Reading Lists

I started these reading lists 5 years ago because I wanted to see how many books I read in a year, people kept asking me to recommend books, and I don't always remember what books I've read. So the reading list was born.

It's moved a number of times, from a Wordpress list to a tumblr blog to an html/css page and now back to a simple blog. Formats changed throughout the year, and I'm too lazy to standardize it, so each year's list is slightly different.

I liked some books more than others, but all of them are worth reading. Worst book I ever read? The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I refer to it as the Unbearable Absence of Plot... and don't get me started on the movie. (... and don't get me started on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - that may be the worst book I've read in the 21st century!)

I publish a top 5 list every year. Here are my number one books from each year:

1. Underground Airlines by Ben Winters - 2016
2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 2015
3. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - 2014
4. Sex & Violence by Cassie Mesrobian - 2013
5. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and 11/22/63 by Stephen King (the former, because it's one of the best books ever, the latter, because it helped me through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy) - 2012
6. Game of Thrones because duh! - 2011

I'm sure you'll find something of interest on my list. Feel free to make suggestions via social media (preferably Instagram)!

Sincerely, Laura (the Book Whisperer)
@lgesin on Instagram

Reading List 2017 (links for this year go to my review of the book)

1. The Fisher King by Melissa Lenhardt
2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
3. Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
4. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Letham
7. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker
8. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (audio)
9. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
10. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
12. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
13. Isabella of Castile by Giles Tremlett
14. Behind the Mask by Louisa May Alcott (audio)
15. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
16. The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

Reading List 2016

1. The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
2. Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden
2. Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden
4. Soulless by Gail Carriger
5. Changeless by Gail Carriger
6. Blameless by Gail Carriger
7. Heartless by Gail Carriger
8. Timeless by Gail Carriger
9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
10 The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen
11. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Katner
12. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
13. Jane Eyre by Charlote Brontë (audiobook and paperback)
14. Clemintine in the Kitchen by Samuel Chamberlain
15. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
16. Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron
17. 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit by Nicki Koziarz
18. The Widow by Fiona Barton
19. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
20. Jane and the Cantebury Tale by Stephanie Barron
21. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
22. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
23. Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
24. Miss Julia Plans a Wedding by Ann B. Ross
25. The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
26. Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel (it's summer, don't judge)
27. The Girl's Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs
28. It's Good to be Queen by Liz Curtis Higgs
29. Charlotte & Emily by Jude Morgan
30. Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson
31. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
32. Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder
33. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
34. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
35. The Sixth Idea by P. J. Tracey
36. 7 by Jen Hatmaker
37. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
38. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
39. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
40. Yellow Brick War by Danielle Page
41. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
42. An Innocent Fashion by R. J. Hernandez
43. Unselfie by Michele Borba, Ed.D.
44. Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney
45. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
46. Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
47. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
48. Homeland by Cory Doctorow
49. All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth
50. The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden
51. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber
52. Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
53. Escape Clause by John Sanford
54. The Girl in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
55. A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt
56. Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
57. IQ by Joe Ide
58. This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
59. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (a wonderful read at Christmas)
60. Night School by Lee Child
61. Stillwater by Melissa Lenhardt
62. Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio
63. Burnt River by Karin Salvalaggio

Reading List 2015

1. The Apartment by Greg Baxter
2. The Infinity Code by Alex Scarrow
3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
4. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
5. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
6. The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
7. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
8. Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
9. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
10. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
11. Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
12. The Martian by Andy Weir (Courtesy of Fallon - lot like Wool - could be called “Matt Damon in Space”)
13. For the King by Catherine Delors
14. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini
15. Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
16. A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
17. The Fires of Autumn by Irene Nemirovsky
18. The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
19. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
20. Murder Simply Brewed by Vanetta Chapman
21. Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton
22. The Liar by Nora Roberts
23. Hopeless by Darcy Darbin (my student!)
24. Stand By Me by Neta Jackson
25. Come to the Table by Neta Jackson
26. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
27. Submerged by Dani Pettrey
28. Shattered by Dani Pettrey
29. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
30. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
31. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
32. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkinsy
33. Paperweight by Meg Haston
34. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
35. Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston
36. The Fixer by Joseph Finder
37. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
38. Destination Unknown by Amy Clipson
39. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (audiobook)
40. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & david Levithan (The Strand!!! 'nuff said)
41. Ruby by Cynthia Bond
42. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
43. Airman's Wife by Renee Shann (a WWII lovestore complete with a bigamist published in 1944 before they knew how the war ended!)
44. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (summer reading)
45. City of Light by Lauren Belfer
46. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
47. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
48. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
49. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
50. Make Me by Lee Child
51. The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
52. X by Sue Grafton
53. War Room by Chris Fabry
54. Hostage Taker by Stephanie Pinkoff
55. Paris, Modigliani, & Me by Jaqueline Kosolov
56. A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George
57. The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
58. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovitch
59. City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (took the entire month of December but so work it!
60. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin (audiobook)
61. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen

Reading List 2014


1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
2. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
3. Hild by Nicola Griffith
4. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (highly recommend!)
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
7. The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
8. Inheritance by Natalie Danford
9. The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson
10. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
11. Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini
12. The English Girl by Daniel Silva
13. Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann
14. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
15. The Witness by Nora Roberts
16. Angel Falls by Nora Roberts
(Can you tell it’s that time in the school year when teachers need a little - ok a lot - of brain candy?)
17. The Collector by Nora Roberts
18. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
19. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
20. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
21. Invisible City by Julia Dahl
22. The Marrying of Chaini Kaufman by Eve Harris
23. Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
24. We were Liars by E. Lockhart (first book of summer vacation - read it in a DAY!)
25. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (a Gail Plumeri recommendation)
26. My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (read it, especially if you are not a fan of Salinger)
27. Suspicion by Joseph Finder
28. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (June selection of the iMake book club and an incredible read)
29. Chop Chop by Simon Wroe
30. The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby
31. Longbourn by Jo Baker
32. Pride and Prejudice (Librivox recording) by Jane Austen
33. The Storyteller by Jodi Picault (July selection of the iMake book club)
34. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park for grown ups!)
35. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
36. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
37. One Plus One by Jojo Meyes
38. A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
39. Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen
40. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
41. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
42. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
43. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
44. Like No Other by Una LaMarche
45. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
46. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
47. Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke
48. The Wild Dark Flowers by Elizabeth Cooke
49. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (every parent and teacher should read this
50. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
51. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
52. Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman
53. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
54. Paper Towns by John Green (finally a John Green book I like - it’s a YA miracle!)
55. Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
56. Heat Lightening by John Sandford
57. Personal by Lee Child
58. Perfectly Good White Boy by Cassie Mesrobian
59. No Dawn without Darkness by Dayna Lorentz
60. Rough Country by John Sandford
61. Bad Blood by John Sandford
62. The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
63. Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck
64. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
65. Shockwave by John Sandford
66. Mad River by John Sandford
67. Storm Front by John Sandford
68. Deadline by John Sandford
69. 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult
70. Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon

Reading List 2013 


1. The Married Man by Edmund White
2. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
6. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
7. Rumors by Anna Godbersen
8. Riot (audio) by Walter Dean Myers
9. Envy by Anna Godbersen
10. Splendor by Anna Godbersen
11. Days of Blood and Starlight by by Laini Taylor
12. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
13. Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
14. The Lucky Ones by Anna Godbersen
15. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
16. Divergent by Veronica Roth
17. Perry’s Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber
18. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
19. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
20. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
21. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
22. The List by Karin Tanabe
23. Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes
24. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
25. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
26. Wool by Hugh Howey
27. Shift by Hugh Howey
28. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
29. Monument 14 by Emma Laybourne
30. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
31. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargos Llosa
32. Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
33. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
34. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
35. Flygirl by Sherri Smith
36. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
37. Time Riders by Alex Scarrow
38. Time Riders: The Doomesday Code by Alex Scarrow
39. Time Riders: The Eternal War by Alex Scarrow
40. No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz (review on podcast)
41. Time Riders: Gates of Rome by Alex Scarrow
42. Time Riders: City of Shadows by Alex Scarrow
43. No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz (review on podcast)
44. Dark Eyes by William Richter
45. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
46. Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
47. Reboot by Amy Tintara
48. The Pirate Kings by Alex Scarrow
49. The Dinner by Herman Koch
50. In the After by Demitria Lunetta
51. Dust by Hugh Howey
52. The Mayan Prophecy by Alex Scarrow
53. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
54. The Last President by John Barnes
55. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
56. W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
57. Maze Runner by James Dashner
58. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
59. Never Look Back by Lee Child
60. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
61. Every Day by David Levithan
62. You Against Me by Jennie Downham
61.Allegiant by Veronica Roth
63. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
64. Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian Best book I read in 2013
65. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
66. The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago & the Power of Popular Feminism by Jane F. Gerhard
67. UnHoly by Neal Shusterman
68. Reality Boy by A. S. King (audio)
69. Subway Girl by P. J. Converse
70. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (probably the worst book I read this year)

Reading List 2012


1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Yea, I know it’s #50 on the 2011 list, but I started it last year, it’s 925 pages, and this is my list.)
2. Deadline (audio) by Mira Grant
3. KnitKnit (audio) by Sabrina Gschwandtner
4. Trashy Book #1 (listen to the podcast for more information on this trashy sci-fi romantic thriller)
5. The Secret Life of a Knitter by the Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee)
6. Swann’s Way (audio) by Marcel Proust
7. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
8. Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Patricia and Adam Scribner
9. Trashy Book #2
10. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
11. Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees
12. Raylan (audio) by Elmore Leonard (If you haven’t watched the FX Series Justified or read previous Raylan Givens books… what’s wrong with you?)
13. The Fear Index by Robert Harris
14. Fire in the Hole (audio) by Elmore Leonard (the basis for the Justified TV Series)
15. Plum Lovin’ (audio) by Janet Evanovitch
16. Visions of Sugar Plums (audio) by Janet Evanovitch
17. Plum Lucky (audio) by Janet Evanovitch
18. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter
19. Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoyevsky
20. Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter
21. A Tale of Two Cities (audio) by Charles Dickens (totally the fault of the Subway Knits podcast!)
22. Angels of Vengeance by John Birmingham
23. The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks
24. Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks
25. Eyes of the Innocent by Brad Parks
26. Pronto (audio) by Elmore Leonard (the first Raylen Givens book)
27. The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski
28. Raise the Gipper by John Barnes
29. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
30. The ExPats by Chris Pavone
31. The Increment by David Ignatius (very predictable, don’t bother)
32. Capital by John Lanchester (reviewed in this podcast)
33. The Paris Wife (audio) by Paula McLain
34. Lunch in Paris (a love story with recipes) by Elizabeth Bard
35. Play Nice by Gemma Halliday
36. Night on Fire by Douglas Corleone
37. Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
38. Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman
39. Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris
40. Trackers by Deon Meyer
41. Blood Safari by Deon Meyer
42. The United States of Arugula by David Kamp
43. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
44. Hitman by Parnell Hall
45. Firewall by Henning Mankell
46. The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
47. Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die by Nancy Martin
48. Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too by Nancy Martin
49. A Crazy Little Thing Called Death by Nancy Martin
50. Murder Melts in Your Mouth by Nancy Martin
51. Yes, Chef (audio) by Marcus Samuelsson
52. Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
53. 61 Hours by Lee Child
54. Worth Dying For by Lee Child
55. The Affair by Lee Child
56. Domestic Affairs by Bridget Siegel
57. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
58. Off the Grid by P.J. Tracy
59. The Enemy by Lee Child
60. The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
61. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
62. Persuader by Lee Child
63. The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin
64. Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barklay
65. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
66. The Semi-Attached Couple by Emily Eden (Librivox audio)
67. The Accident by Linwood Barklay
68. In the Kitchen by Monica Ali (gets very weird at the end …)
69. Woes of the True Policeman by Roberto Bolano (audio)
70. Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White

Reading List 2011

1. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
2. The Lost Flamingos of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
3. Pravda
 by David Docx
4. Finding Nouf
 by Zoe Ferraris
5. City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris
6. Lulu in Marrakesh
 by Diane Johnson
7. The Emperor’s Children 
by Claire Messud
8. The Magus 
by John Fowles
9. How to Knit a Love Song 
by Rachel Herron
10. Casting Off 
by Nicole R. Dickson
11. In the Woods 
by Tara French
12. The Midnight House 
by Alex Berenson
13. Breaking the Rules 
by Suzanne Brockmann
14. My Life in France (audio) 
by Julia Child
15. Sergio 
by Samantha Power
16. Girl Cook 
by Hanna McCouch
17. The Cookbook Collector 
by Allegra Goodman
18. The School of Essential Ingredients 
by Erica Bauermeister
19. The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry (audio) 
by Kathleen Flinn
20. Plain Truth 
by Jodi Picoult
21. Inside the Kingdom (audio) 
by Carmen Bin Laden
22. House Rules by Jodi Picoult

23. Directive 51 by John Barnes
24. Daybreak Zero by John Barnes
25. Tabloid City by Pete Hamill (audio)
26. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
27. Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
28. Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
29. Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin
30. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovitch
31. Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance
32. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
33. Medium Raw (audio) by Anthony Bourdain
34. Escape from Cubicle Nation (audio) by Pamela Slim and Guy Kawasaki
35. The Semi-Detached House (audio - Librovox) by Emily Eden
36. The Wrong Mother by Sophia Hannah
37. Reamde by Neal Stephenson (my favorite author & yet another 1000+ page book this year)
38. The House of Mirth (audio - Librovox) by Edith Wharton
39. Belinda (audio - Librovox) by Maria Edgeworth
40. The Truth Teller’s Lie by Sophia Hannah
41. Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer (audio - a great version from the 1970s)
42. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie (audio)
43. The Dead Lie Down by Sophia Hannah
44. The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
45. The Cradle in the Grave by Sophia Hannah
46. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
47. A Chef’s Christmas (audio) by Anthony Bourdain
48. Feed (audio) by Mira Grant
49. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
50. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

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