Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Grown-Up Reading

I was told recently that I need to read more "good" grown-up literature. This was from a non-murder-mystery fancier. Well, I think I've read a few...but I love my kid's, ya's, and murder mysteries. I'm never going to enjoy nonfiction...including memoir....but I'm planning to try some that have FANTASTIC reviews.

Well, here's what I've read in the non-murder-mystery "grown-up" genre since I started this blog. I'll keep it alphabetical. I love order. (And after making this list, I'm a little surprised....I thought I'd read more, to tell you the truth.)

I found some cool paintings of women reading. Gotta love the Botero!
A
Allende, Isabel - Maya's Notebook (4)
Antani, Jay - The Leaving of Things (4) I consider this ya, however...
B
Barnes, Kim - In the Kingdom of Men (3.5)
Barry, Brunonia - The Lace Reader (4.5)
............................The Map of True Places (4)
Berg, Elizabeth - The Art of Mending (3.5)
..........Tapestry of Fortunes (4)
..........Open House (4)
Binchy, Maeve - Week in Winter (5)
Bivald, Katarina - Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (3)
Blackwell, Elizabeth - In the Shadow of Lakecrest  (1)
Bohjalian, Chris - Trans-Sister Radio
Boyle, T. C. - When the Killing's Done (DNF)
Brooks, Geraldine - People of the Book (5)
..........Caleb's Crossing (3)
Brown, Eleanor - The Weird Sisters (4)
Brown, Shayla - Wicked Ties (2)
Burke, Jan - The Messenger (5)
C

Chevalier, Tracy - Girl with a Pearl Earring (3)
Christiansen, Betty - Knitting for Peace (I only include these books if I've read every word, and I did) NONFICTION
Cleave, Chris - Little Bee (4)
Cline, Ernest - Ready Player One (3.5)
Cook, Claire - Wildwater Walking Club (2.5)
D
Dallas, Sandra - Prayers for Sale (4.5)
deRosnay, Tatiana - Sarah's Key (3)
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa - The Language of Flowers (5)
E
Edwards, Kim - The Lake of Dreams (4)
Eggers, Dave - The Circle (2)
F

Farrington, Tim - The Monk Downstairs (3.5)
Flynn, Gillian - Gone Girl (3)
Fortier, Anne - The Lost Sisterhood (5)
G
Glass, Julia - The Widower's Tale (5)
..........And the Dark, Sacred Night (3)
Goldsmith, Olivia - Bad Boy (3.5/4)
Goolrick, Robert - A Reliable Wife, (4)
Green, Jane - The  Beach House (4)
Grisham, John - Skipping Christmas
Gruber, Michael -
Book of Air and Shadows (3)

H
Hale, Shannon - Austenland (2)
Harkness, Deborah -
A Discovery of Witches (All Soul's Trilogy #1) (5)

.......... - Shadow of Night (All Soul's Trilogy #2) (2.5)
Hashimi, Nadia - The Pearl That Broke Its Shell (4.5)
Hilderbrand, Elin - The Island (2)
Hoffman, Alice - 
Museum of Extraordinary Things, The (5)
.......... - Skylight Confessions (3.5)
.......... - The Third Angel (5)
.......... -
The Ice Queen (4)

.......... - Blue Diary (4)
Horn, Dara - A Guide For the Perplexed (1)
Howard, Linda - Cry No More (3) [looks like a mystery, but it's a romance]
Howe, Katherine - The House of Velvet and Glass (DNF)

.......... - Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (4)
I
J

Jackson, Joshilyn - Gods in Alabama (4.5)
.............Between, Georgia (5)
.............The Opposite of Everyone  (4.5)
.............A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty (5)
.............Girl Who Stopped Swimming, The (3.5)
James, E. L. -  Fifty Shades of Grey (3)
.............Fifty Shades Darker (2)
K
Kearsley, Susanna - The Winter Sea (DNF)
Kingsolver, Barbara -  Flight Behavior (4.5)
..........Prodigal Summer (5)
..........The Poisonwood Bible (4)
..........The Bean Trees (5)
Kline, Christina Baker
..........Orphan Train (4.5)
L
Lovett, Charlie - The Bookman's Tale - Charlie Lovett (5)
M
Mandel, Emily St. John - Station Eleven  (3)
Mapson, JoAnn - Solomon's Oak (4)
Marr, Melissa - The Arrivals (3)
Martin, Steve - Shopgirl (1)
Miller, Sue - Lakeshore Limited (1)
Moore, Mandy & Leanne Prain - Yarn Bombing (loved it-read every word!) NONFICTION
Morton, Kate -
The Forgotten Garden (5)
Mullins, Meg - The Rug Merchant

N
Netzer, Lydia - Shine Shine Shine (4)
O

O'Dell, Tawni - Sister Mine (4)
O'Farrell, Maggie - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (5)
Otsuka, Julie - The Buddha in the Attic (2)
P

Patchett, Ann - State of Wonder (5)
Patillo, Beth -
Jane Austen Ruined My Life (2)
Perotta, Tom -
The Abstinence Teacher (3.5)

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - Heroes Are My Weakness (5)
Pickard, Nancy -
The Scent of Rain and Lightning (5
)
Picoult - Picture Perfect (2)
..........Lone Wolf (3)
Proulx, Annie - The Shipping News (3.5)
QR
Quick, Matthew - The Good Luck of Right Now (3.5)
Romer, Anna - Lyrebird Hill  (4.5)
Roth, Sally - Attracting Birds to Your Backyard NONFICTION
S

Salak, Kira - The White Mary
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (5)
Shapiro, B. A. - The Art Forger (4)
Simsion, Graeme - The Rosie Project (5)
Sittenfeld, Curtis - Eligible  (4.5)
Sloan, Robin - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (4)
Smith, Deborah - Sweet Hush (4)
Spielman, Lori Nelson - The Life List (4)
Strout, Elizabeth - The Burgess Boys (3.5)

T

Thomason, Dustin - 12.21: A Novel (4.5) Not a MURDER mystery, but a mystery just the same....
Tucker, Lisa - Once Upon a Day (4)
Tyler, Anne - Digging to America (4)
U
V
W
Wallace, Michael - Crow Hollow (4) HistFict
Walls, Jeannette - The Silver Star (Liked it/3 - though I would consider it YA)
Webb, Wendy - The Tale of Halcyon Crane (It was okay/2)
Weiner, Jennifer - Good in Bed (If I remember correctly, I totally enjoyed this/4)
White, Karen - The Time Between (It was okay/2)
Wiggs, Susan - Family Tree (3 Easy reading romance...)
Wingate, Lisa - The Prayer Box (DNF, bleh...)
X
Y
Z

Zevin, Gabrielle - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (5)

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