Books

I love a good book! I spend a lot of time reading with my children, and I enjoy it immensely. I also try to make time to read books for myself. I have been meaning for a while to start a list of books that I have read, but I still haven’t done it. I think it could be useful at times.

Starting now, I am going to try to remember to record them here, at least book club selections (noted as BC). If I really love a book, maybe I’ll even write a post about it. In that case, I’ll link to the post.

If you ever feel like recommending a book you’ve enjoyed, please do! If you ever want to ask about something I’ve listed, feel free!

If you want to hear more about why I believe reading is so wonderful, check out this post.

January 2011: Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay (BC)
February 2011: Mohamed’s Moon, by Keith Clemons (BC)
Jan./Feb.2011: Galloway’s Book on Running, Jeff Galloway
February 2011: Half-Marathon: You Can Do It, by Jeff Galloway
March 2011: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (BC)
March 2011: The Green Hour, by Todd Christopher
(Related Posts: The Green Hour, Acceptable Risk)
March 2011: The Raw Food Lifestyle, by Ruthann Russo
March/April 2011: The Reading Group, by Elizabeth Noble
April 2011: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, by Lorna Landvik (BC)
April 2011: Operation Beautiful, by Caitlin Boyle
May 2011: The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger (BC)
June 2011: Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese (BC)
July 2011: Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah (BC)
August 2011: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann (BC)
August 2011: Staying the Course: A Runner’s Toughest Race, by Dick Beardsley
Aug/Sept 2011: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
September 2011: Room, by Emma Donoghue (BC – pushed back to October book club)
September 2011: The Butcher and
the Vegetarian
, by Tara Austen Weaver
October 2011: The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women, by Dawn Dais
October 2011: Waiting for “Superman”, edited by Karl Weber
November 2011: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (BC)
November 2011: Marathon: You Can Do It, by Jeff Galloway
November 2011: The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
November 2011: Knit Two, by Kate Jacobs
December 2011: Run Like a Mother, by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea
December 2011: Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story, by Paul Auster (BC)
December 2011: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (for January BC)
January 2012: Praying for Strangers, by River Jordan
January 2012: Spoon Fed, by Kim Severson
January 2012: The Power of a Praying Life, by Stormie Omartian
January 2012: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
February 2012: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford (BC)
March 2012: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (BC)
March 2012: Free Range Learning, by Laura Grace Weldon
April 2012: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith (BC)
April 2012: The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child’s Classroom, by Mary Griffith
May 2012: Secret Daughter, by Shilpi Gowda Somaya (BC)
May 2012: Kingdom Kids Nutrition, by Kelli Schulte
May 2012: The Book of Jonas, by Stephen Dau (for June BC)
May 2012: House Rules, by Jodi Picoult
May/June 2012: When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today, edited by Elaine Cooper
June/July 2012: Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self Discovery, by David H. Albert
July 2012: 1984, by George Orwell (BC)
July 2012: The Yada Yada Prayer Group, by Neta Jackson
July 2012: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See (for August BC)
August 2012: The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
August 2012: Unconditional Parenting, by Alfie Kohn
September 2012: The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin (September BC)
September 2012: Drawing with Children, by Mona Brooks
October 2012: Unschooling Rules, by Clark Aldrich
October 2012: Chasing Fireflies, by Charles Martin (BC)
October 2012: Where the River Ends, by Charles Martin
November 2012: Parent Effectiveness Training, by Dr. Thomas Gordon
November 2012: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (BC)
November 2012: Love in a Time of Homeschooling, by Laura Brodie
December 2012: A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage (BC)
December 2012: Angle of Declination, by Doug and Sally Mayfield
January 2013: A Hidden Truth, by Judith Miller
January/February 2013: The Calligrapher’s Daughter, by Eugenia Kim (BC)
February 2013: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce (for March BC)
March 2013: The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Steadman (for April BC)
March 2013: Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, by Naomi Aldort
March 2013: The Rope, by Nevada Barr
March 2013: Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, by Dayna Martin
April 2013: Dumbing Us Down, by John Taylor Gatto
April 2013:The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson (BC)
May 2013: The Best of Me, by Nicholas Sparks
May 2013: Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, by Bryan Caplan
June 2013: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (BC)
June 2013: Against Medical Advice, by James Patterson and Hal Friedman (July BC)
June 2013: Free to Learn, by Peter Gray
July 2013: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson
July/August 2013: The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett (BC)
September 2013: Hacking Your Education, by Dale J. Stephens
September 2013: The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri (BC)
October 2013: Bird Dog: The Instinctive Training Method, by Ben O. Williams
October 2013: Matched, by Ally Condie (BC)
November 2013: The Fresh Energy Cookbook, by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi
December 2013: The Owl and Moon Cafe, by Jo-Ann Mapson (BC)
December 2013: Homefront, by Kristin Hannah (BC)
January 2014: Still Alice, by Lisa Genova (BC)
February 2014: The Bible of Clay, by Julia Navarro (BC)
February 2014: The Reading Promise, by Alice Ozma
March 2014: Project Based Homeschooling, by Lori Pickert
March/April 2014: Guerilla Learning, by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver
April 2014: Blind Your Ponies, by Stanley Gordon West (BC)
April 2014: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (BC)
May 2014: Handle with Care, by Jodi Picoult (BC)
June 2014: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
July 2014: The Pink Suit, by Nicole Mary Kelby (BC)
July 2014: The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern
July 2014: How Full is Your Bucket?, by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton
July 2014: State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
August 2014: The Fault in our Stars, by John Green
August 2014:Eat, Move, Sleep, by Tom Rath
August 2014: Burn, by Nevada Barr
August 2014: 10th Anniversary, by James Patterson
August 2014: The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller
August 2014: A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Rachel Held Evans
September 2014: Hold On to Your Kids, by Gordon Neufeld
September 2014: The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
September 2014: Divergent, by Veronica Roth
October 2014:.All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Forte (BC)
November 2014: Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero, by The Clemente Family
December 2014: The Storyteller, by Jodi Picoult
December 2014: The Element, by Ken Robinson
January 2015: Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
January 2015: My Story, by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart
February 2015: Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger (BC)
February 2015: Zoo, by James Patterson
April 2015: The Brothers K, by David James Duncan (BC)
April 2015: Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline (BC)
April 2015: My Heart Remembers, by Kim Vogel Sawyer
April 2015: For Better or Worsted, by Betty Hechtman
April 2015: The Time of my Life, by Cecelia Ahern
April 2015:11th Hour, by James Patterson
May 2015: 12th of Never, by James Patterson
May 2015:Unlucky 13, by James Patterson
May 2015: Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (BC)
May 2015: Lone Wolf, by Jodi Picoult
May 2015: The Collectors, by David Baldacci
May 2015: 44 Cranberry Point, by Debbie Macomber
June 2015: Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
June 2015: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (BC)
June 2015: Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, by Jonathan Odell (BC)
June 2015: The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (BC)
July 2015: The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion
July 2015: 14th Deadly Sin, by James Patterson
July 2015: Hyacinth Girls, by Lauren Frankel (BC)
August 2015: Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova
September 2015: Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee (BC)
October 2015: Wild, by Cheryl Strayed (BC)
November 2015: Intelligent Disobedience, by Ira Chaleff
November 2015: Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
December 2015: Delirium, by Lauren Oliver
December 2015: Defending Jacob, by William Landay (BC)
December 2015: Bossypants, by Tina Fey (for January BC)
December 2015: Harvesting the Heart, by Jodi Picoult
January 2016: Sing You Home, by Jodi Picoult
February 2016: The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, by Frances E. Jensen (BC)
March 2016: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (BC)
March 2016: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby 
April 2016: 80/20 Running, by Matt Fitzgerald
May 2016: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery (BC)
June 2016: Mistress, by James Patterson 
June 2016: Guilty Wives, by James Patterson
June 2016: What She Left Behind, by Ellen Marie Wiseman (BC)
July 2016: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman (BC)
July 2016: Families Where Grace is in Place, by Jeff VanVonderen
July 2016: The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman
July 2016: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondō (BC)
July 2016: We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (BC)
August 2016: Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes (BC)
August 2016: Beach Road, by James Patterson
August 2016: Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult
September 2016:The Equalizer, by Midge Bubany (BC – we read this because it is a local author)
September 2016: The House of Secrets, by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg (BC)
October 2016: Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (BC)
November 2016 The Goldfinch, by Donna Party (BC)
November 2016: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin (BC)
December 2016: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling (BC)
January 2017: Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult (BC)
February 2017: The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (BC)
March 2017: Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
March 2017: Carry on Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
March 2017: Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival, by Velma Wallis
April 2017: Exoneree Diaries, by Alison Flowers

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  5. Have you read these? First – Jane Eyre, but if you have already read that, then read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. If you are familiar with Jane Eyre, it might help you figure out some of the clues in the Thirteenth Tale. I love JE, but it still took me quite a while to catch on! Oh, just to warn you, some of the characters in this book are really messed up, and do some really messed up things, just so you know.

    Also, Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin, or any of his other books, they all look good. I have only read Chasing Fireflies so far – the rest of his are on my list for this year – but I absolutely loved it. Maybe it was just me, but I didn’t see the ending coming at all.

    And if you have already read these two, or after you read them, you have to let me know what you think. 🙂

    • I read Jane Eyre YEARS ago. I know I liked it, but I’m sure I don’t remember all the details. I’ve also read The Thirteenth Tale. I’m thinking maybe I need to reread them both. I don’t remember them well enough to have much to say. Have you ever read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys? It’s written as a prequel to Jane Eyre. I have to warn you, it was really sad. But interesting reading a story about Mrs. Rochester before we see her in Jane Eyre.

      I will have to check out Chasing Fireflies. Thank you for the suggestions! And if you want to tell me more about the connections between JE and 13th Tale, feel free!! 🙂

      • Oh, and The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde was a fun read. Imagine you could go into your favorite books. 🙂

        I thought I’d mention that one too, knowing you’re a Jane Eyre fan. I’ve been telling myself for so long that I should reread it, and you’ve fanned that flame, Jill. 🙂

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