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. Warlight, Michael Ondaatje
  2. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Next on My List

  1. The Overstory, Richard Powers

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