If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell


Books 2014

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta

Why Culture Counts by Donna Walker Tileston and Sandra K. Darling

Owning Your Shadow by Robert A Johnson

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The Fisher King and The Handless Maiden by Robert A Johnson

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Tinkers by Paul Harding

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Books 2013

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Someone by Alice McDermott

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Real Talk for Real Teachers by Rafe Esquith

Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

Selected Stories by Eudora Welty

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

On Writing by Stephen King

Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti

Calico Joe by John Grisham

Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Lost German Slave Girl by John Bailey

The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou

The Tao of Teaching by Greta Nagel

The Holy Woman by Susan Trott

Raising the Curve by Ron Berler

The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes

Home by Toni Morrison

The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

Man Walks into a Room by Nicole Krauss

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Books 2012

The World to Come by Dara Horn

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein

A Cup of Tea by Ann Ephron

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Faith by Jennifer Haigh

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Great House by Nicole Krauss

Molak’ai by Alan Brennert

Tepper Isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stepen Chbosky

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Mozart’s Ghost by Julia Cameron

Lone Wolf by Jody Picoult

A Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate

The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Raising Cole by Marc Pittman

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Plain and Simple by Sue Bender

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Everyday Sacred by Sue Bender

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Ford County:  Stories by John Grisham

Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny by Garrison Keillor

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Something Like a Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Ten Thousand Sorrows by Elizabeth Kim

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Jake Fades by David Guy

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling


Comments on: "Books" (8)

  1. Great quote to start off this blog! Thanks for visiting my blog and for the like.

  2. i have a list like yours too but i must say you have read quite a lot for 2012! keep on reading. love the cs lewis quote.

  3. Cool, a book list. All read in 2012? Wish there was just a wee review for each! Ann Tyler is one of my favorites. The last one I read was “Back When We Were Grown-ups.”

  4. Thank you for visiting Engaging…and for ‘liking my recent post on Haiku. It has heartened me to see that this subject does have a readership. I really like your quote from Tuesday’s with Morie, and this one by Golda Meir…..Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. I’m glad there are people as thoughtful and emotionally intelligent as you influencing other teachers. Our children deserve so much more then they get for the most part. And so do most teachers. One of my dreams is to create an “engaging the senses” program in the schools. I used to participate in a poet in the schools program in New Mexico…..much Aloha to you, Sabrina

  5. An impressive reading list! You have inspired me to keep one for myself next year, I only hope it is not so short that I am embarrassed to share it. 🙂

  6. When I saw your book section I had to go check. Although it’s dangerous because my shelves tend to be breaking already ; )
    How did you like “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed? I am just reading it. I am more or less in the middle part.
    Ever heard of the Camino-de-Santiago-travel Report of the german Comedian Hape Kerkeling, “I’m off then”? My recommendation for you. 🙂
    Have a lovely day.

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