Books Read, 2009-2015

Jeanne Ray – Julie and Romeo
Alice Hoffman – The Ice Queen
Carol Shields – The Stone Diaries
Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell
Lauren Groff – Delicate Edible Birds
Laura Benedict – Isabella Moon
Timothy Ferris – The Four Hour Work Week
Adeline Yen Mah – Falling Leaves: The Memoir of An Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea
Jedediah Berry – The Manual of Detection
Margaret Mitchell – Gone with the Wind
Adrian Nicole Leblanc – Random Family
Erin Hart – Haunted Ground
Nick Hornby – Long Way Down
Richard Price – Lush Life
Nick Hornby – The Polysyllabic Spree
Laura Lippman – Life Sentences
Ali Smith – The Accidental
Mark Bittman – Food Matters
Charles Baxter – The Soul Thief
Elizabeth Strout – Olive Kitteredge
Zoe Heller – The Believers
Richard Yates – The Easter Parade
Sarah Waters – Fingersmith
Elizabeth Strout – Amy and Isabelle
Andrea Barrett – Servants of the Map
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Marcus Zusak – The Book Thief
Andrew Taylor – Bleeding Heart Square
Laurie R. King – The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
Tana French – The Likeness
Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger
Colum McCann – Let the Great World Spin
Don Kurtz – South of the Big Four
Lorrie Moore – The Gate at the Stairs
Robert Goolrick – A Reliable Wife
Eric Weiner – The Geography of Bliss
Marian Keyes – Anybody Out There?
Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games
Carrie Fisher – Postcards from The Edge
ZZ Packer – Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Joshua Gaylord – Hummingbirds
Haruki Murakami – Norwegian Wood
Peter Rock – This Is The Place
Megan Abbott – Queenpin
Francine Prose – Reading Like a Writer
Mary McCarthy – The Group
Michelle Huneven – Blame
John Banville – The Sea
Dan Chaon – Await Your Reply
Jincy Willett – The Writing Class

2010 (January – May)
Megan Abbott – Bury Me Deep
William Boyd – Ordinary Thunderstorms
Dennis Lehane – Shutter Island
Jennifer Brown – Hate List
Keith Lee Morris – The Dart League King
Patrick Ness – The Knife of Never Letting Go
A.S. Byatt – The Children’s Book
Libba Bray – A Great and Terrible Beauty
David Mazzucchelli – Asterios Polyp
Alice Munro – Too Much Happiness
Sherman Alexie – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
L.M. Montgomery – The Blue Castle
Derek Raymond – How the Dead Live
Joshua Ferris – Then We Came to the End
John Fowles – The Magus
Ian McEwan – The Cement Garden
Ian McEwan – Solar
Colm Toibin – Brooklyn
Kathryn Stockett – The Help
Stieg Larsson – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
J.G. Farrell – The Siege of Krishnapur
Maria Semple – This One Is Mine
Maile Meloy – Half in Love
Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Played with Fire

Ann Patchett – State of Wonder
Jeffrey Eugenides – The Marriage Plot
Jennifer Egan – Look at Me
Julia Gregson – East of the Sun
T. Colin Campbell – The China Study
Dana Spiotta – Eat the Document
E. Lockhart – The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks
Jess Walter – The Financial Lives of the Poets
Meg Gardiner – China Lake
Laura Lippman – Hardly Knew Her
Nick Hornby – Juliet, Naked
Paula McClain – The Paris Wife
Patti Smith – Just Kids
Tom Rachman – The Imperfectionists
Laura Lippman – Baltimore Blues
Laura Lippman – Every Secret Thing
Gillian Flynn – Dark Places
Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects
Laura Lippman – Charm City
Lisa See – Snowflower and Secret Fan
A.S. King – Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Jennifer McMahon – Promise Not to Tell
Hannah Pittard – The Fates Will Find Their Way
Steve Hamilton – The Lock Artist
John Fowles – The Collector
Carolyn Parkhurst – The Nobodies Album
Tracy Chevalier – Remarkable Creatures
Cara Hoffman – So Much Pretty
Alice LaPlante – Turn of Mind
Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending
Penelope Fitzgerald – The Bookshop

Chad Harbach – The Art of Fielding
Sarah Blake – The Postmistress
Scott Spencer – Man in the Woods
Haruki Murakami – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Alexander McCall Smith – The Sunday Philosophy Club
Alice Munro – The View from Castle Rock
Lisa See – Shanghai Girls
Andrea Levy – Small Island
C.J. Box – Blue Heaven
Ann Patchett – The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
Nick Reding – Methland
Lee Smith – Fair and Tender Ladies
Geraldine Brooks, ed. – Best American Short Stories 2011
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Iain Pears – Stone’s Fall
Jess Walter – Beautiful Ruins
Susan Cain – Quiet
Scott Jurek – Eat and Run
Tana French – Broken Harbor
Megan Abbott – The End of Everything
Laura Lippman – And When She Was Good
Megan Abbott – Dare Me
Keigo Higashino – The Devotion of Suspect X
Richard Lloyd Parry – The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo– and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
Cheryl Strayed – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Nick Hornby – More Baths Less Talking
Carol Sklenica – Raymond Carver: A Life
Ben Fountain  – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,
Nick Hornby –Housekeeping vs. the Dirt
Alice Munro – Dear Life: Stories
Timothy Egan – The Worst Hard Time: Stories from the American Dust Bowl
Alexis Smith – Glaciers

Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie (DNF–on hold)
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
11/22/63, Stephen King
The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith
American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell
Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
Divergent, Veronica Roth
Little Bee, Chris Cleave (DNF)
Benediction, Kent Haruf
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
The Middlesteins, Jami Attenberg
The Poison Tree, Erin Kelly
The Pink Hotel, Anna Stothard
The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
Serena, Ron Rash
Heft, Liz Moore
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China, Paul French
The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout
Live by Night, Dennis Lehane
Night Film, Marisha Pessl
Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Lethem (DNF)
Rage Against the Dying, Becky Masterman
Killer on the Road, Ginger Strand
The Affairs of Others, Amy Grace Loyd
The Silent Wife, A.S.A. Harrison
Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam
The Wicked Girls, Alex Marwood
Cartwheel, Jennifer DuBois
You Are One of Them, Elliott Holt
The Virgins, Pamela Erens
Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
The Sisters Brothers, Patrick DeWitt
girlchild, Tupelo Hussman
Open Secrets, Alice Munro
The Little Friend, Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Revolution Was Televised, Alan Sepinwall
The Secret of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett

Once Upon a River, Bonnie Jo Campbell
A Land More Kind Than Home, Wiley Cash
The Tie That Binds, Kent Haruf
The Motel Life, Willy Vlautin
Arcadia, Lauren Groff
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple
The Possibilities, Kaui Hart Hemmings
Big Machine, Victor LaValle
Not For Nothing, Stephen Graham Jones
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, Ron Currie, Jr. (DNF – p.236)
Byrd, Kim Church
The Word Exchange, Alena Graedon
Long Man, Amy Greene
The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagahira
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, Tom Rachman
The Fever, Megan Abbott
There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll, Lisa Robinson
The Enchanted, Rene Denfeld
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
Stoner, John Williams
Lucky Us, Amy Bloom
The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, Diana Wagman
The Children Act, Ian McEwan
Canada, Richard Ford
The Secret Place, Tana French
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, Adrianne Harun
Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood
Dark Places, Gillian Flynn (re-read)
Mystic River, Dennis Lehane
A Simple Plan, Scott Smith
The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters
The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom
Fourth of July Creek, Smith Henderson
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran
We Disappear, Scott Heim
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joel Dicker
The Lola Quartet, Emily St. John Mandel
Seating Arrangements, Maggie Shipstead
Bark, Lorrie Moore
Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
Lake of Sorrows, Erin Hart
The Hand That First Held Mine, Maggie O’Farrell
Shotgun Lovesongs, Nickolas Butler
The Dart League King, Keith Lee Morris (re-read; original review here)
Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell
The Best American Short Stories 2015, ed. Jennifer Egan
Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer
My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
My Antonia, Willa Cather
The Son, Philipp Meyer
Astonish Me, Maggie Shipstead
Possession, A.S. Byatt
M Train, Patti Smith
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
Landfalls, Naomi J. Williams
Sweetland, Michael Crummey
Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, Sara Gran
The Grownup, Gillian Flynn
The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf


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