Reading List

2017 Reading List

"Notes from the Underground" Feodor Dostoevsky

"The Indigo Notebook" Laura Resau - ab
"Marriage, a History from Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage" Stephanie Coontz
"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" Neil Gaiman - ab
"A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" Robert Olen Butler
"Infinite Jest" David Foster Wallace
"Don Quixote" Cervantes - still working through
"Tale of Two Cities" Charles Dickens
"I Heard the Owl Call My Name" Margaret Craven

2016 Reading List

"Gilead" Marilynne Robinson
"Sarah's Key" Tatiana de Rosnay
"Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web" Wayne Lewis
"The Cat Who Covered the World: The Adventures Of Henrietta And Her Foreign Correspondent" Christopher Wren"
"Slaughterhouse Five" Kurt Vonnegut
"Don Quixote" Miguel de Cervantes

2015 Reading List


"The Crimson Petal and the White" Michel Faber

"Stalin's Ghost" Martin Cruz Smith
"Parallel Lives" Plutarch
"Wolves Eat Dogs" Martin Cruz Smith
"Havana Bay" Martin Cruz Smith
"Earth the Biography" Iain Stewart and John Lynch
"Turning Pro" Steven Pressfield
"Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and other Inscrutable Geographies" Alastair Bonnett
"Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself" Joe Dispenza
"Hiking Arizona's Geology" Ivo Lucchitta
"The Right to Write" Julia Cameron
"Writing Down the Bones" Natalie Goldberg
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest", Stieg Larsson

2014 Reading List

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest", Stieg Larsson
"Sonya, The Life of Countess Tolstoy" Anne Edwards
"Bob, Son of Battle" Alfred Ollivant
"Frankenstein" Mary Shelley
"Polar Star" Martin Cruz Smith
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" Kim Edwards
"The Death Cure" James Dashner (read along with my daughter)
"The Scorch Trials" James Dashner
"The Maze Runner" James Dashner
"Animals as Guides for the Soul" Susan C. McElroy
"The Great Gatsby" F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Animal Farm" George Orwell
"Gorky Park" Martin Cruz Smith
"The Girl Who Played with Fire" Stieg Larsson
"Olaf the Glorious: A Story of the Viking Age" Richard Leighton
"Death Comes for the Archbishop" Willa Cather
"American Gods" Neil Gaiman 
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Stieg Larsson

2013 Reading List

"The Island of the Day Before" Umberto Ecco
"Don Quixote" Miguel de Cervantes - 
"Dead Souls" Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
"Anthem" Ayn Rand
"My Man Jeeves" P.G. Wodehouse
"Hunger" Knut Hamsun
"Venus in Furs" Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch
"Where Angels Fear to Tread" E.M. Forster

2012 Reading List
"Make Your Place" Raleigh Briggs
"David Copperfield" Charles Dickens
"The Long Walk" Slavomir Rawicz
"The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales" Bret Harte
"Notes from the Underground" Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Evalina, or a History of a Young Lady's Entrance to the World" by Fanny Burney
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
"White Fang" by Jack London
"The Catcher and the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
"Winesburg, Ohio, A group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life" by Sherwood Anderson
"Mocking Jay" Suzanne Collins
"Night" Elie Weisel
"Catching Fire" Suzanne Collins
"The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch
"The Energy of Prayer" by Thich Nhat Hanh
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
"Call of the Wild" by Jack London
"Name of the Rose" by Umberto Ecco
"Prisoner of Cell 25" by Michael Vey

2011 Reading List
"Wind in the Door" Madeleine L'Engle
"Wrinkle in Time" Madeleine L'Engle
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Douglas Adams
"Tess of the d'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
"Howard's End" by E.M. Forster
"Crossing", Andrew Zia Fukuda
"The New Earth", Eckhart Tolle
"Gifts of Imperfection", Brene Brown
"Spindle's End", Robin McKinely
"Between Parent & Teenager" Dr. Haim G. Ginott
"Founding Mother and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society" Mary Beth Norton
"Peer Gynt" Henrik Ibsen
"The Gathering" Anne Enright I really liked this book - it lingers and is thought provoking
"A Scattered Life"  Karen McQuestion - I am struggling to finish - I want to believe in the characters but they are so flat and the chapters are repetitive - do not recommend
"The Dolls House" Henrik Ibsen play a classic awakening of a woman love it
"The Blue Sword" Robin McKinely - kindle
"The Giver" Lois Lowry - read to kids
"Bittersweet Thoughts on Change, Grace and Learning the Hard Way" on my kindle Shauna Niequist 
"Hannah's Dream" Diane Hammond - this book bothered me because of the voice - it took me out of Washington state and into the deep south I had to read halfway through until I believed in Sam 
"Artist's Way" Julia Cameron

2010 Reading List
"Chimes" Charles Dickens - a ghost story and second chances and class distinctions
"A Christmas Carol" Charles Dickens - a classic read to the children - I love the voice
"The Messanger" Lois Lowry read to the children - great read highly recommend
"Sunshine" Robin McKinely - vampire book better than Twilight but all the vampire sexual tension, stream of consciousness prose - McKinely creates an interesting world.
"Bowl of Cherries" Millard Kaufman on my kindle - great fun read - plot full of twists and turns and build your vocabulary
"The Help" Kathryn Stockett
"Mansfield Park" Jane Austen - 
"One Thousand Days in Sicily" Marlena de Blasi
 "The Lightening Thief" Rick Riordan (read to the children)  
"The Art of Chi Kung" by Wong Kiew Kit
"Positive Energy" Judith Orloff

2009 Reading List

"Beyond the Self" Thich Nhat Hanh 
"A Pig in Provence" Georgeanne Brennan
"The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh:  A Woman in World History" Linda Colley
"The House of Seven Gables" Nathanial Hawthorne classic new england feel
 "We'll Always Have Paris" John Baxter
"Climbing the Mango Tree" Madhur Jaffrey
"The Art of Eating" M.F.K. Fisher
"One Thousand Days in Tuscany" M. De Blasi

 2008 Reading List

"Birchbark House" by Louise Erdrich - read to the children
"Watership Down" by Richard Adams
"Astrid and Veronika" by Linda Olsson
"Cooking for Mr. Latte" Amanda Hesser
"The Cultural History of Vanilla"
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" J.K. Rowling
"The Best Women's Travel Writing 2007: True Stories from Around the World" Edited by Lucy McCauley
"Eat, Drink, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"The Red Pony" John Steinbeck
"One Thousand Days in Venice" Marlena de Blasi
"America Day by Day" Simone de Beauvoir
"Encore Provence" Peter Mayle

Books that I started but could not finish....

"Dear Leader" Jang Jin-Sung
"The Shack" by
"Night" by Elie Wiesel
"The Feminine Mystique" by Gloria Steinem
"A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle
Joseph Campbell's "Power of Myth" series
Most Self Help books

Books that took more than 1 or more years to finish

"Ullysees" by James Joyce
Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" series
"Les Miserable" Victor Hugo
"Paradise Lost" John Milton