Monday, May 23, 2011


Earlier this year, we were stunned to find out that our little branch library is going to get an expansion.  Apparently, the state of California has its eye on local municipalities' redevelopment funds, so our city's response was to tie the money up quick. So, sometime next fall, we'll be putting our books in storage and heading up to the central library for 18-24 mos.

So, I've been compiling a list on Goodreads of all the books I need to read that are only available at my library, not central.  Somehow, I don't think I can read 70-some-odd books before we close. So, take a look at this list and let me know what I absolutely must read. 

All My Edens  by Pat Welsh*
Among Others by Jo Walton
The Anthologist  by Nicholson Baker
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Autobiography of Red by Ann Carson*
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Perkin 
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
Black Juice by Margo Lanagan
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
The Bolter: Edwardian Heartbreak and High Society Scandal in Kenya by Frances Osborne
Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca
The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim
The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day
Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, A Passion by Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Dingley Falls by Michael Malone
Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote by Janet Theophano
Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood by Maria Tatar
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
Fudoki by Kij Johnson
Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
The Gendarme by Mark Mustian
God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island by Cornelia Walker Bailey
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Philips
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
Good Enough by Paula Yoo
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest by Ellen Datlow
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin*
Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale by Donna Jo Napoli
I Have Heard You Calling in the Night by Thomas Healy
I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company by Brian Hall
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
The Information Officer by Mark Mills
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain*
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms: The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever to be Rumoured About Around New York by J. P. Donleavy
Liars and Saints by Maile Meloy
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Lucy by Laurence Gonzales
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup*
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen*
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness*

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones*
Mrs. Somebody Somebody: Stories by Tracy Winn
My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel*
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice
The Peach Keeper  by Sarah Addison Allen
The Preservationist by David Maine
Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link
Purge by Sofi Oksanen
The Quickening by Michelle Hoover
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss
Reading Jesus: A Writer's Encounter with the Gospels by Mary Gordon
Roastbeef's Promise: When Your Dad's Dying Wish is to Have His Ashes Sprinkled in Each State, What's a Son to Do?  by David Jerome
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger*
Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward
Still Water Saints by Alex Espinoza
The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley
The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko
The View from the Seventh Layer by Kevin Brockmeier
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill
The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies*
What This River Keeps by Greg Schwipps
When Wanderers Cease to Roam:  A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put by Vivian Swift
The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass
You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

*Currently checked out, sitting in a pile at home.


  1. One vote for Autobiography of Red!

    I've never heard of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, but I want you to read it based on the title.

    And I haven't read The Stone Gods by Jeannette Winterson, but I loved both Sexing the Cherry and The Passion, so I'd be stoked to read a review by you of that one.

    This post is making me consider switching my books-to-keep-track-of method from Amazon Wishlist to Goodreads, so I can use your to-read list as a reference. It looks like there are a lot of goodies on here.

  2. Okay. Taking Autobiography of Red, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and The Stone Gods away with me for the holiday weekend.

    You totally need a GoodReads account--I LOVE keeping track of my books on there and seeing what other people are reading. AK in the X-Dept. posts all her books there, too, and she's read more than I'll read in 50 years.