Good Reads

As a result of no television and limited access to media, I’ve been passing my time with an assortment of books.  And you know what?  I’ve enjoyed every minute of it — curling up on the beach with a good book, introducing my students to the world of literature, and exchanging favorites with other volunteers.  Living, and working, on island time has allowed me to rid myself of the notion that I must always be busy.  I’ve taken time for myself — to enjoy, reflect, seek, and ponder.  Part of this self-discovery has been through the words and stories of others.

The Old Man and the Sea

So, here’s what I’ve been reading over the past year — some by choice, others because they were easily accessible.  I’ve organized them alphabetically.  I feel bad picking favorites.

Everyone should make time for a good book.  If you are unable, you are too busy.

Title Author
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
About a Boy Nick Hornby
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
The Bonesetter’s Daughter Amy Tan
The Bookseller of Kabul Åsne Seierstad
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
Cannery Row John Steinback
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns
The Color of Water James McBride
The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Hangman’s Daughter Oliver Pötzsch
The Imperfectionists Tom Rachman
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet Jacobs
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Life of Pi Yann Martel
Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Chip & Dan Heath
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemmingway
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Prisoner of Tehran Marina Nemat
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Tao of Pooh Benjamin Hoff
Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu
Then We Came to the End Joshua Ferris
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien


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6 Responses to Good Reads

  1. Cassie Smith says:

    I’m in a book club! We just read Sarah’s Key & next month’s book is Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents!

  2. REBrown says:

    You are quite the reader bug! Here in Podunkville NC we don’t have book clubs, but there is a website called GoodReads that you can do online book clubs and keep up with what you’ve read. It’s pretty neato!

  3. Barb says:

    Don’t you love the classics?! See if you can get Count of Monte Cristo….my favorite of the classic re-reads. If you can’t, I will send! love you!

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