Currently Reading

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I’ve eaten; even so, they have made me.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your silly heads.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” ~ Emma Thompson

2013

#1: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

#2: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

#3: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

#4: The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

#5: The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick

#6: Divergent by Veronica Roth

#7: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

#8: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

#9: The Stand by Stephen King

#10: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

#11: Looking for Alaska by John Green

#12: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

#13: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

#14: Animal Farm by George Orwell

#15: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

#16: Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser

#17: Given by Wendell Berry

#18: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

#19: Paper Towns by John Green

#20: Next Life by Rae Armantrout

#21: The Best American Poetry 2005 – Paul Muldoon (editor)

#22: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

#23: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

#24: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

#25: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

#26: 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

#27: To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

#28: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

#29: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

#30: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

#31: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

#32: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

#33: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

#34: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

#35: The Life of Poetry by Muriel Rukeyser

#36: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

#37: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

#38: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

#39: Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

#40: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

#41: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

#42: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

#43: Room by Emma Donoghue

#44: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

#44: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

#45: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

#46: Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

2014

#1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

#2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

#3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

#4: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

#5: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

#6: How to Read Literature Like a Professor  by Thomas Foster

#7: Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

#8: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

#9: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

#10: Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

#11: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

#12: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

#13: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

#14: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

#15: 1984 by George Orwell

#16: A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World by Adam Clay

#17: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

#18: Death: A Life by George Pendle

#19: Misery by Stephen King

#20: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

#21: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

#22: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

#23: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

#24: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

#25: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

#26: God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut

2015

#1: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

#2: Dandelion Wine  by Ray Bradbury

#3: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

#4: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

#5: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

#6: Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins

#7: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

#8: Beloved by Toni Morrison

#9: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

#10: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

#11: Carrie by Stephen King

#12: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

#13: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

#14: Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

#15: Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart

#16: The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins

#17: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

#18: If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? by Kurt Vonnegut

#19: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

#20: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

#21: White Oleander by Janet Fitch

#22: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

#23: Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

#24: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

#25: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

#26: Antigone by Sophocles

#27: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

#28: Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez

#29: The Iliad by Homer

#30: Selected Poems by Robert Frost

#31: The Tempest by William Shakespeare

#32: The Public Art of Civil War Commemoration by Thomas Brown

#33: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

#34: A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs

#35: Seam by Tarfia Faizullah

#36: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2016

#1: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

#2: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

#3: No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

#4: The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell

#5: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

#6: Citizen by Claudia Rankine

#7: Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

#8: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

#9: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

#10: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

#11: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

#12: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

#13: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

#14: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

#15: Stranger by Adam Clay

#16: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

#17: Crush by Richard Siken

#18: The Shining by Stephen King

#19: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

#19: Aimless Love by Billy Collins

#20: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

#21: The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh by Vincent van Gogh

#22: The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

#23: The Human Line by Ellen Bass

#24: The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

#25: Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney

#26: The Epic of Gilgamesh translated by N.K. Sanders

#27: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by James Winny

19 thoughts on “Currently Reading

  1. Ahh the Great Gatsby…you will see i wrote about F.Scott Fitzgerald 😉 read The Beautiful and The Damned by him …Ceri x

    1. Sorry. I forgot to say…i wrote My secret love and Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy……the man is awesome !

      1. He is fantastic indeed! 🙂 I love his writing style – I’ve put all his other books on my to-read list! And you wrote posts about him? I would love to visit your blog, may I have the link?

  2. Nice list. Quite a few that I am not all that familiar with. How was: #10: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd? I have picked that up several times, but never made the commitment to buy it. I probably should read more from the library, but books are like CDs for me, I like to own the physical “hardware.” I have a Kindle, but am not sold on it. #25: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, was bolded, assuming that you are reading now. This is a great book, I will read it again someday. I like to have the copy of books like this so that I can remember to loan it to my kids, and friends, and to remember to read it again. Maybe I don’t need the book, just use Goodreads to keep track? Digital seems all to impermanent to me. When society collapses I will have my Ukelele and Beatles scores, and then have to make hard choices on which books to lug along. Maybe I need to keep a big dog to help carry my books off into the woods.

    1. Speaking of the end of society, the Road is one of those books on my to-read list. I am thinking library for that one, it sounds interesting but I’m not sure shelf worthy. Does it have a lot of good survival tips that I should buy it for?

      1. Thanks! 🙂 This is great; I love chatting with fellow book lovers. The Secret Life of Bees was pretty average – not worthy enough to actually buy – but I like that period of history so it worked for me. I agree with you about owning books, though if I bought every one I liked, there would be no room in my house for furniture. I usually go to the library to get and read a book, and then, if I love it, I’ll buy it from the book shop I work in. I also agree with you about e-readers. I just can’t bring myself to buy one. I know that stories are stories no matter the medium, but I have grown up with a book in my arms 24/7, and I don’t feel much like changing now. Yes, I am in the middle of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time right now and it is very good so far. 🙂 I have a Goodreads account, which I just use through my computer, and I think it’s very beneficial to keep track of my to-read books. As of right now, I think that list is numbering about 150 books. I would absolutely recommend that website. Though, of course, when the end of society comes you might want a paper list 😉 The Road is very worthy of shelf space. That one touched me very deeply and made me cry (which for books, is very hard to do). McCarthy is very poetic and lyrical in his writing, which is intensely deep. I haven’t read any of his other works, but I am looking forward to it 🙂

  3. Wow! Your book list looks very interesting.

    Since I’m a slow-reader when it comes to fiction, I rarely read them and I just watch them on movies instead (ex. The Fault in Our Stars, Interview with the Vampire, The Perks of being a Wallflower). Lazy me. Haha!

    But recently, something has changed within me and I just bought John Green’s “Looking for Alaska.” Now I’m more excited to read it after seeing it on your list. 😉

    For a change, you may want to try reading non-fiction books too. Here’s my list of books I’ve read >> https://seekersportal.wordpress.com/books-ive-read/

    1. Thank you! I’m mainly a reader of fiction, so I’m always in need of some good nonfiction recommendations! I think you’re going to love Looking for Alaska. It’s one of my favorite young adult novels.

      Thanks again for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks! 🙂 No, I haven’t read any Tolstoy yet – but I’m planning to soon! I think Dostoyevsky’s a genius, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy Tolstoy’s work as well.

      I checked out your review, and it sounds awesome! It’s definitely on my to-read list now!

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