, Lauren Groff
  47. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North
  48. Thunderstruck, Erik Larson
  49. Hold Still, Sally Mann
  50. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  51. The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan
  52. The Swimmer, Joakim Zander
  53. 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