Literary Linnea

(*): Highly suggested reads

Currently Reading:

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame -Victor Hugo

Books Read Since December 2011 –

  • (1) The Two Kinds of Decay -Sarah Manguso
  • (2) Running the Books -Avi Steinberg
  • (3) The Book Thief -Markus Zusak
  • (4) Kaffir Boy -Mark Mathabane
  • (5) The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite -David A. Kessler
  • (6) The Master and Margarita -Mikhail Bulgakov (reread)

Books Read During Service (Year 2): Goal – 75 by 1 Oct 2011

  • (1) The Ugly American -William J. Lederer & Eugene Burdick
  • (2) Ines of My Soul -Isabel Allende
  • (3) O Pioneers! -Willa Cather (*)
  • (4) The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World -Lewis Hyde
  • (5) The Pillars of The Earth -Ken Follett
  • (6) The Unbearable Lightness of Being -Milan Kundera (*)
  • (7) The Assistant -Robert Walser
  • (8) Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto -Chuck Klosterman (*)
  • (9) The Land of Ulro -Czeslaw Milosz
  • (10) I Am Legend -Richard Matheson
  • (11) Never Let Me Go -Kazuo Ishiguro (*)
  • (12) The Phantom of the Opera -Gaston Leroux (*)
  • (13) Little Bee -Chris Cleave (*)
  • (14) Eating the Dinosaur -Chuck Klosterman
  • (15) Cosmopolis -Don DeLillo
  • (16) The Story of Edward Sawtelle -David Wroblewski (*)
  • (17) While I Was Gone -Sue Miller
  • (18) The Girl Who Played with Fire -Stieg Larsson
  • (19) The Count of Monte Cristo -Alexandre Dumas (*)
  • (20) Henry’s Sisters -Cathy Lamb
  • (21) The Quiet American -Graham Greene (*)
  • (22) A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian -Marina Lewycka
  • (23) A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl -Mariane Pearl (*)
  • (24) Straight Man -Richard Russo
  • (25) Me Talk Pretty One Day -David Sedaris
  • (26) This Is How -M.J. Hyland
  • (27) Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog -John Grogan
  • (28) Fargo Rock City -Chuck Klosterman
  • (29) A Week Like Any Other -Natalya Baranskaya
  • (30) The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest -Stieg Larsson
  • (31) The Hours -Michael Cunningham
  • (32) Gone With the Wind -Margaret Mitchell (*)
  • (33) The Fire Next Time -James Baldwin
  • (34) Gourmet Rhapsody -Muriel Barbery (*)
  • (35) Are You There, Vodka?  It’s Me, Chelsea -Chelsea Handler
  • (36) The Pact -Jodi Picoult
  • (37) Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed In America -Elizabeth Wurtzel (*)
  • (38) Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff -Rosemary Mahoney
  • (39) The Zookeeper’s Wife -Diane Ackerman (*)
  • (40) The Virgin Suicides -Jeffrey Eugenides
  • (41) A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail -Bill Bryson
  • (42) Into Thin Air -Jon Krakauer
  • (43) Tree of Codes -Jonathan Safran-Foer (*)
  • (44) You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas -Augusten Burroughs (*)
  • (45) The Remains of the Day -Kazuo Ishiguro
  • (46) Uncle Tom’s Cabin -Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • (47) The Shadow of the Wind -Carlos Ruiz Zafón (*)
  • (48) The Inheritance of Loss -Kiran Desai
  • (49) The Glass Castle -Jeannette Walls (*)
  • (50) Middlesex -Jeffrey Eugenides (*)
  • (51) The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol -Nikolai Gogol (*)
  • (52) Eight Months on Ghazzah Street -Hilary Mantel (*)
  • (53) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks –Rebecca Skloot (*)
  • (54) Vanity Fair -William Makepeace Thackeray
  • (55) Three Cups of Tea -Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
  • (56) A Thousand Splendid Suns -Khaled Hosseini (*)
  • (57) The Age of Innocence -Edith Wharton (*)
  • (58) Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -Amy Chua
  • (59) Suite Française –Irène Némirovsky (*)
  • (60) Half Broke Horses -Jeannette Walls
  • (61) Eating Animals -Jonathan Safran-Foer (*)

Books Read During Service (Year 1): Goal – 50 by 1 Oct 2010

  • (1) The Intuitionist -Colson Whitehead
  • (2) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers -Mary Roach
  • (3) The Secret History -Donna Tartt (*)
  • (4) Dead Souls -Nikolai Gogol
  • (5) Unaccustomed Earth -Jhumpa Lahiri
  • (6) Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa -Antjie Krog
  • (7) Omnivore’s Dilemma -Michael Pollan (*)
  • (8) Kafka on the Shore -Haruki Murakami
  • (9) Under Western Eyes -Joseph Conrad
  • (10) The Master and Margarita -Mikhail Bulgakov (*)
  • (11) Moyers on Democracy -Bill Moyers
  • (12) Away -Amy Bloom
  • (13) Cutting for Stone -Abraham Verghese (*)
  • (14) The City of Falling Angels -John Berendt
  • (15) Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus -Robert D. Kaplan
  • (16) The Sirian Experiments -Doris Lessing
  • (17) Sailing Alone Around the World -Joshua Slocum
  • (18) More Than A Skeleton -Paul L. Maier
  • (19) The Elegance of the Hedgehog -Muriel Barbery (*)
  • (20) The Palace of Dreams -Ismail Kadare (*)
  • (21) Changes in Latitude: An Uncommon Anthropology -Joana McIntyre Varawa
  • (22) Blink -Malcolm Gladwell
  • (23) The Satanic Verses -Salman Rushdie (*)
  • (24) A Man Without A Country -Kurt Vonnegut
  • (25) A Million Little Pieces -James Frey
  • (26) Coraline -Neil Gaiman
  • (27) The House of Mirth -Edith Wharton (*)
  • (28) No Country for Old Men -Cormac McCarthy
  • (29) The Lace Reader -Brunonia Barry
  • (30) The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary -Simon Winchester (*)
  • (31) This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind -Ivan Doig
  • (32) The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference -Malcolm Gladwell
  • (33) Three Bags Full -Leonie Swann
  • (34) The Audacity of Hope -Barack Obama
  • (35) The Devil and Miss Prym -Paulo Coelho
  • (36) The Persian Pickle Club -Sandra Dallas
  • (37) White Guard -Mikhail Bulgakov
  • (38) Love in the Time of Cholera -Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • (39) Bel Canto -Ann Patchett (*)
  • (40) The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier -Thad Carhart
  • (41) Glamorama -Bret Easton Ellis
  • (42) The Space Between Us -Thrity Umrigar
  • (43) The Wisdom of Crowds -James Surowiecki
  • (44) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -Stieg Larsson
  • (45) Kabul Beauty School -Deborah Rodriguez
  • (46) Zod Wallop -William Browning Spencer
  • (47) Come Be My Light -Mother Teresa
  • (48) Empire of Lies -Andrew Klavan
  • (49) A Field of Darkness -Cornelia Read
  • (50) After the Banquet -Yukio Mishima
  • (51) Lavinia -Ursula K. LeGuin

Books Read Predeparture:

  • Everything Is Illuminated -Jonathan Safran-Foer
  • 10 Moral Paradoxes -Saul Smilansky (*)
  • Les Miserables -Victor Hugo (*)
  • If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home -Tim O’Brien
  • Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana -Stephanie Elizondo Griest
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise -Ruth Reichl
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames -David Sedaris (*)
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running -Haruki Murakami
  • The Case For Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus -Lee Strobel

Books Waiting to be Read:

  • Underworld –Don DeLillo
  • Mao II -Don DeLillo
  • Notes from Underground -Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Woman in White -Wilkie Collins
  • David Copperfield -Charles Dickens
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner -James Hogg
  • Veronika Decides to Die –Paulo Coelho
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World -Haruki Murakami
  • A Gentle Madness -Nicholas A. Basbanes
  • Guns, Germs and Steel –Jared Diamond
  • Move Your Shadow -Joseph Lelyveld
  • Not Me -Michael Lavigne
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One Response to “Literary Linnea”

  1. Cari 10 September, 2010 at 09:49 #

    Stumbled upon this through your 43things. Vanity Fair (waiting to be read) is FABULOUS. Different ending from the movie. I loved it.

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