Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Books Read, 2006.

For my own edification, a listing of all of the books I've read this year. Hopefully updated regularly!

# = recommended

Fiction
# The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (discussed here)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (discussed here)
The Treasure Hunt by Bill Cosby (discussed here)
The Best Way to Play by Bill Cosby (discussed here)
The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby (discussed here)
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank (discussed here)
Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay (discussed here)
River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke (discussed here)
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (discussed here)
Digging to America by Anne Tyler (discussed here)
Pepper Pike by Les Roberts (discussed here)
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage (discussed here)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (discussed here)
# Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (discussed here)
A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton (discussed here)
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve (discussed here)
Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz (discussed here)
Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
The Giver by Lois Lowry
# To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
# The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (discussed here)
# Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Superfudge by Judy Blume
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
1984 by George Orwell
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
# Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
# Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
# Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Tunes for Bears to Dance To by Robert Cormier
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Nonfiction

# The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (discussed here)
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir (discussed here)
# In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (discussed here)
Night by Elie Wiesel (discussed here)
# Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (discussed here)
# Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (discussed here)

3 comments:

Nick said...

I have yet to read any of the Harry Potter books, I guess I should take them out of the library sometime.

Stefanie said...

Yes, I am a fan of Harry Potter. However, I think Rowling hit her peak with Prisoner of Azkaban and has been going downhill since then. Note to her: less is more! There's no reason her books need to be umpteen million pages long. Notice I didn't recommend her latest one, Half-Blood Prince, because I think it's 2/3rds crap. I love her, but if the quality of her first three books were of the quality of her last three, she wouldn't be as popular as she is right now. As it is, she gets more leeway than other authors because of her first, big intial successes with the beginning of the series. Plus the universe and story is always fabulous, just not-so-much her writing.

Nick said...

Hate to have the little kids wait but maybe she should take a break? Hey that rymed.