My “To Read” List

Credit: For Reading Addicts

Oh my goodness! So many books to choose from… but here are my top twenty, in no particular order:

  1. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  2. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  3. Ross Poldark, A Novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham
  4. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  5. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  6. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
  7. Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson by Raymond W. Thorp and Robert Bunker
  8. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  9. The Inner West: An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West edited and introduced by Jay Kinney
  10. The Prince by Machiavelli
  11. Inferno by Dan Brown
  12. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  13. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  14. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
  15. Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
  16. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  17. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  18. A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson
  19. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  20. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

What’s in your list? What books am I sadly forgetting? Which one would you read first?


6 Comments Add yours

  1. clcouch123 says:

    Wow, there are some great books here. I know a few. Bird by Bird has a pace that is almost frenetic, but it’s a good read about exploring the process of writing (and life). A favorite author of my sister and me is DuMaurier. My Cousin Rachel is suspenseful and romantic in the right measures.

    I tend to read young-adult literature and occasionally teach it. Lois Lowry’s novels about the future are finished with Son, which I recently finished. The series began with The Giver–for which Lowry didn’t really want to write a sequel. But she gave in and wrote three more stories. Son is a pretty satisfying conclusion, overall.

    For grown-up works, I’ve been reading about spirituality by or about Thomas Merton and Joan Chittister. Anything by or about either gets one into the contemplative lifestyle, which I like though don’t consider myself as an adept and adherent as many others are. My spiritual director generously disagrees. He thinks I’m doing fine.

    Anyway, you have many wonderful things (as Carter said when opened Tut’s tomb). Happy reading!

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    1. Call me Cordelia says:

      Have you read “Life Together”by Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

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      1. clcouch123 says:

        Thank you for the recommendation. I read through the work in college. But you prompt me to read it for real, later now. I wish I knew German, so I could enjoy it in the original. But I don’t. So translation will have to do. I’m sure it will. Again, Thank you!

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      2. Call me Cordelia says:

        I read it a few years ago – life changing!

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  2. clcouch123 says:

    Which is why I should now read it for real. Too many texts I rushed through in college, then in graduate school. Someone told me reading that way is like running through an art museum. Sounds right. Thanks again! I know something of Bonhoeffer’s life, which is inspiring in and of itself. May we never be in such circumstances ourselves, and may we be as brave when we are.


    1. Call me Cordelia says:

      There’s a extensive biography by Eric Metaxas that is (so far) very good!


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