Reading List

(Last updated 8/23/2014)

I’ve always enjoyed time well spent with a book.   At times, though, it’s a challenge to make (or rather, take) time to read.

At the end of 2008 I started keeping a list of books to read, and of books I’d finished reading.  Its nice to have the list.  I bring it with me when I go shopping for books (gotta give a shout out to my local Half-Price Books store).


- Dubliners.  Author:  James Joyce
- Ireland.  Author:  Frank Delaney


- The Road.  Author:  Cormac McCarthy
- Swimmer in the Secret Sea.  Author: William Kotzwinkle
- The Inheritance of Loss.  Author:  Kiran Desai
- On Chesil Beach.  Author:  Ian Mcewan
- The Poisonwood Bible.  Author:  Barbara Kingsolver
- Run.  Author:  Ann Patchett
- All the Pretty Horses.  Author:  Cormac McCarthy



- Catcher in the Rye.  Author:  J.D. Salinger
- That Old Cape Magic.  Author:  Richard Russo
- Islands in the Stream.  Author:  Ernest Hemingway
- The Risk Pool.  Author:  Richard Russo
- Walden.  Author:  Henry David Thoreau
- Shiver in the Sky.  Author:  David Haywood Young
- The Deep End of the Ocean.  Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
- An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude.  Author: Ann Vanderhoof
- The Widow Cliquot:  The Story of a Champagne Empire.  Author Tilar Mazzeo
- The Art of Racing in the Rain:  A Novel.  Author:  Garth Stein
- Flush.  Author:  Carl Hiaasen
- Treasure Island:  Author:  Robert Louis Stevenson
- Pirate Latitudes.  Author:  Michael Crichton
- The Alchemist.  Author:  Paulo Coelho
- The Lost Symbol.  Author:  Dan Brown
- A Prayer for Owen Meany.  Author:  John Irving
- Heart of Darkness.  Author:  Joseph Conrad
- The Secret Sharer:  Author:  Joseph Conrad
- A Confederacy of Dunces.  Author:  John Kennedy Toole
- In the Time of Butterflies.  Author:  Julia Alvarez
- Reading Lolita in Tehran:  A memoir in Books.  Author:  Azar Nafisi
- Water for Elephants:  A Novel.  Author:  Sara Gruen.
- Suite Francaise.  Author:  Irene Nemirovsky
- A Gracious Plenty:  A Novel.  Author:  Sheri Reynolds
- The Boyfriend School.  Author:  Sara Bird
- Bridge of Sighs.  Author:  Richard Russo
- Eventide.  Author:  Kent Haruf
- The Transit of Venus.  Author:  Shirley Hazzard
- The Time Traveler’s Wife.  Author:  Audrey Niffenegger
- Light on Snow.  Anita Shreve
- Night over Water.  Author:  Ken Follet
- Boone’s Lick:  A Novel.  Author:  Larry McMurtry
- How Perfect is That.  Author:  Sarah Bird
- Wicked.  Author:  Gregory Maguire
- Eat, Pray, Love:  One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia.  Author:  Elizabeth Gilbert
- Where is Joe Merchant:  A Novel Tale.  Author:  Jimmy Buffet
- World Without End.  Author:  Ken Follett
- Empire Falls.  Author:  Richard Russo
- The Pillars of the Earth.  Author:  Ken Follett
- Lonesome Dove.  Author:  Larry McMurtry
< 2009:
- The Lovely Bones.  Author:  Alice Sebold
- The DaVinci Code.  Author:  Dan Brown
- Isaac’s Storm.  Author:  Erik Larson
- The Shipping News.  Author:  E. Annie Proulx
- Eleanor of Aquitaine:  A Life.  Author:  Alison Weir
- Vinegar Hill.  Author:  A. Manette Ansay
- Shine Hawk.  Author:  Charlie Smith
- The Dante Club.  Author:  Matthew Pearl
- Close Range.  Author:  Annie Proulx
- Plainsong.  Author:  Kent Haruf
- The Rapture of Canaan.  Author:  Sheri Reynolds
- The Bird Artist.  Author:  Howard Norman
- A Thousand Acres.  Author:  Jane Smiley
- Icy Sparks.  Author:  Gwyn Hyman Rubio
- The Pilot’s Wife.  Author:  Anita Shreve
- Straight Man.  Author:  Richard Russo
- A Map of the World.  Author:  Jane Hamilton
- A Lesson Before Dying.  Author:  Ernest J. Gaines
- The Piano Tuner.  Author:  Daniel Mason
- The Devil in the White City.  Author:  Erik Larson
- In the Heart of the Sea.  Author:  Nathaniel Philbrick
- We Were the Mulvaney’s.  Author:  Joyce Carol Oates
- Galileo’s Daughter.  Author:  Dava Sobel
- The Fourth Hand.  Author:  John Irving
- Girl with the Pearl Earring.  Author:  Tracy Chevalier
- Angela’s Ashes.  Author:  Frank McCourt
- Krakatoa.  Author:  Simon Winchester

Misc authors to check out if you’re looking for something to read.  I’ve read multiple titles (or in some cases all) of their stuff:

- Michael Crichton (especially the older titles)
- Simon Winchester
- JK Rowling (can’t help myself, i read them all)
- Anita Shreve
- Sara Bird (local austin author, and funny!)
- Larry McMurtry
- Richard Russo
- Erik Larson

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