Reading List

Thank you thank you thank you to all of you who suggested books last week!! I freaking love the fact that you guys are so well read, and your tastes span a diverse field. I am incredibly lucky. In case you wanted to follow along on my current reading journey, here is the list of books I chose – 100% from your suggestions. If I didn’t pick one that you suggested, it’s not because you suck, it’s because there were SO MANY and I could only pick about 13-15 (and I already have 3 Atwood books sitting on my coffee table). I’m reading about 1-2 books a week right now, so I should get through this list in a few months. When I’m done with this batch I’ll be writing up some reviews and then asking for more recommendations, so if you find a book you love, make a note! I’ll want to hear all about it. But for now, the list….

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

What is the What by Dave Eggers

Sum by David Eaglemen

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Eagen

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

Watership Down by Richard Adams

A Secret History by Donna Tartt

America Pacifica by Anna North

*Some of these I’m getting on the Kindle for all of my upcoming travels, but the majority I’m getting in real-life book form. Hooray reading!!! I really hope that some of you pick up a book from this list so when I write the reviews we can all talk about it (that’s like… the second best part of reading)!

*Also – I’m reading in no particular order. Just in case you were curious. 🙂

 *Hi Becca!

22 thoughts on “Reading List”

  1. I am so freaking excited that Gold Bug Variations made your list (one I suggested). I’m curious why you picked it? What made it interesting to you? I love the artsy, science-y, love story combination. My damn husband is too lazy to read it! The man reads textbooks FOR FUN, but he won’t just read this already.

      1. Of course I will talk about it! haha. And lady, I picked it because you suggested and went on and on and because when I looked it up it seemed fascinating. I read books to learn new things and to be entertained. So I’m all over it. 🙂

  2. Oh, so many good ones on there! And so many I haven’t read! Thank you for my new library list. ::winks::

    I recently started reading the Outlander series again … slowly, thanks to the other person who had the same idea and keeps checking out the next installment before I can. She reads MUCH slower than me.

    If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll love it. Prepare to get lost!

    1. Oh! The Outlander series! I read it when I was a teenager and remember it being quite sexy. (That and the Clan of the Cave Bear series.)

      I also remember the first one or two being good, but the later ones needing an editor pretty badly, and got so overwritten I had to give up. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts!

      1. I totally agree with this. The first two and a half books in the series (yes, seriously, until the middle of the third book, where I usually stop when I re-read them) are my favorite. The rest of the series is good, but not AS good. Yay!

      2. I enjoyed most of the Outlander / Cross stitch series, but yes, some of the later books were massive tomes that covered excessively short time frames with rediculous amounts of action.
        But I have managed to read the entire series at least twice now.

        Clan of the cave bear however, I loved the first book, so bought the whole rest of the series because they were cheap and only kept reading because I had forked out good money for them – and then that LAST book, OMG, it sucked. (IMHO of course)

  3. Oooh great looking list! I JUST started the Hunger Games, but have a feeling I’ll whiz through those…and now I have good recommendations for the next go-around 🙂

  4. Kamel already had American Gods in E-Reader version so I’m saving it for the flight to Spain. And America Pacifica I’m also getting in E version because it’s so expensive!

    I’m pretty stoked. I’m hoping to get my box o books next week! And next week I’ll also have some Didion/Atwood updates. It’s the year of reading, writing, and travel folks.

    1. It’s GOOD flight material. Jon gave it to me when we first started dating, and I’m pretty sure I was up all night reading it. You know how it goes … you’re so wrapped up that you look up and say “what do you MEAN it’s been 4 hours?!”


  5. I’m SOOO excited that you picked American Gods. I’m actually re-reading it right now (well not this second of course) and I love the way Neil Gaiman thinks of things. I’m excited for your thoughts and views. Have you read other things by him? I’m glad to to have some new reading suggestions here!

  6. WATERSHIP DOWN. My group of friends read this on our own in middle school and were obsessed with it for years. We all had nicknames. Clearly we were the cool kids.

  7. This reminds me, I need to put more money on my Amazon account so I can buy more kindle books before I go to Europe…
    Having read Outlander a couple of times, I still think I’ll buy most of the series, so I have something I can pick up and put down without feeling regretful…
    Anyone know where I can find Harry Potter for e-reader?

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