My List

MizB’s “I Should Read” List:

Note: This is my *starter* list… more books coming soon! (It just keeps getting longer, and longer…)

((I am aiming to read at least 52 of these, but will hopefully read more))

** anything by Jane Austen (Persuasion; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey; Sense and Sensibility)

A Breath of Fresh Air – Amulya Malladi

A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest J. Gaines

A Perfect Day – Richard Paul Evans

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini^

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Atonement – Ian McEwan^

Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

Beloved – Toni Morrison^

Bitten – Kelly Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, book 1)

Black – Ted Dekker (Circle Trilogy, book 1)

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures – Vincent Lam

Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, book 4) – Stephenie Meyer

City of Bones – Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments, book 1)

Crocodile on the Sandbank – Elizabeth Peters^

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampire series, book 1)

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Eclipse (Twilight, book 3) – Stephenie Meyer

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

From Baghdad, with Love – Jay Kopelman, Roth^

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson^

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling (book 2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (book 3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (book 4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (book 5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling (book 6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling (book 7)

Inkspell – Cornelia Funke

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Kartography – Kamila Shamsie^

Keeping Faith – Jodi Picoult^

Literacy and Longing in L.A – Kaufman and Mack^

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Marked – P. C. Cast (House of Night, book 1)

Marley and Me – John Grogan

Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis

Moby Dyck – Herman Melville

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

Nefertiti – Michelle Moran^

New Moon (Twilight, book 2) – Stephenie Meyer

Orthodoxy – G. K. Chesterton^

Peace Like a River – Leif Enger

Possession (or Babel Tower) – A. S. Byatt

Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers^

Same Kind of Different As Me – Rob Hall, Denver Moore

Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon^

Slammerkin – Emma Donoghue

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See

Sweetness in the Belly – Camilla Gibb^

Testament – Nino Ricci^

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon

The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud^

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath^

The Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak^

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber^

The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Arnim

The Hours – Michael Cunningham^ [TBR *after* “Mrs. Dalloway”!]

The Intelligencer – Leslie Siebert

The Last Lecture – Dr. Randy Pausch

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards

The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith

The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

The Rule of Four – Caldwell / Thomason

The Sex Lives of Cannibals – J. Maarten Troost^

The Shack – William P. Young

The Surrogate – Judith Henry Wall^

The Tea Rose – Jennifer Donnelly

The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield (finished it early!)

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett^

The Usual Rules – Joyce Maynard

Traveling Mercies – Anne Lamott^

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt

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((Some of you may be shocked to learn that I’ve not read these, but sadly, it’s true!))

^ denotes books that I will have to either buy, or borrow from the library

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13 responses to “My List

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  3. There are some good ones on that list and quite a few I’ve put off. The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Book Thief and Mere Christianity are all personal favorites. Have you read Eat, Pray, Love? That’s another one that has gotten rave reviews. It’s on my TBRs and I am so going to get to that one, soon. Honest. You haven’t read Jane Austen at all? Oh, you must, you must.

  4. mizb17

    LOL. No, I’ve not read any Austen at all. So sad. LOL. I haven’t yet read “Eat, Pray, Love”, either, but you’re right — that’s a “raved about” book, for sure! Lots of people I know have been talking about that one, lately! Thanks so much for your input! 😀

  5. Great list. I’m going to join in but will post when I have mine started. A couple will be the same as yours like Thirteenth Tale,which has been sitting on my TBR shelf for almost a year and The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay.
    Mere Christianity is very good and Dracula was a surprising treat.
    I did a review recently on Fingersmith, it is exquisite, and will be putting Affinity on my list.

  6. I haven’t even heard of so many of these books. I can’t wait to read your reviews of Book Thief, Time Traveler’s Wife, and Owen Meany. All great reads.

  7. kim in ohio

    I made a list from some of your books. they are ones I have been meaning to read but keep putting off. This is a great idea for a challenge. thanks for doing it. I will make a more complete list later.
    kim in ohio

  8. I just got done reading The Thirteenth Tale and may I just add to the rave about it – it was a fantastic book.

  9. mizb17

    I removed a few books from my list today, after reading their descriptions on Amazon. I want my list to be mostly consisting of books that, at the same time, both interest me (by their descriptions) AND have been *raved-about* by my book-loving friends. Mind you, I’m willing to step out of my reading ‘comfort-zone’ a little, but not so much that I’m bending my beliefs to do so. Like Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith“, which I removed today. The description at Amazon said the book is filled with the s-x trade and also lesbianism. While I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own beliefs (and I’m not going to hack on them for those), I also don’t want to read about these particular things, so I removed the book from my list for “religious reasons”.

    Also, I believe that there is just too little time to read books that don’t fully interest me… or at least catch my interest *a little bit*. Hence why I often don’t read everything my face-to-face (f2f) book group chooses to read. I have plenty of other books to keep me busy, so I don’t need to ‘waste my time’ reading books that I have to slog through, ya know?

    So, there’s my reasoning behind the books I removed today. There were only 3 or 4, but I thought I should make note of that here, in case anyone who previously read over my list wonders where these books went! 😉

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  12. I’ve been meaning to read Catcher in the Rye too! Will put that in my list! 🙂

  13. I’ve read quite a few on this list. I read Slammerkin a few years back. If it wasn’t for the fact that it was a quick read, I wouldn’t have finished it.

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