What should I read next??

Help…I have so many books that I’ve been thinking of reading that I am overwhelmed! Here’s a sampling of a few of my bookshelves–

In the hopes of keeping myself better organized I’ve decided to start a list of books that I want to read.   I am hoping that you guys will take a look a give me some feedback…help me decide what to bump to the top of the list!!

Have you read any of the following books? What did you think of them? 

Am I missing any great books that should be on my list??  If so…which ones and why??

Are there any I’ve listed that make you say …”Huh??”

In no particular order

Those that I own and haven’t yet read (shameful):

Til  We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Learned Arts of Witches & Wizards – Anton & Mina Adams
Myths to Live By – Joseph Campbell
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas – James Patterson
Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare
The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
Grendel – John Gardner
Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
Pygmalian – Bernard Shaw

And those that I’d need to buy/borrow:

The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry – Wendell Berry
The Grimm Legacy – Polly Shulman
Eldest – Christopher Paolini
Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
Casting Spells – Barbara Bretton
Room – Emma Donaghue
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet – Bill McKibben
A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
Given: New Poems – Wendell Berry
An Irish Country Doctor – Patrick Taylor
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – Michael Pollan
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual – Michael Pollan
The Passage – Justin Cronin
Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things – Rick Smith and others.
Brisingr – Christopher Paolini
Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything – Daniel Goleman.
The World Without Us – Alan Weisman
A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter Miller
Sum – David Eagleman
The Scenic Route – Binnie Kirshenbaum
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Bloodroot – Amy Greene
Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter – Tom Franklin
The Postmistress – Sarah Blake
The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Sarah Addison Allen
The Peach Keeper – Sarah Addison Allen
The 13th Hour – Richard Doetsch
Every Last One – by Anna Quindlen
The Heretic’s Daughter – Kathleen Kent
The Lake of Dead Languages – Carol Goodman
Ghost Story – Peter Straub

Let me know what you think…please 🙂


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24 Responses to What should I read next??

  1. Carrie K. says:

    You should definitely read Pride and Prejudice. Very soon. 🙂

  2. vixter2010 says:

    Wow that is a lot of books 🙂 You must read P & P – Jane Austen. It’s my fave book ever – it’s funny and romantic and the writing is witty, sharp and intelligent.

  3. the art of racing in the rain is perhaps one of the best books i have ever read. you definitely need to move that to the top of the list! i know this much is true and the happiness project are also really great books , and suzanne’s diary for nicholas was a great “filler” book (the easy, short book you read quickly while you’re waiting for another long book…like a break for your brain).

    i haven’t read any of the others but room is also on my to-read list.

  4. Bluesky2000 says:

    Wow~ you have so many books, I just read some magazine 🙂

  5. Souzapalooza says:

    I loved the art of dancing in the rain. I read it this time last year. It is a beautiful story.

  6. Melissa….I just finished a Discovery of Witches and it was great! and guess what, its a trilogy….two more to come 🙂 I haven’t read the two books you have listed here by Sarah Addison Allen yet (I just got the Peach Keepersand hear its great) but her book “Garden Spells” is very good! You have a lovely list of books there..I have shelfs full of books I haven’t read yet as well. I get them when I see them because I’m afraid I will forget to pick them up later…so there ya go…enough reading for quite some time! 🙂
    Enjoy…Blessings, Autumn

    • Autumn–Thanks for the input:) A Discovery of Witches looked like a lot of fun…and so much better to know it is a Trilogy! I think I’ll bump that one up too:) I did read the first two Sarah Addison Allen books. I loved loved loved Garden Spells…it was perfect! Sugar Queen left me feeling a bit disappointed…I’m hoping that her 3rd and 4th books are more like her first!

  7. Andrea says:

    i agree i read Art of Racing in the Rain and i thought it was good and different. I want to read Room – maybe we can throw this in the pile for our book club?

  8. I want to curl up in a chair with a blanket, a cup of tea and your library. I especially enjoy the Joseph Campbell you have there 😀 I’m a big pusher of Charles de Lint if you like urban fantasy (he does a really neat job of blending urban settings with various mythologies. Someplace to be Flying is a good place to start, or his short stories in Dreams Underfoot).

    I’m also very fond of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (I’m fascinated by stories surrounding black mary). Way back when, I really enjoyed Boethius’ “In consolation of Philosophy” but I’ll admit that I haven’t re-read since University, so it may be more charming in memory. P&P is a must read, fo sho.

  9. Matthew says:

    Immediately I began to scan your collection for any Koontz. Thankfully I did see a couple there *whew*.

    Sadly, that is most of the input I can provide as 95% of my book collection is Dean Koontz.

    • Matt–you have no idea how addicted I am to Koontz (I just tend not to keep those as they are not “classics”…so I pass them on after reading…not to mention that 95% of what I read is borrowed) I’m just trying to branch out a bit more this year and get away from some of my addictions like Koontz, Brown, Isles etc. Do you find though that Koontz has gotten a bit more graphic as he’s gotten older. Or maybe my stomach has just gotten a bit more sensitive. Much as I love him, I find him harder and harder to read especially as I have a phobia of sharp cutting objects.

      • Matthew says:

        I enjoy some of that just because it shows a sense of literary evolution. He’s only written one book I didn’t particularly like and a lot of his more recently books I haven’t been overly thrilled with (with the exception of the Odd series and Frankenstein series). Last individual novel I loved was ‘Darkest Evening of the Year’.

        Trying to expand my authors now though, so if you have any you could recommend (in the light of Koontz) I’d need to check them out.

  10. chirokatie says:

    The Omnivore’s Dilemma is fantastic but can be to in-depth for some. In Defense of Food is another book by Michael Pollan which is a more to the point version of OD. I recommend Defense of Food first and then if you want further details read OD. I hear Mindless Eating is another great read http://mindlesseating.org/index.php.

  11. Jaidis says:

    The only book that I’ve read out of the ones you have is The Picture of Dorian Gray…it’s pretty good.

    I love your shelf with Witchy type books 🙂 I see some there that I have to add to my own collection..hehe

  12. missmaryao says:

    The Book Thief was excellent. It was not a light, fun read…but still an amazing story that I loved!

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