Books I am Reading

I will be providing a listing of the different books I am reading (with links to reviews and commentaries where appropriate) here.  Follow along with what I have been reading each month.


November 2019

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything In Between – Lee Gutkind

Howard’s End is on the Landing – Susan Hill

A Writer’s Diary – Virginia Woolf

Four Quartets – T.S. Eliot

October 2019

Nine Pints: A Journey through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood – Rose George (response piece here)

The Coddling of the American Mind – Greg Lukahoff and Jonathan Haidt (response here)

Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square: 10 Rules That Work – Cassandra Dahnke, Tomas Spaith, and Donna Bowling (response piece to the previous two books here)

The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

Being Peace – Thich Nhat Hanh

Start Writing Your Book Today – Morgan Gist MacDonald

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World – Cal Newport

September 2019

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1 – Edward Gibbon

Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing – Robert A. Caro

Educated: A Memoir – Tara Westover (some thoughts here)

Profiles in Courage – John F. Kennedy

The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age – Bine Venkataraman

Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse – Timothy P. Carney

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World – Melinda Gates

For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity – Liz Plank

The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care and How to Fix It – Marty Makary

Becoming – Michelle Obama

August 2019

The Inimitable Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse

No Ego – Cy Wakeman

The Power of Positive Leadership – Jon Gordon

Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow

July 2019

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

Monday or Tuesday – Virginia Woolf

Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant – Jeremy Musson

Cocktail Time – P.G. Wodehouse

My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Where’d You Go Bernadette? – Maria Semple

June 2019

84 Charring Cross Road – Helene Hanff (thoughts here)

How to Find Love in a Bookshop – Veronica Henry (thoughts here)

Reporter: A Memoir – Seymour M. Hersch (review here and here)

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair – Nina Sankovich (my thoughts here)

Conversations on Writing – Ursula K. LeGuin with David Naimon (my response here)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris (thoughts here)

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen – Jose Antonio Vargas (thoughts here and here)

Animal Farm – George Orwell (my thoughts here)

Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction – Tom Raabe (thoughts here and here)

The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

Night – Elie Wiesel

Dawn – Elie Wiesel

Day – Elie Wiesel

May 2019

Rebellion – Peter Ackroyd

A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf (thoughts here)

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography – Humphrey Carpenter (thoughts here after watching the biopic)

April 2019

Foundation – Peter Ackroyd

Mythology – Edith Hamilton

Tudors – Peter Ackroyd

March 2019

How to Read Literature Like a Professor – Thomas C. Foster

Silas Marner – George Eliot

Aspects of the Novel – E.M. Forster

Writing Monsters – Philip Athans

A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

February 2019

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

MacBeth – William Shakespeare

Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman

Your Novel This Month: A Beginner’s Guide – M. L. Keller

Originals – Adam Grant

Writing Past Dark – Bonnie Friedman

The Art of Fiction – John Gardner

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Lady Susan – Jane Austen

The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings: How to Craft Story Openings that Sell – Paula Munie

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success – K.M. Weiland

The Professor – Charlotte Bronte

Gotham Writer’s Workshop: Writing Fiction

January 2019

You Are a Badass Every Day – Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero

Backcast – Lou Ureneck

Writing the Memoir – Judith Barrington

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo