Reading List

I’m trying to compile all the books I’ve ever read – I only started keeping track a couple years ago, but I’ve been very diligent since then. There’s a ton of pre-2009 stuff missing, of course, but I will continue adding to it as I remember.

Many of these books are good, but if they are bolded, that means I would recommend them for some reason or another before the others. Recommendations ALWAYS appreciated.

2011 (updated 11/27)

1. Borderline Personalities: A new generation of Latinas dish on sex, sass and cultural shifting – edited by Robyn Moreno and Michelle Herrera Mulligan
2. Harry Potter y la Piedra Philosofical – J.K. Rowling
3. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
4. Female Chauvanist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture – Ariel Levy
5. Harry Potter y la Camara Secreta – J.K. Rowling
6. So That You Know: Aspirations and Stories by Women of Chiapas – Melel Xojobal
7. Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America – Barbara Ehrenreich
8. Rules for Radicals – Saul Alinsky
9. Where Clouds are Formed – Ofelia Zepeda
10. Harry Potter y el Prisionero de Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
12. The Perfect Scoop – David Leibowitz
13. Why I Write – George Orwell
14. They Take Our Jobs! And Other Myths About Immigration – Aviva Chomsky
15. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale – Art Spiegelman
16. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! – Richard Feynman
17. Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell
18. Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland – W.B. Yeats

19. Into the Beautiful North – Luis Alberto Urrea
20. I, Rigoberta Menchu – Rigoberta Menchu
21. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
22. Love in Action: Writings on Non-Violent Social Change – Thich Nhat Hanh
23. The Sun, My Heart – Thich Nhat Hanh
24. The Places That Scare You – Pema Chodron
25. Como Agua Para Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
26. The Awakening – Kate Chopin

27. Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Freire
28. Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism, and Radical History
29. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
30. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard
31. Turning the Tide: US Intervention in Central America – Noam Chomsky
32. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
33. Noam Chomsky on Anarchism
34. On the Damned Human Race – Mark Twain
35. Ashes of Izalco – Alegria y Flakoll
36. Sula – Toni Morrisson
37. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
38. Postcards – Annie Proulx
39. Whistling – Myra Goldberg

Currently Reading:

A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
Cuentos de Barro – Salarrué
Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
The Four Million – O. Henry
Grimm´s Fairy Tales
The Collected Public Domain Works of H.P. Lovecraft
Notes on the Underground – Dostoyevsky


1. The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss – Claire Nouvian
2. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga – Colonial Africa/Feminism/Bicultural inner struggles
3. Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the city’s most unwanted inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
4. Dead in their Tracks: Crossing America’s Desert Borderlands in the New Era: Mark Annerino
5. What is the What by Dave Eggers – Sudanese refugees
6. Under the Bridge: Stories from the Border by Rosario San Miguel
7. Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut
8. Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbot Abbot
9. As the World Burns: Fifty Things you Can Do To Stay in Denial – Graphic novel/ecocide

10. Better OFF: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende – Amish living
11. the art of racing in the rain by garth stein
12. Say You’re One of Them Uwem Akpan – Short stories with children protagonists set in Africa
13. Beyond the Rice Paddies by Linda West – Vietnam war memoir
14. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig – “philosophy.” I greatly disliked this book.
15. A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhov – Kommunist Russia memoir
16. O Pioneers by Willa Cather – Swedish immigrants on an American homestead. I love Willa Cather.
17. An Autobiography, or The Story of my Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Ghandi –
18. You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train – Howard Zinn –
Zinn’s autobiography. Quick and good.
19. Naturalist – E.O. Wilson – This book was a memoir and talked a lot about ants and academia. It was interesting.
20. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us – Kate Bornstein
21. Banker to the Poor – Muhammed Yunus – The beginning of the microfinance industry by the winner of the nobel peace prize
22. The Motorcycle Diaries – Ernesto “Che” Guevara – Didn’t have Gael Garcia Bernal, but there was a tone in the book which could not be reached in the movie.
23. The Complete Humorous Sketches of Mark Twain – Hilarious. A good mid-year break from all the serious stuff I had been reading, but not complete fluff, either.
24. Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman
25. Jazz – Toni Morrison – The same usual themes Toni Morrison has, in the same AMAZINGLY WRITTEN way
26. The Master and Margarita – Bulgakov – Can’t really explain what this is about, but it’s worth it.
27. The Death of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave – Stay away from Nick Cave’s books. Stick to his music.
28. One Hundred Demons – Lynda Barry
29. johnny got his gun – dalton trumbo
30. i am america and so can you – stephen colbert
31. the bluest eye – toni morrison
32. song of solomon – toni morrison

33. watershed: the undamming of america – elizabeth grossman – literally about dams. Sounds boring, actually very interesting.
34. Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya
35. A Mercy – Toni Morrison – wasn’t as much of a fan as the rest.
36. High Tide in Tucson – Barbara Kingsolver – great essays. Better to read if you live in Tucson, but I’m sure they’re enjoyable otherwise.
37. Love – Toni Morrison
38. Secrets, Lies and Democracy – Noam Chomsky
39. On Democratic Education – Howard Zinn
40. Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey – Abbey’s time in Utah. GREAT BOOK.
41. dry – augusten borroughs – alcoholism
42. Deschooling Society – Ivan Illich – getting rid of institutions in society
43. y: the last man – brian k. vaughan and pia guerra – apocalyptic graphic novel in which all the men except one die of a mysterious disease. The end sucks, but the other 59 issues are worth it.
44. a power governments cannot suppress – howard zinn – essays on various movements in American history
45. teaching to transgress: teaching as a practice of freedom – bell hooks – pedagogy/teaching/social justice
46. a sand county almanac – aldo leopold – nature essays
47. Residence on Earth – Pablo Neruda – poetry. I don’t like Pablo Neruda as much as I thought I did.
48. footnotes on gaza – joe sacco – graphic novel set in Gaza.
49. kiss of the spider woman – manuel puig – two people meet in an Argentine prison
50. player piano – kurt vonnegut – deindustrialization/revolution/satire
51. how the garcia girls lost their accent – Julia Alvarez – four sisters move from the Dominican Republic to the US
52. Chomsky on Miseducation – edited by Daniel Macedo
53. The Tortilla Curtain – T. Coraghessan Boyle – takes place in “so cal,” tells the story of an immigrant and a wealthy nature writer whose lives cross paths


1. running with scissors – Augusten Burroughs
2. mountains beyond mountains – Tracy Kidder
3. mother tongue
4. pigs in heaven – barbara kingsolver
5. the bean trees – barbara Kingsolver
6. pure sunshine
7. To Have and Have Not – Hemingway
8. The Good Earth – Pearl Buck
9. across the wire – Louis Alberto Urrea
10. crossing over: one woman’s exodus from amish life
11. the winter of our discontent – John Steinbeck
12. the devil’s highway – Louis Alberto Urrea
13. setting free the bears – John Irving
14. the giver – Lois Lowry
15. deadeye dick – Kurt Vonnegut
16. bagambo snuff box – Kurt Vonnegut
17. the graveyard book – Neil Gaiman
18. travels with charley in search of america – John Steinbeck
19. flowers for algernon – Keyes
20. brief wondrous life of oscar wao – Junot Diaz
21. tortilla flat – john Steinbeck
22. the red pony – john Steinbeck
23. cannery row – john Steinbeck
24. of mice and men – john Steinbeck

25. east of eden – john Steinbeck
26. sirens of titan – Kurt Vonnegut

27. i know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelou
28. animals make us human – Temple Grandin
29-32. Twilight series – Stephanie Meyer
33. fear and loathing in las vegas – hunter s. Thompson
34. on writing – Stephen King
35. in the miso soup
36. emergence – temple grandin
37. underground – murakami
38. do androids dream of electric sheep – phillip k. dick
39. anthropologist on mars – Oliver Sacks
40. man who mistook his wife for a hat – Oliver sacks
41. A Place of their Own – VanCleave
42. Let the Right One In – Lindqvist
43. Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories – Kanafani
44. The Shipping News – Annie Proulx


persepolis 1 – marjane satrapi
persepolis 2 – marjane satrapi

three cups of tea – greg mortenson
bonfire of the vanities – wolfe
wild sheep chase – murakami
Norwegian wood  – murakami
dance dance dance – murakami
sputnik sweetheart – murakami
kafka on the shore –  murakami

after dark – murakami
native son – wright
the elephant vanishes – murakami
my antonia – willa cather
blind willow sleeping woman – murakami
ishmael  – daniel quinn
100 years of solitude – gabriel garcia marquez
the perks of being a wallflower
leaving microsoft to change the world
mother night – kurt vonnegut

cat’s cradle – kurt vonnegut
god bless you, mr. rosewater – kurt vonnegut 
slaughter-house five – kurt vonnegut
breakfast of champions – kurt vonnegut

galapagos – kurt vonnegut
hocus pocus  – kurt vonnegut
god bless you, dr. kevorkian – kurt vonnegut
mary – vladimir nabokov
laughter in the dark – vladimir nabokov
despair – vladimir nabokov
lolita – vladimir nabokov
south of the border, west of the sun – murakami
on the road – jack kerouac
a prayer for owen meany – john irving
things fall apart – chinua achebe
romeo and juliet – shakes
julius ceasar – shakes
hamlet – shakes
cry the beloved country – alan paton 
beloved – toni morrison
their eyes were watching god – zora neale hurston
the odyssey – homer
les miserables – victor hugo
christie malry’s own double entry
catcher in the rye – jd salinger
house on mango street
ender’s game – orson scott card
ender’s shadow – orson scott card
1984 – george orwell
animal farm – george orwell
harry potter series – j.k. rowling
series of unfortunate events  – lemony snicket
to kill a mockingbird – harper lee
his dark materials series – phillip pullman
time traveller’s wife – audrey niffenegger
virgin suicides – jeffrey euginedes
great gatsby – f. scott fitzgerald
anna karenina – leo tolstoy
a farewell to arms – ernest hemingway
grapes of wrath – john steinbeck
brideshead revisted – evelyn waugh

crime and punishment – fyodor dostoyevsky
alice’s adventures in wonderland – lewis carrol
dante’s inferno – dante alighieri
the lion, the witch, and wardrobe – c.s. lewis
kite runner – khaled hosseini
lord of the flies – william golding
life of pi – yann martel
curious incident of the dog in the nighttime
lovely bones – alice sebold
bridget jones’ diary
a wrinkle in time
a little princess – frances hodgeson burnett
the bell jar – sylvia plath
into the candlelit room
the little prince – antoine de st. exupery
picture of dorian grey – oscar wilde
the poisonwood bible  – barbara kingsolver
the amazing maurice and his educated rodents – terry pratchett

the world according to garp – john irving
coraline – neil gaiman
good omens  – neil gaiman
the wolves in the walls – neil gaiman
snow, glass, apples
matilda – roald dahl
charlie and the chocolate factory – roald dahl
who’s afraid of virginia woolf – edward albee
the goat, or, who is sylvia? – edward albee
true confessions of charlotte doyle – avi
the american dream – edward albee
hatchet – gary paulsen
number the stars – lois lowry
the devil’s arithmetic – jane yolen
the monstrous regiment – terry pratchett
my girl
the end of the affair – graham greene
the glamour
sarah, plain and tall
my brother sam is dead
holes – louis sachar
maniac magee
roll of thunder, hear my cry
island of the blue dolphins
mrs frisby and the rats of NIMH
charlotte’s web – e.b. white
trumpet of the swan – e.b. white


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