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. Liar’s Club, Mary Karr
  2. My Sister’s Grave, Robert Dugoni

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