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What I'm Reading

READING 2016

Ms Marvel Vol 1:  No Normal -- Wilson and Alphona

Pretty Deadly Vol 1:  The Shrike -- DeConnick and Rios

The Rest of Us Just Live Here -- Patrick Ness

 

Currently:

 

READING 2015

I've lapsed in my listing, so this won't be a complete 2015-16 list at all.  But everything in PURPLE are books I've read on my Kindle starting in April of this year.  I've read paper books, too. 

  1. MEME – Jack Cusick
  2. Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel – Dean Koontz
  3. Wonder –  R. J. Palacio
  4. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories – Stephanie Perkins
  5. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces – Isabel Quintero
  6. Odd Hours: An Odd Thomas Novel – Dean Koontz
  7. 100 Sideways Miles – Andrew Smith
  8. And We Stay  – Jenny Hubbard
  9. Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure  –  Dean Koontz
  10. Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel – Dean Koontz
  11. Deeply Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel  –  Dean Koontz
  12. Saint Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel  –  Dean Koontz
  13. Mr. Mercedes: A Novel  –  Stephen King
  14. Conjured  – Sarah Beth Durst
  15. Mystery Writers of America Presents The Rich and the Dead  –  Mystery Writers of America Inc.
  16. The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights  –  Faye Kellerman
  17. The Poison Eaters: and Other Stories  –  Holly Black
  18. Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories – Colin Dexter
  19. I'll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
  20. The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) – Kody Keplinger
  21. The Arrangement – Mary Balogh
  22. On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave – Candace Fleming
  23. Chime – Franny Billingsley
  24. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel – Alan Bradley
  25. The Girl on the Train -- Paula Hawkins
  26. Finders Keepers: A Novel – Stephen King
  27. Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel – Ava Dellaira
  28. Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen
  29. Bad Feminist -- Roxane Gay
  30. Secondhand Souls -- Christopher Moore

Currently: essays by students

TBR: 

 

 

Reading 2014

Because of back surgery last year, I stopped keeping a record after January.  Some highlights of this year include:

  • House of Leaves -- Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Lexicon -- Max Barry
  • Locke and Key, vols. 1 & 2 -- Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • The Magicians...
  • The Magician King...
  • The Magician's Land -- all by Lev Grossman
  • The Girl With all the Gifts -- M.R. Carey
  • The Name of the Wind -- Patrick Rothfuss

Reading 2013

The following is a list of books read in the year 2013-14, beginning in January of 2013.

  1. Mistress in the Art of Death -- Ariana Franklin
  2. Fun Home -- Allison Bechdel
  3. The Tragedy Paper -- Elizabeth Laban
  4. The Serpent's Tale -- Ariana Franklin
  5. Grave Goods -- Ariana Franklin
  6. A Murderous Procession -- Ariana Franklin
  7. What Happened to Goodbye -- Sarah Dessen
  8. The Year of the Hare -- Arto Paasilinna
  9. The Barbarian Nurseries -- Hector Tobar
  10. The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door -- Karen Finneyfrock
  11. Requiem -- Lauren Oliver
  12. The 39 deaths of Adam Strand -- Gregory Galloway
  13. The Juliet Spell -- Douglas Rees (a recommendation from S.)
  14. The Night She Disappeared -- April Henry
  15. The Obituary Writer -- Ann Hood
  16. The Family Fang -- Kevin Wilson
  17. Dark Triumph -- Robin Lafevers
  18. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 2009 -- Various
  19. Wild -- Cheryl Strayed
  20. The 5th Wave -- Rick Yancey
  21. Unnatural Creatures -- ed. Neil Gaiman
  22. The Boyfriend App -- Katie Sise
  23. The Weird Sisters -- Eleanor Brown
  24. The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets -- Diana Wagman
  25. Two Cheesy Romance Novels
  26. I Read in Kentucky
  27. What Learning Leaves -- Taylor Mali
  28. The Last Time as We Are -- Taylor Mali
  29. What Teachers Make -- Taylor Mali (He was our speaker at the AP Reading and he's awesome.  What can I say?)
  30. Joyland -- Stephen King
  31. The Ocean at the End of the Lane -- Neil Gaiman
  32. Unholy Orders -- ed. Serita Stevens
  33. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie -- Alan Bradley
  34. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Volume I:  The Pox Party -- M. T. Anderson
  35. The Moon and More -- Sarah Dessen
  36. Eleanor and Park -- Rainbow Rowell
  37. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton -- Elizabeth L. Silver
  38. Broken Soup -- Jenny Valentine
  39. Let's Take the Long Way Home -- Gail Caldwell
  40. NOS4A2 -- Joe Hill
  41. The Kalahari Typing School for Men -- Alexander McCall Smith
  42. Alfred Hitchcock's Tales to Keep You Spellbound -- ed. Eleanor Sullivan
  43. Summer Chills -- ed. Stephen Jones
  44. A Good Story and other Stories -- Donald E. Westlake
  45. Six
  46. Cheesy
  47. Romance Novels
  48. That
  49. All
  50. Blend Together
  51. McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories -- ed. Michael Chabon
  52. Beauty Queens -- Libba Bray
  53. Going Bovine -- Libba Bray
  54. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Volume II:  The Kingdom on the Waves -- M. T. Anderson
  55. Collection of five short Christmas-themed romance stories, 4/5 of which were so bad I will not name the book
  56. The Shining Girls -- Lauren Beukes
  57. Graceling -- Kristin Cashore
  58. The Shining Girls -- Lauren Beukes
  59. The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic -- Emily Croy Barker
  60. Best New Horror 2011 -- ed. Stephen Jones
  61. The Circle -- Dave Eggers
  62. Allegiant -- Veronica Roth

Current:

TBR Pile:  House of Leaves, The Paris Wife -- Paula McClain, Allegiant -- Veronica Roth

Reading 2012-13

The following is a list of books read in the year 2012-13, beginning in January of 2012.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars -- John Green
  2. Steve Jobs -- Walter Isaacson
  3. Pretties -- Scott Westerfeld
  4. The Girls of No Return -- Erin Saldin
  5. Pandemonium -- Lauren Oliver
  6. Inseminating the Elephant -- Lucia Perillo
  7. Specials -- Scott Westerfeld
  8. Extras -- Scott Westerfeld
  9. Split -- Swati Avasthi
  10. The Girl of Fire and Thorns -- Rae Carson
  11. A Monster Calls -- Patrick Ness
  12. Divergent -- Veronica Roth
  13. Anna Dressed in Blood -- Kendare Blake
  14. Sacre Bleu -- Christopher Moore
  15. Odd and The Frost Giants -- Neil Gaiman
  16. Three
  17. Cheesy Romance Novels
  18. That I Read in Kentucky
  19. The Bluest Eye -- Toni Morrison
  20. Insurgent -- Veronica Roth
  21. The Harris Burdick Chronicles -- Various
  22. Frost -- Marianna Baer
  23. Gone Girl -- Gillian Flynn
  24. Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memior -- Jenny Lawson (The Blogess)
  25. Code Name Verity -- Elizabeth Wein
  26. Why We Broke Up -- Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
  27. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight -- Jennifer E. Smith
  28. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim -- David Sedaris
  29. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone -- Kat Rosenfield
  30. Bossypants -- Tina Fey
  31. The Lair of the Clockwork Book -- Bradley W. Schenk
  32. Are You My Mother? -- Allison Bechdel
  33. The Heretic's Daughter -- Kathleen Kent
  34. Crystal Gardens -- Amanda Quick
  35. Falling for Hamlet -- Michelle Ray
  36. Girl of Nightmares -- Kendare Blake
  37. Geek Love -- Katherine Dunn
  38. Year Zero -- Robert Reid
  39. Amped -- Daniel H. Wilson
  40. Along for the Ride -- Sara Dessen
  41. Crown of Embers -- Rae Carson
  42. Wildefire -- Karsten Night
  43. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl -- Jesse Andrews
  44. Let it Snow -- John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
  45. The Forgotten Affairs of Youth -- Alexander McCall Smith
  46. Ready Player One -- Ernest Cline
  47. Schooled -- Gordon Korman
  48. The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds -- Alexander McCall Smith
  49. I Hunt Killers -- Barry Lyga
  50. Mr. Death's Blue Eyed Girls -- Mary Downing Hahn

Current:

TBR Pile:  House of Leaves

Reading 2011-12

  1. If I Stay -- Gayle Forman
  2. Full Dark, No Stars -- Stephen King
  3. PostSecret:  Confessions on Life, Death, and God -- Frank Warren
  4. The Knife of Never Letting Go -- Patrick Ness
  5. Love3 -- Jason Cusick
  6. The Memoirs of Cleopatra -- Margaret George (OK, half of it)
  7. Pearls Sells Out:  A Pearls Before Swine Treasury -- Stephen Pastis
  8. The Hotel New Hampshire -- John Irving
  9. Fables:  Witches -- Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham
  10. The Thin Place -- Kathryn Davis
  11. An Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life -- Amy Krause Rosenthal
  12. Room -- Emma Donoghue
  13. Remarkable Creatures -- Tracy Chevalier
  14. In Too Deep -- Jayne Ann Krentz
  15. Bite Me:  A Love Story -- Christopher Moore
  16. Horns -- Joe Hill
  17. The Mysterious Benedict Society -- Trenton Lee Stewart
  18. Wench -- Dolen Perkins-Valdez 
  19. Scarpetta -- Patricia Cornwell
  20. The Scarpetta Factor -- Patricia Cornwell
  21. The Snowman -- Jo Nesbo
  22. Icy Clutches -- Aaron Elkins
  23. Fables:  Rose Red -- Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham
  24. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter -- Tom Franklin
  25. Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success -- Carol S. Dweck
  26. Smoke and Mirrors -- Neil Gaiman (re-read)
  27. Where She Went -- Gayle Forman
  28. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey -- Trenton Lee Stewart
  29. The Pyschopath Test -- Jon Ronson
  30. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -- Ransom Riggs
  31. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma -- Trenton Lee Stewart
  32. Juliet -- Anne Fortier
  33. Perfume:  The Story of a Murderer -- Patrick Suskind
  34. Two cheesy romance novels that
  35. I'm not even going to name!
  36. The Book of Lost Things -- John Conolly
  37. The Fracture of the Universal Boy -- Michael Zulli
  38. Jane -- April Linder
  39. Delirium -- Lauren Oliver
  40. Bradbury Stories:  100 of His Most Celebrated Tales -- Ray Bradbury
  41. The Bookman's Wake -- John Dunning
  42. One Day -- David Nicholls
  43. The White Darkness -- Geraldine McCaughrean (Thanks, LC!)
  44. The Invention of Hugo Cabret -- Brian Selznick
  45. The Night Circus -- Erin Morgenstern

Reading 2010-11


 Independent Reading from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.  Works in blue were read over the summer.

  1. The Inspector Barlach Mysteries: The Judge and His Hangman and Suspicion – Friedrich Durrenmatt
  2. Fail Nation: A Visual Romp Through the World of Epic Fails – Failblog.org Community
  3. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice – William Shakespeare 
  4. Ford County -- John Grisham
  5. I, Alex Cross -- James Patterson
  6. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet -- Jamie Ford
  7. What She Wants -- Cathy Kelly
  8. A Reliable Wife
  9. The Sandman: 1-10 -- Neil Gaiman 
  10. Stories -- ed. Neil Gaiman
  11. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Steig Larsson
  12. The Girl Who Played With Fire -- Steig Larsson
  13. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest -- Steig Larsson
  14. Kiss Me, Kill Me -- Ann Rule
  15. Death: The High Cost of Living -- Neil Gaiman
  16. The Shack -- Young
  17. Wind-Up Bird Chronicle -- Murakami
  18. Divine Misfortune -- A. Lee Martinez
  19. Last Writes -- Lowe
  20. Toast Mortem -- Bishop
  21. The Back to School Murders -- Meier
  22. Queen of the Road --
  23. The Bradbury Report -- Steven Polansky
  24. Fly Away Home -- Jennifer Weiner
  25. Sizzle and Burn -- Jayne Ann Krentz
  26. Mockingjay -- Suzanne Collins
  27. The School of Essential Ingredients -- Erica Bauermeister
  28. Certain Girls -- Jennifer Weiner
  29. Columbine -- David Cullen
  30. The Charming Quirks of Others -- Alexander McCall Smith
  31. The Maze Runner -- James Dashner
  32. It's Kind of a Funny Story -- Ned Vizinni
  33. Promise Not to Tell -- Jennifer McMahon
  34.  

On Deck:  The Bluest Eye -- Toni Morrison

Never finished the Toni Morrison; I will get back to it.  I read more books before the year was out, but won't log them.  The new list starts today!

Reading 2008-9

Reading 2008:  Continue to read the list!

1.       The Blue Girl -- Charles DeLint

2.       Persepolis -- Marjane Satrapi

3.       An Inconvenient Book -- Glenn Beck

4.       Dairy Queen -- Catherine Murdock

5.       I Am Legend and Other Stories -- Richard Matheson

6.       The Final Solution -- Michael Chabon

7.       One Thousand White Women -- Jim Fergus

8.       Foreskin's Lament:  A Memoir -- Shalom Auslander

9.       Cell -- Stephen King

10.    The Rule of Four -- Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

11.    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian -- Sherman Alexie

12.    Big Boned -- Meg Cabot

13.    Revolutionary Road -- Richard Yates

14.    The Book of General Ignorance -- John Mitchinson and John Lloyd

15.    Such a Pretty Girl -- Laura Wiess

16.    The Etiquette of Illness:  What to Say When You Can't Find the Words -- Susan P. Halpern

17.    Perfect You -- Elizabeth Scott and Lisa Fyfe

18.    I Am the Messenger -- Marcus Zusak

19.    Water for Elephants -- Sara Gruen

20.    Speak -- Laurie Halse Anderson

21.    The Off Season -- Catherine Murdock

22.    The Body of Christopher Creed -- Carol Plum-Ucci

23.    The Book Thief -- Markus Zusak

24.    Kindred -- Octavia Butler (a re-read for my book club)

25.    Beneath a Marble Sky -- John Shors

26.    Confessions of  a Jane Austen Addict -- Laurie Viera Rigler

27.    The Club Dumas -- Arturo Perez-Reverte, trans. Sonia Soto

28.    Little Brother -- Cory Doctrow

29.    Blindness -- José Saramago

30.    The Thing About Jane Spring -- Sharon Krum

31.    Absolution by Murder -- Peter Tremayne

32.    I Was Told There Would be Cake -- Sloane Crosley

33.    The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love -- Jill Conner Browne

34.    Blink:  The Poer of Thinking Without Thinking -- Malcolm Gladwell

35.    The Queen's Man -- Sharon Kay Penman

36.    The Glass Castle -- Jeanette Walls

37.    Feed -- M. T. Anderson

38.    The Shadow of the Wind -- Carlos Ruiz Zafón

39.    The Big Over Easy -- Jasper Fforde

40.  The Fourth Bear -- Jasper Fforde

41.  Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist --

41.  Double Shot -- Diane Mott Davidson

42.  Moloka'i --

43.  Beige -- Cecil Castelucci

44.  Twilight -- Stephanie Meyer

45.  The Queen of Cool -- Cecil Castelucci

46.  Boy Proof -- Cecil Castelucci

47.  Fables Volume 10:  The Good Prince

48.  The Graveyard Book -- Neil Gaiman

49.  The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency -- Alexander McCall Smith

50.  Tears of the Giraffe -- Alexander McCall Smith

51:  Interred With Their Bones --

Current:  Pillars of the Earth

 


 

 

Reading 2007-8

Reading 2007:  Continue to see my list

1.       The Prestige -- Christopher Priest

2.       Fables Volume 2:  Animal Farm -- Bill Willingham

3.       Mom's Cancer -- Brian Fies

4.       Cane River --  Lalita Tademy

5.       Fables Volume 3:  Storybook Love -- Bill Willingham

6.       Fables Volume 4:  March of the Wooden Soldiers  -- Bill Willingham

7.       Fables Volume 5:  The Mean Seasons  -- Bill Willingham

8.       You Suck:  A Love Story  -- Christopher Moore (sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends)

9.       Fables Volume 6:  Homelands  -- Bill Willingham

10.    Fables Volume 7:  Arabian Nights (And Days)  -- Bill Willingham

11.    Fables Volume 8:  Wolves  -- Bill Willingham

12.    Chronicle of a Death Foretold -- Gabriel García Márquez

13.    An Abundance of Katherines -- John Green

14.    Size 14 Is Not Fat Either -- Meg Cabot

15.    The Best of Mystery -- chosen by Alfred Hitchcock

16.    Snowflower and the Secret Fan -- Lisa See

17.    Atlas Shrugged -- Ayn Rand

18.    Eat, Pray, Love -- Elizabeth Gilbert

19.    Funny in Farsi -- Firoozeh Dumas (Thanks, A. family!)

20.    How I Live Now -- Meg Rosoff

21.    Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister -- Gregory Maguire

22.    The Secret History of the Pink Carnation -- Lauren Willig

23.    If I am Missing or Dead -- Janine Latus

24.    Black Swan Green -- David Mitchell

25.    No Talking -- Andrew Clements

26.    The Yiddish Policeman's Union -- Michael Chabon

27.    The Right Attitude to Rain -- Alexander McCall Smith

28.    The P.L.A.I.N. Janes -- Cecil Castelucci

29.    Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson (way so awesome)

30.    Fear Less :  Real Truth About Risk, Safety, and Security in a Time of Terrorism -- Gavin DeBecker

31.    Protecting the Gift:  Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane) -- Gavin DeBecker

32.    Fables Volume 9:  Sons of Empire -- Bill Willingham

33.    A Breach of Promise -- Anne Perry

34.    Slaves of Obsession -- Anne Perry

35.    The Twisted Root -- Anne Perry

36.    Funeral in Blue -- Anne Perry

37.    Death of a Stranger -- Anne Perry

38.    Bad Monkeys -- Matt Ruff

39.    Mercy -- Julie Garwood

40.    The Cater Street Hangman -- Anne Perry

41.    Reading Women -- Stefan Bollman

42.    Nocturnes -- John Connolly

43.    A Thousand Splendid Suns -- Khaled Hosseini

44.    State of Fear -- MIchael Crichton

45.    Little (Grrrl) Lost -- Charles DeLint

46.    The Devil and Miss Prym -- Paul Coelho

47.    The Thirteenth Tale -- Diane Setterfield

48.    Dancing Barefoot -- Wil Wheaton

49.    Just a Geek -- Wil Wheaton

50.    Loving Frank -- Nancy Horan

51.    Sharp Objects -- Gillian Flynn

52.    The Happiest Days of Our LIves -- Wil Wheaton

53.    The Sonnet Lover -- Carol Goodman

54.    Magic Hour -- Kristin Hannah