My to-read list

I’ve got a continually growing book list. It seems like, with the amount of time I spend reading, my list should be getting smaller, but it’s not. It’s getting longer and longer. I read all the time, but I’m not actively reading books on my to-read list, which makes me question the purpose of a to-read list, but I always thought it sounded smart to have one.

When I go to Barnes and Noble, I make myself buy something off my to-read list, which is great, except I’m trying to be better about only buying one book each visit. Well, each visit, as I’m browsing the shelves, I find another 10 books to add. One step forward, 10 steps back…

And now I’m going to do something crazy that might really send me backwards. I’m going to share my list, and ask for recommendations! I like getting recommendations, because the book you recommend to me will tell me quite a bit about yourself, and that’s a fun way to get to know someone (this is a really good ice breaker that I’ll have to use next time I’m in need of an ice breaker.).

So… here it is:

  • Master Butchers’ Singing Club: Louise Erdrich
  • Name of the Wind: Patrick Rothless
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Love in the Time of Cholera: Gabriel García Márquez
  • War and Peace: Leo Tolstoy
  • Fathers and Sons: Ivan Turgenev
  • Harry, A History: Melissa Anelli
  • George McDonald: Phillip Michaels
  • This Man: Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • One More Day: Kelly Simons
  • This is the Story of a Happy Marriage: Ann Pratchet
  • Magic Hour: Kristin Hannah
  • The Captain’s Daughter: Meg Mitchell Moore
  • Educated: Tara Westover
  • Anastasia: James B. Lovell
  • Rasputin: Douglas Smith
  • The Romanov Sisters: Helen Rappaport
  • The Great Alone: Kristin Hannah
  • The Bookshop of Yesterdays: Amy Meyerson
  • The Woman in the Window: A.J. Finn
  • The Widow: Fiona Barton
  • The Madonna of the Mountains: Elise Valmorbida
  • Victoria: Daisy Goodwin
  • How to Read Poetry Like a Professor: Thomas Foster
  • The Silence of the Girls: Pat Barker
  • Rising Strong: Brene Brown
  • Daring Greatly: Brene Brown
  • Braving the Wilderness: Brene Brown
  • A King’s Story: The Duke of Windsor
  • Peace Like a River: Leif Enger
  • Halter Skelter: Vincent Bugliosi & Curt Gentry
  • The Crimes of Paris: Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
  • Murder in the Bayou: Ethan Brown
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: David Grann
  • Thalia: Larry McMurty
  • Calypso: David Sedaris
  • The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder: Sarah J. Harris
  • Mr. Rochester: Sarah Shoemaker
  • Mississippi Blood: Greg Iles
  • John Milton: David Hawkes
  • Riven: Jerry B. Jenkins
  • The Consequences of Being Ernest: Tom Hawks
  • The Good Daughter: Karen Slaughter
  • The Half Drowned King: Linnea Hartsuyker
  • The Ever After: Sarah Pekkanen
  • Keep Her Safe: Sophie Hannah
  • Last Seen Alive: Claire Douglas
  • Bonfire: Krysten Ritter
  • The Accomplished Guest: Anne Beattie
  • Uncommon Type: Tom Hanks
  • The Home for Unwanted Girls: Joanna Goodman
  • Nine Irish Lives: Mark Bailey
  • The Silent Wife: A.S.A. Harrison
  • Crude: Olivia Laing
  • The Queen and Di: Ingrid Seward
  • Thanks a Thousand: A.J. Jacobs

This list definitely isn’t all of them. It doesn’t include the books on my shelves that I’ve yet to read. But this is the list I have going on my phone. Any additions necessary?


Picture taken from AARP.

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