Books Marked "To Read"

I mentioned before that I'm in search of more good books to read. I just finished Catch-22 and right now I'm reading The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I actually have a long-ish list of books marked "to read," most of which were taken from friends' recommendations, but I'm still looking for more. Here's my current list -- feel free to comment, ask questions, and suggest others!

  1. The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler
  2. The Once and Future King, by T.H. White
  3. Sabine's Notebook, by Nick Bantock
  4. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
  5. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
  6. Why Do Men Have Nipples?, by Mark Leyner
  7. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez
  9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  10. Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens
  11. The Ministry of Special Cases, by Nathan Englander
  12. 1776, by David McCullough
  13. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
  14. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  15. Love Is Eternal, by Irving Stone


  1. You haven't read "To Kill a Mockingbird"? Wow. Glad it's on the list :) I've been meaning to read 1776 and Life of Pi for forever. Once and future King I read to say I've read it. It was long. I haven't picked it up again since middle school, but I remember liking it in a way.

  2. I just finished these ones and can recommend them:
    "The Known World" Edward Jones
    "As I Lay Dying" William Faulkner
    and I'm 1/3 through "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and it's great so far.

  3. Hi, it's me again, the Annoymous Me. Okay, it's Heather. I can't stand the suspense! Ack! Okay, so I forgot about your blog and I haven't been reading it so when I got your email and came to read it I can to catch up a bunch.

    1. Wikipedia is not fact. Wikipedia is written by random people on the web., Some know what they're talking about. Some don't. Wikipedia is NOT a "source."

    2. You like Women. You like Reading. DUH. Read biographies of women. Antonia Fraser is an excellent - and very interesting - biographer. I have read her books on The Wives of Henry 8, Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette. Other good ones: Catherine de Medici by Loenie Frieda, Martha Washington by Patricia Brady. The mucho-lauded biography John Adams by David McCullough was excellent, and I suggest educating yourself by reading biographies of our Founding Fathers - it will really open your eyes to how screwed up our current government is, and it's important to know that.

    Another good read is When Elephants Weep, The Emotional LIves of Animals by Jefferey Mousaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy. Tres informative. PLEASE also read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, which I realize you don't need yet but it's good to get a head start and be informed so that you don't start buying into all of the "childbirth belongs in hospitals," "you can't give birth without a docotor," "you can't handle the pain" type junk. DO NOT be one of those women who enters childbearing armed with nothing but a blind trust of obstetricians - they suck. Educate yourself before hand! Woman Power!

    Incidentally, the first known instance of a woman lying down to give birth was Louise deValiere. the mistress of Louis 14 and she did it at his command because he wanted a good veiw. That's in the Ina May book - she's a hippe midwife from Tennesee.

    Wow. I blogged on your blog.

  4. Read Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott. Actually, don't. Because I'm going to suggest it when it's my turn for book club. Can't wait to hear what you think about the Alchemist...I have my reservations...