Book List

Recent Reads

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • What’s wrong with eating people: 33 more perplexing philosophy puzzles, Peter Cave
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  • First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, Loung Ung
  • Letters from Burma, Aung San Suu Ky
  • The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers, Pat Brown and Bob Andelman
  • The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch and Jeffery Zaslow
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Choke: A Novel, Chuck Palahniuk
  • Petrified Ants, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Death by black hole: and other cosmic questions, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets, Lars Eighner
  • As Small as an Elephant, Jennifer Jacobsen
  • Microbe Hunters, Paul de Kruif
  • Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet
  • Death in Yellowstone, Lee H. Whittlesey
Classic Favorites:
  • The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Night, Elie Wiesel
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  • Hiroshima, John Hersey
  • Paddle to the Amazon, Don Starkell
  • Alive, Piers Paul Reid
  • Into the Wild, John Krakauer
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon

Recommended by friends:

  • Cheryl Strayed, Wild
  • Octavia Butler, Strayed
  • Tom Brown Jr., The Tracker
  • Daniel Kahneman, Thinking fast and slow
  • Frank Herbert, Dune
  • Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
  • Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  • Michael Crichton, Fear
  • Ernest Hemingway, Old Man and the Sea
  • Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story
  • Chatwin, In Patagonia
  • Italo Calvino, T-Zero
  • Markus Zusak, The Book Theif
  • Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, The Pendergast Series
  • Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl
  • Kevin Fedarko, The Emerald Mile
  • Patti Smith, Just Kids
  • Martha Stout, The sociopath next door
  • James Alexander Thom, Follow the River
  • Patrick Rothfuss, The Kingkiller Chronicles
  • Mark W. Moffett, Adventures among ants
  • David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  • Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang
  • Bruce Robinson, The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman
  • Marquis da Sade, 120 days of Sodomy
  • Peter Fleming, Brazilian Adventure
  • Zambra, Bonsai
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
  • Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Language of Flowers
  • Margret Atwood, Orynx and Crake
  • Margret Atwood, Year of the Flood
  • Jason Roberts, A sense of the world: how a blind man became…
  • Mollie Katzen, Moosewood Cookbooks
  • George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones
  • Christopher Moore, Fluke
  • Christopher Moore, Sacre Blue
  • Tom Neale, An Island to Oneself
  • M.L. Stedman, The light between two oceans
  • Ted Danson, Oceana
  • Neil Gaiman, American Gods
  • Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis
  • Daniel Hinchbeck, Breaking open the head
  • Paul Greenberg, Four fish or tuna: love, death, and mercury
  • Orson Scott Card, Enders Game
  • Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram
  • Amanda Lindhout, A house in the sky
  • Tania Aebi, Maiden Voyage
  • Joanne Greenberg, I have never promised you a rose garden
  • Milan Kundera, The unbearable lightness of being
  • T.C. Boyle, Drop City
  • Jacque Pepin, The apprentice: my life in the Kitchen
  • Christopher Moore, Lamb: the gospel…
  • Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan
  • Orson Scott Card, Pastwatch: The redemption of Christopher Columbus
  • David Chang, Peter Meehan, Momofuku
  • A.J. Walkley, Vuto
  • Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential
  • KS Robinson, Red.Green.Blue Mars Trilogy
  • Vinge, Deepness in the Sky, Fire in the Deep
  • Le Guin, Left Hand of Darkness
  • Rosenbaum, Explaining Hilter
  • John Irving, Cider House Rules
  • John Irving, The World According to Garp
  • Jane Hamildon, Map of the World
  • Russell Banks, Cloud Splitter
  • Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
  • George Saunders, Civil War Land in Bad Decline
  • John Trimmer, How to avoid huge ships
  • Laura Squalevella, Like water for chocolate
  • Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  • Peter Stark, Last Breath
  • Kelley Armstrong, Bitten
  • Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist
  • Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Vegetable Miracle
  • Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter
  • Torre de Roche, Love with a chance of drowning
  • Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy
  • Nancy Kress, Beggars in Spain
  • Ian Fleming Bond, (Novels)
  • John and Geri Mcpherson, Wilderness living and survival skills
  • Justin,  The Passage
  • Eva Mozes Kor, Surviving the Angel of Death
  • Dougal Robertson, Survive the Savage Sea.

11 Responses to Book List

  1. Tabs

    you may have but if you haven’t here are a few alana and i have complied….

    crake and oryx & also the hundred year flood. both by margaret atwood and you can read them in any order, they’re companion pieces but i recommend crake and oryx first

    the island by auldous huxley. once you break through the first 5 or 6 chapters it gets so interesting.

    i can never stress how amazeballs the first 3 books of the ender’s game series are, especially the 2nd and 3rd. Orson Scott Card

    but more importantly and so importantly–and i would not be surprised if you’ve already read it–but the alchemist by paulo coelho SO GOOD SO RELEVANT.
    ~FOLLOW YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY!!~ as coelho says =)

    • Canoprimitivo

      that I was about to break-up with her, then went on vacation and mssied her and changed my mind, but then she turned around and dumped me. I never wanted to hang out, talk on the phone, or text. I was a really bad boyfriend at the time. But I learned from my mistakes. And she knows that now. I have proved it to her.The only thing is, another guy came in the picture. She went to winter formal with him (I went to homecoming with her, and that was the night I asked her out). Now he is attached to her. He is a lost puppy that follows her around anytime she goes to her locker. He has lost his life, it revolves around her. Of course, she liked it at first, because it was the attention that I never gave her. But now it\’s both me and him giving her the attention.Also, they are not together, and never have been. She tells him that she does not want a relationship right now and wants to be single (she also says that to me). He tries to call her a lot, too, and they talk on the phone. That really bothers me.I\’ve changed so much, in a good way. I mean, I changed all my BAD habits like calling and texting, and ignoring..and appreciating..and noticing. She finally believes me that I am going to be better this time. I did every trick in the book to try and get her back, hah. I asked 50 questions on here, read 5 e-books, and did research on the web on how to get my ex back, and how to attract women. Haha, yeah I\’m pathetic, but it will come to use again later in my life when I\’m in the real world.So yeah, she\’s decided she wants to try and make things better between us now. She want to try and get us to work again. But HE is in the way. She is a nice person, and she doesn\’t want to crush him and break his heart, because he is literally obsessed with her. She has try letting him off slowly and easily, but he just lets it blow by him. And he keeps on following her and talking to her like nothing is happening. It\’s so frustrating for the both of us. She still likes him a little, though..She and him are not going out. Her and I are not going out. Everyone is single. She says she wants to stay single and have fun, without being tied down.Anyway, what could she do? What could I do?How can we get us to work again?Also, could there be a possibility that she actually just doesn\’t like me anymore, and is just playing me because it makes her feel good?Thank you for reading all of this BTW, I actually prefer long answers (unlike other people on here) if you don\’t mind. Don\’t be afraid to say everything on your mind.

  2. Anoush

    Yay! Thanks for the suggestions! if you read any more good ones, please let me know! I am always looking for a good read :)

    • Tabs

      I’m sending you a package next week with my copy of The Alchemist and a special gift me and the kiddies made!

      • Anoush

        ummmmmm where is said package?? haha

        • Tabs

          haha the gift, which was a seashell necklace!, got lost because christina (asian child i babysat lol) elderly grandmother moved all our necklaces around and lost them and then i addressed the package with the book in it wrong so it got sent back…haha…i suck at this apparently. if only i had remembered to just bring the book with me this past weekend! wah, well you should buy it on your kindle, you won’t regret it

  3. Swampcricket

    The Kon-Tiki Expedition by Thor Heyerdahl

  4. Swampcricket


    Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets

    • Anoush

      Thank you Swampcricket! Great suggestions!

  5. Tabs

    Octavia Butler Parable of the Sower if you haven’t read it. Or her Patternmaster series but Parable of the Sower is my favorite, she’s an unbelievable writer

  6. tina

    I am reading “Committed” and really enjoying it immensely. I don’t care about what the critics call a ‘chatty style’.
    I am enjoying the sense of intimacy I get from her meandering thoughts and feel like I have been spending time with an old friend who has taken the time to do some serious thinking for us all. I am glad you shared it, and glad you read it.

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