Books


★★★★★

A work in progress as I try to track the books I read each year.

2016
1. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta ★★☆☆☆
2. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle ★★★☆☆
3. The Pearl by John Steinbeck ★★★★☆
4. Us by David Nicholls ★★★☆☆
5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah ★★★★★
6. Candide by Voltaire ★★★★☆
7. Finders Keepers by Stephen King ★★★★☆
8. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf ★★★★☆
9. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro ★★★★☆
10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Samsion ★★★★☆
11. My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege, Nikola Sellmair, Carolin Sommer ★★★★★
12. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple ★★★★☆
13. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro ★★★★☆
14. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman ★★★★☆
15. My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout ★★★★★
16. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi ★★★★★
17. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde ★★★★☆
18. A Reunion of Ghosts Paperback by Judith Claire Mitchell ★★★☆☆
19. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt ★★★★☆
20. Benediction by Kent Haruf ★★★☆☆
21. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham ★★☆☆☆
22. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming ★★★★★
23. The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood ★★★★★
24. The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian ★★★★☆
25. Yes Please by Amy Poehler ★★★★★
26. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton ★★★★☆
27. Quilt National 2011: The Best of Contemporary Quilts by Lark Books ★★★☆☆
28. Heirloom Machine Quilting by Harriet Hargrave ★★★★☆
29. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach ★★★☆☆
30. Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani ★★★★☆
31. On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry ★★★☆☆
32. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter ★★★★☆
33. Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston ★★★☆☆
34. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates ★★★★☆
35. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue ★★★★☆
36. Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz ★★☆☆☆
37. Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson ★★★★☆
38. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra ★★★★☆
39. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ★★☆☆☆
40. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa ★★★★☆
41. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman ★★★★☆
42. Lila (Gilead #3) by Marilynne Robinson ★★★☆☆
43. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman ★★★☆☆
44. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls ★★★★★
45. Ruby by Cynthia Bond ★★★★★
46. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Paperback by Timothy Egan ★★★★☆
47. Dimestore by Lee Smith ★★★☆☆
48. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ★★★★★
49. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen ★★★☆☆
50. Astoria by Peter Stark  ★★★★☆
51. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ★★★★☆
52. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ★★★☆☆
53. Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton ★★★★☆
54. George by Alex Gino ★★★★☆
55. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen ★★☆☆☆
56. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff ★★★★★
57. Press Here by Hervé Tullet ★★★★★
58. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie ★★★☆☆
59. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis ★★★☆☆
60. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn ★★★★☆
61. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri ★★★☆☆
62. Find the Good by Heather Lende ★★★☆☆
63. Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu ★★★☆☆
64. Stiff by Mary Roach ★★★★☆
65. The Longest Night by Andria Williams ★★★☆☆
66. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney ★★★☆☆
67. The Bone Tree by Greg Iles ★★★★★
68. End of Watch by Stephen King ★★★☆☆
69. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson ★★★☆☆
70. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander ★★★☆☆
71. After You by Jojo Moyes ★★☆☆☆
72. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon ★★★★★
73. 1984 by George Orwell ★★★★★
74. City of Thieves by  David Benioff ★★★★★
75. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen ★★★★☆
76. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz, Stieg Larsson ★★★☆☆
77. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson ★★★☆☆
78.Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon ★★★★☆
79. I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro ★★★★☆
80. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay ★☆☆☆☆
81. Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman ★★★★☆
82. The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee ★★★★★
83. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ★★☆☆☆
84. The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir by Bill Griffeth ★★★★☆
85. The Vegetarian by Han Kang ★★★☆☆
86. Miss Jane by Brad Watson ★★★★☆
87. The Bone Tree by Greg Iles ★★★★★
88. Life by Keith Richards ★★★★★
89. Maude by Donna Mabry ★★★★☆
90. Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon ★★★★☆
91. My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking… by Hannah Hart ★★☆☆☆
92. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance ★★★★★
93. True Grit by Charles Portis ★★★★☆
94. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey ★★★★☆
95. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult ★★★★☆
96. Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy ★★★★☆
97. Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin ★★★★★
98. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison ★★★☆☆
99. New York by Edward Rutherfurd ★★★★★
100. Moonglow by Michael Chabon ★★★★☆
101. Glory over Everything by Kathleen Grissom ★★★★☆


2015

1. Gray Mountain by John Grisham ★☆☆☆☆
2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
3. Paris by Edward Rutherford ★★★★☆
4. Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller ★★★★☆
5. American Sniper by Chris Kyle  ★★★☆☆
6. George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger ★★★☆☆
7. The Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides ★★★☆☆
8. More Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy by Jo Parrott ★★★★☆
9. That perfect stitch : the secrets of fine hand quilting by Dierdra A. McElroy ★★★★★
10. The Silent Sister by Dianne Chamberlain ★★★★☆
11. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ★★★★☆
12. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl ★★☆☆☆
13. Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman ★★★★☆
14. Dark Places by Jillian Flynn  ★★★☆☆
15. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant  ★★★☆☆
16. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger  ★★★☆☆
17. Leaving Time by Jodi Piccolt  ★★★☆☆
18. Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J. B. West ★★★★★
19. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★★★★☆
20. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking  ★★★☆☆
21. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ★★★★☆
22. Revival by Stephen King ★★★★☆
23. Killing Patton by by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard ★★★☆☆
24. Versailles: A Biography of a Palace by Tony Spawforth
25. Being There by Jerzy Kosiński ★★★★☆
26. The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ★★★★☆
27. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne ★★★☆☆
28. Heart of the Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov ★★★☆☆
29. The Martian by Andy Weir ★★★★☆
30. The Hospital: The First Mountain Man Story by Keith Blackmore  ★★★☆☆
31. The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough ★★★★☆
32. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ★★★★★
33. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison ★★★☆☆
34. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne ☆☆☆☆☆
35. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ★★★☆☆
36. Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd ★★★★☆
37. The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport ★★★★☆
38. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce ★★★★☆
39. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★★
40. Lost Cain by T. Daniel Wright ★★★☆☆
41. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ★★★★☆
42. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving ★★★☆☆
43. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King ★★★☆☆
44. The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford ★★★★☆
45. The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos ★★★★☆
46. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus ★★★☆☆
47. Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon ★★★☆☆
48.  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee ★★★☆☆
49. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris ★★★★☆
50. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick ★★★☆☆
51. Stoner by John Williams ★★★☆☆
52. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín ★★★★☆
53. The Body by Stephen King ★★★★☆
54. The Secret History by Donna Tartt ★★★★☆
55. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson ★★★★☆
56. Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
57. Dubliners by James Joyce ★★★☆☆
58. Ireland by Frank Delaney ★★★★★
59. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde ★★★★☆
60. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson ★★★☆☆
61.The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs ★★★★☆
62. Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius ★★★☆☆
63. Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff ★★★★☆
64. In the Heart of the Sea by  Nathaniel Philbrick ★★★★☆
65. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain ★★★★☆
66. The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook by Jill Conner Browne ★★★☆☆
67. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner ★★☆☆☆
68.  Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells ★★★☆☆
69. What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg ★★★☆☆
70. Written by Herself: Autobiographies of American Women: An Anthology by Jill Ker Conway ★★★☆☆
71. River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clark ★★☆☆☆
72. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts ★★★☆☆
73. Paper Towns by John Green ★★★★☆
74. The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 by Trudy E. Bell ★★★☆☆
75. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott ★★★☆☆
76. The Body by Stephen King ★★★★☆

2014

1. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson
2. Jonathan Adler 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life by Jonathan Adler
3. Baltimore Basics: Album Quilts from Start to Finish by Mimi Dietrich
4. Color Harmony for Quilts: A Quiltmaker’s Guide to Exploring Color
5. The Worst Thing I’ve Done by by Ursula Hegi
6. Silas Marner by George Elliot
7. Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
8. Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
9. The Cay by Theodore Taylor
10. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
11. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
12. Elizabeth Street: A novel based on true events by Laurie Fabiano
13. Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) by Ken Follett
14. April 1865: The Month That Saved America by Jay Wink
15. Moving Tales, Adventures in Relocation by Linda P. Kozar
16. James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney
17. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
18. The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
19. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
20. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
21. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
22. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
23. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
24. Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
25. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
26. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
27. Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2) by John Grisham
28. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
29. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
30. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by by David Wroblewski
31. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
32. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
33. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
34. The Wild Zone by Joy Fielding
35. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
36. Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
37. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
38. Home by Toni Morrison
39. Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow Rowell
40. The Used World by Haven Kimmel
41. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
42. Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
43. An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg
44. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
45. Mistress by James Patterson
46. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
47. Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman
48. The House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler
49. The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
50. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
51. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
52. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
53. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
54. Calico Joe by John Grisham
55. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
56. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin
57. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
58. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family by Dave Pelzer
59. A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness by Dave Pelzer
60.  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
61. Night By Elle Wiesel
62. My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
63. Fons & Porter presents quilts from the Henry Ford by Marianne Fons
64.  Encyclopedia of pieced quilt patterns compiled by Barbara Brackman
65. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin
66. Divergent by Veronica Roth
67. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
68. The Snow Queen by Hans Anderson
69. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

2013

1. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
2. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J.Ellis
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
5. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
6. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
7. Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America: A Biography by William E. Gienapp
8. Southbound (The Barefoot Sisters, #1) by Lucy Letcher
9. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
10. Who Peed on My Yoga Mat? by Lela Davidson
11. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana  Mathis
12. Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross, #20) by James Patterson
13. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
14. If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman
15. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon
16. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
17. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
18. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
19. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
20. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
21. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
22. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
23. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by
24. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
25. Of Mice and Men by  John Steinbeck
26. Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story by Ingrid Ricks
27. Room by Emma Donoghue
28. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
29. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
30. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
31. I Am Malala by MalalaYousafzai
32. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard
33. Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III
34. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
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5. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
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6.  Me before you by Jojo Moyes
37. Eventide by Kent Haruf
38.  Mimi Dietrich’s Baltimore basics by Mimi Dietrich
39. A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson
40.  The killer angels by Michael Shaara
41.  The revised fundamentals of caregiving by Jonathan Evison
42.  Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
43. The Good Life by Jay McInerney
44.  Inferno by Dan Brown
45.  Battle hymn of the tiger mother by Amy Chua
46.  The monster of Florence by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi
47.  The immune system recovery plan by Susan S. Blum; with Michele Bender
48.  A homemade life by Molly Wizenberg
49. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
50. Waiting for the Morning Train by Bruce Catton
51. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
52. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J.Gaines
53. Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
54. A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
55. Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town by Nick Reding
56. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
57. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

P.S. Sometimes my links, for products on Amazon, are linked back to me. If you add the item to your Amazon cart and then purchase it I get a “little” Amazon store credit, as in pennies. I didn’t used to do this, but I started to recently because I was linking to Amazon anyway (hello, we all shop there) and I figured you wouldn’t mind if Amazon has to give me a free book now and again. Just letting you know, to keep things legit around here.

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3 Responses to Books

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  2. Linda P in IL says:

    thanks for the great book list.. I just “found you”..I’ll be back

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