December 29, 2014

52 Books

See 52 Books (2012) for an explanation. 52 Books (2013) is here.
Bellman & Black • Diane Setterfield
The Goldfinch • Donna Tartt
Eat, Pray, Love • Elizabeth Gilbert
I Lock My Door upon Myself • Joyce Carol Oates
The Hunger Games • Suzanne Collins
Composing a Life • Mary Catherine Bateson
Catching Fire • Suzanne Collins
What Now? • Ann Patchett
The Birth of Venus • Sarah Dunant
Butcher's Crossing • John Williams
The Importance of Being Seven • Alexander McCall Smith
Flesh and Blood • Michael Cunningham
Anansi Boys • Neil Gaiman
Music for Torching • A.M. Homes
The History of Love • Nicole Krauss
A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman • Joan Anderson
True Evil • Greg Iles
Spending • Mary Gordon
Diary • Chuck Palahniuk
The Best American Short Stories 2005 • Michael Chabon, editor
The Madonnas of Leningrad • Debra Dean
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage • Elizabeth Gilbert
The Careful Use of Compliments • Alexander McCall Smith
Still Life with Breadcrumbs • Anna Quindlen
A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning & Life • Nancy Peacock
Knit Two • Kate Jacobs
American Gods • Neil Gaiman
The Bell Jar • Sylvia Plath
This I s the Story of a Happy Marriage • Ann Patchett
Until I Find You • John Irving
Beautiful Ruins • Jess Walter
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? • Jeannette Winterson
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking • Susan Cain
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit • Jeannette Winterson
The Name of the Wind • Patrick Rothfuss
Sweet Land Stories • E.L. Doctorow
Oryx and Crake • Margaret Atwood
A Window Across the River • Brian Morton
The Year of the Flood • Margaret Atwood
Madd Addam • Margaret Atwood
Birds in Fall • Brad Kessler
The People of the Book • Geraldine Brooks
Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman • Nuala O'Faolain
Cloud Atlas • David Mitchell
The Winter People • Jennifer McMahon
A Certain Slant of Light • Cynthia Thayer
The Crane Wife • Patrick Ness
Happier at Home • Gretchen Rubin
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves • Karen Joy Fowler
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail • Cheryl Strayed
A Game of Thrones • George R.R. Martin
A Study in Scarlet • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Memoirs of a Geisha • Arthur Golden
Year of Wonders • Geraldine Brooks
Florence Gordon • Brian Morton
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Guns, Votes, Debt, and Delusion in Redneck America • Joe Bageant
Stardust • Neil Gaiman
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail • Bill Bryson
The Sign of Four • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday • Alexander McCall Smith
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion • Elizabeth L. Cline
It's Fine by Me • Per Petterson
The Magician's Assistant • Ann Patchett
A Friend of the Earth • T.C. Boye

Happy New Year, friends! See in back here in early January.


  1. What a brilliant idea. And an inspiring list! I'm going to join you with creating my own list of 52 Books this coming year. How fun it will be to share with each other a year from now. Happy New Year, Laurie.

    1. Happy New(ish) Year, Xan. I look forward to your list. My friend who inspired this particular list making says he's going to do it again in 2015, too.