Reading List

Rebecca and I have both committed to reading 100 books in 2011. That’s 1.923 books a week, 8.3 books a month, etc. A lot of books. Here’s our individual reading lists, posted to the public to keep us accountable for plowing through the library bookshelves.



  • ‘Enchanted: A Biography of Audrey Hepburn,’ by David Sotto
  • ‘My Life In France,’ by Julia Child
  • ‘The Pact,’ by Jodi Picoult
  • ‘How We Decide,’ by Jonah Lehrer
  • ‘Jane Eyre,’ by Charlotte Bronte
  • ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ by Jane Austen
  • ‘Man Walks Into A Room,’ by Nicole Krauss
  • ‘The Places That Scare You,’ by Pema Chodron

Month total: 8    Cumulative total: 8


  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon
  • Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland, by Gerald Clarke
  • The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
  • The Corrections, by Jonathon Franzen
  • Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

Month total: 6 Cumulative total: 14


  • Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories, by Truman Capote
  • No One Belongs Here More Than You, by Miranda July
  • Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
  • 100 Lives Since Then, by Gail Rosenblum (My mom!!)
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery

Month total: 8 Cumulative total: 22


  • 20 Under 40 short stories
  • The House of the Spirits, by Isabelle Allende
  • Ms. Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
  • Madeline is Sleeping, by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
  • Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen

Month total: 5 Cumulative Total: 27


  • Bossypants, by Tina Fey
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender
  • What is the What, by Dave Eggers



  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  • Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • The Alchemist by Paul Coelho (so great!)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss

Month total: 8    Cumulative total: 8


  • The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
  • i am no one you know by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read)
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  • The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • I Love You, Ronnie by Nancy Reagan
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Month total: 12 Cumulative total: 20


  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (an incredible series!)
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Month total: 6 Cumulative total: 26


  • Blindness by José Saramago
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen  J. Dubner
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Month total: 5 Cumulative total: 31


  • Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-Lein Bynum
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
  • The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye: Short Stories by Jonathan Lethem
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (unbelievable! I was laughing out loud!)
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Month total: 8 Cumulative total: 39


  • What is the What by Dave Eggers (re-read) (a hugely important, wonderful book)
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (re-read)
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles (re-read)
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • ‘Tis by Frank McCourt
  • Miss American Pie by Margaret Sartor
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Month total: 9 Cumulative total: 48


  • Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
  • The Life to Come and Other Stories by E.M. Forster
  • Seconds of Pleasure by Neil LaBute
  • Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  • South of the Border West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  • Let the Great World Spin by Collum McCann (amazing! a unique, deep story–and one of my favorites so far)
  • Eight White Nights by Andre Aciman
  • Invisible by Paul Auster
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy (fascinating and lovely)
  • Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Month Total: 11 Cumulative Total: 59


  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (this man is a genius)
  • Bel Canto by Ann Pachett
  • The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (a delight!)
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (another hugely important, incredible read by Dave Eggers)
  • Lies My Mother Never Told Me by Kaylie Jones (excellent)

Month Total: 8 Cumulative Total: 67


  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls  (beautiful!)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (gorgeous, insightful short stories with real, heartfelt people)
  • Dubliners by James Joyce
  • Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland (such a surprise, and truly lovely)
  • After Long Silence by Helen Fremont

Month Total: 6 Cumulative Total: 73


  • Setting Free the Bears by John Irving (my favorite Irving novel yet!)
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger
  • Slam by Nick Hornby
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (a thrilling horror/mystery novel)
  • In the Heart of the Country by J.M. Coetzee
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  • Men and Cartoons: Short Stories by Jonathan Lethem
  • The World to Come by Dara Horn (UNBELIEVABLE! So complex and gorgeous. One of my favorites of the year.)
  • You Don’t Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
  • A Model World and other short stories by Michael Chabon

Month total: 10 Cumulative total: 83


  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  • The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
  • Disgrace by  J.M. Coetzee
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • In the Image by Dara Horn
  • The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Month total: 8 Cumulative total: 91


  • No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (amazing! a speed-read and a thoughtful, hilarious one at that)
  • Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (my favorite Hornby so far)
  • The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Village of a Million Spirits by Ian McMillan
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (man, Vonnegut is so good.)
  • This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann (who is my new favorite author)

Month Total: 9 Cumulative Total: 100

I DID IT!!! 🙂


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