The neurotica continues (Or, My never-ending To-Read list).

This is why I know that one day, sometime very soon, a friend is going to call me up and, in a very concerned tone, tell me that I need to clear my schedule because everyone is Very Worried About Me and it’s past time for an intervention.

In other words, I am very much aware that my bookishness is out of control.

(Hey, maybe if my mentor was Jack Black, I’d be doing better. But honestly – isn’t a book addiction a lot healthier than being addicted to crack?!)

All of which is really just a preface to this: My To-Read List. Yes, the very one you’ve all been clamoring to read. Or maybe just that I’ve been wanting to post so I can brag again this time next year. Meh, meh, meh. Details. Without further ado, here it is, in no particular order:

1. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safer Foer (I very, very much enjoyed Incredibly Close)
2. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (although I have to say, I wasn’t a big fan of Remains of the Day)
3. Sag Harbor – Colson Whitehead (I really need to re-read The Intuitionists)
4. What Can I Do When Everything’s On Fire – Elizabeth Graver
5. Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramego
6. Sky Below – Stacey D’Erasmo
7. Slaughterhouse-5 – Kurt Vonnegut
8. All Souls – Michael Patrick MacDonald
9. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
10. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky – Heidi Durrow
11. DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
12. My Own Country – Abraham Verghese
13. J. Edgar Hoover – Curt Gentry (nf)
14. Philadelphia Fire – John Edgar Wideman (I’ve read pieces of this, but not the whole thing all the way through)
15. Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
16. Town Like Alice– Nevil Shute
17. Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
18. Songs in Ordinary Time – Mary McGarry Morris
19. Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck*
20. Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood*
21. The White Tiger – Avarind Adiga
22. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
23. American Psycho – Brett Easton Ellis
24. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  – Sherman Alexie
25. Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
26. Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
27. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safer Foer
28. Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok
29. Every Last One – Anna Quinlen
30. Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
31. Left Neglected – Lisa Genova
32. The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
33. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
34. Child Called It – Dave Pelzer (nf)
35. Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
36. Brief, Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
37. Echo Maker – Richard Powers
38. The Bright Forever – Lee Martin
39. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
40. Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
41. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
42. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
43. Stephen Fry in America – Stephen Fry (nf)
44. The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry (nf) (This is the 2nd part of Fry’s autobiography and isn’t available in the U.S. Which makes me bonkers.)
45. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larssen
46. Girl Who Played with Fire – Steig Larssen
47. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Steig Larssen
48. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher (YA)
49. The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown*
50. You Know When the Men Are Gone – Siobahn Fallon
51. The Memory Palace – Mira Bartok
52. The Unnamed – Joshua Farris
53. Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
54. The Fates Will Find a Way – Hannah Pittard
55. These Things Hidden – Heather Gundenkauf (I wasn’t all that impressed with her other work, but I’ll try it)
56. The Story of Beautiful Girl – Rachel Simon
57. What Happened to Goodbye? – Sarah Dessen (YA)
58. The Forgotten Waltz – Anne Enright* (I love, love, loved the lyrical voice she showed off in The Gathering)
59. Hunger of Memory – Richard Rodriguez
60. What is the What? – Dave Eggers (I hated Staggering Genius but I want so badly to like this newish “it” guy)
61. The Beach – Alex Garland
62. The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl
63. Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
64. Mysterious Benedict Society #2 – Trenton Stewart
65. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
66. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
67. Apex Hides the Hurt – Colson Whitehead
68. Snow – Orhan Pamuk
69. The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides*
70. The Leftovers – Tom Perrotta*
71. Death in the City of Light – David King (nf)*
72. We the Animals – Justin Torres
73. The Traveler – John Twelve Hawks
74. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves (nf)
75. Triangles – Ellen Hopkins
76. Zone One – Colson Whitehead
77. The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson (YA)
78. The Night Strangers – Chris Bohjalian*
79. Love and Shame and Love – Peter Orner
80. The Astral – Kate Christensen
81. The Murder of the Century – Paul Collins (nf)
82. The Art of Forgetting – Camille Noel Pagen
83. Ten Thousand Saints – Eleanor Henderson
84. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ranson Riggs (YA)*
85. The Kid – Sapphire*
86. The Map of Time – Felix Palma
87. Nothing Daunted – Dorothy Wickenden (nf)
88. Quiet Chaos – Sandro Veronesi
89. A First Rate Madness – Nassir Ghaemi (nf)*
90. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
91. The Lantern – Deborah Lawrenson
92. The Time In-Between – Maria Duenas
93. The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan
94. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
95. The Boy in the Suitcase – Lena Kaaberbol
96. The Sharp Time – Mary O’Connell
97. Domestic Violets – Matthew Norman
98. Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
98. The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson (nf)*
99. Ghost Hunters – Deborah Blum (nf)
100. Admission – Jean Hanff Korelitz
101. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet – Reif Larsen
102. A Taste of Honey: Stories – Jabari Asim
102. The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt
103. Running the Books: Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian – Avi Steinberg
104. Peyton Place – Grace Metalious
105. Little Children – Tom Perotta
106. Mayflower: Story of Courage – Nathaniel Philbrick (nf)
107. Three Junes – Julia Glass
108. Paul Revere’s Ride – David Hacket Fischer (nf)
109. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
110. Empire Falls – Richard Russo
111. Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
112. Full Dark, No Stars  – Stephen King* (Oh, how different my life is that SK is on my To-Read list and not my Already Read list. For shame.)
113. The Invisible Line: Three American Families and their Secret Journey from Black to White – Daniel Sharfstein (nf)
114. The Long Goodbye – Meghan O’Rourke
115. The River of Forgetting – Jane Rowan
116. No Biking in the House without a Helmet – Melissa Fay Green
117. Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward*
118. House Rules – Rachel Sontag
119. The Kiss – Kathryn Harrison*
120. The Souls of Mixed Folk – Michele Elam (nf)
121. The Flame Alphabet – Ben Marcus (Has anyone heard the buzz about this?! I hope it lives up.)*
122. Hope: A Tragedy – Shalom Auslander (2/2012)
123. Flatscreen – Adam Wilson (2/2012)
124. No One Is Here Except All of Us – Ramona Ausubel (2/2012)
125. Stay Awake – Dan Chaon (2/2012)
126. When I Was a Child, I Read Books – Marilynne Robinson (nf)(3/2012)
127. The Vanishers – Heidi Julavits (3/2012)
128. Home – Toni Morrison (5/2012)(I wasn’t a big fan of Mercy, so I’m extremely interested so see what end of the Morrison spectrum will claim Home.)*
129. The Red House – Mark Haddon (6/2012) (How I love Mark Haddon, let me count the ways….)*
130. The Devil in Silver – Victor LaValle (8/2012)
131. Running the Rift – Naomi Beneron
132. A Grown-up Kind of Pretty – Joshilyn Jackson (I am not a big fan of Southern lit, but Joshilyn makes it so damn readable.)
133. The Flight of Gemma Hardy – Margot Livesey
134. A Walk Across the Sun – Corban Addison
135. The Torn and the Blossom – Theodora Goss*

And then adding the books I received for Christmas (and yes, Kim, borrowed), but haven’t read…

136. Beauty Queens – Libba Bray
137. The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht (This is actually what I’m reading now. Incredible, incredible story.)
138. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood – Koran Zailckas (nf)
139. The White Mary – Kirah Salak
140. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
141. Dragonfly in Amber – Diana Gabaldon
142. The Map of True Places – Brunonia Barry
143. 11/22/63 – Stephen King*
144. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan (YA)
145. Sing Them Home – Stephanie Kallos
146. Sway – Zachary Lazar
147. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
148. feed – MT Anderson
149. Story Land – Jim Miller (nf)
150. Hannibal – Thomas Harris
151. All Souls – Christine Schutt (YA)
152. Lush Life – Richard Price
153. A Mad Desire to Dance – Elie Wiesel
154. The Sea – John Banville
155. Gap Creek – Robert Morgan
156. Slam – Nick Hornby (YA)(This might be the last Hornby I read if it doesn’t do well.)
157. The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara
158. Hoot – Scott Hiassen (YA)

So. There you go. Or, rather, there I go, because this list is primarily for my 2013 self when that crazylady looks back to measure up how her year went. Yeah, only I would measure such things in books.

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One Response to “The neurotica continues (Or, My never-ending To-Read list).”

  1. Mary Says:

    Oh, honey! Are you for serious? 158 books???

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