Fat Books & Thin Women


Reading List

In the states, I keep a reading diary, but since I started Peace Corps I’ve done this on my computer. So, my reading since Day One of my Peace Corps service:

2012

George R.R. Martin – A Storm of Swords (06/02/12)
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Two Towers (05/23/12)
Jesmyn Ward – Salvage the Bones (05/20/12)
David Goodis – Nightfall (05/19/12)
Sue Grafton – J is for Judgment (05/19/12)
George R.R. Martin – A Clash of Kings (05/18/12)
Ismail Kadare – The Palace of Dreams (05/16/12)
Ismail Kadare – The Siege (05/10/12)
Miranda Vickers – The Albanians: A Modern History (05/08/12)
Robert Carver – The Accursed Mountains (05/07/12)
Kathryn Stockett – The Help (05/02/12)
Ismail Kadare – Spring Flowers, Spring Frost (04/26/12)
Jacqueline Winspear – Birds of a Feather (04/24/12)
Sue Grafton – I is for Innocent (04/17/12)
Edith Durham – High Albania (04/16/12)
Sue Grafton – H is for Homicide (04/10/12)
Noel Malcolm – Kosovo: A Short History (04/10/12)
Jessica Arya Blau – The Summer of Naked Swim Parties (04/08/12)
Lauren Oliver – Delirium (04/05/12)
David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas (03/26/12)
Mary Roach, ed. – The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2011 (03/23/12)
Ismail Kadare – The Pyramid (03/23/12)
David Sedaris – Me Talk Pretty One Day (03/20/12)
Jacqueline Winspear – Maisie Dobbs (03/18/12)
Nicole Krauss – Great House (03/17/12)
Henry James – The Bostonians (03/15/12)
Eric Hobsbawm – Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality (03/13/12)
David Goodis – Dark Passage (03/08/12)
Ismail Kadare – The Accident (03/06/12)
Sue Grafton – G is for Gumshoe (03/05/12)
James Pettifer & Miranda Vickers – The Albanian Question: Reshaping the Balkans (03/01/12)
Aimee Bender – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (02/28/12)
Tamora Pierce – Mastiff (02/25/12)
John Grisham – The Confession (02/18/12)
Richard Matheson – I Am Legend (02/17/12)
Emily Giffin – Heart of the Matter (02/15/12)
Stephanie Schwander-Sievers & Bernd Fischer (eds) – Albanian Identities: Myth and History (02/13/12)
Emily Giffin – Baby Proof (02/12/12)
Emily Giffin – Love the One You’re With (02/11/12)
Mary Roach – Packing for Mars (02/09/12)
Emily Giffin – Something Blue (02/06/12)
Emily Giffin – Something Borrowed (02/04/12)
Bonnie Nadzam – Lamb (02/03/12)
Ismail Kadare – Chronicle in Stone (02/01/12)
Lauren Oliver – Before I Fall (01/30/12)
Christopher Hitchens – God is Not Great (01/25/12)
Miranda Vickers & James Pettifer – Albania: From Anarchy to a Balkan Identity (01/24/12)
Tom Rachman – The Imperfectionists (01/21/12)
David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (01/17/12)
Dennis Lehane – Mystic River (01/03/12)

2011

Jean-Patrick Manchette – Fatale (12/28/11)
Jeffrey Eugenides – The Marriage Plot (12/27/11)
Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin (12/26/11)
Colson Whitehead – Zone One (12/23/11)
Lorrie Moore – A Gate at the Stairs (12/16/11)
Jonathan Safran Foer – Eating Animals (12/15/11)
John Miliken Thompson – The Reservoir (12/14/11)
Henning Mankell – Faceless Killers (12/04/11)
Sue Grafton – “E” is for Evidence (12/01/11)
Dennis Lehane – Moonlight Mile (11/21/11)
Chelsea Handler – Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (11/21/11)
Sue Grafton – “D” is for Deadbeat (11/20/11)
Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus (11/18/11)
Henning Mankell – The Fifth Woman (11/11/11)
Steven Millhauser – Martin Dressler (11/08/11)
Jennifer Egan – The Invisible Circus (11/01/11)
David Grann – The Lost City of Z (10/29/11)
Toni Morrison – Paradise (10/18/11)
Joe Hill – Heart-Shaped Box (10/11/11)
Michael Ondaatje – Anil’s Ghost (10/02/11)
Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange (9/29/11) onetwothree
Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (09/21/11)
John Irving – The Cider House Rules (09/07/11)
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (09/05/11)
Peter Carey – True History of the Kelly Gang (09/02/11)
Jennifer Egan – A Visit from the Goon Squad (08/31/11)
Ariel Leve – It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me (08/29/11)
Buzz Bissinger – Friday Night Lights (08/28/11)
George R.R. Martin – Game of Thrones (08/24/11)
Neil Pollack – Stretch (08/13/11)
Erik Larson – The Devil in the White City (08/12/11)
Dennis Lehane – Prayers for Rain (08/09/11)
Mary Horlock – The Book of Lies (08/02/11)
Joshua Foer – Moonwalking with Einstein (07/29/11)
Carson McCullers – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (07/23/11)
Gary Shteyngart – Super Sad True Love Story (07/15/11)
Karen Russell – Swamplandia! (07/11/11)
Christie Watson – Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away (07/07/11)
Olivia Manning – Friends and Heroes (06/27/11)
Olivia Manning – The Spoilt City (06/21/11)
Téa Obreht – The Tiger’s Wife (06/19/11)
Alex Garland – The Beach (06/18/11)
Sue Grafton – “B” is for Burglar (06/17/11)
Azar Nafisi – Reading Lolita in Tehran (06/14/11)
Emma Donoghue – Room (06/11/11)
Vladimir Nabokov – The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (06/11/11)
Katie Atkinson – Case Histories (06/10/11)
Barbara Kingsolver, ed. – The Best American Short Stories 2001 (06/05/11)
Laurie Halse Anderson – Speak (06/05/11)
Tom Robbins – Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (06/05/11)
Charles C. Mann – 1491 (06/05/11)
Haruki Murakami – A Wild Sheep Chase (05/31/11)
Sarah Dessen – What Happened to Goodbye (05/29/11)
Peter Ho Davies – The Welsh Girl (05/28/11)
Elizabeth George – Missing Joseph (05/26/11)
Sue Grafton – “A” is for Alibi (05/23/11)
Monique Roffey – The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (05/02/11)
Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale (04/24/11)
Dennis Lehane – Gone, Baby, Gone (04/22/11)
Dennis Lehane – Sacred (04/17/11)
Dennis Lehane – Darkness, Take My Hand (04/15/11)
Francisco Goldman – Say Her Name (04/14/11)
Diana Wynne Jones – Howl’s Moving Castle (04/11/11)
Olivia Manning – The Great Fortune (04/09/11)
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (04/07/11)
Megan McCafferty – Bumped (04/06/11)
Chelsea Handler – My Horizontal Life (04/04/11)
Michael Crummey – Galore (04/03/11)
Gertrude Stein – Three Lives (03/31/11)
Judy Blume – Forever (03/27/11)
Timothy Egan – The Worst Hard Time (03/26/11)
Justin Halpern – Shit My Dad Says (03/26/11)
Elizabeth George – For the Sake of Elena (03/22/11)
Paul Auster – Oracle Night (03/15/11)
Anne Rice – Interview with the Vampire (03/13/11)
Roald Dahl – Danny, the Champion of the World (03/12/11)
Gayle Lemmon – The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (03/12/11)
Andrea Barrett – Ship Fever (03/07/11)
Kelly Link – Magic for Beginners (03/05/11)
Judy Blume – Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (03/04/11)
Edith Wharton – The House of Mirth (03/04/11)
Dennis Lehane – A Drink Before the War (02/28/11)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude (02/28/11)
Yann Martel – Life of Pi (02/22/11)
George Orwell – Animal Farm (02/21/11)
Paula McLain – The Paris Wife (02/20/11)
Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question (02/18/11)
Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love (02/12/11)
David Nicholls – One Day (02/06/11)
Jon Krakauer – Into the Wild (02/04/11)
Geraldine Brooks – March (01/31/11)
Aristophanes – The Frogs (01/31/11)
J.D. Salinger – Franny and Zooey (01/28/11)
Bike Snob (01/27/11)
Beverly Cleary – Ribsy (01/26/11)
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin – Three Cups of Tea (01/22/11)
Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (01/17/11)

2010

Sarah Dessen – Someone Like You (12/31/10)
Elizabeth George – Payment in Blood (12/30/10)
Charles Portis – True Grit (12/29/10)
Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go (12/28/10)
Rory Stewart – The Prince of the Marshes (12/27/10)
Bill Bryson – Shakespeare (12/25/10)
Elizabeth George – Well-Schooled in Murder (12/23/10)
Jon Krakauer – Into Thin Air (12/20/10)
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring (12/16/10)
Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Played with Fire (11/30/10)

J. D. Salinger – Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (11/25/10)
Edith Wharton – Ethan Frome (11/19/10)
Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay (11/17/10)
Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire (11/16/10)
Horace Walpole – The Castle of Otranto (11/15/10)
Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games (11/14/10)
Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (11/11/10)
Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants (11/7/10)
Paul Auster – The New York Trilogy (11/4/10)
Andrew Clements – The Janitor’s Boy (10/31/10)
Beverly Cleary – Runaway Ralph (10/30/10)
John Grisham – The Testament (10/26/10)
Jeff Brown – Stanley, Flat Again! (10/21/10)
Jeff Brown – Invisible Stanley (10/20/10)
Jeff Brown – Stanley in Space (10/20/10)
Jeff Brown – Flat Stanley (10/20/10)
Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence (10/19/10)
Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (10/14/10)
Jennifer Haigh – The Condition (10/10/10)
Dennis Lehane – Shutter Island (10/8/10)
Richard Wright – Native Son (10/5/10)
Jonathan Franzen – Freedom (9/29/10)
F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Beautiful & Damned (9/22/10)
Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter (9/19/10)
Kate Chopin – The Awakening and Selected Stories (9/14/10)
E.M. Forster – A Passage to India (9/11/10)
Jeff Long – The Descent (9/6/10)
John Krakauer – Under the Banner of Heaven (8/30/10)
Dexter Filkins – The Forever War (8/22/10)
Rick Riordan – The Battle of the Labyrinth (8/21/10)
Julie Powell – Julie and Julia (8/20/10)
Beverly Cleary – Henry and Ribsy (8/18/10)
Rick Riordan – The Titan’s Curse (8/18/10)
John Grisham – The Rainmaker (8/16/10)
Rick Riordan – The Sea of Monsters (8/12/10)
Rick Riordan – The Lightning Thief (8/12/10)
George Pelecanos – Shame the Devil (8/10/10)
Beverly Cleary – Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (8/10/10)
Judy Blume – Double Fudge (8/6/10)
Stieg Larsson – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (8/6/10)
Judy Blume – Fudge-a-Mania (7/31/10)
Judy Blume – Superfudge (7/31/10)
Judy Blume – Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (7/31/10)
Louis de Bernieres – Corelli’s Mandolin (7/28/10)
Lauren Weisberger – The Devil Wears Prada (7/27/10)
Vladimir Nabokov – Pnin (7/24/10)
Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger (7/23/10)
Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice (7/22/10)
Vladimir Nabokov – The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (7/21/10)
Markus Zusak – The Book Thief (7/16/10)
Stephen King – The Tommyknockers (7/06/10)
Tamora Pierce – Bloodhound (6/26/10)
Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife (6/22/10)
Bernhard Schlink – The Reader (6/19/10)
Vladimir Nabokov – The Original of Laura (6/18/10)
Jennifer Weiner – Good in Bed (6/18/10)
Rory Stewart – The Places in Between (6/17/10)
John Ferling – A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic (6/15/10)
Alexsandar Hemon – Nowhere Man (6/13/10)
Michael Ondaatje – Running in the Family (6/09/10)
John Grisham – The Chamber (6/07/10)
Tamora Pierce – Terrier (6/04/10)
Beverly Cleary – Ellen Tebbits (5/24/10)
Sarah Rees Brennan – The Demon’s Lexicon (5/18/10)
John Grisham – The Firm (5/2/10)
Elizabeth George – A Great Deliverance (4/27/10)
Richard Price – Bloodbrothers (3/29/10)
Barack Obama – The Audacity of Hope (3/26/10)
John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath (3/10/10)
David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest (3/6/10)
Peter Hessler – Country Driving (2/28/10)
Stephen King – Under the Dome (2/20/10)
Richard Yates – Revolutionary Road (2/7/10)
Vladimir Nabokov – The Defense (2/2/10)
Cormac McCarthy – The Road (1/25/10)
Sarah Dessen – Lock & Key (1/8/10)

 

2009

Mary Roach – Stiff (12/16/09)
Orson Scott Card – Speaker for the Dead (12/10/09)
John McCain & that guy – Faith of My Fathers (12/03/09)
A.J. Jacobs – The Year of Living Biblically (11/21/09)
Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird (11/20/09)
Susanna Clarke – Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell (11/09/09)
Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride (10/18/09)
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman – All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s (10/13/09)
Sarah Dessen – Just Listen (10/03/09)
Jennifer Weiner – In Her Shoes (9/29/09)
Stephen King – Salem’s Lot (9/20/09)
Thomas Mann – The Magic Mountain (9/11/09)

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Is Judy Blume nice?

Comment by bookysh

I love Hemon… have you read Lazarus Project?

Comment by S

yeah, it was the first thing i read by hemon. i just bought the 2011 european fiction anthology that he edited, on the theory that he is as good an editor as a writer…but also should be sweet to read stories by other authors from the balkans.

Comment by Ellen Rhudy

Wonderful reading list, Ellen! I am extremely impressed that you have read ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell’ by Susanna Clarke. It is the thickest one-volume book I have and I have been intimidated by its size that I haven’t attempted reading it yet. I am also extremely impressed that you have read David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’. I read an essay on Wallace by Zadie Smith and then got one of his books, but it looks like a complex read and so have reserved it for the future. How did you like this book of his?

Have you read Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’? How do you like Vladimir Nabokov’s prose? How did you like John Grisham’s ‘The Firm’? Which is your favourite Grisham book?

Some years back, I was in a ‘read-a-book-and-watch-the-movie’ phase and I read ‘Interview with a vampire’ and saw the movie version too. I liked both of them.

It was wonderful to explore your reading list :)

Comment by Vishy

I’m a big fan of DFW’s essays and I label him one of my favorites based mostly on that. I’ve read all his books now, I think, apart from Pale King, but Infinite Jest kind of went over me. It’s a book you’ve got to write in and dogear and I read half of it on my kindle, because I moved to Macedonia partway through the read, so I couldn’t do those things. Even if I had I’d need to reread it…anyway, all this is me trying to say that I’m still not sure what I think of IJ but I’m planning to reread it when I get back to the states and figure this out more.

I haven’t read Bryson’s Short History, though I found a copy and I’m planning on reading it soon. I’m not sure what my favorite Grisham is – I haven’t read that many by him, just the ones on this list (so maybe 3 or 4?) but I remember liking The Firm & The Rainmaker a lot. I think I’m going to make this summer my all Grisham – just in case I am tempted to go to law school. And Nabokov, what to say about him? His prose is so gorgeous that for a couple years after I started reading him I couldn’t write a thing, because I kept thinking, “But it will never be as good as Nabokov.” That’s true of most writers’ work, though.

Comment by Ellen Rhudy

I am intimidated by how vast this list is. Holy crap.

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