That Pile of Books Waiting to Be Read

This is my personal reading list. I buy books all the time even though I always have a lot of unread books around. For a while, they really were a big pile of books. When we moved I finally had enough bookshelves to put them away, but the shelves are getting crowded again.

This list is by no means an exhaustive list of the content of my library. The library contains books I've already read, reference books (including things like cookbooks, sewing, craft and gardening books), my husbands books, other family member's books (if they're in my house) and, as of today (11/06/08) a lot of books we need to cull. The Unread list is books I particularly want to read. As such, they are mostly my books, although I plan to add some of my husband's books, because he has some good ones. The Read list will contain books that weren't on the Unread list, because I often read books I hadn't thought I would, or that are lower on my list, but excellent for a relaxing read after a difficult book.

This list is here for me. I want to keep track of what I have and what I've actually read. You're welcome to peruse the list just to be nosey, or to see if something sounds interesting to you. The linked titles in the Read list will take you to my review of that book. (There's a link to the Amazon book on the review page if you're interested enough to want to get the book. Eventually all available books will be listed in the Airy Nothing Book Shoppe.)

If You're curious about the books in the background here, you can go here. Or you can go back to my den.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  3. After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami
  4. Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (reread)
  5. America, America by Ethan Canin
  6. Angelica by Arthur Phillips
  7. Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman by Nuala O'Faolain
  8. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  9. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  10. Australian Science Fiction Van Ikin (Editor)
  11. Australian Literature: An Anthology of Writing from the Land Down Under Phyllis F. Edelson
  12. Autumn Bridge by Takashi Matsuoka
  13. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  14. Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell
  15. Bad Dirt by Annie Proulx
  16. Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  17. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  18. Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
  19. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
  20. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  21. The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell
  22. The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
  23. Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
  24. The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
  25. The Book of Lost Tales, Part I by J.R.R. Tolkien
  26. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  27. The Book of Rachel by Joel Gross
  28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  29. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Daz
  30. The Bright Forever by Lee Martin
  31. Catkin Willow Flats by Liu Shaotang
  32. China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
  33. China Silk byAnne Worboys
  34. Chinese Fairy Tales & Fantasies by Moss Roberts, ed., trans.
  35. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
  36. The Clearing by Dorothy Reynolds Miller
  37. The Complete Works of O'Henry by O'Henry
  38. A Creed for the Third Millennium by Colleen McCullough
  39. Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
  40. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  41. Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell
  42. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  43. Daughter's Keeper by Ayelet Waldman
  44. The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
  45. Death on Demand by Carolyn G. Hart
  46. The Devil's Hatband by Robert O. Greer
  47. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
  48. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
  49. Don't Tell Anyone by Frederick Busch
  50. Dream of the Walled City by Lisa Huang Fleischman
  51. Duma Key by Stephen King
  52. Early Chinese Literature by Burton Watson
  53. Elizabeth Costello by J. M. Coetzee
  54. Empress by Shana Sa
  55. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  56. February Flowers by Fan Wu
  57. Fevreblau by Kenneth Mark Hoover
  58. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  59. Folktales of China by Wolfram Eberhard, Editor
  60. Follow the River by James D Forman
  61. The Foreign Student by Susan Choi
  62. Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
  63. A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
  64. Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
  65. A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
  66. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
  67. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  68. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (to reread)
  69. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by McCall Smith
  70. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  71. The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
  72. Grendel by John Gardner
  73. Guardian Angel by Sara Paretsk
  74. The Half Life by Jonathan Raymond
  75. Half of Man Is Woman by Zhang Zianliang
  76. Handmaid's TaleThe by Margaret Atwood
  77. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  78. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  79. Highwire Moon by Susan Straight
  80. The Hills Beyond by Thomas Wolfe
  81. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  82. Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver
  83. The Homing by Jeffrey Campbell
  84. Hot Sky at Midnight by Robert Silverberg
  85. A House by the River by Sid Smith
  86. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  87. Impossible Things by Connie Willis
  88. In America by Susan Sontag
  89. In The Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
  90. Inheritor by C. J. Cherryh
  91. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker
  92. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  93. Invisible Lives by Anjali Banerjee
  94. Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
  95. Khushwant Singh Selects Best Indian Short Stories
  96. Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faza Gune
  97. The King of Cats and Other Feline Fairy Tales by John Richard Stephens, ed.
  98. Knife of Dreams by Robert JordanThe Known World by Edward P. Jones
  99. Labyrinth by Kate Moss
  100. The Language of Threads by Gail Tsukiyama
  101. The Last Princess of Manchuria by Lilian Lee
  102. The Laughing Sutra by Mark Salzman
  103. Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor
  104. Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu & Christine Mathieu
  105. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  106. Local Anaesthetic by Gnter Grass
  107. A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut
  108. Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
  109. Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
  110. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
  111. More Than You Know by Beth Gutcheon
  112. Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
  113. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  114. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  115. Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
  116. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  117. Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama
  118. Noticing Eden by Marjory Heath Wentworth
  119. The Odyssey of a Manhurian by Belle Yang
  120. Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik
  121. The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Ted Riccardi
  122. The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne Valente
  123. Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente
  124. Peony in Love by Lisa See
  125. Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  126. The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
  127. Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  128. The Rainmaker by John Grisham
  129. Raise the Red Lantern by Su Tong
  130. Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang
  131. Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon
  132. The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis
  133. The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
  134. Roll of Thunderm Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  135. The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb
  136. The Saffron KitchenYasmin Crowther
  137. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  138. The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
  139. The Sandman (a graphic novel in 10 volumes) by Neil Gaiman
  140. Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
  141. Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
  142. The Scent of the Gods by Fiona Cheong
  143. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
  144. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  145. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  146. Shadow of Doubt by Terri Blackstock
  147. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  148. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  149. The Shunning by Beverly Lewis
  150. Slow River by Nicola Griffith
  151. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  152. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  153. Sons of Heaven by Terrence Cheng
  154. The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan
  155. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  156. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  157. Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
  158. Tenderness of Wolves The, Stef Penney
  159. A Terrible Beauty by Graham Masterton
  160. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  161. A Tidewater Morning by William Styron
  162. Timoleon Vieta Come Home by Dan Rhodes To Feel Stuff by Andrea Seigel
  163. The Touch by Colleen McCullough
  164. A Train to Potevka by Mike Ramsdell
  165. Trinity by Leon Uris
  166. Twisted Summer by Willo Davis Roberts
  167. Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill
  168. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
  169. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
  170. Waiting by Ha Jin
  171. Walking Through Mirrors by Brian Keith Jackson
  172. The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  173. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
  174. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  175. Wild Ginger by Anchee Min
  176. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  177. Wind and Bone by Ruth G. Stewart
  178. Windy City Blues by Sara Paretsky
  179. The Winner by David Baldacci
  180. Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
  181. The Woman Warrier by Maxine Hong Kingston
  182. The Wonder Spot by Melissa Ban
  183. The World's Smallest Unicorn by Shena MacKay
  184. Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou

  1. The Annie Poems by Anne Cameron
  2. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  3. Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda translated by Stephen Mitchel
  4. In the Next Galaxy by Ruth Stone
  5. Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk by Joshua Marie Wilkinson
  6. Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton
  7. Moon Crossing Bridge by Tess Gallagher
  8. Near Changes by Mona Van Duyn
  9. Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney
  10. The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers by Jessica Powers
  11. Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove
  12. Warts and All by Delores Dahl
  13. A Woman Under the Surface by Alicia Ostriker

  1. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Kay Redfield Jamison
  2. Baghdad Diaries: A Woman's Chronicle of War and Exile Nuha Al-Radi
  3. China Cry by Nora Lam
  4. Chinese Lives by Zhang Xinxin et al
  5. Chronicles, Volume 1 Bob Dylan
  6. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother James McBride
  7. Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
  8. Frontier Women: "Civilizing" the West? 1840-1880 Julie Jeffrey
  9. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  10. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  11. It Stops with Me: Memoir of a Canuck Girl Charleen Touchette
  12. Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox
  13. Mother Teresa's Secret Fire by Joseph Langford
  14. Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  15. Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat
  16. Somebody's Someone by Regina Louise
  17. Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir
  18. Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
  19. Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda
  20. 'Tis by Frank McCourt

Other Non-Fiction
  1. The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker by Eric Liu
  2. The ADDED DIMENSION: Everyday Advice for Adults with ADD by Kate Kelly
  3. Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries? by Martin Gardner
  4. Art Is a Spiritual Path by Pat B. Allen
  5. The Astonishing Hypothesis by Francis Crick
  6. Coffee And Kung Fu by Karen Brichoux
  7. The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature by Starhawk
  8. Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death by Mark Essig
  9. The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding Robert Hughes
  10. The Gaia Project: 2012; The Earth's Coming Great Changes by Hwee-Yong Jang
  11. Hiking Oregon's History : The Stories Behind Historic Places You Can Walk to See by William L. Sullivan
  12. If I live to be 100 by Neenah Ellis
  13. Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI
  14. The Meditator's Guidebook: Pathways to Greater Awareness and Creativity by Lucy Oliver
  15. Myths and the Modern Man by Barbara Stanford
  16. Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell
  17. On Familiar Terms: A Journey Across Cultures by Donald Keene
  18. One Man's Bible by Gao Xingjian
  19. Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China by Peter Hessler
  20. Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China Monroe Price
  21. Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz
  22. Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love by Barbara Sher
  23. A Short History of Chinese Philosophy by Yu-lan Fung
  24. The Stolen Village by Des Ekin
  25. There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Antony Flew
  26. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  27. Travels in a Stone Canoe: The Return to the Wisdomkeepers by Harvey Arden
  28. The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama
  29. The Vacant Throne by Joshua Palmatier
  30. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle

Read in 2009
  1. Peripheral Vision by Patricia Ferguson 1/12/09
  2. A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong 1/25/09
  3. Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee 2/1/09
  4. Stupid History by Leland Gregory 02/04/09
  5. The History of Now by Daniel Klein 02/18/09
  6. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young 02/23/09
  7. Outcasts United by Warren St. John 03/17/09
  8. Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines 03/24/09
  9. The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace: The Essential Life and Teachings 03/25/09
  10. China Cry by Nora Lam 3/27/09
  11. For the Good of the Cause by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn 04/02/09
  12. You Are Not A Stranger Here by Adam Haslett 04/04/09
  13. A Day For Dying by Dorothy Simpson 04/05/09
  14. My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates 04/15/09
  15. Larry's Kidney by Daniel Asa Rose 04/15/09
  16. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr 05/01/09
  17. The Blue Notebook by James Levine M.D. 05/06/09
  18. Eyes Wide Openby Jud Wilhite 05/12/09
  19. The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By by Carol S. Pearson 05/28/09
  20. Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman 06/04/09
  21. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens by Alice Walker 06/12/09
  22. Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove 06/12/09
  23. Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall 07/01/09
  24. Last Dance, Last Chance by Ann Rule 07/05/09
  25. Vanished by Carlton Smith 07/13/09
  26. Death in Spring by Merc Rodoreda 07/13/09
  27. Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston 07/17/09
  28. True Tales of Ghostly Encounters by Andrew Honigman 07/27/09
  29. Devil Bones Kathy Reichs 07/29/09
  30. No Regrets by Ann Rule 08/07/09
  31. Alex by Mark Kalesniko 8/10/09
  32. Cruel Sacrifice by Aphrodite Jones 8/11/09
  33. Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts) by Ezra Bayda 08/12/09
  34. The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank 08/30/09
  35. The Trial of Robert Mugabe by Chielo Zona Eze 09/05/09
  36. Ten Degrees of Reckoning by Hester Rumberg 10/10/09
  37. Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark 10/15/09
  38. Zapped by Carol Higgins Clark 10/16/09
Read in 2008
  1. The Adventures of Mishka the Mousewereby John Dashney 08/08/08
  2. The Adventures of Walter the WereMouse by John Dashney 08/06/08
  3. Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace 02/25/08
  4. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani 08-25-08
  5. Come to Me by Amy Bloom 06/25/08
  6. Danny Gospel by David Athey 2/9/08
  7. The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri 10/25/08
  8. Dreamers of the Dayby Mary Doria Russell 01/15/08
  9. Finn by Jon Clinch 08/19/08
  10. Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life Joseph Persico 05/30/08
  11. Ghost Rider: Stories by Jonathan Lowe by Jonathan Lowe (e-book)
  12. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler 09/20/08
  13. Grimm's Grimmest by Brothers Grimm 06/24/08
  14. The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel By Margaret Atwood
  15. Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan 06/22/08
  16. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain By Oliver Sacks
  17. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle 04/06/08 x
  18. The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente 04/09/08
  19. Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry by Reginald Shepherd 04/04/08
  20. Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy edited by Ekaterina Sedia
  21. Poetry as Spiritual Practice by Robert McDowell 08/22/08
  22. The Sex Club by L. J. Sellers 02/09/08
  23. The Shanghai Tunnel by Sharan Newman 12/29/08
  24. A Short History of Chinese Philosophy By Yu-lan Fung
  25. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 02/10/08
  26. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 10/27/08
  27. The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Harin 02/10/08
  28. Twilight By Stephenie Meyer 12/19/08
  29. The Want-Ad Killer by Ann Rule 06/29/08
  30. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 05/08/08

Read in 2007
  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman 11/28/07
  2. Baba: A Return To China Upon My Father's Shoulders by Belle Yang 2/19/07
  3. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson 2/17/07
  4. Getting Used to Dying by Zhang Xianliang
  5. God's Gym by John Edgar Wideman
  6. The Good Women of China by Xinran 3/1/07
  7. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond 2/26/07
  8. Half of Man Is Woman by Zhang Xianliang 3/8/07
  9. The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini
  10. The Last Girls by Lee Smith
  11. Nocturne by Elizabeth Donald 2/19/07
  12. Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge by Pepe Escobar
  13. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
  14. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  15. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Read in 2006
  1. A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce
  2. China Boy by -Gus Lee -- read 2006
  3. Empty Promises By Ann Rule -- read 2006
  4. Four Souls by Louise Erdrich -- read 2006
  5. How Stella Got her Groove Back by Terry McMillan -- read 2006
  6. Hyperspace by Michio Kaku read 2006
  7. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri -- read 2006
  8. Jew Girl by EminemsRevenge -- read 2006
  9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden -- read 2006
  10. Saturday by Ian McEwan -- read 2006
  11. Setting Suns by Elizabeth Donald -- read 2006
  12. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafn -- read 2006
  13. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown -- read 2006
  14. The Gangster We Are All Looking For by L Thi Diem Thy -- read 2006
  15. The Giver by Lois Lowry -- read 2006
  16. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson -- read 2006
  17. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe -- read 2006
  18. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee -- read 2006
  19. Without Warning by Cheri Waggie -- read 2006
  20. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert Pirsig -- read 2006