What I’ve Read (2013-2016)

I make it a point to read “for fun” each and every day, even if only for a few minutes before I go to sleep. These are books that are not part of the classes I teach or the research I am conducting (though I read a lot that would fall under that category as well). I’m frequently asked for book recommendations, so I thought I’d start to keep a list.

2016

Bone Dust White (Karin Salvalaggio, audiobook)

The Short Drop (Matthew Fitzsimmons)

Burnt River (Karen Salvalaggio, audiobook)

The Quiet Game (Greg Iles. audiobook)

Turning Angel (Greg Iles, audiobook)

The Death Factory (Greg Iles, audiobook)

The Devil’s Punchbowl (Greg Iles, audiobook)

Make Me (Lee Child)

Natchez Burning (Greg Iles, audiobook)

Second Life (S. J. Watson) I didn’t like this one nearly as much as I liked his first.

The Bone Tree(Greg Iles, audiobook)

The Isle of Youth: Stories (Laura van den Berg)*

I’d Know You Anywhere (Laura Lippman)

Morning Star (Pierce Brown)*

Red Rising & Golden Son  Morning Star again (Pierce Brown)

The Burning (Jane Casey)

The Reckoning (Jane Casey)

The Last Girl (Jane Casey)

The Stranger You Know (Jane Casey)

The Kill (Jane Casey)

Contract to Kill (Andrew Peterson)

The Long Goodbye (Raymond Chandler)

Rogue Lawyer (John Grisham, audiobook)

The Ghosts of Belfast  (Stuart Neville, audiobook)

Collusion (Stuart Neville, audiobook)

After the Fire (Jane Casey)

Mysteries of Pittsburgh (reread, Michael Chabon)

1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)

End of Watch (Stephen King)

The Passage (again, Justin Cronin, audiobook)

The Twelve (Justin Cronin, audiobook)

City of Mirrors (Justin Cronin, audiobook)

Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)* I liked this one so much that I read it twice.

The Company (Robert B. Little, audiobook)

The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (J. K. Rowling)

Deal Breaker (Harlan Coben, audiobook)

Tell No One (Harlan Coben, audiobook)

The Son (Jo Nesbo, audiobook)

The Fireman (Joe Hill)

The Bat (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

Cockroaches (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

The Redbreast (Jo Nesbø, audiobook) Discerning readers might notice a trend.

Nemesis (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

The Devil’s Star (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

The Redeemer (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

The Snowman (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

The Leopard (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

Before the Fall (Noel Hawley)

Phantom (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)* Possibly my favorite, though I’ve enjoyed them all once they’ve gotten going.

Police (Jo Nesbø, audiobook)

The Crossing (Michael Connelly)

The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Michael Connelly)

Bluets (Maggie Nelson)*

Daring Greatly (Brene Brown)

The Last Policeman (Ben Winters)

My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante, audiobook)

The Girl With All the Gifts (M. R. Carey, audiobook)

Until I Find You (reread, John Irving, audiobook)

Imagine Me Gone (Adam Haslett)

2015

All My Puny Sorrows (Miriam Toews)

This is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper, audiobook)*

Wolf in White Van (John Darnielle)

Americanah  (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, audiobook)

10:04 (Ben Lerner)

The Flamethrowers (Rachel Kushner, audiobook)

The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)

Revival (Stephen King, audiobook)*

Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

Mr. Mercedes (Stephen King, audiobook)

11/22/63 (Stephen King, audiobook re-read)

The Talisman (Stephen King & Peter Straub, audiobook re-read)

Kind of Blue: An Ash Levine Thriller (Miles Corwin) 

The Gunslinger (Stephen King, audiobook re-read)

Midnight Alley (Miles Corwin)

The Secret Place (Tana French, audiobook)

Little Girl Gone: A Logan Pike Thriller (Brett Battles)

Every Precious Thing: Logan Pike 2 (Brett Battles)

Poe (Brett Battles)

The Burning Room (Michael Connelly)

Sick (Brett Battles)

God Help the Child (Toni Morrison, audiobook)

Red Rising (Pierce Brown)*

Golden Son (Pierce Brown)* I liked Brown’s novels so much that I also listened to the audiobooks, which are narrated by the fantastic Tim Gerard Reynolds, who also narrated Tana French’s Faithful Place.

Wolf Winter (Cecilia Ekbäck)

Unbecoming (Rebecca Scherm)

I Was Here (Gayle Forman)

The Water Knife (Paolo Bacigalupi)

Finders Keepers (Stephen King, audiobook)

After I’m Gone  (Laura Lippman, audiobook)

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Helen Fielding)

The Woman Upstairs (Claire Messud, audiobook)*

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham)

I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes, audiobook)*

Baltimore Blues (Laura Lippman)

The Black House (Stephen King & Peter Straub, audiobook)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)

The Drawing of the Three: Dark Tower Book 2 (Stephen King, audiobook)

A Visit From the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)

The Waste Lands: Dark Tower Book 3 (Stephen King, audiobook)

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty (Vendela Vida)

The Wizard and the Glass: Dark Tower 4 (Stephen King, audiobook)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (Chris Bohjalian)

The Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower 5 (Stephen King, audiobook)

A Little Life: A Novel (Hanya Yanagihara)** I liked this one so much I read it twice.

Song of Susannah: Dark Tower 6 (Stephen King, audiobook)

The Dark Tower: Dark Tower 7 (Stephen King, audiobook)

The Wind Through the Keyhole: Dark Tower 4.5 (Stephen King, audiobook)

Salem’s Lot (Stephen King, audiobook)

Insomnia (Stephen King, audiobook)

It (Stephen King, audiobook)

The Martian (Andy Weir)

The Stand Complete & Uncut (Stephen King, audiobook)

X: A Kinsey Millhone novel (Sue Grafton)

Flesh and Blood (Patricia Cornwell)

Farewell, My Lovely (Raymond Chandler, audiobook)

Oryx & Crake (Margaret Atwood, audiobook)

The Year of the Flood (Margaret Atwood, audiobook)

MaddAddam (Margaret Atwood, audiobook)

The Heart Goes Last (Margaret Atwood, audiobook)

The Robber Bride (Margaret Atwood, audiobook)

Did You Ever Have A Family? (Bill Clegg)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler, audiobook)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Robin Sloan)*

The Dinner (Herman Koch, audiobook)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood, audiobook)

Sycamore Row (John Grisham, audiobook)

Our Endless Numbered Days (Claire Fuller)

The Woods (Harlan Coben, audiobook)

The Life We Bury (Allen Eskens, audiobook)

Among the Ten Thousand Things (Julia Pierpont, audiobook)

The Survivor (Kyle Mills & the late Vince Flynn, audiobook)

Fates and Furies (Lauren Groff)

Depraved Heart (Patricia Cornwell)

Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

2014

Titles below are books I have read since January 1, 2014. Asterisks for my most favorite.

 A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving perhaps the 5th time through–one of my most favorite novels)*

Pusheen the Cat (Claire Belton)

Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh)

Orfeo (Richard Powers)

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Anthony Marra)

Last Night in Twisted River (John Irving)

Identical (Scott Turow)

The Discarded (Brett Battles)

Dust (Patricia Cornwell)

Dreams and Shadows (C. Robert Cargill)

The Queen of the Dark Things (C. Robert Cargill)

Never Go Back (Lee Child)

The Blood Whisperer (Zoe Sharp)

The Skin Collector (Jeffrey Deaver)

Long Knives (Charles Rosenberg)

Death on a High Floor (Charles Rosenberg–Long Knives is a sequel to Death on a High Floor, but I couldn’t remember much, so I decided to read it again).

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (Joel Dicker)

W is for Wasted (Sue Grafton)

The October List (Jeffrey Deaver)

Silkworm (Robert Galbraith, AKA J. K. Rowling)

The Good Lawyer (Thomas Benigno)

Point of Impact (Stephen Hunter)

Black Light (Stephen Hunter)

Dr. Sleep (Stephen King)

Ready to Kill (Andrew Peterson)

We are Water (Wally Lamb)*

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Haruki Murakami)

Accused (Mark Gimenez)

Time to Hunt audio (Stephen Hunter)

Protect and Defend  audio (Vince Flynn)

Personal audio (Lee Child)

Act of War audio (Brad Thor)

Eyes Wide Open (Andrew Gross)

A Cold and Broken Hallelujah (Tyler Dilts)

Gone Girl audio (Gillian Flynn–this one is a reread before I see the movie, first read in 2012)

Extreme Measures (Vince Flynn)

Pursuit of Honor (Vince Flynn)

The Last Man (Vince Flynn)

Fourth of July Creek audio (Smith Henderson)*

Night Film audio–loved this so much I listened to it twice! (Marisha Pessl)**

In the Woods audio (Tana French reread–first time was in 2009)

The Hit (David Baldacci)

The Likeness audio (Tana French reread from 2009)

Faithful Place audio (Tana French reread 2011)

Broken Harbour audio (Tana French reread 2013)

The Good Girl (Mary Kubica)

Station Eleven audio (Emily St. John Mandel)*

My Sister’s Grave (Robert Dugoni)

Everything I Never Told You audio (Celeste Ng)

All My Puny Sorrows (Miriam Toews)

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel audio (Joshua Ferris)

2013

The Racketeer (John Grisham)

No Return (Brett Battles)

Black List (Brad Thor)

The Lions of Lucerne (Brad Thor)

Path of the Assassin (Brad Thor)–discerning readers might notice a pattern here 😉

State of the Union (Brad Thor)

Blowback (Brad Thor)

Takedown (Brad Thor)

The First Commandment (Brad Thor)

The Last Patriot (Brad Thor)

The Apostle (Brad Thor)

Foreign Influence (Brad Thor)

The Athena Project (Brad Thor)

Full Black (Brad Thor)

At this point, I was seriously tempted to go back to Black List since I had caught up with the Scot Harvarth series, but I decided to branch out to:

Horns (Joe Hill)

Die Easy (Zoe Sharp)

Transfer of Power (Vince Flynn)

The Third Option (Vince Flynn)

Separation of Power (Vince Flynn)

11th Hour (James Patterson)

12th of Never (James Patterson)

Broken Harbor: A Novel (Tana French)

Faithful Place (reread) (Tana French)

Vengeance (Benjamin Black)

Joyland (Stephen King)*

The Kill Room (Jeffrey Deaver)

Double Feature (Owen King)

Under the Dome (Stephen King)

Hidden Order (Brad Thor)

Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith / J. K. Rowling)

In One Person (John Irving)

Save Yourself (Kelly Braffet)

NOS4A2 (Joe Hill)*

Every Secret Thing (Laura Lippman)

The Inner Circle (Brad Meltzer)

The Fifth Assassin (Brad Meltzer)

The Enraged (Brett Battles)

Dead Even (Brad Meltzer)

Black Water Rising (Attica Locke)

The Night Strangers (Chris Bohjalian)

The Sandcastle Girls (Chris Bohjalian)

The LIght in the Ruins (Chris Bohjalian)

The Secrets of Eden (Chris Bohjalian)

 Memorial Day (Vince Flynn)

Consent to Kill (Vince Flynn)

Act of Treason (Vince Flynn)

The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)*

The Gods of Guilt (Michael Connelly)

NW (Zadie Smith)

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