You magnificent bastards.
I asked for 40 books and you gave me 60 (and counting!) True, many of you gave me multiple books, but each pick counted. Some of you sent me private messages, warning me about content, or sharing why you want me to read a particular book. Others wrote me lovely letters. One of you even got me a copy of the book, personally inscribed by both the author and the person about whom the book was written. That person gets a double gold star.
Out of the 60 books on the list, I already own 22. Out of those 22, I have only read 16. One book showed up via Amazon (thanks beloved BIL). One showed up mysteriously in the back of my car and three need to be returned to their owner when I’m done. Thanks to a wicked pre-Christmas sale, another 17 are on their way via Better World Books, an online used book store that donates one book for every book bought. (I haven’t told my husband about that box yet. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t notice it among all the other deliveries this time of year. In my defense, each book was only $2.50.) I’ll pick up the rest as the months roll along.
Many of you worried that I was too well read to have missed your favorite tome, but I assure you that the breadth and depth of my reading have been greatly exaggerated. I don’t read half as much as I’d like to nor half as much as you would expect me to. All of that is about to change.
I have to applaud you all on your choices. I will be reading Russian lit for the first time, after successfully avoiding it my entire life. I will be enjoying the history of the flu epidemic, after which I will need a chemical bath and a treatise on bee keeping, after which I’ll need some tea with honey. I will get to learn about, in depth and in great detail, the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Ozzy Osborne, and Anthony Kiedis, an odd mix of individuals I wouldn’t think to invite to a dinner party. I’ll delve into fiction, non-fiction, history and self-help, children’s books and comic books, sci-fi and fantasy, and go both into thin air and into the wild. I’m almost dizzy with the thought of all the places I’ll go and all the people I’ll meet.
I am, however, a bit concerned about all the Cormac McCarthy I’m going to read. I’m also concerned that life growing up in the Pine Barrens was a whole lot darker than I ever imagined based on the book choices of those who grew up there.
Anyway, join me on this journey through the reading lives of my friends and family. I’ll post a new blog every Friday with an update on what I have read, what I have thought, and what I plan to read next. Maybe you’ll read along, returning to lost loves or finding new ones along the way. Maybe you’ll ignore me entirely, going on about your own life, reading your own books. That’s fine too.
Either way, I’m pretty sure I’m going to need a bigger bookshelf.
Here is a copy of the list as it currently stands.
Here is a copy of the list as it currently stands.
- The Boy Who Said No - Patti Sheehy
- The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin
- Verbal Judo by George Thompson
- A Book of Bees - Sue Hubbell
- The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout.
- American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld
- The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
- Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendek
- Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
- The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
- House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubos
- The Little Prince – Autoine de Saint-Exupery
- The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
- The Family – Mario Puzo
- I am Ozzy – Ozzy Osbourne
- Object Lessons by Anna Quindlen-
- Mornings in Jenin – Susan Abulhawa
- Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
- Time Traveler's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
- A Question of Attraction - David Nichols
- The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
- The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
- A Prayer for Owen Meaney
- A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
- Lamb – Christopher Moore
- Running Man – Richard Bachman
- The Walking Dead – R Kirkman
- Dragon’s of Autumn’s Twilight – Weis/Hickman
- American Pastoral – Phillip Roth
- The Charm School – Nelson DeMille
- A Widow for One Year – John Irving
- A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle
- The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
- Dune – Frank Herbert
- Angels of Repose – Wallace Stagner
- Into Thin Air – Jon Krakaour
- The Stand – Stephen King
- The Big Influenza – John M. Barry
- Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
- The Most Beautiful Woman in Town – Charles Bukowski
- My Dark Places
- After Camelot – J. Randy Taraborrelli
- What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
- Wifey – Judy Blume
- Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis
- High Fidelity – Nick Hornsby
- Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
- Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
- The Post-Birthday World
- Despair – Vladimir Nobokov
- The Help – Kathryn Stockett
- Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
- The Road – Cormac McCarthy
- No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
- The Plot Against America – Phillip Roth
- Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
- Founding Brothers – Joseph Ellis
- What is the What – Dave Eggers
- The Boys of Winter – Wayne Coffey
- Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
- Guardians of the West – David Eddings
- The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
- Blindside - Robin Cook