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. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Mrs. Caliban, Rachel Ingalls

Next on My List

  1. Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday
  2. Circe, Madeline Miller

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. Safekeeping, Abigail Thomas
  2. The Red-Haired Woman, Orhan Pamuk
  3. The Overstory, Richard Powers
  4. An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
  5. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  6. Leaving Atocha Station, Ben Lerner
  7. 10:04, Ben Lerner
  8. Destroyer, Victor Lavalle
  9. Warlight, Michael Ondaatje
  10. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  11. Florida, Lauren Groff
  12. Less, Andrew Sean Greer
  13. The Day the World Came to Town, Jim Defede
  14. Fever Dream, Samantha Schweblin
  15. Moonglow, Michael Chabon
  16. Autumn, Ali Smith
  17. Liar’s Club, Mary Karr
  18. The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
  19. Outline, Rachel Cusk
  20. When It Grows Dark, Jorn Lier Horst
  21. The Absent One, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  22. The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  23. My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent
  24. Voices, Arnaldur Indridason
  25. Silence of the Grave, Arnaldur Indridason
  26. Jar City, Arnaldur Indridason
  27. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil de Grasse Tyson
  28. The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
  29. Miss Jane, Brad Watson
  30. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  31. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  32. A Really Big Lunch, Jim Harrison
  33. The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery
  34. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
  35. South and West, Joan Didion
  36. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  37. Hillbilly Elegy,  J. D. Vance
  38. Ordeal, Jorn Lier Horst
  39. Caveman, Jorn Lier Horst
  40. Mastering Leadership, Robert Anderson & William Adams
  41. The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  42. Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  43. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  44. Crusader’s Cross, James Lee Burke
  45. In the Kingdom of Ice, Hampton Sides
  46. Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
  47. The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff
  48. Delicate, Edible Birds, Lauren Groff
  49. Pack of Two, Caroline Knapp
  50. The Earth is Enough, Harry Middleton
  51. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  52. Can’t Not Do, Paul Shoemaker
  53. The Lake House, Kate Morton
  54. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  55. The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah
  56. StandOut 2.0, Marcus Buckingham
  57. Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Emma Hooper
  58. Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Joan Didion
  59. Fates & Furies, Lauren Groff
  60. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North
  61. Thunderstruck, Erik Larson
  62. Hold Still, Sally Mann
  63. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  64. The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan
  65. The Swimmer, Joakim Zander
  66. 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