My not-so-secret confession: I love to read! I read text books, I read novels and I read many non-fiction books. It’s close to an obsession. I feel like I never have enough time to read! So many books, so little time! Here is my running list of all of the books I’d like to read and have read. I’m 100% sure I’ve left out some of the beauts I’ve read, but I’ll add them as I remember.

Titles in italics are books that made me just go “wow.” Some are true classics, while others were in my life just at the right time.

Ok, the List (see footnote #6)

  1. Adams, Douglas / The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  2. Adams, Richard / Watership Down
  3. Adichie / We Should All Be Feminists
  4. Alexander, Michelle / New Jim Crow
  5. Alonso, Juan / Mittens 1
  6. Anderson, David / Design for Manufacturability and Concurrent Engineering
  7. Aslan, Reza / No god but God
  8. Austen, Jane / Emma
  9. Austen, Jane / Mansfield Park
  10. Austen, Jane / Persuasion
  11. Austen, Jane / Sense and Sensibility
  12. Austen, Jane  / Pride and Prejudice
  13. Beckett, Samuel / Waiting for Godot
  14. Berezow / Science Left Behind
  15. Black, Cara /  Murder in the Marais
  16. Bradbury, Ray / Fahrenheit 451
  17. Brontë, Charlotte / Jane Eyre
  18. Brooks, Terry / The Sword of Shannara
  19. Brooks, Terry / The Elfstones of Shannara
  20. Brooks, Terry / The Wishsong of Shannara
  21. ألف باء / كرستن بروستاد5
  22. Bruser, Madeline / The Art of Practicing
  23. Bryant, Dorothy / The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You
  24. Buck, Pearl / The Good Earth
  25. Cain, Susan / Quiet
  26. Callenbach, Ernest / Ecotopia
  27. Callenbach, Ernest / Ecotopia Emerging
  28. Camus, Albert / The Stranger
  29. Card, Orson Scott / Ender’s Game
  30. Card, Orson Scott / Ender’s Shadow
  31. Carouac, Jack / On the Road
  32. Conrad, Joseph / Heart of Darkness
  33. Cook, Christopher / Diet for a Dead Planet
  34. DeGruy, Joy / Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
  35. Devi, Phoolan / The Bandit Queen of India
  36. Diamond, Jared / Collapse
  37. Diamond, Jared / Guns, Germs and Steel
  38. Diamond, Jared / The World Until Yesterday
  39. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan / The Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1  7
  40. Domar, Alice Kelly / Be Happy Without Being Perfect
  41. Dominquez, Joe / Your Money or Your  Life
  42. Dworkin, Andrea / Intercourse
  43. Dumas, Alexandre / The Count of Monte Cristo
  44. Dunn, Katherine / Geek Love
  45. Dupont / Daily Life in Ancient Rome
  46. Ebrey, Patricia / China
  47. Elgin, Duane / Voluntary Simplicity
  48. Esposito, John / What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam
  49. Faber, Toby / Stradivari’s Genius
  50. Falcones, Ildefonso / Cathedral of the Sea
  51. Farber, Barry / How to Learn Any Language
  52. Fage, J.D. / A History of Africa
  53. Farrell, Chris / The New Frugality
  54. Feist, Raymond / A Darkness at Sethanon
  55. Feist, Raymond / Magician: Apprentice
  56. Feist, Raymond / Magician: Master
  57. Feist, Raymond / Silverthorn
  58. Ford, Kenneth / The Quantum World
  59. Fuentes / El Indio
  60. Friedman, Thomas / Hot, Flat and Crowded
  61. Gertner / The Idea Factory
  62. Gibran, Kahil / The Prophet
  63. Gilmore, Robert / Alice in Quantumland
  64. Gladwell, Malcolm / Outliers
  65. Godin, Seth / Linchpin
  66. Goldberg, Michelle / Kingdom Coming
  67. Golden, Arthur / Memoirs of a Geisha
  68. Golding, William / Lord of the Flies
  69. Groover, Mikell / Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing
  70. Hardy, Thomas / Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  71. Harris, Sam / Lying
  72. Harris, Sam / Letter to a Christian Nation
  73. Hejazi, Arash / Gaze of the Gazelle
  74. Henderson, Mark / The Geek Manifesto
  75. Herbert, Frank / Dune
  76. Hershey, Terry / The Power of Pause
  77. Hoff, Benjamin / The Tao of Pooh
  78. Hoff, Benjamin / The Te of Piglet
  79. Jessop, Carolyn / Escape
  80. Joyces, Jame / Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  81. Kafka, Franz / Metamorphosis
  82. Karnazes, Dean / Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
  83. Kerouac, Jack / On the Road
  84. Kinkead, Gwen / Chinatown: A Portrait of a Closed Society
  85. Kiyosaki, Robert / Rich Dad Poor Dad
  86. Krakauer, Jon / Into Thin Air
  87. Lowndes, Leil / How to Talk to Anyone
  88. Le Guin, Ursula / The Wizard of Earthsea
  89. Le Guin, Ursula / The Tombs of Atuan
  90. Le Guin, Ursula / The Farthest Shore
  91. Le Guin, Urusla / Tehanu
  92. Le Guin, Urusla / The Dispossessed
  93. Le Guin, Ursula / The Word for World is Forest
  94. Matyszak / Greek & Roman Myths
  95. McDonough, William and Braungart, Michael / Cradle to Cradle
  96. Mckeown, Greg / Essentialism
  97. McPherson, James / Battle Cry of Freedom
  98. Millman, Dan / The Journeys of Socrates
  99. Millman, Dan / Way of the Peaceful Warrior
  100. Miller, Donald L. / The Story of World War II
  101. Miller, William / All I Need to Know about Manufacturing I Learned in Joe’s Garage
  102. Morones, Eric / 101 Saxophone Tips
  103. Moskowitz, Isa Chandra / Veganomicon 2
  104. Muñoz, Elías / Viajes Fantásticos
  105. Musico, Inga / Cunt
  106. Nafisi, Azar / Reading Lolita in Tehran
  107. Nomani, Asra / Standing Alone in Mecca
  108. Orwell, George / Animal Farm
  109. Orwell, George / Nineteen Eighty Four
  110. Parr, Andrew / Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  111. Petroski, Henry / Pushing the Limits
  112. Petroski, Henry / The Evolution of Useful Things
  113. Pollan, Michael / In Defense of Food
  114. Pollan, Michael / The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
  115. Potts, Rolf / Vagabonding
  116. Quinn, Daniel / Ishmael
  117. Quinn, Daniel / My Ishmael
  118. Quinn, Daniel / The Story of B
  119. Raymond, Martin / Oil and Gas Production in Nontechnical Language
  120. Redfield, James / The Celestine Prophecy
  121. Reid, TR / Confucius Lives Next Door
  122. Reiner, Marc / Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
  123. Robbins, John / Diet for a New America
  124. Robbins, John / Food Revolution
  125. Robbins, John / May All Be Fed
  126. Roach, Mary / Packing for Mars
  127. Roth, Veronica / Divergent
  128. Rosen / Justinian’s Flea
  129. Rubin, Gretchen / The Happiness Project
  130. Sandberg, Sheryl / Lean In
  131. Sasson, Jean / Princess
  132. Sasson, Jean / Princess Sultana’s Daughters
  133. Sasson, Jean / Princess Sultana’s Circle
  134. Schwartz, Barry / The Paradox of Choice
  135. Shakespeare, William / Hamlet
  136. Shakespeare, William / Julius Caesar
  137. Skloot, Rebecca / The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  138. Skakoon, James / The Elements of Mechanical Design
  139. Stanley, Thomas / The Millionaire Next Door
  140. Steinbeck, John / Cannery Row
  141. Steinbeck, John / East of Eden
  142. Steinbeck, John / Grapes of Wrath
  143. Steinbeck, John / Of Mice and Men
  144. Steinbeck, John / The Moon is Down
  145. Steinbeck, John / The Pearl
  146. Steinbeck, John / The Red Pony
  147. Steinbeck, John / Tortilla Flat
  148. Stewart, George / Earth Abides
  149. Sykes, Bryan / The Seven Daughters of Eve
  150. Tatum, Beverly / Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
  151. Tolkien, J.R.R. / The Hobbit
  152. Tolkien, J.R.R. / Lord of the Rings (yes, all 3 of ’em)
  153. Thoreau, Henry David / Walden
  154. Udall, Brady / The Lonely Polygamist
  155. Watson, Peter / Ideas
  156. Weathers, Beck / Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest 3
  157. Wells, HG / The War of the Worlds
  158. Wesney, William / The Perfect Wrong Note
  159. White, Frank / Fluid Mechanics 4
  160. Wiesel, Elie / Night
  161. Williams, John / Stoner
  162. Womack, James / The Machine that Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production
  163. Wright, Emily / A Modern Cellist’s Handbook
  164. Zinn, Howard / A People’s History of the United States

 

Ahh, yes, the footnotes:

1 Don’t let the name Mittens fool you! This book of three novellas has some serious awkwardness in it.

2 Granted you can’t really read a cookbook cover to cover but there’s good stuff in here.

3 This was one of the books during the “death on Everest” phase of my literary life. I’m sure everyone has this phase. I know I’m not alone.

4 I’m not going to lie: I really did read this textbook. I skim most textbooks; but this one, I read every last page. No joke.

5 I know my alphabet! I do!!

6 I blame the variety of this list on my ever-changing, ever-roving mind.

7 To be fair, I’m well into the volume 2, but got, well, distracted.