{ bedside table }

Whenever book discussions begin, I always wish I had this list at hand. I’m sure you can guess the handful that have been read due to my job as an American Literature teacher. Please ask me about any of these, and if you’re looking for ideas, I endorse them all, but particularly loved the ones I’ve bolded. My thoughts on a few are also recorded here, here and here. I am also now on Good Reads where you can follow me as well as other fellow readers and keep track of your reads.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob DeZoet | David Mitchell
Band of Brothers  | Stephen Ambrose

{highlights since 2008}

Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
Mystery & Manners | Flannery O’Connor
Gone with the Wind
| Margaret Mitchell
Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
The Red Badge of Courage | Stephen Crane
Christ in the Passover | Moishe Rosen
My Name is Mary Sutter | Robin Oliveira
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
Mockingjay | Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
Sarah’s Key | Tatiana De Rosnay
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand | Helen
Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
Cutting for Stone | Abraham Verghese
In the Garden of Beasts | Erik Larson
Quo Vadis | Henry Sienkiewicz
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain
The House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
The Sunday Philosophy Club | Alexander McCall Smith
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet | Jamie Ford
The Joy Luck Club | Amy Tan
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party | Alexander McCall Smith
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | Maya Angelou
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union | Michael Chabon
A Visit from the Goon Squad | Jennifer Egan
Water for Elephants | Sara Gruen
The Thirteenth Tale | Diane Setterfield
The Tiger’s Wife | Tea Obreht
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Junot Diaz
Death of a Salesman | Arthur Miller
The Glass Menagerie | Tennessee Williams
A Good Man Is Hard to Find | Flannery O’Connor
A Rose for Emily | William Faulkner
The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird | Harper Lee
Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn | Betty Smith
This Is Where I Leave You | Jonathan Tropper
Let the Great World Spin | Colum Mccann
The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
The Devil in the White City | Erik Larson
Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Stieg Larsson
The Help | Kathryn Stockett
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay | Michael Chabon
The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
The Road | Cormac McCarthy
To End All Wars | Ernest Gordon
A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini

Cry, the Beloved Country | Alan Paton
The Chosen | Chaim Potok
The Art of Racing in the Rain | Garth Stein
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
Reading the OED | Ammon Shea
Same Kind Of Different As Me | Ron Hall
Life of Pi | Yann Martel
Something Borrowed | Emily Giffin
The Innocent | Ian McEwan
Atonement | Ian McEwan
Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows | J.K. Rowling
The Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince | J.K. Rowling
Eat, Pray, Love | Elizabeth Gilbert
Wicked | Gregory Maguire


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