Every Book I’ve Ever Read

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In 2010 I started keeping a list of books that I read and the dates that I finished them. I like to think of it is a time line / time capsule of my life as seen through the stack of literature on my bedside table. Now I have decided that I should take on the (nearly) impossible and try to list every book that I have ever read previous to January 1, 2010. My motives are simple. I want to know (or at least be able to estimate) how many books I have read in my lifetime. Why I want to know this is probably a mixture of my dorkiness and my love of making lists.

The rules are simple, if I’ve read it then it goes on the list. If I haven’t read it then it doesn’t go on the list. Dates are not important, neither is order (although I do see alphabetical somewhere in the future).

This is sure to be a work in progress, for even as I type this the list of books is growing exponentially in my mind. I think of one title which leads me to another and another and another. It is like some sort of perverse Rorschach or word association test.

So, without delaying the inevitable (and before my mind turns on me and refuses to remember any titles) I begin…

  1. Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart
  2. Alexie, Sherman – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  3. Alexie, Sherman – Indian Killer
  4. Alexie, Sherman – The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven
  5. Alexie, Sherman – Ten Little Indians
  6. Ames, Jonathan – The Alcoholic
  7. Anderson, Laurie Halse – Speak
  8. Barbara, Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
  9. Benioff, David – City of Thieves
  10. Brown, Dan – Angles and Demons
  11. Brown, Dan – The Davinci Code
  12. Brown, Dan – Digital Fortress
  13. Cody, Diablo – Candy Girl
  14. Collins, Suzanne – Catching Fire
  15. Collins, Suzanne – Hunger Games
  16. Crichton, Michael – Sphere
  17. Diaz, Junot – The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
  18. DiCamillo, Kate – Because of Winn Dixie
  19. DiCamillo, Kate – The Tale of Despereaux
  20. DiCamillo, Kate – The Tiger Rising
  21. Eggers, Dave – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  22. Eggers, Dave – What is the What
  23. Eggers, Dave – You Shall Know Our Velocity
  24. Erdrich, Louise – Love Medicine
  25. Foer, Jonathon Safran – Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close
  26. Gaiman, Neil – Coraline
  27. Grisham, John – The Firm
  28. Grisham, John – The Partner
  29. Groff, Lauren – The Monsters of Templeton
  30. Guest, Judith – Ordinary People
  31. Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
  32. Jin, Ha – Waiting
  33. Knowles, John – A Seperate Peace
  34. Korman, Gordon – Schooled
  35. Kundera, Milan – The Unberable Lightness of Being
  36. Lewis, Michael – Moneyball
  37. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  38. McCann, Collum – Let the Great World Spin
  39. Meyer, Stephanie – Twilight
  40. Meyer, Stephaine – New Moon
  41. Morrison, Toni – Beloved
  42. Morrison, Toni – The Bluest Eye
  43. Murakami, Haruki – After Dark
  44. Murakami, Haruki – Kafka on the Shore
  45. Murakami, Haruki – The Wind-Up Bird Chornicle
  46. Myers, Walter  Dean – Monster
  47. O’Neill, Joesph – Netherland
  48. Obama, Brack – Dreams From My Father
  49. Orwell, George – 1984
  50. Orwell, George – Animal Farm
  51. Paolini, Christopher – Eragon
  52. Patchett, Ann – Bell Canto
  53. Patchett, Ann – Run
  54. Roth, Phillip – The Plot Against America
  55. Sanchez, Alex – Rainbow Boys
  56. Sanchez, Alex – Rainbow High
  57. Sanchez, Alex – Rainbow Road
  58. Saramago, Jose – Blindness
  59. Shteyngart, Gary – Absurdistan
  60. Sittenfeld, Curtis – American Wife
  61. Spiegelman, Art – Maus I
  62. Spiegelman, Art – Maus II
  63. Toole, John Kennedy – A Confederacy of Dunces
  64. Twain, Mark – A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court
  65. Twain, Mark – Huckelberry Finn
  66. Twain, Mark – Tom Sawyer
  67. Vaughan, Brian K. – Y: The Last Man  (Books 1-10)
  68. Zusak, Markus – The Book Thief

2 Responses to Every Book I’ve Ever Read

  1. Pingback: Every Book I’ve Ever Read « Words&Words


    This reading inventory is such a brilliant idea!
    Wow, you are so organized.
    This is so clever.

    On a side note…I have been meaning to read “Things Fall Apart” by: Chinua Achebe for years.
    It was recommended by Thom Yorke, the lead singer of my favourite band Radiohead.

    *I am also so intrigued to read Haruki Murakami.
    Is there a book you suggest I start with?

    Peace & Namaste…

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