Books have always been my escape; as a kid, I had horrible nightmares, so I’d spend those midnight hours with my little nightlight on, reading books that’d take me away to all manner of wonderful worlds. I grew up with my nose in books, and nothing’s changed; I still read, every single day, and nothing makes me happier than escaping up to my book nook on my grandpa couch with the read of the day…


I’ve read a LOT of books, and instead of joining up to something like Good Reads, I thought I’d list them here (more for my benefit and memory than anything!); some books I’ve written blog posts on, others I haven’t (yet), but here’s my reading list – no doubt it’ll keep growing at a crazy rate 🙂 As you can see, I love to read just about anything and everything (except crappy romance novels), so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!!!


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– ADAMS, Jessica (edited by): The Holiday Goddess (travel guide / fashion & style)
– ADAMS WINTERS, Vincent: Around The World Without Counting The Pennies (travel)
– ALGREN, Nelson: Chicago: City on the Make (literature / essays)
– ALGREN, Nelson: Who Lost An American? (travel / essays)
– ALIGHIERI, Dante: Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) (philosophy / poetry)
– ANGELOU, Maya: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (biography / memoir)
– ANNEAR, Robyn: Bearbrass (Melbourne history)
– ARCHER, Jeffrey: Cat O’Nine Tales (fiction / short stories)
– ARCHER, Jeffrey: False Impression (fiction / thriller)
– BALDACCI, David: all of the books! I’ve read most of his books – far too many to list! (fiction / crime)
– BAUM, Dan: Nine Lives (biography / history of New Orleans)
– BECKETT, Samuel: Waiting for Godot (play script)
– BEDFORD-JONES, H: The Mardi Gras Mystery (crime / mystery)
– BELFRAGE, Cedric: Away From It All: An Escapologist’s Notebook
 (fiction / travel)
– BENNETT, Arnold: How To Live On 24 Hours A Day (philosophy / life lessons)
– BOURDAIN, Anthony: A Cook’s Tour (biography / food / travel)
– BOURDAIN, Anthony: Kitchen Confidential (memoirs / food)
– BRATHEN, Rachel: Yoga Girl (memoirs / health)
– BRODER, Melissa: So Sad Today (memoirs / essays)
– BROOK, Stephen: New York Days, New York Nights (travel)
– BROWN, Dan: all of the books, so I won’t list them all individually (fiction / adventure)
– CAIN, Susan: QUIET: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking (psychology)
– CAPOTE, Truman: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (fiction / classics)
– CAPOTE, Truman: In Cold Blood (classics / crime)
– CAREY, M.R.: The Girl With All The Gifts (fiction / dystopian fiction)
– CARROLL, Lewis: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (fiction / classics)
– CHAMBERS, Robert W.: The King in Yellow (classics / horror)
– CHBOSKY, Stephen: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (fiction)
– CHOI, Roy: L.A. Son (memoirs / cookbook)
– CHRISTIE, Agatha: 4.50 From Paddington (fiction / crime)
– CHRISTIE, Agatha: Murder in Mesopotamia (fiction / crime)
– CHRISTIE, Agatha: The Seven Dials Mystery (fiction / crime)
– CHUTKAN, Robynne: The Microbiome Solution (health)
– COELHO, Paulo: The Alchemist (fiction / philosophy)
– COLLINS, Suzanne: The Hunger Games series (fiction / adventure)
– CRICHTON, Michael: Travels (memoir / travel)
– CRONIN, Justin: The City of Mirrors (fiction / fantasy)
– CRONIN, Justin: The Passage (fiction / fantasy)
– CRONIN, Justin: The Twelve (fiction / fantasy)
– DANIELS, Mark: World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks (history / mythology)
– DAVIAU, Donald G. (edited by): Vienna: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (travel)
– DE BOTTON, Alain: The Art of Travel (philosophy / travel)
– DIDION, Joan: The Year of Magical Thinking (memoir)
– DIDION, Joan: Where I Was From (memoir)
– DUNHAM, Lena: Not That Kind Of Girl (memoirs)
– EAVES, Elisabeth: Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents (biography / travel)
– ELBOROUGH, Travis & RENNISON, Nick: A Traveller’s Year (travel writing)
– ELLROY, James: L.A. Confidential (fiction / crime)
– ENDERS, Giulia: GUT (health / science)
– ESROCK, Robin: The Great Global Bucket List (travel)
– FARADAY, L. Winifred: The Edda, Volume 1 – The Divine Mythology of the North (mythology)
– FARADAY, L. Winifred: The Edda, Volume 2- The Heroic Mythology of the North (mythology)
– FAULKNER, William: As I Lay Dying (fiction)
– FICK, Emma: Snippets of New Orleans (illustrated guide / memoir)
– FITZGERALD, F Scott: The Great Gatsby (fiction / classics)
– FLOWERS, Stephen, E: Icelandic Magic (spirituality / magic)
– FLYNN, Gillian: Gone Girl (fiction / thriller / crime)
– FLYNN, Gillian: Sharp Objects (fiction / thriller / crime)
– GALBRAITH, Robert: Career of Evil (fiction / crime)
– GALBRAITH, Robert: Lethal White (fiction / crime)
– GALBRAITH, Robert: The Cuckoo’s Calling (fiction / crime)
– GALBRAITH, Robert: The Silkworm (fiction / crime)edda
– GATES, Moses: Hidden Cities (travel / memoir)
– GERRITSEN, Tess: Playing With Fire (thriller / historical fiction)
– GILBERT, Elizabeth: Big Magic (Personal development)
– GREENE, Graham: The Quiet American (fiction / travel)
– GUERBER, H.A.: Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas & Sagas (folklore / mythology)
– HAIG, Matt: Notes On A Nervous Planet (self-help / mental illness)
– HAIG, Matt: Reasons To Stay Alive (self-help / memoirs / mental illness)
– HAWKINS, Paula: Into The Water (fiction / thriller / crime)
– HAWKINS, Paula: The Girl On The Train (fiction / thriller / crime)
– HAYES, Bill: Insomniac City (memoir)
– HEALY, Emma: Elizabeth Is Missing (fiction / crime / mystery)
– HEMINGWAY, Ernest: The Old Man & The Sea (fiction / classics)
– HIGGINS, George V: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (fiction / crime)
– HOMER: The Odyssey (classics)
– HUDSON, Karen, L: Chick Ink (tattooing / anthology)
– HUGO, Victor: Les Miserables (fiction / classics)
– HUFFINGTON, Arianna: The Sleep Revolution (health / science)
– IWASAKI, Mineko: Geisha, A Life (memoir)
– JAMES, Bill: Top Deck Daze (memoirs / travel)
– JAMES, Marlon: A Brief History of Seven Killings (fiction / historical fiction)
– JOY, Lisa: Yes, Chef! (fiction / food / comedy)
– JOYCE, James: Dubliners (classics / short stories)
– KAFKA, Franz: Metamorphosis (classics)
– KAFKA, Franz: The Trial (classics)
– KARNOW, Stanley: Vietnam, A History (history)
– KEROUAC, Jack: Desolation Angels (fiction / memoir)
– KEROUAC, Jack: On The Road (fiction / travel)
– KEROUAC Jack: The Dharma Bums (fiction / travel)
– KIERAN, Dan: The Idle Traveller – The Art of Slow Travel (travel)
– KOCH, Herman: The Dinner (fiction / crime)
– KORBL, Frank: Born To Travel (memoirs / travel)
– KRANSO, Jeff: Wanderlust: a Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self (health / spirituality)
– KRASNOSTEIN, Sarah: The Trauma Cleaner (biography)
– KUNDERA, Milan: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (fiction)
– LACOSTE, Mary: Death Embraced: New Orleans Tombs & Burial Customs (death / customs)
– LAND, Ali: Good Me, Bad Me (crime / thriller)
– LARSON, Erik: The Devil in the White City (history)
– LARSSON, Steig: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy (fiction / crime)
– LEE, Harper: To Kill A Mockingbird (fiction / classics)
– LONDON, Jack: The Call of the Wild (classics / adventure)
– LÜTZOW, Count Francis: The Story of Prague (history)
– MARSDEN, James: Tomorrow When The War Began series (fiction / adventure)
– MARTIN, George, R.R.: A Game of Thrones series (fiction / adventure / fantasy)
– MATTHIESSEN, Peter: The Snow Leopard (memoirs / travel)
– MENZEL, Peter & D’ALUISIO, Faith: Hungry Planet: What The World Eats (food / culture / people)
– MENZEL, Peter & D’ALUISIO, Faith: What I Eat: Around The World in 80 Diets (food / culture / people)
– MIRANDA, Megan: The Perfect Stranger (fiction / crime)
– MORRIS, Jan: Journeys (travel)
– MURPHY, Michael & ASHER, Sally: 111 Places in New Orleans That You Must Not Miss (city guide)
– NESBO, Jo: The Bat (fiction / crime)
– NEVIUS, Michelle & James: Inside The Apple (history / New York City guide)
– NINH, Bao: The Sorrow of War (military fiction / Vietnam war)
– OKAKURA, Kakuzo: The Book of Tea (classics)
– ORWELL, George: 1989 (fiction / classics)
– ORWELL, George: Animal Farm (fiction / classics)
– PAMUK, Orhan: The Museum of Innocence (historical fiction)
– PARLETTE, Ralph: The University of Hard Knocks (philosophy / life lessons)
– PATTERSON, James: Alex Cross series – not all of them yet, but there are too many in their series to list them all! (fiction / crime)
– PAUSCH, Randy: The Last Lecture (memoirs / life lessons)
– PIERCE, Wendell: The Wind In The Reeds (memoirs / African American history)
– POTTS, Rolf: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (travel / tips & advice)
– REILLY, Matthew: all of the books, so I won’t list them all individually (fiction / adventure)
– RICE, Evan S.: The Wayfarer’s Handbook (travel)
– RIGGS, Ransom: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children trilogy (YA / adventure / horror)
– ROAHEN, Sara: Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table (food / travel / New Orleans)
– ROUSEY, Ronda: My Fight / Your Fight (biography / life lessons)
– ROWLING, J.K.: The Harry Potter series (fiction / fantasy)
– ROWLING, J.K.: The Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (fiction / fantasy)
– SACKS, Oliver: Gratitude (essays / memoir)
– SALINGER, J.D.: The Catcher In The Rye (fiction / classics)
– SANTLOFER, Jonathan (edited by): Inherit The Dead (fiction / crime)
– SCHOPENHAUER, Arthur: The Art of Literature (writing skills)
– SITWELL, William: A History of Food in 100 Recipes (food / history)
– SHAKUR, Sanyika (AKA Kody Scott): MONSTER: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member (autobiography)
– SHELLEY, Mary: Frankenstein (fiction / classics / horror)
– SIMPSON, Jacqueline: Icelandic Folktales & Legends (fairytales)
– SLAUGHTER, Karin: Pretty Girls (thriller)
– SLAUGHTER, Karin: Triptych (thriller)
– STOKER, Bram: Dracula (fiction / classics / horror)
– STOKER, Dacre: Dracula: The Un-Dead (fiction / horror)
– TERZANI, Tiziano: A Fortune-Teller Told Me (spirituality / travel)
– THEROUX, Paul: Sunrise With Seamonsters (travel/essays)
– THEROUX, Paul: The Great Railway Bazaar (travel)
– THEROUX, Paul: The Tao of Travel (travel / anthology)
– THOREAU, Henry David: Walden (literary biography / classics)
– Ticasuk (Emily Ivanoff Brown): The Roots of Ticasuk: An Eskimo Woman’s Family Story (memoir)
– TOOLE, John Kennedy: A Confederacy of Dunces (fiction)
– TWAIN, Mark: The Innocents Abroad (travel / memoir)
– VERNE, Jules: Abandoned (fiction / adventure)
– VERNE, Jules: Around The World In Eighty Days (fiction / adventure)
– VERNE, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (fiction / adventure)
– VONNEGUT, Kurt: Slaughterhouse 5 (fiction / classics)
– WAGGONER, Ben (translated by): The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok (mythology)
– WAGNEROVÁ, Magdalena: Old Prague Legends (folklore)
– WHITE, Ralph K.: Nobody Wanted War (history / war / psychology)
– WIESEL, Elie: Night (memoirs / Holocaust)
– WILDE, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray (fiction / classics)
– WILSON, Sarah: Simplicious (cookbook / health)
– WRIGHT, Robert: Why Buddhism Is True (spirituality / philosophy / science)
– YEN MAH, Adeline: Chinese Cinderella (memoirs / Chinese history)
– ZAMPERINI, Louis: Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In (memoirs / life lessons)
– ZINSSER, William: On Writing Well (writing skills)


3 thoughts on “Books

  1. I read everyday, too. Books are among my favorite things. As a matter of fact when I finished my first marathon, I treated myself to a signed first edition of my favorite book – Alice Walker’s The Third Life of Grange Copeland. I read it every summer.

    • What a gorgeous idea Barbara, that’s such a wonderful reward, and I’m sure means even more to you knowing how hard you worked to earn it 🙂 thanks for stopping by, and for giving me another book to add to my “to read” list!

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