This is just for fun: a list of books I’ve read (or currently reading). It’s not complete, but a place to begin to keep track as well as a reminder for me.
Finished The Winter Garden, for me a captivating tale about to know ourselves we first must know our mothers. I was stricken at times while reading this, crying for reasons I did not fully understand.
Starting to read The Hero Within, Six Archetypes We Live By, for the second, or maybe third time, by Carol S. Pearson.
Read The Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier, author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring, which I also read.
Just started Basic Economics, by Thomas Sowell. The title says it. Clearly explained. Surprising. Interesting. (as of Oct. 28, 2011).
Finished Galbadon’s fifth and sixth books, An Echo in the Bone, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
Currently reading (as of 7/11)
The Fiery Cross, on the fifth in the Outlander Series, by Diana Galbadan. A great entertaining read that has been a great friend during the past five months. Historical fiction with a twist of time travel.
The Help. Ah, what a read. A first novel by Kathryn Stockett about how black maids in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60s felt about working for white women. That’s a simplistic description of a rich and complex book with three characters, two black maids and one white woman, who write a book together telling the story. It’s a laugh, a cry and history.
The Invisible Wall, by Harry Bernstein
Haven’t finished what I was currently reading as of 1/4/11.
New Deal or Raw Deal, How FDR’s Economic Legacy has Damaged America, by Burton Folsom, Jr. a fascinating history about Franklin D. Roosevelt and his Depression era policies. Fascinating read (but as of July I’m still not through it) (as of October I haven’t finished).
The Power of Memoir, How to Write Your Healing Story,” by Linda Joy Myers. Written by a therapist who promotes writing memoir as a healing journey. She brings up some good points that I had not considered. (Still studying as of Oct. 2011.)
I sometimes read three books at a time, as I am right now. Morton’s book is a light read for bedtime. Folsom’s book is history, which I love. And Myers book is my study time reading.
Recent reads in the past year:
The Color of Water, James McBride. A beautifully written memoir of both himself and his mother, a white Jew turned Christian who married a black man who died and left her with eight children. She remarried another black man and had four more children. He died and left her to raise the remaining children at home in Harlem. All 12 children became educated professionals (doctors, professors, school teachers).
The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton. Tedious at times, but worth the wait.
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton. She knows how to spin a good mystery.
#1 in The Outlander Series.
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. A great read.
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton. A well-written mystery/love story.
The Liar’s Club, by Mary Karr. A painful memoir filled with humor and pathos.)
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls. An amazing memoir that I couldn’t put down.
Half Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls. Written after The Glass Castle, but provides insight into her mother’s upbringing, who she writes about in the Castle.
Torch, Cheryl Strayed. A fictionalized account of her childhood. Beautiful written. Strayed has another book coming out some time this year, called Wild.
What is the What, Dave Eggers. A beautiful written and moving account of the life of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the “lost boys” of Sudan.
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd. Exquisitely written.
People of the Lie, Scott Peck
The Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck
Dissident Daughter, Sue Monk Kidd. Interesting story of Kidd’s journey out of fundamentalist Christianity–into the Episcopal Church.
Reread: Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver. Another favorite read. Three intertwining love stories set in the mountains of Appalachia. Kingsolver, who studied biology, brings her knowledge of the natural world into most of her books.
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. Tedious but interesting.
The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver.
Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver
Pigs in Heaven, Barbara Kingsolver
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand. Read it the first time when I was 18, and loved the story. Read it again a few years ago and became enlightened.
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard. This book remains on the top of the list.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer. Read this when I was in my late teens, along with histories of the Holocaust.
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer-Bradley
Writing and Editing books:
The Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr.
Woe Is I, Patricia T. O’Conner
On Writing Well, William Zinsser
The Forest for the Trees, An Editor’s Advice to Writers, Betsy Lerner
The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
The Right to Write, Julia Cameron
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
The Writing Life, Writers on How They Think and Work, A collection from the Washington Post.
Walking in the World, Julia Cameron
Self-help books (too numerous to list at this point)
This one is a favorite: The Hero Within, Six Archetypes We Live By, Carol Pearson, Ph.D.