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. Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy
  1. Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Next on My List

  1. The Snakes, Sadie Jones
  1. The River, Peter Heller

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. Walking on the Ceiling, Ayşegül Savaş
  1. Save Me the Plums, Ruth Reichl
  1. Circe, Madeline Miller
  1. Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas
  2. The Ice Limit, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  3. The Guest Book, Sarah Blake
  4. No Visible Bruises, Rachel Louise Snyder
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Mrs. Caliban, Rachel Ingalls
  3. Safekeeping, Abigail Thomas
  4. The Red-Haired Woman, Orhan Pamuk
  5. The Overstory, Richard Powers
  6. An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
  7. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  8. Leaving Atocha Station, Ben Lerner
  9. 10:04, Ben Lerner
  10. Destroyer, Victor Lavalle
  11. Warlight, Michael Ondaatje
  12. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  13. Florida, Lauren Groff
  14. Less, Andrew Sean Greer
  15. The Day the World Came to Town, Jim Defede
  16. Fever Dream, Samantha Schweblin
  17. Moonglow, Michael Chabon
  18. Autumn, Ali Smith
  19. Liar’s Club, Mary Karr
  20. The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
  21. Outline, Rachel Cusk
  22. When It Grows Dark, Jorn Lier Horst
  23. The Absent One, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  24. The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  25. My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent
  26. Voices, Arnaldur Indridason
  27. Silence of the Grave, Arnaldur Indridason
  28. Jar City, Arnaldur Indridason
  29. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil de Grasse Tyson
  30. The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
  31. Miss Jane, Brad Watson
  32. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  33. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  34. A Really Big Lunch, Jim Harrison
  35. The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery
  36. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
  37. South and West, Joan Didion
  38. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  39. Hillbilly Elegy,  J. D. Vance
  40. Ordeal, Jorn Lier Horst
  41. Caveman, Jorn Lier Horst
  42. Mastering Leadership, Robert Anderson & William Adams
  43. The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  44. Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  45. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  46. Crusader’s Cross, James Lee Burke
  47. In the Kingdom of Ice, Hampton Sides
  48. Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
  49. The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff
  50. Delicate, Edible Birds, Lauren Groff
  51. Pack of Two, Caroline Knapp
  52. The Earth is Enough, Harry Middleton
  53. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  54. Can’t Not Do, Paul Shoemaker
  55. The Lake House, Kate Morton
  56. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  57. The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah
  58. StandOut 2.0, Marcus Buckingham
  59. Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Emma Hooper
  60. Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Joan Didion
  61. Fates & Furies, Lauren Groff
  62. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North
  63. Thunderstruck, Erik Larson
  64. Hold Still, Sally Mann
  65. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  66. The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan
  67. The Swimmer, Joakim Zander
  68. 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