Reading Past

My original intention was to compile a list of all the books I’ve ever read, but what this mostly is at the moment is a list of books I’ve read in the past year or two. But I am making some headway on retrieving from my memory books I read back in junior high and beyond. Among them are the embarrassing Victoria Holt books, lots of mysteries, and the hated Tess of the D’Urbervilles from AP English junior year of high school. So we’ll see if I can ever compile the ultimate list….

Abbott, H. Porter. The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2002.

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.

Adrian, Chris. A Better Angel: Stories. (Winter 2012)

Alighieri, Dante. John Ciardi, trans. The Divine Comedy.

Alter, Robert. The Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age. New York: Norton, 1996.

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics.

Ashbery, John. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale.

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.

ibid. Emma.

ibid. Persuasion.

ibid. Mansfield Park.

Barthelme, Donald. City Life.

Bellow, Saul. Henderson the Rain King.

Bishop, Elizabeth. Questions of Travel.

Blau, Sheridan D. The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and their Readers. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2003.

Bloom, Amy. Come to Me: Stories.

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre.

Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code.

Chekhov, Anton. The Lady with the Dog.

Chevalier, Tracy. Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Chopin, Kate. The Awakening.

Christie, Agatha. And Then There Were None.

ibid. Murder on the Orient Express.

ibid. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories.

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games.

ibid. Catching Fire.

ibid. Mockingjay.

Conrad, Joseph. The Return.

Cunningham, Michael. The Hours.

Dickens, Charles. Bleak House.

ibid. David Copperfield.

ibid. Great Expectations.

ibid. The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

ibid. Oliver Twist.

Didion, Joan. Democracy.

ibid. Play It As It Lays.

ibid. Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

ibid. The Year of Magical Thinking.

ibid. The White Album.

Dinesen, Isak. Seven Gothic Tales.

Dostoevesky, Fyodor. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, trans. Crime and Punishment.

Douglass, Paul. Lady Caroline Lamb.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.

Eliot, George. Adam Bede.

ibid.The Lifted Veil.

ibid. Middlemarch.

ibid. Silas Marner.

Ellroy, James. The Black Dahlia. New York: Warner, 2006.

Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. 1997.

Fairchild, B.H. Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest.

Finlay, Victoria. Color: A Natural History of the Palette.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.

Forster, E.M. A Room with a View.

Freudenberger, Nell. Lucky Girls. New York: Harper Collins, 2003.

Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha.

Goldman, William. The Princess Bride.

Graham, Jorie. Erosion.

Hamson, Knut. Growth of the Soil.

Hardy, Thomas. Mayor of Casterbridge.

ibid. Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter.

ibid. The Maypole of Merrymount.

ibid. Young Goodman Brown.

Heller, Joseph. Catch-22. (halfway done!)

Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha.

Holt, Victoria. Bride of Pendorric.

ibid. The Captive.

ibid. Demon Lover.

ibid. House of a Thousand Lanterns.

ibid. The India Fan.

ibid. Mistress of Mellyn.

Hamsun, Knut. Growth of the Soil. (May 2010)

Homer. The Odyssey.

Hosseini, Khaled. Kite Runner.

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World.

Iovine, Vicki. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won’t Tell You.

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Lives of Bees.

Kleist, Heinrich von. The Marquise of O–and Other Stories.

Klempne, Mark. The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and their Stories of Courage.

Kolosov, Jacqueline. The Red Queen’s Daughter.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies.

ibid. The Namesake.

ibid. Unaccustomed Earth. New York: Knopf, 2008.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird.

Lamott, Anne. Blue Shoe.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time .

ibid. A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

ibid. Many Waters.

Lewis, C.S. The Narnian Tales. (all of them)

Lewis, C.S. Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength (the Space Trilogy)

Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry.

Livesey, Margot. Eva Moves the Furniture.

Livesey, Margot. Learning by Heart: Stories.

ibid. The House on Fortune Street.

ibid. Learning by Heart: Stories.

Lorenz, Konrad Z. King Solomon’s Ring.

Lowell, Robert. Life Studies.

Lowry, Lois. The Giver.

Lunstrum, Kirsten Sundberg. This Life She’s Chosen: Stories.

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

ibid. Love in the Time of Cholera.

ibid. One Hundred Years of Solitude. (June 2010)

Maxwell, William. So Long, See You Tomorrow.

McDermott, Alice. That Night. New York: Dial Press, 1999.

McEwan, Ian. Atonement.

McLaughlin, Emma and Nicola Kraus. The Nanny Diaries.

Merwin, W.S. The Moving Target.

Miller, Barbara Stoler, ed. The Bhagavad-Gita.

Mindell, Jodi A. Mindell, PhD. Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep.

Mishima, Yukio. Death in Midsummer.

Montgomery, Lucy Maud. Anne of Green Gables.

Montgomery, Lucy Maud. Anne of Avonlea.

Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita.

Nietzche, Friedrich. Beyond Good and Evil.

Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler’s Wife.

O’Brien, Timothy. The Things They Carried.

O’Connor, Flannery. Everything that Rises Must Converge.

Orr, Gregory. The Blessing.

Orringer, Julie. How to Breathe Underwater: Stories. New York: Vintage, 2003.

Orwell, George. 1984.

Pancake, Ann. Strange as This Weather Has Been. Berkeley: Counterpoint Press, 2007.

Paolini, Christopher. Eragon & Eldest (x2) & Brisingr.

Patchett, Ann. The Magician’s Assistant.

Plath, Sylvia. Ariel.

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar.

Plato. Gorgias.

Poch, John. Poems.

Poe, Edgar Allen. The Collected Tales and Poems.

Prose, Francine. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them. New York: Harper, 2007.

Proulx, Annie. The Shipping News.

Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone. (x2)

ibid. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets. (x2)

ibid. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban. (x2)

ibid. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. (x2)

ibid. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix. (x2)

ibid. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince. (x2)

ibid. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows.

de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine. The Little Prince.

Sandor, Marjorie. Portrait of my Mother Who Posed Nude during Wartime.

Sayers, Dorothy. Murder Must Advertise.

Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones.

Sedaris, David. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

Shakespeare. Macbeth.

ibid. The Merchant of Venice.

ibid. Othello.

ibid. Romeo and Juliet.

ibid. The Taming of the Shrew.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.

Showalter, Elaine. Teaching Literature.

Sinclair, Upton. The Flivver King.

Spiegelman, Art. Maus.

ibid. Maus II.

Spragg, Mark. The Fruit of Stone.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

Sophocles. Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone (the three Theban plays)

Steinbeck, John. East of Eden.

ibid. Grapes of Wrath.

Stewart, Mary. The Crystal Cave.

ibid. The Hollow Hills.

ibid. The Last Enchantment.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Suetonius. The Twelve Caesars.

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club.

Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit.

Tolkein, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. x3 (Winter 2012)

Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen: A Life.

Tompkins, Jane. A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned. New York: Addison-Wesley, 1996.

Trevor, William. Reading Turgenev.

Turgenev, Ivan. First Love.

Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

ibid. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

ibid. Pudd’nhead Wilson.

Vasari, Giorgio. Lives of the Artists.

Vreeland, Susan. Girl in Hyacinth Blue.

Walcott, Derek. Omeros.

Welty, Eudora. The Ponder Heart.

Welty, Eudora. The Robber Bridegroom. New York: Harcourt, 1970.

Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods and Litte House on the Prairie, etc… (all 9 of them)

Wilder, Thornton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

Williams, Tennessee. Glass Menagerie.

Wolff, Tobias. This Boy’s Life.

ibid. The Night in Question.

ibid. Old School.

ibid. In Pharaoh’s Army.

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own.

ibid. Mrs. Dalloway.

ibid. To the Lighthouse.


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