Reading List

Inspired by Laura Fraser’s list, four years ago, I began keeping track of the books I read. My goal is two per month, or 24 per year, but I often fall short of that—some years more than others. At first I recorded every finance, pregnancy and childcare book I read in order to bulk up my count, but that’s not the purpose of this page. This page is for writers and readers either looking for a good book to read or interested in honing their craft. I’ve starred my favorites. Enjoy!

2011 (Holy Crap! It’s 2011!)
1. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
2. 13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro

1. Model by Cheryl Diamond
2. An Education by Lynn Barber
3. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
4. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
5. All Over The Map by Laura Fraser*
6. Snow Mountain Passage by James Houston*
7. Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
8. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak*
9. The Passage by Justin Cronen
10. Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg
11. The Adderall Diaries by Stephen Elliott
12. The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine*

1. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese*
2. Story by John McKee*
3. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami*
4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
5. Rising Shadow by Jaquelyn Appell
6. The Ramen King and I by Andy Raskin*
7. The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi*
8. A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias*
9. The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality by André Compte-Sponville
10. All That Work and Still No Boys by Kathryn Ma*
11. Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman*
12. The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

1. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
2. The Fourth Trimester by Amy Einhorn
3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz*
4. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
5. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
6. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
7. Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam
8. King of Shadows by Aaron Shurin
9. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (2nd read)*
10. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
11. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
12. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti *
13. Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti*
14. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah*
15. The American by Henry James
16. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri*
17. The Nakesake by Jhumpa Lahiri*
18. The Slippery Year by Melanie Gideon*
19. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*

1. The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard*
2. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison*
3. Parrot in the Oven by Victor Martinez
4. Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
5. The Places In Between by Rory Stewart*
6. Name All the Animals by Alison Smith
7. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
8. What is the What? by Dave Eggers*
9. In Her Absence by Antonio Muñoz Molina
10. The Color of Water by James McBride*
11. Writers Workshop in a Book edited by Alan Cheuse and Lisa Alvarez
12. Goal Digger by Alicia Dunams
13. Your Survival Strategies are Killing You! By Martha Borst*
14. What You Call Winter by Nalini Jones*
15. Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon*
16. Smart Girls Like Me by Diane Vadino
17. Blockbuster Plots: Pure and Simple by Martha Alderson
18. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Arlene Eisenberg, et al
19. Pregnancy Sucks by Joanne Kimes
20. The Birth Book by Sears and Sears
21. Baby Bargains by Denise and Alan Fields
22. Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Dr. Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler
23. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith*
24. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez*
25. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini*
26. Weight by Jeanette Winterson
27. Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott*

1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossein*
2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
3. Are Men Necessary? By Maureen O’Dowd
4. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender*
5. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
6. The Master by Colm Toibin*
7. Lost Night by Rachel Howard
8. Prep by Cutis Sittenfeld
9. Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
10. Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood
11. An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser
12. Model Student by Robin Hazelwood
13. Drown by Junot Diaz*
14. The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger*
15. My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up by Stephen Elliott
16. Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott*
17. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
18. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose*
19. This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
20. For One More Day by Mitch Albom
21. The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell by Joe Loya

1. The Gatekeeper by Terry Eagleton
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
3. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
4. The Strange Case of Baby H. Kathryn Reiss
5. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
6. Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia
7. Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing
8. Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee
9. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson*
10. Betsy Brown by Ntozake Shange
11. The Rock Warrior’s Way
12. Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach*
13. Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix*
14. The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
15. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison*
16. The Ecstatic by Victor LaValle
17. Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres*
18. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
19. Lucky Girls by Nell Freudenberger*
20. Memoirs by Louis B. Ward
21. Another Day of Life by Ryszard Kapuscinski
22. Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau
23. The Absent City by Ricardo Piglia
24. A Thousand Years of Prayers by Yiyun Li*
25. Who Took My Money by Robert Kiyosaki
26. Veronica by Mary Gaitskill
27. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon*
28. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey


3 responses to “Reading List

  1. Alina

    Did you read “Water for Elephants”? Its soooo good!


  2. My hairdresser just told me about it on Saturday. I’ll add it to my list!

  3. Wow, I thought I was the only person who did stuff like this! I started to keep a list because I had gotten out of the reading-for-pleasure habit in college, and to get back into it I made myself read at least one book a month. I kept a list in my dayplanner, and it worked! Now I’m back to being an avid reader.

    Great list!!!

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