Below is a list of the books I have read. It will take a while to put up all of them, so I start with those I have just finished and will then sporadically put up others. This is really for myself, but if you want to give suggestions or talk about a book, go ahead.


Right now I’m reading The Americans by Daniel Boorstin

The Black Violin by Maxence Fermine (dreams are only finished by being broken)

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini (enslaving someone is cruel and evil … if they’re white)

Pandora’s Star by Peter Hamilton (if you’re worthy, you will do well; part 1)

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey (playing music for the dead?)

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (my belief is different than theirs with magic)

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta (my belief is different than theirs)

The Jungle Lover by Paul Theroux (insurance for those who don’t need it)

Galahad at Blandings, Hot Water, How Right You Are, Bertie Wooster Sees It Through–all by PG Wodehouse

World’s Fair by EL Doctorow

Summer Moonshine by PG Wodehouse (if you live in a boathouse, beware of leaving your clothes by themsleves)

The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham (what do I care if you care that I paint)

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich (a nun who really likes music becomes a priest after getting shot by a bank robber)

Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans (I want to be alone with my manias)

Outerbridge Reach by Robert Stone (We’re better than others, but we suck)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Society can tell us what we should believe and do)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (Zombies pop up in inappropriate places.)

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (Can we bend time or does time bend us. Florence and Mughals joined by war, love, and stories.)

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (don’t talk to spiders and watch what you say)

The Missing by Sarah Langan (if you hear voices, drink and don’t dig in the dirt)

The Missing by Tim Gautreaux (death, move, piano, ship, girl, girl, ship, piano, move, death)

Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (I like Amedeo, but the rest of them are nuts.)

Camp Concentration by Thomas Disch (STDs have their good side, well ….)

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun (plant and let things grow, cities will ruin you)

Hunger by Knut Hamsun (pencil shavings can be quite tasty. Wait does that make me sound desperate?)

 Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (mental stability is very unstable and leads to unhappiness. Everyone’s messed up, but only the really messed up know that)

The Reawakening by Primo Levi (it’s a long way to Turin, Italy)

Heat by Bill Buford (Being a cook is really hard. Chefs are crazy.)

Close Range by Annie Proulx (Wyoming is really hard and so are its people)

So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger (You’re a bad person. I guess I’ll follow you and Go West.)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (cats don’t go down wells, but you might if you want to find one)

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (if you want to be a person, you might have to murder someone)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (if you have people after you, maybe the dead will help)

Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi (Nazis deconstruct people)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Fuku, Dominicans, Comics, Writing, and Love, oh my)

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (predator, prey, and an influx of aliens)

Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt (trust in numbers and correlation is not causation, usually)

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson (war is really confusing and umm I lost my point)

Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie (Music helps but not if you’ve got the cavalry against you)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (American Taliban in control)

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (Religion. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.)

Brookland by Emily Barton (We need a bridge to the land of the dead, but do they last?)

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (God must die.)

What Was She Thinking (Notes on a Scandal) by Zoe Heller (Being dependant on me is more important than whether you sleep with one of your students)

Out by Natsuo Kirino (Life is lonely, we all have our own path, and sometimes you have to cut people up)

Half Broken Things by Morag Joss (We’re a happy family. but not individuals and don’t intrude.)

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson (deep sea diving is really, really dangerous. Hey a Nazi sub.)

World War Z by Max Brooks

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

The Known World by Edward Jones

The Lake of Darkness by Ruth Rendell

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Billy Bathgate by EL Doctorow

March by Geraldine Brooks

The March by EL Doctorow

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

Day of the Bees by Thomas Sanchez

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus

Europe Central by William Vollman

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The Dark Tower I-VII by Stephen King

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

Abarat by Clive Barker

Abarat Days of Magic by Clive Barker

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith

Edwin Mullhouse by Steven Millhauser

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Three Junes by Julia Glass

Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Half a Life by VS Naipaul

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

The Complete Peanuts 1953-4 by Charles Schulz

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow by Tom Tomorrow

America by John Stewart

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Border Liners by Peter Hoeg

The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

Accordian Crimes by E Annie Proulx

Shipping News by E Annie Proulx

The Davinci Code by Dan Brown

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Saturday by Ian McEwan

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Time and Again by Jack Finney

Looking for Jake b y China Mieville

Moo by Jane Smiley

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

Insomnia by Stephen King

Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, Heretics of Dune, God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert

Job by Robert Heinlein

Black Betty by Walter Mosely

Closing Time by Joseph Heller

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Snow Crash by Neal Stephensen

Dragonlance Legends by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation, Foundation’s Edge, Foundation and Earth, Prelude to Foundation by Isacc Asimov

The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov

Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

A Room With a View by EM Forster

Howard’s End by EM Forster

Maurice by EM Forster

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: The White Tiger, a review « Petunias
  2. Naaman W. Hills
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 17:36:09

    Do you mind if I suggest you read a nature poetry book entitled A Mountain of an Artist. See more on what it’s about here

    Naaman Hills


  3. fredtopeka
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 18:09:07

    I don’t mind suggestions. I usually stick to fiction though.


  4. Robin Helweg-Larsen
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 03:45:53

    I really enjoy your poetry, and I’m largely in tune with your reading (Knut Hamsun, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stevenson – though the only Forster I like is “Aspects of the Novel”). So I invite you to look at my secular, left-of-center novel “The Gospel According to the Romans” – the first chapter is up on my blog at


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