I’ve always been a reader. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a book going (and sometimes 2, 3, or 4). If I find myself bored, and there’s a book around; it doesn’t matter what the book is about, I’ll probably pick it up and start reading. Why not?
Which is all to say, I’m not very discriminating when it comes to literary tastes. Novel, non-fiction, memoir. Give me one of each please and keep ’em comin’!
So, I guess it should come as no surprise that I have a rather VAST reading list. Around five years ago, I started keeping track of every book I read or heard about that sounded remotely interesting and recording each title personally recommended to me. As I’m a fan of so many types of books, and find myself interested in a whole slew of subject matter, that list has grown…and grown….and GROWN. I’ve collected hundreds upon hundreds of titles! So many in fact that keeping the list has sort of become a hobby in and of itself. (But, hey! I’m not complaining…I low-key LOVE lists and list-makin’.)
In case you’re curious about the type of books that make it on to my “too long to ever type out in it’s entirety” reading list, I decided to provide you with a sampling. Here goes!
1. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney
2. Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way by Ruth Reichl
3. So Many Ways to Sleep Badly by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
4. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle, also by Walls, is one of my all-time faves! I can’t wait to see the movie.
5. Appalachian Trials: The Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail by Zach Davis
6. The No Recipe Cookbook: A Beginner’s Guide to the Art of Cooking by Susan Crowther
Cookbooks are books too!
7. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
8. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
9. Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine
10. Strange as This Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake
Lots of folks who know my love of Barbara Kingsolver have recommended this one to me.
11. Prairie Tale: A Memoir by Melissa Gilbert
For obvious reasons.
12. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
13. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
14. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Trooper
I’ve seen the movie but I hear the books is better.
15. The Promise: A Tragic Accident, a Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship by Rachelle Friedman
16. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
17. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
18. Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life by Peter Gray
I don’t have kids but this seems like an important read nonetheless.
19. That’s Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us by Erin Moore
20. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
I have a special place in my heart for sports journalism.
21. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
22. Making the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Thomas Hoving
23. Conquering Chaos by Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra
Because MTV reality tv is my vice and I don’t even care.
24. Between Wrecks by George Singleton
25. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
26. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
27. Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself by Sarah A. Chrisman
28. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
29. Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
I have a huge girl crush on this author!
30. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
31. Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History by James Higdon
32. Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle
One of my favorite bloggers.
33. Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World by Susan Silverman
34. Epilogue by Anne Roiphe
35. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
STILL have never read any of Vowell’s books and have GOT to get on it!
36. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
37. Ann Tenna by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
38. The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures
I mean COME ON! Tell me that doesn’t sound good?!
39. Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
40. High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
I will read, watch, or listen to anything about Mt. Everest and Himalayan mountaineering.
41. The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West by Lesley Poling-Kempes
42. I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro
43. A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran by Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd
44. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
45. Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen by Alyssa Shelasky
46. The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics’ Top Score – From Nadia to Now by Dvora Meyers
For those of us who pretend to be gymnastics experts every 4 years.
47. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
48. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
May as well see what all the fuss is about!
49. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
Can you believe this is the same woman who wrote The Lottery?
50. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
Have you read any of these? What did you think?
What are some books on YOUR reading list?
Finally – Do you have any of the books listed above? I’m ALWAYS down for a book-swap!! I’d love to pass along a book from my collection that may be on your reading list. Let me know!
6 thoughts on “Beth’s Reading List – Too Many Books, Never Enough Time”
I looooved Prairie Tale when I read it!
I used to be the same as a kid, but when I went to high school and college those books were replaced with textbooks. I got back into reading a year or two ago when a group of friends started a book club. Now I ALWAYS have a book on me, like I did when I was a kid. 🙂
Funny enough, I’ve only heard of one of these….The Alchemist, which is a favorite of mine!
Are you on Goodreads by any chance? If so I’d love to follow you! I’m also always up for a book swap. I tend to not keep any books (no room to store!) so as soon as I’m done with one I like to make sure it has a good home!
[Currently reading: Armanda, by Ernest Cline, author of Ready, Player One.]
Hey Sabrina! I’m not on Goodreads but maybe I should set one up. It seems like a fun way to connect with fellow readers. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to set up a swap! I’m going out of town for a couple weeks but I’d love to send you a book when I get back. xoxo