Hearts and Pulse Checks

I titled this blog in honor of Valentine’s Day.  Here are the books read so far and still go to. With love.

  1. Abide By Me by Elizabeth Strout
  2. ADDED: Adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. Among the Missing by Dan Chaon
  4. ADDED: Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day by Philip Matyszak
  5. Apollo: the epic journey to the moon by David West Reynolds
  6. ADDED: Apples Are From Kazakhstan by Christopher Robbins
  7. Arctic Grail by Pierre Berton (I started this last year)
  8. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  9. At Home in the Heart of Appalachia by John O’Brien
  10. Beautiful Swimmers by William Warner
  11. Before the Knife by Carolyn Slaughter
  12. ADDED: Bellwether by Connie Willis
  13. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengist
  14. Beyond the Bogota by Gary Leech
  15. Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
  16. ADDED: Billy by Albert French
  17. Brass Go-Between by Oliver Bleeck
  18. Breakfast with Scot by Michael Drowning
  19. Brush with Death by Elizabeth Duncan
  20. ADDED: Brushed by Feathers by Frances Wood
  21. Burma Chronicles by Guy Delise
  22. Burning the Days by James Salter
  23. Camus, a Romance by Elizabeth Hawes
  24. Cardboard Crown by Martin Boyd
  25. Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lillian Jackson Braun
  26. Child that Books Built by Francis Spufford
  27. Churchill, a life by Martin Gilbert
  28. ADDED: City of Thieves by David Benioff
  29. Conspiracy and Other Stories by Jaan Kross
  30. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  31. Deafening by Frances Itani
  32. Death in Verona by Roy Harley Lewis
  33. ADDED: Descending the Dragon by Jon Bowermaster
  34. Diamond Classics by Mike Shannon
  35. Dining with Al-Qaeda by Hugh Pope
  36. Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  37. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  38. ADDED: The Evolution of Jane by Catherine Schine
  39. Edward Lear in Albania by Edward Lear
  40. Fanny by Edmund White
  41. Final Solution by Michael Chabon
  42. Fixer by Joe Sacco
  43. Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
  44. Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
  45. Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Gerald Martin
  46. Galton Case by Ross MacDonald
  47. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
  48. Girl in Landscape by Jonathan Lethem
  49. Going Wild by Robert Winkler
  50. Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
  51. ADDED via LibraryThing’s Early Review: Gold Coast Madam by Rose Laws
  52. Good Thief’s Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan
  53. Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan
  54. Good-bye Chunk Rice by Craig Thompson
  55. Grand Ambition by Lisa Michaels
  56. Guardians by Geoffrey Kabaservice
  57. ADDED via LibraryThing Early Review: Her by Christa P
  58. Hole in the Earth by Robert Bausch
  59. House of Morgan by Ron Chernow
  60. House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferre
  61. ADDED: Idle Days in Patagonia by William Hudson
  62. Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer
  63. Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
  64. Light Infantry Ball by Hamilton Basso
  65. Lives of the Painters, vol 2, 3 & 4 by Giorgio Vasari
  66. Mortality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
  67. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  68. Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin
  69. Ocean of Words by Ha Jin
  70. ADDED: Of Human Bondage by William Maugham
  71. Old Friends by Tracy Kidder
  72. Panther Soup by John Grimlette
  73. ADDED: Playing for Keeps by David Halberstam (only because someone gave it to me as a gift and it’s on my list)
  74. Points Unknown edited by David Roberts
  75. Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
  76. Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell
  77. Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
  78. Rose Cafe by John Hanson Mitchell
  79. Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff
  80. ADDED: Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy ~ only because it was on my list last February and I didn’t get to it!
  81. Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham
  82. Southpaw by Mark Harris
  83. ADDED: Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
  84. ADDED: Tatiana by Dorothy Jones
  85. Tattered Cloak by Nina Berberova
  86. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
  87. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
  88. Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  89. Time, Love, Memory by Jonathan Weiner
  90. Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers
  91. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
  92. Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
  93. What you Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell
  94. Wholeness of a Broken Heart by Katie Singer
  95. Widow for One Year by John Irving
  96. Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  97. ADDED: Women of the Raj by Margaret MacMillan
  98. Working Poor by David Shipler

Every time I post one of these lists I seem to add more titles. The sad truth is some books seem to pop up easier than others. If I were to not add another book I think 98 would be a good number for an annual total. Don’t you think?

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