book gluttony

Book Gluttony: Books Read in My Lifetime

Some forewards:

(1) This is a work in progress, at best. I still need to find my old book inventory, which will help out - but this is based solely on memory. (With help from other peoples' book lists).


(2) Note the prevalence of crap books. While most of them were read when I was in high school, I must admit, every once in a while I'll pick one up. It's sad but true.

(3) I'm too daunted to include books read in childhood. Maybe one day I'll add them, but for now...no way.

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* = loved it

~ = mixed feelings (enjoyed it, but something keeps me from recommending to everyone, but please read it anyway because I want to know what you think)

^ = hated it

For anything else, I'm either indifferent or I can't remember what I thought. And yes, I stole this system from Stefanie and am doing it at Monkey's suggestion.

1984, George Orwell

A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton

*About A Boy, Nick Hornby

About Time, Jack Finney

The Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

*The Alienist, Caleb Carr

All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy

All Families Are Psychotic, Douglas Coupland

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

The Alphabetical Hookup List A-J, Phoebe McPhee

The Alphabetical Hookup List K-Q, Phoebe McPhee

The Alphabetical Hookup List R-Z, Phoebe McPhee

~The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

Americana, Don DeLillo

The Angel of Darkness, Caleb Carr

Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt

*Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner

Angus, Thongs, & Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison

*Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery

Anywhere But Here, Mona Simpson

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume

Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

As It Is in Heaven, Niall Williams

At Home in Mitford, Jan Karon

The Awakening, Kate Chopin

B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton

Banishing Verona, Margot Livesy

The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments, the Snapper, the Van, Roddy Doyle

Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison

*Beach Music, Pat Conroy

The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

*Before Women Had Wings, Connie May Fowler

*Before You Know Kindness, Chris Bohjalian

*Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

Beloved, Toni Morrison Beowulf

*The Birth of Venus, Sarah Dunant

^Bleak House, Charles Dickens

Brave New Girl, Louisa Luna

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Breathing Lessons, Anne Tyler

*Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding

^^Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, David Foster Wallace

The Bright Forever, Lee Martin

C is for Corpse, Sue Grafton

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

*Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

*The Center of Everything, Laura Moriarty

Charmed Thirds, Megan McCafferty

*Charming Billy, Alice McDermott

*Charms for the Easy Life, Kaye Gibbons

*Chasing Cezanne, Peter Mayle

*The Children's War, J.N. Stroyar

The Chisellers, Brendan O'Carroll

Choke, Chuck Palahniuk

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

The Christmas Mystery, Jostein Gaarder

The Client, John Grisham

The Clock Winder, Anne Tyler

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

Cold Mountain, Charles Frazer

*Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns

*The Colour Purple, Alice Walker

Come Again, Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees

*Come Together, Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees (I know. It's total chick lit, but I loved it!)

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway

^Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

^Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen

*The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

The Country Ahead of Us, The Country Behind, David Guterson

The Cradle Will Fall, Mary Higgins Clark

*Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner

*Crossing California, Adam Langer

A Cure for Dreams, Kaye Gibbons

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon

D is for Deadbeat, Sue Grafton

The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

Daddy, Danielle Steel

Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants, Louise Rennison

*The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl

Dark Angel, V.C. Andrews

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, William Styron

Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther

The Deep End of the Ocean, Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger

Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

*Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler

*The Dirty Girls Social Club, Alisa Valdez-Rodriguez

*The Dive From Clausen's Pier, Ann Packer

The Diversity of Life, E.O. Wilson

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells

The Dog Who Spoke With Gods, Diane Jessup

Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon

Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon

E is for Evidence, Sue Grafton

Earth in the Balance, Al Gore

The Edge of Reason, Helen Fielding

^The Effect of Living Backwards, Heidi Julavits

Egyptian Jukebox, Nick Bantock

Ellen Foster, Kaye Gibbons

*Empire Falls, Richard Russo

The Emperor of Ocean Park, Stephen L. Carter

*Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

~The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

*Fall On Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Family Album, Danielle Steel

~Family History, Dani Shapiro

A Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Finding Manana, Mirta Ojito

Finding Miracles, Julia Alvarez

The Firm, John Grisham

Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews

The Forgetting Room, Nick Bantock

^Forever, Pete Hamill

The Forgotten Man, Robert Crais

*Four Letters of Love, Niall Williams

*Four Spirits, Sena Jeter Naslund

*Franny & Zooey, J.D. Salinger

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg

From Time to Time, Jack Finney

Garden of Shadows, V.C. Andrews

Generation X, Douglas Coupland

The Giant's House, Elizabeth McCracken

Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland

Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Banks

*Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland

*Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, Ann Brashares

Glamorama, Bret Easton Ellis

Go Ask Alice, Anonymous

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Kurt Vonnegut

The Golden Mean: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Concludes, Nick Bantock

The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing

Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner

The Good Mother, Sue Miller

The Granny, Brendan O'Carroll

Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

*The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Santini, Pat Conroy

Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway

Grendel, John Gardner

*Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence, Nick Bantock

*The Group, Mary McCarthy

Gryphon: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Continues, Nick Bantock

Gulliver's Travels, Jonathon Swift

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Tom Robbins

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

*Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

*Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling

*Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

*Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Heaven, V.C. Andrews

*High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

^A Home at the End of the World, Michael Cunningham

^Honeymoon, James Patterson

The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans

The Hours, Michael Cunningham

*The House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill

How to Be Good, Nick Hornby

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein

*Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris

*How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez

~I Am Charlotte Simmons, Tom Wolfe

*I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

If There Be Thorns, V.C. Andrews

*In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

In Her Shoes, Jennifer Weiner

*In the Time of Butterflies, Julia Alvarez

The Informers, Bret Easton Ellis

*Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

^Isle of Palms, Dorothea Benton Frank

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

*Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, Julie Simon

*Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto

*The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas, Louise Rennison

L.A. Requiem, Robert Crais

Ladder of Years, Anne Tyler

~The Lake of Dead Languages, Carol Goodman

The Last Detective, Robert Crais

The Last Girls, Lee Smith

*The Last of the Savages, Jay McInerney

~The Last Time They Met, Anita Shreve

~Leaving Atlanta, Tayari Jones

Leaving Cold Sassy, Olive Ann Burns

Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis

A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines

Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Mary Higgins Clark

*Lie Down in Darkness, William Styron

*The Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

Little Altars Everywhere, Rebecca Wells

*Little Children, Tom Perrotta

The Little Friend, Donna Tartt

*Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

*Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry

*A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy

Lost Laysen, Margaret Mitchell

Lost Things, Jenny Offill

~The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk

*Main Street, Sinclair Lewis

The Mammy, Brendan O'Carroll

~A Map of the World, Jane Hamilton

*Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

*The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards

*The Mercy of Thin Air, Ronlyn Dominque

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

*The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd

Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Microserfs, Douglas Coupland

Middlemarch, George Eliot

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt

Midnight Flight, V.C. Andrews

*A Million Little Pieces, James Frey

Miss Wyoming, Douglas Coupland

The Monkey's Raincoat, Robert Crais

My Dream of You, Nuala O'Faolain

My Little Blue Dress, Bruno Maddox

~My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult

My Sweet Audrina, V.C. Andrews

Naked, David Sedaris

^Naked Lunch, William Burroughs

*The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

~Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

*The New Girls, Beth Gutcheon

Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger

^The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith

*Number 6 Fumbles, Rachel Solar-Tuttle

O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our Life in County Clare, Niall Williams & Christine Breen

The Odyssey, Homer

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God, Louise Rennison

*One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey

*One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One L, Scott Turow

Ordinary People, Judith Guest

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

Paddy Clark Ha-Ha-Ha, Roddy Doyle

Paradise Lost, John Milton

*Peace Like A River, Leif Enger

*The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Steven Chbosky

Petals on the Wind, V.C. Andrews

*The Piano Tuner, Daniel Mason

The Pilot's Wife, Anita Shreve

Plantation, Dorothea Benton Frank

Players, Don DeLillo

Playing With Boys, Alisa Valdez-Rodriguez

*The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

*Popco, Scarlett Thomas

*The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

*The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

^Prep, Curtis Sittenfield

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy

*The Probable Future, Alice Hoffman

Pure, Rebecca Ray

The Quiet American, Graham Greene

Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, J.D. Salinger

The Reading Group, Elizabeth Noble

Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier

Red Dragon, Thomas Harris

*The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

The Rotters' Club, Jonathan Coe

*The Rule of Four, Ian Caldwell

*The Rules of Attraction, Bret Easton Ellis

Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs

*Sabine's Notebook: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence Continues, Nick Bantock

Saint Maybe, Anne Tyler

Salinger: A Biography, Paul Alexander

~The Same Sweet Girls, Cassandra King

Saturday, Ian McEwan

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

Searching for Caleb, Anne Tyler

*Second Helpings, Megan McCafferty

*The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Ann Brashares

*The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

*The Secret History, Donna Tartt

Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

Seeds of Yesterday, V.C. Andrews

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

*A Separate Peace, John Knowles

Seventh Heaven, Alice Hoffman

*Shampoo Planet, Douglas Coupland

*The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

Ship of Fools, Katherine Anne Porter

The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx

Sights Unseen, Kaye Gibbons

Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

*The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

A Slipping-Down Life, Anne Tyler

*Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty

Snow Falling On Cedars, David Guterson

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

*Sophie's Choice, William Styron

Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder

The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

The Southern Belle's Primer, Maryln Schwartz

Speaking With the Angel, ed. by Nick Hornby

Stalking the Angel, Robert Crais

Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli

The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields

Stones From the River, Ursula Hegi

The Stranger, Albert Camus

Sullivan's Island, Dorothea Benton Frank

Summer Sisters, Judy Blume

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

*Tales of the City, Amistead Maupin

^Talk Before Sleep, Elizabeth Berg

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Thin Skin, Emma Forrest

*Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Thinner, Stephen King

*A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley

Three Junes, Julia Glass

*Time and Again, Jack Finney

A Time to Kill, John Grisham

*The Time-Traveler's Wife, Julia Niffenegger

*To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Tommyknockers, Stephen King

A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck

*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

^The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, Elisabeth Robinson

True At First Light: A Fictional Memoir, Ernest Hemingway & Patrick Hemingway

*Tunnel Vision, Keith Lowe

Ulysses, James Joyce

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

Up Island, Anne Rivers Siddons

*Valley of the Dolls, Jacquelyn Susann

The Venetian's Wife, Nick Bantock

A Virtuous Woman, Kaye Gibbons

Voodoo River, Robert Crais

Voyager, Diana Gabaldon

A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson

The Water Is Wide, Pat Conroy

~We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver

We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates

Where Are the Children, Mary Higgins Clark

*While I Was Gone, Sue Miller

While My Pretty One Sleeps, Mary Higgins Clark

Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne

~A Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin

The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, Roddy Doyle

The World Below, Sue Miller

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

The Young Wan, Brendan O'Carroll

Zoya, Danielle Steel

2 Comments:

Blogger Monkey said...

We had to do something like this as part of a final assignemtn to get my BA in English - but it had annotations. Not wanting to provide "ass-vice" but have you considered *ing the books you feel are worth recommendation?

1:43 PM  
Blogger Guinness_Girl said...

I HAVE considered it - and will do so one of these days. :)

12:10 PM  

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