Ye Olde Reading Liste

– very late that night –

(Panting) OK. OK. I think I finally got it. I’ll still have to update it manually, but I managed to get pretty dang close to the shiny Goodreads montage without the help of widgets. Check out my new Reading List page here!


– 1.5 hours later –

So I thought I could just add a cheeky Goodreads widget and have this beautiful, automatically updating montage of books read and books to read on my Reading List page, but ahahahaha, oh-hoho I was wrong. WordPress does not support the necessary javascript, and even with the simplest widget Goodreads offers, WordPress displays it wrong.

SO my friends, it appears I’ll be getting creative. Stay tuned.


As my TBR list sprawls wildly out of control– hard to read, nearing 200 items, and hopelessly behind on both additions and books I’ve actually finished– I have decided to move from a written list to a system that will be easier to process and less work to maintain.

But before I do, I thought I would post the old list here as a sort of memento of times past, and also a celebration of the progress I’ve made in my efforts to read more since starting this blog. As many items as there are remaining, there are quite a few crossed off, too. And who doesn’t enjoy the satisfaction of items crossed off a list?

While living in Japan, where I had very slim access to books in English, I started a reading list. Containing novels, nonfiction, plays, speeches, classics, books for teens, children, and adults, the list quickly ran wild. It continues to grow, taking over cities, genres, and age groups and plotting world domination faster than I can pare it down. Keep an eye out for additions– if we aren’t careful, they just might block out the sun.

Julie’s Assorted To-Read List, in no particular order:

  1. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (9/4/2013)
  2. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  3. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (5/27/2012)
  4. Food Rules by Michael Pollan (7/15/2013)
  5. And The Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman
  6. The Illiad by Homer (1/22/2012)
  7. The Odyssey by Homer (3/14/2014)
  8. The Aeneid by Virgil
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1/22/2014)
  10. Infero by Dante Alighieri
  11. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (9/27/2011)
  12. Paradise Lost by John Milton (11/18/2011)
  13. How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith
  14. Never Let You Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (8/4/2011)
  15. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (4/29/2012)
  16. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
  17. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez (9/17/2013)
  18. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (4/2011)
  19. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  20. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (3/21/2013)
  21. Public Enemies by Bernard Henri Levi
  22. Greek & Roman Myths
  23. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
  24. Dubliners by James Joyce (11/3/2011)
  25. Ulyssess by James Joyce
  26. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1/12/2014)
  27. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (9/14/2011)
  28. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1/14/2013)
  29. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (10/10/2013)
  30. The Prince by Machiavelli (1/10/2014)
  31. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  32. House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  33. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (2/11/2012)
  34. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (6/30/2013)
  35. A Strategy of Peace (commencement speech) by JFK (1/20/2014)
  36. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (5/28/2013)
  37. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  38. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (10/6/2011)
  39. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (10/12/2012)
  40. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (9/10/2012)
  41. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (5/22/2013)
  42. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  43. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (3/24/2012)
  44. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12/3/2011)
  45. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (1/6/2013)
  46. The Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu
  47. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (12/11/2011)
  48. Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy (2/22/2012)
  49. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  50. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (6/7/2012)
  51. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (2/14/2014)
  52. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  53. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  54. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  55. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (9/25/2013)
  56. A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust
  57. The Fate of the Species by Fred Guterl* (research for my WIP!) (1/20/2013)
  58. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (5/25/2014)
  59. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassaunt
  60. On Writing by Stephen King (9/16/2012)
  61. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (2/10/2014)
  62. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  63. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  64. John Dies at the End by David Wong (11/1/2013)
  65. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
  66. The Cider House Rules by John Irving (3/3/2013)
  67. Martin Eden by Jack London
  68. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  69. Germinal by Émile Zola
  70. Jumper by Steven Gould (4/7/2013)
  71. Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi
  72. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (10/2/2013)
  73. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  74. Legend by Marie Lu (2/16/2014)
  75. The Beach by Alex Garland
  76. Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
  77. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  78. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (7/18/2013)
  79. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  80. The Giver by Lois Lowry (3/3/2014)
  81. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (3/18/2014)
  82. Tenth of December by George Sanders (7/4/2013)
  83. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (8/23/2013)
  84. 11/22/63 by Stephen King (8/8/2013)
  85. Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (8/22/2013)
  86. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  87. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
  88. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  89. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  90. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (10/15/2014)
  91. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  92. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  93. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (1/31/2014)
  94. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (11/12/2013)
  95. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (1/4/2014)
  96. If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino (11/27/2013)
  97. Vicious by V.E. Schwab (12/6/2013)
  98. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (3/1/2014)
  99. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (11/13/2014)
  100. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (12/23/2013)
  101. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  102. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (5/25/2014)
  103. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  104. Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann (12/16/2013)
  105. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  106. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  107. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (7/26/2014)
  108. Looking for Alaska by John Green (9/6/2014)
  109. Divergent by Veronica Roth (2/24/2014)
  110. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  111. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (1/21/2014)
  112. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  113. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  114. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  115. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  116. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  117. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  118. Prodigy by Marie Lu (#2 in the Legend series)
  119. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (#2 in the Divergent series)
  120. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  121. The Cavendish Home for Girls and Boys by Claire Legrand (3/21/2014)
  122. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier (4/3/2014)
  123. The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna
  124. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (3/28/2014)
  125. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (4/14/2014)
  126. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (7/28/2014)
  127. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  128. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  129. Wool by Hugh Howey (4/25/2014)
  130. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (5/6/2014)
  131. After by Kristin Harmel (5/1/2014)
  132. 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (5/2/2014)
  133. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  134. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (9/9/2014)
  135. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  136. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  137. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (5/15/2014)
  138. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  139. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  140. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (5/31/2014)
  141. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  142. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (6/8/2014)
  143. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  144. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (6/14/2014)
  145. Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull (6/26/2014)
  146. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (7/7/2014)
  147. The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
  148. Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
  149. The Shining by Stephen King
  150. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  151. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (11/28/2014)
  152. The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
  153. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (10/12/2014)
  154. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  155. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (12/8/2014)
  156. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  157. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (8/13/2014)
  158. I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
  159. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
  160. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (8/31/2014)
  161. 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (9/17/2014)
  162. The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Dougas (10/19/2014)
  163. The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson
  164. Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder (8/21/2014)
  165. Paper Towns by John Green
  166. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  167. Last Train to Babylon by Charlee Fam
  168. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  169. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  170. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (10/23/2014)
  171. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  172. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  173. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

6 thoughts on “Ye Olde Reading Liste

  1. I don’t see any of mine there, but I only skimmed through…;-) That is a lot of reading Julie. I know writers maintain that their own writing benefits from reading other (good) writers. Do you consciously try to observe technique whilst you’re reading?

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