The Books of 2017

So many books, so little time—part 11.

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the 11th year we’ve done this.

My favorite books of 2017 were probably The Mothers, by Britt Bennett; Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Commonwealth by Ann Patchett; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Anyway, I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Jesse Andrews
Home Again Kristin Hannah
The Bookseller Cynthia Swanson
Leave Me Gayle Forman
Suite 606 J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan, Mary Kay McComas
The Mothers Britt Bennett
Big Girl Panties Stephanie Evanovich
The Wangs Vs. the World Jade Chang
The Nest Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
The Housewife Assassin’s Deadly Dossier Josie Brown
I Was Here Gayle Forman
Scrappy Little Nobody Anna Kendrick
There Goes the Bride Holly McQueen
Ship of Brides Jojo Moyes
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead
Swift as Desire Laura Esquivel
Confetti Confidential Holly McQueen
The Weekenders Mary Kay Andrews
When I’m Gone Emily Bleeker
First Comes Love Emily Giffin
Three Wishes Liane Moriarty
Truly Madly Guilty Liane Moriarty
Save the Date Jen Doll
The Year of Voting Dangerously Maureen Dowd
Everybody’s Fool Richard Russo
Where She Went Gayle Forman
Two by Two Nicolas Sparks
Talking as Fast as I Can Lauren Graham
Unrivaled Alyson Noel
Nothing That is Ours DJ Palladino
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell
We are all Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
What Light Jay Asher
If Not For You Debbie Macomber
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Who Asked You? Terry McMillan
Connect the Stars Marisa de Los santos & David Teague
The Knockoff Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza
44 Cranberry Point Debbie Macomber
From Notting Hill to Love Actually Ali McNamara
The Postmistress Sarah Blake
You’ll Grow Out Of It Jesi Klein
The Awkward Age Francesca Segal
Queen Takes King Gigi Levangie Grazer
Into the Woods Tana French
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine Gail Honeyman
Bright Precious Days Jay McInerney
Being Mortal Atul Gawande
The Hynotist’s Love Story Liane Moriarty
Boys in the Trees Carly Simon
The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon
American Housewife Helen Ellis
Prejudice & Pride Rachel Anderson
The Bookshop on the Corner Rebecca Raisin
All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven
A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend Felicity Huffman & Patricia Wolff
The Girlfriend Curse Valerie Frankel
The Divorce Papers Susan Rieger
The After Party Anton DiSclafani
The Worst Day of My Life So Far M.A. Harper
It’s Always the Husband Michele Campbell
The Girl in the Spider’s Web David Lagercrantz
Commonwealth Ann Patchett
Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Jenny Han
The Jane Austen Project Kathleen A. Flynn
The Great Escape Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Grown Up Gillian Flynn
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen Syrie James
We’ll Always Have Summer Jenny Han
The Sunshine Sisters Jane Green
The Time of My Life: A Novel Cecilia Ahern
The View From the Cheap Seats Neil Gaiman
What Happened Hillary Rodham Clinton
My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante
Winter Storms Elin Hilderbrand
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
What She Knew Gilly MacMillan
Irish Eyes Mary Kay Andrews
Carry On Rainbow Rowell

The Books of 2016

So many books, so little time—part ten.

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the tenth year we’ve done this.

My favorite books of 2016 were probably You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, a mystery-thriller set in the world of women’s gymnastics; Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave, set in the world of wine-making; Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, which is about the restaurant business; Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes, a terrific collection of shot stories; and The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff, who also wrote Fates and Furies, one of my favorite books I read last year.  

As usual, I tend to find an author I like and then read anything I can get my hands on. I adored Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple so much that I also read her two other novels, Today Will be Different (in development as a TV series with Julia Roberts) and This One is Mine, both of which I liked but didn’t LOVE the way I did Bernadette.

Anyway, I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Anna Quindlen
Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling
Boys & Girls Together William Goldman
Fun Home Allison Bechdel
Precious Gifts Danielle Steel
23 Degrees South Neal Rabin
Last One Home Debbie Macomber
Feel This Ben Stiller & Janeane Garofalo
A Whole New Light Sandra Brown
All Fall Down Jennifer Weiner
The Children Act Ian McEwan
Purity Jonathan Franzen
Crooked Little Lies Barbara Taylor Sissel
The Rumor Elin Hildebrand
The Truth About Alice Jennifer Mathieu
Girl Tripping Gina Iamanna
Everything’s Relative Jenna McCarthy
The Clasp Sloane Crosley
The Guestbook Andrea Hurst
The Art of Peeling an Orange Victoria Avilan
What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty
Bettyville George Hodgman
Between the Lines Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer
Miss Adventure Geralyn Corcillo
Who Do You Love? Jennifer Weiner
Girl Waits With Gun Amy Stewart
The Tender Bar J.R. Moehringer
The Monsters of Templeton Lauren Groff
Connect the Stars Marisa de los Santos and David Teague
Barbara the Slut and Other People Lauren Holmes
The Moon and More Sarah Dessen
The Apartment Danielle Steel
Dead of Night J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan and Mary Kay McComas
The Swans of Fifth Avenue Melanie Benjamin
Lizzie Bennett Diaries Bernie Su and Kate Noble
The List Siobhan Vivan
One Plus One JoJo Moyes
Nora Roberts Land Miles Ava
Windfallen JoJo Moyes
Dear Mr. You Mary Louise Parker
The Sleuth Sisters Maggie Pill
Fireside Susan Wiggs
Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler
Tiny Pretty Things Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
My Favorite Husband Pam McCutcheon
The Fixer Upper Mary Kay Andrews
The Inn at Rose Harbor Debbie Macomber
I Was Told There Would be Cake Sloane Crosley
A Girl’s Guide to Moving on Debbie Macomber
Drinking Closer to Home Jessica Anya Blau
Identical Scott Turrow
If I Stay Gayle Forman
Euphoria Lily King
Eight Hundred Grapes Laura Dave
In the Unlikely Event Judy Blume
Remembrance Meg Cabot
Innocents & Others: A Novel Dana Spiotta
Calling Invisible Women Jeanne Ray
Royal Wedding Meg Cabot
Eligible Curtis Sittenfeld
The Man of the House Stephen McCauley
Be Frank With Me Julia Claiborne Johnson
Fallen in Love Lauren Kate
Four of a Kind Valerie Frankel
The Bridge Ladies Betsy Lerner
The Goodbye Quilt Susan Wiggs
French Roast Ava Miles
Behind Closed Doors B.A. Paris
Heat & Light Jennifer Haigh
The Grand Opening Ava Miles
Paris for One & Other Stories JoJo Moyes
My Kind of Perfect Hannah Ellis
Heroes Have Always Been My Weakness Susan Elizabeth Phillips
You Will Know Me Megan Abbott
The History of Love Nicole Krauss
Today Will Be Different Maria Semple
This One is Mine Maria Semple

The Books of 2014

The InterestingsSo many books, so little time—part eight.

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the eighth year we’ve done this.

My favorite books of 2014 were probably One More Thing by B.J. Novak, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, and My Latest Grievance by Eleanor Lipman. All are fiction but otherwise they have very little in common other than sharp writing. 

Anyway, I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

2014 Book List
title author last author first
Whiskey Beach Roberts Nora
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming Jackson Joshilyn
Don’t Go Scottoline Lisa
A Playdate With Death Waldman Ayelet
Elsewhere Russo Richard
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage Patchett Ann
What My Mother Gave Me: 31 Women on the Gifts That Mattered Benedict Elizabeth
Fast Women Crusie Jennifer
Eleanor & Park Rowell Rainbow
Winners Steel Danielle
The Big Burn Egan Timothy
Until the End of Time Steel Danielle
The Tenth of December Saunders George
The Replacement Wife Gouge Ellen
Divergent Roth Veronica
The Island Hildenbrand Elin
My Latest Grievance Lipman Elinor
That Summer Dessen Sarah
The Magician’s Assistant Patchett Ann
Girlchild Hassman Tupelo
Summer at Willow Lake Wiggs Susan
Irresistable Forces Jackson Brenda
The Patron Saint of Liars Patchett Ann
The Sixes White Kate
Empty Mansions Dedman Bill and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
The Good Luck of Right Now Quick Matthew
The Smart One Close Jennifer
Tempting Fate Green Jane
Slim to None Gardiner Jenny
The Madwoman in the Volvo Tsing Loh Sandra
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Miller Rebecca
The Gap Year Bird Sarah
Tempted Cast P.C. & Kristen
Goodbye for Now Frankel Laurie
Crow Planet Haupt Lyanda Lynn
Diary of a Mad Fat Girl McAfee Stephanie
The Day I Ate Whatever I wanted Berg Elizabeth
Cinderella Ate My Daughter Orenstein Peggy
The Renaissance Soul Lobenstine Margaret
The Big Short Lewis Michael
One More Thing Novak B.J.
San Miguel Boyle T.C.
The Signature of All Things Gilbert Elizabeth
Wedding Night Kinsella Sophie
The Interestings Wolitzer Meg
Traveling With Pomegranites Monk Kidd Sue & Ann Kidd Taylor
A Foolish Consistency Weir Andrea
Tiny Beautiful Things Strayed Cheryl
Truth and Beauty Patchett Ann
You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty Barry Dave
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Alexie Sherman
When I Found You Ryan Hyde Catherine
I’ve Still Got It … I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It McCarthy Jenna
Famous Baby Rizzo Karen
Blossom Street Brides Macomber Debbie
Prospect Park West Sohn Amy
And the Heart Says Whatever Gould Emily
The Chaperone Moriarty Laura
Astonish Me Shipstead Maggie
My Reading Life Conroy Pat
Backseat Saints Jackson Joshilyn
The Apple Orchard Wiggs Susan
The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde Oscar
The Wonder Bread Summer Blau Jessica Anya
Summerland Hildenbrand Elin
The Buddha in the Attic Otsuka Julie
Gratitude & Trust Jackson Tracey & Paul Williams
The Here and Now Brashears Ann
The One and Only Griffin Emily
100 Names Ahern Cecilia
Love Letters Macomber Debbie
The Girls of August Siddons Anne Rivers
Beautiful Ruins Walter Jess
The Engagements Sullivan J. Courtney
Vintage Gloss Susan
Not That Kind of Girl Dunham Lena
The Half Life Weiner Jennifer
Before We Kiss Mallery Susan
Choose Your Own Autobiography Harris Neil Patrick
You Should Have Known Korelitz Jean Hanff
Save the Date Andrews Mary Kay

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Where'd You Go BernadetteSo many books, so little time—part seven.

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the seventh year we’ve done this.

My favorite book of 2013 was probably Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple. I’m not sure how much that had to do with the book itself and how much had to do with my reading it during a lovely spa getaway with my mom at Ojai Valley Inn, but either way I loved it!

Anyway, I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

Local Girls Hoffman Alice
Curable Romantic Skibell Joseph
The Casual Vacancy Rowling J.K.
Happily Ever Madder McAfee Stephanie
Moonwalking With Einstein Foer Joshua
The Future of Us Asher Jay & Carolyn Mackler
Escape Delinsky Barbara
Where We Belong Giffin Emily
Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim Scottoline Lisa & Francesca Serritella
40 Love Wickham Madeleine
Hannah’s List Macomber Debbie
Perfected by Girls Martino Alfred C.
Happy Birthday Steel Danielle
Grace (Eventually) Thoughts on Faith Lamott Anne
Interpreter of Maladies Lahiri Jumpa
Helen Keller in Love Sultan Rosie
Still Alice Genova Lisa
The Fault in Our Stars Green John
Friendship Bread Gee Darien
Everything We Ever Wanted Shepard Sara
Craft Activism Tapper Joan
The Art of Fielding Harbach Chad
The Ice Queen Hoffman Alice
Firefly Lane Hannah Kristin
Guilt By Association Clark Marcia
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West Wickenden Dorothy
The Newlyweds Freudenberger Nell
The House in Amalfi Adler Elizabeth
What Happened to Goodbye Dessen Sarah
Name Dropping Heller Jane
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street Birdsong Jeanne
The Summer of Naked Swim Parties Blau Jessica Anya
The Things We Do For Love Hannah Kristin
More Baths: Less Talking Hornby Nick
This Lullaby Dessen Sarah
Wild Strayed Cheryl
Uncommon Crimminals Carter Ally
Home Again Hannah Kristin
Chocolate Chocolate Moons Kingon Jackie
Gone Girl Flynn Gillian
A Half Life Weiner Jennifer
Recalculating Weiner Jennifer
The Family Tree Cadwalladr Carole
The Blossom Sisters Michaels Fern
Getting the Pretty Back Ringwald Molly
Some Assembly Required Lamott Anne
The Gilly Salt Sisters Baker Tiffany
Life on Hold McQuestion Karen
Summer House Thayer Nancy
Come Home Scottoline Lisa
A Visit From the Goon Squad Egan Jennifer
Pictures of You Leavitt Caroline
Watermelon Keyes Marian
The Obituary Writer Hood Ann
Silver Girl Hilderbrand Elin
The Round House Erdrich Louise
The Princesses of Iowa Backes M. Molly
Where’d You Go Bernadette Semple Maria
The Language of Flowers Diffenbaugh Vanessa
The Castaways Hilderbrand Elin
True Colors Hannah Kristin
Growing Up Amish Wagler Ira
Watch Me Barnholdt Lauren
Help Thanks Wow Lamott Anne
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Hoffman Beth
The Grace of Crows Shawn Tracy
Sharp Objects Flynn Gillian
Scrap City Gambino Paul
Will Grayson, Will Grayson Green John and David Levithan
Because I Said So Peri Camille and Kate Moses
Fly Away Hannah Kristin
An Abundance of Katherines Green John
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Boo Katherine
The Family Man Lipman Elinor
How To Love Cotugno Kate
Starry Night Macomber Debbie
Dark Witch Roberts Nora
Anastasia Krupnik Lowry Lois
A Summer Affair Hilderbrand Elin
Mrs. Kimble Haigh Jennifer
Christmas Bliss Andrews Mary Kay
Anybody Out There Keyes Marian
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter Cano-Murillo Kathy
Does this church make me look fat? Jantzen Rhoda
Intoxerated: The Definitive Drinker’s Dictionary Dickson Paul

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Let the Great World SpinSo many books, so little time—part five.

This was the year I embraced technology in earnest and had a number of different books going on various devices. I also experimented with going back and forth between reading and audio books, and found I liked it with some books, particularly nonfiction when the author read their own work.

I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann, both of which were book club picks. Henrietta Lacks was also the Santa Barbara Reads pick this year, and Skloot was an amazing speaker at UCSB’s free event. This started a book club tradition that we continue to try to follow by reading the SB Reads books and attending the author talks.

Ironically before I read Let the Great World Spin,  I read a bit of it aloud at the Read-a-thon for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (a great nonprofit that no longer exists). It peaked my interest and that was part of why I picked it up after that and recommended to our book club.

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials Wiseman Rosalind
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress Janzen Rhoda
Committed Gilbert Elizabeth
Crazy for You Cruisie Julie
Before I Fall Oliver Lauren
Girl 15, Charming But Insane Limb Sue
Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog Scottoline Lisa
Freedom Franzen Jonathan
Dirty Sugar Cookies Halliday Ayun
I Remember Nothing Ephron Nora
Lipstick Jungle Bushnell Candice
Confessions of a Shoe Addict Harbison Beth
Between a Rock and a Hot Place Jackson Tracey
There Will Never Be Another You See Carolyn
Let the Great World Spin McCann Colum
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Skloot  Rebecca
Making Toast Rosenblatt Roger
Smooth Talking Stranger Kleypass Lisa
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner Meyer Stephenie
The Middle Place Corrigan Kelly
Devil’s Corner Scottoline Lisa
Stones Into Schools Mortensen Greg
Batlle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Chua Amy
Perfect Timing Mansell Jill
Lifeguard Patterson James
The Camelot Conspiracy Vincent E. Duke
Insatiable Cabot Meg
Self-Help Moore Lorrie
Courting Trouble Scottoline Lisa
Too Big to Miss Jafarian Sue Ann
As Husbands Go Isaacs Susan
I Love You More Gardner Lisa
Call Me Irresistable Philips Susan Elizabeth
Family Affair Macomber Debbie
Fly Away Home Weiner Jennifer
My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space Scottoline Lisa
Dead Ringer Scottoline Lisa
Bossy Pants Fey Tina
The Book Thief Zusak Markus
Daddy’s Little Helper Macomber Debbie
If Looks Could Kill White Kate
Think Twice Scottoline Lisa
Orchard Valley Grooms Macomber Debbie
Steps to the Altar Fowler Earlene
Deep Dish Andrews Mary Kay
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Barbery Muriel
The Paris Wife McLain Paula
The Fixer Upper Andrews Mary Kay
Still Life Fielding Joy
Ocotillo Dreams Palacio Melinda
I Think I Love You Pearson Allison
13 Reasons Why Asher Jay
16 Lighthouse Road Macomber Debbie
Run Patchett Ann
The Card Turner Sachar Louis
92 Pacific Boulevard Macomber Debbie
Sisterhood Everlasting Brashears Ann
Indulgence in Death Robb J.D.
Vendetta Defense Scottoline Lisa
Not My Daughter Delinsky Barbara
Durable Goods Berg Elizabeth
Say When Berg Elizabeth
The Other Side Robb J.D.
Savannah Breeze Andrews Mary Kay
Home Safe Berg Elizabeth
Loop Group McMurtry Larry
The Art of Mending Berg Elizabeth
If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon McCarthy Jenna
Sing You Home Piccoult Jodi
Promises to Keep Green Jane
Everywhere That Mary Went Scottoline Lisa
The Post-Birthday World Shriver Lionel
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Kaling Mindy
Flirting With Pete Delinsky Barbara
The Next Always Roberts Nora
A Christmas Carol Dickens Charles
The Year of Pleasures Berg Elizabeth
While My Sister Sleeps Delinsky Barbara

Originally posted January 4, 2012.

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The Books of 2008

The Comfort of StrangersSo many books, so little time-part two

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the second year we’ve done this. Last year I set a goal to read better books but this year I actually read MORE books that weren’t necessarily of the highest quality. I’m finding that more and more I lean to read to escape, rather than be challenged, which is kind of sad.

My favorite book of 2008 was probably The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan, he also wrote Atonement, which I loved. I have a few more of his books on my night table so I’m looking forward to those. Other favorites were The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene, and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

  1. 19 Minutes – Jodi Picoult
  2. Blood Brothers – Nora Roberts
  3. Bookends-Jane Green
  4. The Breakdown Lane-Jacquelyn Mitchard
  5. A Thousand Splendid Suns-Khaled Hossseini
  6. Eat, Pray, Love-Elizabeth Gilbert
  7. The Year of Magical Thinking-Joan Didion
  8. Garlic and Sapphires-Ruth Reichel
  9. Boy-Roald Dahl
  10. Creation in Death-J.D. Robb
  11. The Last Beach Bungalow-Jennie Nash
  12. Three Cups of Tea-Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  13. Paris to the Moon-Adam Gopnik
  14. Suburban Diva-Tracy Henry
  15. The Not-So-Perfect Man-Valerie Frankel
  16. The Hollow-Nora Roberts
  17. The End of the Affair-Graham Greene
  18. Summerland-Michael Chabon
  19. There’s No Place Like Here-Cecelia Ahern
  20. Bridge of Sighs-Richard Russo
  21. Tribute-Nora Roberts
  22. Outside Providence-Peter Farrelly
  23. The Pact-Jodi Picoult
  24. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict-Larie Viera Rigler
  25. Remember Me? – Sophie Kinsella
  26. The Sweet Potato Queens Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit-Jill Conner
  27. Jinx-Meg Cabot
  28. The Writing Class-Jincy Willett
  29. Kabul Beauty School-Deborah Rodriguez
  30. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  31. Married Lovers-Jackie Collins
  32. Talk Talk-T.C. Boyle
  33. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer
  34. Certain Girls-Jennifer Weiner
  35. Hometown Santa Barbara-Nancy Ransohoff, Zak Klobucher, Starshine Roshell, Cheryl Crabtree, Leslie Dinaberg (yes, I wrote some of it, but I read all of it and really liked the history chapters, Cheryl!)
  36. Are you there Vodka, it’s me Chelsea? – Chelsea Handler
  37. Size 12 is not Fat-Meg Cabot
  38. The Last Lecture-Randy Pfausch
  39. Strangers in Death-J.D. Robb
  40. Expensive People-Joyce Carol Oates
  41. Candy Girl-Diablo Cody
  42. The Comfort of Strangers-Ian McEwan
  43. New Moon-Stephanie Meyer
  44. All American Girl-Meg Cabot
  45. Ready or Not-Meg Cabot
  46. I Just Want my Children to be Happy-Aaron Cooper
  47. Queen of Babble-Meg Cabot
  48. House of Testosterone-Sharon O’Donnell
  49. Keep Your Skirt On-Starshine Roshell
  50. My Antonia-Willa Cather

Originally posted on January 2, 2009.

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The Night CircusSo many books, so little time—part six.

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the sixth year we’ve done this.

My favorite book of 2012 was probably The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It will make a gorgeous movie if the right director get ahold of it.

I also loved The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, and Wonder, a young adult book by R.J. Palacio.

I’ve also been trying to read chick lit, and chicklet lit (young adult) more regularly because I’m hoping to take a stab at that genre myself when I have a little more time. I’m thinking this might help explain why there are so few male authors on my list.

Anyway, I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

Overbite Cabot Meg
Declaring Spinsterhood Brezel Jamie Lynn
Plum Wine Davis-Gardner Angela
The Last Time I Saw You Berg Elizabeth
Abandon Cabot Meg
Treachery in Death Robb J.D.
Summer Rental Andrews Mary Kay
Love Mercy Fowler Earlene
Moby-Duck Hohn Donovan
Red-Hook Road Waldman Ayelet
Another Thing to Fall Lippman Laura
Hissy Fit Andrews Mary Kay
The Hunger Games Collins Suzanne
Dirty Blonde Scottoline Lisa
The God of Small Things Roy Arundhati
By a Spider’s Thread Lippman Laura
A Turn in the Road Macomber Debbie
Living the Creative Life Freeman-Zachery Rice
Twilight Whispers Delinsky Barbara
If You Ask Me White Betty
The White Album Didion Joan
The Best Awful Fisher Carrie
Eat, Drink, and Be Married Bloom Rebecca
Bleachers Grisham John
Slouching Towards Bethlehem Didion Joan
Mocking Jay Collins Suzanne
Catching Fire Collins Suzanne
Moneyball Lewis Michael
Home Game Lewis Michael
Breaking All the Rules Taylor Bradford Barbara
Girl Nearly 16 Absolute Torture Limb Sue
Three Cups of Deceit Krakauer Jon
Falling Together de los Santos Marisa
State of Wonder Patchett Ann
Happy Accidents Lynch Jane
Being Perfect and A Short Guide to a Happy Life Quindlen Anna
Real Life & Liars Riggle Kristina
It’s My F__ing Birthday Markoe Merrill
Swim Back to Me Packer Ann
An Accidental Woman Delinsky Barbara
The Last Boyfriend Roberts Nora
Leeway Cottage Gutcheon Beth
Nursery Crimes Waldman Ayelet
Gimme A Call Mlynowski Sarah
Painted Pages Ahearn Bellemare Sarah
The Witness Roberts Nora
The Big Nap Waldman Ayelet
So Much For That Shriver Lionel
Girls in White Dresses Close Jennifer
Celia and the Fairies McQuestion Karen
Drift Maddow Rachel
Everyone’s Reading Bastard Hornby Nick
The Art of Personal Imagery Moortgat Corey
The Book of Tomorrow Ahern Cecilia
Girl In Translation Kwok Jean
Don’t Look Down Crusie Jennifer and Bob Mayer
Probable Future Hoffman Alice
The Goddess Lounge Finnegan Margaret
The Rest of Her Life Moriarty Laura
Wonder Palacio R.J.
Another Piece of My Heart Green Jane
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Bender Aimee
The Three Weissmans of Westport Schine Cathleen
Maybe This Time Crusie Jennifer
When We Were Orphans Ishiguro Kazuo
All These Things I’ve Done Zevin Gabrielle
Last Night in Twisted River Irving John
A Kiss in Time Flynn Alex
The Night Strangers Bohjalian Chris
An American Wife Sittenfield Curtis
New York to Dallas Robb J.D.
Little Night Rice Luanne
Wishful Drinking Fisher Carrie
The Beginner’s Goodbye Tyler Anne
The Secret Between Us Delinsky Barbara
Then We Came to the End Ferris Joshua
1225 Christmas Tree Lane Macomber Debbie
London is the Best City in America Dave Laura
Poke the Box Godin Seth
Boomerang Lewis Michael
The Night Circus Morgenstern Erin
Cream Puff Murder Fluke Joanne

Originally posted January 13, 2013.

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The HelpSo many books, so little time-part three

My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the third year we’ve done this. For the last two years I’ve set a goal to read better (i.e. more literary or more challenging books) but I keep finding that more and more I tend to read to escape, rather than be challenged, which is kind of sad.

My favorite book of 2009 was probably either The Help by Kathryn Stockett or The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. Both, ironically, were my book club books and were slow starters that I was reluctant rather than anxious to dig into. I guess that just goes to show me that persistence can pay off.

I’ve also been trying to read chick lit, and chicklet lit (young adult) more regularly because I’m hoping to take a stab at that genre myself in about a year and half, when my son goes to Junior High and I have a little more time. I’m thinking this might help explain why there are so few male authors on my list.

Anyway, I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

  1. The Pagan Stone – Nora Roberts
  2. The Friday Night Knitting Club – Katie Jacobs
  3. Fade – Robert Cormier
  4. Comfort Food – Katie Jacobs
  5. Queen of Babble in the Big City – Meg Cabot
  6. The Liars Club – Mary Karr
  7. Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer
  8. Dreams From My Father – Barack Obama
  9. Knit 2 – Katie Jacobs
  10. The Mediator: Darkest Hour – Meg Cabot
  11. The Beach House – Jane Green
  12. Change of Heart – Jodi Picoult
  13. My Best Friend’s Girl – Dorothy Koomson
  14. Blade Runners, Deer Hunters & Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies – Michael Deeley
  15. Salvation in Death – J.D. Robb
  16. The Mediator: Reunion – Meg Cabot
  17. Promises in Death – J.D. Robb
  18. ABC’s of Love – Sarah Salway
  19. The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted – Elizabeth Berg
  20. Handle With Care – Jodi Picoult
  21. Sundays at Tiffany’s – James Patterson
  22. Belong to Me – Marisa de los Santos
  23. Love Walked in – Marisa de los Santos
  24. Parties & Potions – Sarah Mlynowski
  25. Loving Frank – Nancy Horan
  26. Vision in White – Nora Roberts
  27. 20 Wishes – Debbie Macomber
  28. Swapping Lives – Jane Green
  29. Shopaholic & Baby – Sophie Kinsella
  30. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan – Sophie Kinsella
  31. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski
  32. Slummy Mummy – Fiona Neill
  33. Flying Changes – Sara Gruen
  34. Love Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
  35. Bitter is the New Black – Jen Lancaster
  36. Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
  37. Harvesting the Heart – Jodi Picoult
  38. The Lace Reader – Brunomia Barry
  39. Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel – Cathy Yardley
  40. Love the One You’re With – Emily Giffin
  41. Beginners Greek – James Collins
  42. Black Hills – Nora Roberts
  43. Girls Night Out – Meg Cabot, et al (about 50 different short stories)
  44. The New Yorkers – Cathleen Shine
  45. Foreign Tongue – Vanina Marsol
  46. Bras & Broomsticks – Sarah Myonowski
  47. One Fifth Avenue – Candace Bushnell
  48. The Giant’s House – Elizabeth McCracken
  49. The Letters – Luanne Rice & Joseph Monninger
  50. Susannah’s Garden – Debbie Macomber
  51. Something Blue – Emily Giffin
  52. Happiness Sold Separately – Lolly Winston
  53. Blossom Street – Debbie Macomber
  54. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  55. Back on Blossom Street – Debbie Macomber
  56. Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
  57. Good Dog Stay – Anna Quindlen
  58. Annie’s Attic – Steve Luxenberg
  59. Second Chance – Jane Green
  60. Babyville – Jane Green
  61. This Matter of Marriage – Debbie Macomber
  62. Nell’s Cowboy – Debbie Macomber
  63. Such a Pretty Fat – Jen Lancaster
  64. That Summer Place – Susan Wiggs & Debbie Macomber
  65. Moon Over Water – Debbie Macomber
  66. If You Could See Me Now – Cecilia Ahern
  67. Texas Two-Step – Debbie Macomber
  68. The Little Book – Selden Edwards
  69. The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo – Steig Larsson
  70. Montana – Debbie Macomber
  71. Coming Unglued – Rebecca Seitz
  72. Can This Be Christmas? – Debbie Macomber
  73. 8 Sandpiper Way – Debbie Macomber
  74. Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
  75. We’re Just Like You Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle – Celia Rivenbark
  76. 50 Harbor Street – Debbie Macomber
  77. Bed of Roses – Nora Roberts
  78. Can You Keep a Secret? – Sophie Kinsella
  79. Free Range Kids – Lenore Skenazy
  80. 74 Seaside Avenue – Debbie Macomber
  81. Christmas Letters – Debbie Macomber
  82. Knit the Season – Katie Jacobs
  83. Back to the Bedroom – Janet Evanovich
  84. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
  85. For Better or Worse – Carole Matthews
  86. Pretty in Plaid – Jen Lancaster
  87. The Other Woman – Jane Green
  88. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  89. Summer on Blossom Street – Debbie Macomber

Originally posted on January 6, 2010.

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The Books of 2007

The SportswriterSo many books, so little time

My son started keeping a reading list and so I decided to try it last year as well. Though I didn’t calculate pages, or get any prizes when I got around “Mrs. Brown’s Brook” every time I read 1,000 pages like he did.

When it came time to put this all together I was surprised both by how many books I read—I thought 44 was pretty impressive—but also how many not particularly challenging books I read.  There’s obviously a connection. So my reading goal for 2008 is to be a little more selective about what I read.

My favorite book of 2007 was probably The Sportswriter, by Richard Ford.  It’s one of those very male books that men are always talking about loving, so I resisted it for a lot of years. It’s a little dated, circa 1986, but definitely worth picking up.  Another favorite this year was The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. Go figure, both of these books are about writers.

I’d love to hear about other people’s favorite books this year.

  1. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  2. Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA by Ellen Meister
  3. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie
  4. Sandcastles by Luanne Rice
  5. Silver Tongue by Steven Crandell
  6. Wives Behaving Badly by Elizabeth Buchan
  7. Fool Me Once by Fern Michaels
  8. Pretty Woman by Fern Michaels
  9. Chicken Soup for the Scrapbookers Soul
  10. Digging to America by Anne Tyler
  11. Smart Vs. Pretty by Valerie Frankel
  12. Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts
  13. Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts
  14. Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares
  15. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  16. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  17. Leaving Normal by Stef Ann Holm
  18. Humanities by Eric Anzalone
  19. Avalon High by Meg Cabot
  20. Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
  21. Shopaholic and Baby by Sophic Kinsella
  22. Mom CEO by Jodie Lynn
  23. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  24. Bungalow 2 by Danielle Steel
  25. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  26. High Noon by Nora Roberts
  27. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  28. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
  29. Innocent in Death by JD Robb
  30. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  31. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
  32. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophic Kinsella
  33. Goodbye Without Leaving by Laurie Colwin
  34. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophic Kinsella
  35. Straight Talking by Jane Green
  36. Angels All Over Town by Luanne Rice
  37. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  38. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
  39. The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
  40. Paint it Black by Janet Fitch
  41. Poemcrazy by Susan G. Wooldridge
  42. Bump in the Night by JD Robb
  43. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
  44. Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes

Originally posted January 1, 2008.

The Books of 2010

That Old Cape Magic by Richard RussoSo many books, so little time—part four.

This was the year I started keeping my list in Excel format. I think I also got an iphone and was able to read digitally in those car pool lane, doctor’s office waiting room, etc. moments that moms seem to have so many of. My favorite books included That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo (always a favorite author) and Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker.

title author last author first
The Daring Game Steele Danielle
Kindred in Death Robb J.D.
Where Angels Go Macomber Debbie
The Ivy Chronicles Quinn Karen
Confessions of a She-Fan Heller Jane
Dirty Girls Social Club Valdes-Rodriguez Alisa
The Last Summer (of You and Me) Brashares Ann
What My Mother Doesn’t Know Sones Sonya
Starter Wife Levangie Grazer Gigi
Princess Charming Heller Jane
Everyone Worth Knowing Weissenberger Lauren
Easy on the Eyes Porter Jane
Away Bloom Amy
What I Did for Love Phillips Susan Elizabeth
Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls Cabot Meg
Life of Pi Martel Yann
Good Faith Smiley Jane
Chasing Harry Winston Weissenberger Lauren
Three Willows Brashares Ann
The Women Boyle T.C.
Lost in the Meritocracy Kirn Walter
B is For Beer Robbins Tom
Sleeping Arrangements Wickham Madeleine
First Lady Phillips Susan Elizabeth
An Uncommon Reader Bennett Alan
Speaking With the Angel Hornby Nick
Natural Born Charmer Phillips Susan Elizabeth
Ain’t She Sweet? Phillips Susan Elizabeth
Fever Pitch Hornby Nick
Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me Karlin Ben
Snobs Fellows Julian
Just Imagine Phillips Susan Elizabeth
Sweet Potato Queens’ First Big Ass Novel Conner Browne Jill
The Thirteenth Tale Setterfield Diane
Not a Star Hornby Nick
Lady Be Good Phillips Susan Elizabeth
Starburst Pilcher Robin
Life Sentences Lipman Laura
Quilters Homecoming Chiaverini Jennifer
Nurture Shock Bronson Po and Ashley Merryman
Manhood for Amateurs Chabon Michael
What Now Patchett Ann
The New Year’s Quilt Chiaverini Jennifer
Animal Husbandry Zigman Laura
The Girl Who Played With Fire Larsson Stieg
This Book Will Change Your Life Homes A.M.
Bright Lights, Big Ass Lancaster Jen
The Quilter’s Legacy Chiaverini Jennifer
The Debutante Divorce Sykes Plum
That Old Cape Magic Russo Richard
Mr. and Mrs. Anonymous Michaels Fern
The Safety of Objects Homes A.M.
Summer Reading Wolitzer Hilma
The Geometry of Sisters Rice Luanne
Basic Black Black Cathie
Best Friends Forever Weiner Jennifer
Little Giant of Aberdeen County Baker Tiffany
Dune Road Green Jane
Bright-Sided Ehrenreich Barbara
Savor the Moment Roberts Nora
Glitter Baby Phillips Susan Elizabeth
The Hummingbird’s Daughter Urrea Luis Alberto
Heart of the Matter Giffin Emily
Bed Rest Bilsten Sarah
The Carrie Diaries Bushnell Candace
Agnes and the Hitman Crusie Julie and Bob Mayer
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Shaffer Mary Ann and Annie Barrows
Angels at Christmas Macomber Debbie
Comfort and Joy Hannah Kristen
How to Read Literature Like a Professor Foster Thomas C.
The Search Roberts Nora
The True and Oustanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters Robinson Elizabeth
How to Santa Barbara Graffy de Garcia Erin
The Lost Quilter Chiaverini Jennifer
Animal Kingdom Greenleaf Barbara
The Mum Hunt Hunter Kelly
The Winding Ways Quilt Chiaverini Jennifer
The Wedding Sparks Nicholas
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Larsson Stieg
The Aloha Quilt Chiaverini Jennifer
The Sugar Camp Quilt Chiaverini Jennifer
The Dead Joyce James
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral Radish Kris
Circle of Quilters Chiaverini Jennifer
Anybody Out There Keyes Marion
Juliet Naked Hornby Nick
The Christmas Quilt Chiaverini Jennifer
Never Let Me Go Ishiguro Kazao
Fantasy in Death Robb J.D.

Originally posted January 5, 2011.

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