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.


February 2020

Dear Mr. Henshaw – Beverly Cleary (my thoughts here)

Goosebumps: Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine (my thoughts here)

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (my thoughts here)

January 2020

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy –Tui T. Sutherland (my thoughts here)

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë (my thoughts here)

Igraine the Brave – Cornelia Funke (my thoughts here)

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (my thoughts here)

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (my thoughts here)

Freckle Juice – Judy Blume (my thoughts here)

Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir – Tui T. Sutherland (my thoughts here)

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Roald Dahl (my thoughts here)

Coraline – Neil Gaiman (my thoughts here)

Emma and the Blue Genie – Cornelia Funke (my thoughts here)

Lilly and Fin – Cornelia Funke (my thoughts here)

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy (my thoughts here)

Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren (my thoughts here)

George’s Marvelous Medicine – Roald Dahl (my thoughts here)

Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom – Tui T. Sutherland (my thoughts here)

Ruffleclaw by Cornelia Funke (my thoughts here)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Collected by Alvin Schwartz (my thoughts here)

The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke (my thoughts here)

More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Collected by Alvin Schwartz (my thoughts here)

Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones – Collected by Alvin Schwartz (my thoughts here)

Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl (my thoughts here)

Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adults and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole (my thoughts here)

The Unteachables by Gordon Korman (my thoughts here)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (my thoughts here)

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly (my thoughts here)

Savvy by Ingrid Law (my thoughts here)

Wings of Fire: The Dark Secret by Tui T. Sutherland (my thoughts here)

Ungifted by Gordon Korman (my thoughts here)

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (my thoughts here)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (my thoughts here)

Supergifted by Gordon Korman (my thoughts here)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (my thoughts here)

Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary (my thoughts here)

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (my thoughts here)

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary (my thoughts here)

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (my thoughts here)

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (my thoughts here)

Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice from Aristotle to Zinsser by Roy Peter Clark (my thoughts here)



December 2019

The Fellowship of the Ring –JRR Tolkien

Eldest – Christopher Paolini

The BFG – Roald Dahl

Brisinger – Christopher Paolini

Inheritance – Christopher Paolini

The Twits – Roald Dahl

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm – Christopher Paolini

James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

The Magician’s Nephew – CS Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Horse and His Boy – CS Lewis

Prince Caspian – CS Lewis

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – CS Lewis

The Silver Chair – CS Lewis

The Last Battle – CS Lewis

Matilda – Roald Dahl

The Witches – Roald Dahl

The Enormous Crocodile – Roald Dahl

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Judy Blume

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (my thoughts here)

The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets by Roald Dahl

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

Howard’s End – E.M. Forster

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

Eragon – Christopher Paolini

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