Book List


Books I read in 2010
Books I read in 2009
Books I read in past years

Below is a list of books I’ve read or plan to read for 2011. When completed there will be an {x} next to that entry. I will also rate the books using stars.

*****=Excellent Read

****=Great Read

***=Good Read

**=Alright Read

*=I did not particularly like this book

To make the list easier to read, finished books will also be bolded. Books I’m currently reading will be italicized.

Some books will have links to full reviews on my blog.

My goal is to read 1 hour each day this year, with no particular set goal for number of books read. I never force myself to read something I don’t like, so if that happens with a book on the list it will be noted and I will have to add another one.

The list is constantly changing as the books I plan to read are hardly ever the books I end up reading. Most books I read are discovered randomly on library shelves, picked up at used book sales, given to me by friends, or offered by publicists, rather than purposefully purchased. I like to think that books find me rather than me finding the books.

1. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti

2. One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta

3. The Boys from Little Mexico by Steve Wilson

4. There’s No José Here by Gabriel Thompson

5. Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida by Victor Martinez

6. House Divided by Raul Ramos y Sanchez

7. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

8. Altar Music by Christin Lore Weber

9. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

10. Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee

11. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

12. The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin

13. Love for Lydia by H.E. Bates

14. Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth by Donna M. Gershten

15. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

16. The Republic of East L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez

17. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

18. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

19. Postcards from France by Megan McNeill Libby

20. The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong

21. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

22. Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines Griest, Stephanie Elizondo

23. The Giver by Lois Lowry

24. The Myth of Stress by Andrew Bernstein

25. Illegal by Terry Green Sterling

26. Loosing My Espanish: A Novel by H.G. Carrillo

27. Heart, You Bully, You Punk by Leah Hager Cohen

28. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

29. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa

30. How I Found America: Collected Stories of Anzia Yezierska

31. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

32. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

33. Wanting by Richard Flanagan

34. Three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

35. In Other Words by C.J. Moore

36. Dancing Girls of Lahore by Louise Brown

37. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

38. Gringa Latina: A Woman of Two Worlds by Gabriella De Ferrari

39. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

40. Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt De La Pena

41. Deliver Us from Evil: The True Story of Mexico’s Most Famous Kidnapping Sodi, Ernestina

42. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

43. The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia

44. Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes

45. Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanika

46. Exit Interviews by William D. Hendricks

47. Hula by Lisa Shea

48. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

49. May you be the mother of a hundred sons by Bumiller

50. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

51. Brownsville by Oscar Casares

52. Guernica by Dave Boling

53. Harbor by Lorraine Adams

54. Yoruba Girl Dancing by Simi Bedford

55. Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains by Rachel Calof

56. The Prince of Fenway Park by Juliana Baggott

57. Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

58. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

59. Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa

60. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

61. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

62. Water for Elephants

63. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

64. Turbulent Souls by Stephen Dubner

65. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

66. I want to buy a vowel by John Welter

67. Ant Farm by Simon Rich

68. Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

69. Dress your family in corduroy and denim by David Sedaris

70. Secret of the Bulls by Jose Bernardo

71. Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

72. Out of the Ordinary by Jon Ronson

73. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

74. What is the What by Dave Eggers

75. Making Friends with Black People by Nick Adams

76. Angry Conversations with God by Susan E. Isaacs

77. 78 reasons your book will never be published and 17 reasons it might by Pat Walsh

78. Straight Man by Richard Russo

79. Leaving Tangiers by Tahar Ben Jelloun

80. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

81. Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez

82. The men who stare at goats by Jon Ronson

83. La Mollie and the King of Tears by Arturo Islas

84. Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

85. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

86. The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez

87. Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish by Joe Mackall

88. Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

89. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

90. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

91. Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

92. Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World’s Worst Places and Asks, “What’s Funny About This” by P. J. O’Rourke

93. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

94. Pardon my Spanglish: One Man’s Guide to Speaking the Habla by Bill Santiago

95. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

96. The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

97. My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel

98. Paradise Travel: A Novel by Jorge Franco

99. The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez

100. Aura by Carlos Fuenes

101. Transportes Gonzalez E Hija, S. A. by María Amparo Escandon

102. The Salvation of La Purísima by T.M. Spooner

103. The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

104. Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories by Stella Pope Duarte

105. Fragile Night by Stella Pope Duarte

106. Let Their Spirits Dance by Stella Pope Duarte

107. If I Die in Juárez (Camino Del Sol) by Stella Pope Duarte

108. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver