June Bugs and Big Lists

Because I am walking 60 miles between 5/31 and 6/2 I thought I would post this a little early.

I’m halfway through the “year” of reading so I thought I would map out the rest of the books. In doing so I found that I missed another book, one I should have read back in April. Now there are two books that will have to wait until next year for me to read them. Bummer. Anyway, here are the books still to go (July – November):

  1. Abide By Me by Elizabeth Strout – August
  2. Apollo: the epic journey to the moon by David West Reynolds – July
  3. At Home in the Heart of Appalachia by John O’Brien – September
  4. Beyond the Bogota by Gary Leech – August
  5. Burma Chronicles by Guy Delise – Sepember
  6. Burning the Days by James Salter – August
  7. Child that Books Built by Francis Spufford – September
  8. Conspiracy and Other Stories by Jaan Kross – August
  9. Deafening by Frances Itani – October
  10. Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby – August
  11. Fixer by Joe Sacco – July
  12. Going Wild by Robert Winkler – October
  13. Guardians by Geoffrey Kabaservice – November
  14. Light Infantry Ball by Hamilton Basso – September
  15. Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin – August
  16. Ocean of Words by Ha Jin – October
  17. Old Friends by Tracy Kidder – September
  18. Panther Soup by John Grimlette – November
  19. Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell – July
  20. Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham – July
  21. Southpaw by Mark Harris – October
  22. Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – July
  23. Time, Love, Memory by Jonathan Weiner – November
  24. What you Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell – November
  25. Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken – September
  26. Working Poor by David Shipler -July

ON DECK FOR JUNE (the list is especially long because it’s short story month):

  1. Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lillian Jackson Braun (audio)
  2. Death in Verona by Roy Harley Lewis
  3. Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
  4. Grand Ambition by Lisa Michaels
  5. Points Unknown edited by David Roberts
  6. ADDED: When Blackbirds Sing by Martin Boyd
  7. “Here’s a Little Something” and “Big Me” by Dan Chaon (From Among the Missing)
  8. “Servants of the Map” and “The Cure” by Andrea Barrett (from Servants of the Map)
  9. “In the Land of Men” and “Goodbye Midwest” by Antonya Nelson (from In the Land of Men)
  10. ADDED, because Cat Who Ate Danish Modern is so short): Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn (audio)


  1. Adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  2. Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day by Philip Matyszak
  3. Apples Are From Kazakhstan by Christopher Robbins
  4. Arctic Grail by Pierre Berton (I started this last year. No, sorry – two years ago)
  5. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  6. Author, Author by David Lodge (audio)
  7. Beautiful Swimmers by William Warner
  8. Before the Knife by Carolyn Slaughter
  9. Bellwether by Connie Willis
  10. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengist (audio)
  11. Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
  12. Billy by Albert French
  13. Brass Go-Between by Oliver Bleeck
  14. Breakfast with Scot by Michael Drowning
  15. Brush with Death by Elizabeth Duncan
  16. Brushed by Feathers by Frances Wood
  17. Camus, a Romance by Elizabeth Hawes
  18. Cardboard Crown by Martin Boyd
  19. Churchill, a life by Martin Gilbert
  20. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  21. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  22. Descending the Dragon by Jon Bowermaster
  23. Diamond Classics by Mike Shannon
  24. ADDED: Difficult Young Man by Martin Boyd
  25. Dining with Al-Qaeda by Hugh Pope
  26. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  27. The Evolution of Jane by Catherine Schine
  28. Edward Lear in Albania by Edward Lear
  29. Fanny by Edmund White
  30. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
  31. Final Solution by Michael Chabon
  32. Flamboya Tree by Clara Olink Kelly
  33. Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
  34. Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
  35. Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Gerald Martin
  36. Galton Case by Ross MacDonald
  37. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
  38. Girl in Landscape by Jonathan Lethem
  39. ADDED (in lieu of House of Morgan): God: a biography by Jack Miles
  40. Gold Coast Madam by Rose Laws
  41. ADDED: Good City edited by Emily Hiestand
  42. Good Thief’s Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan
  43. Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan
  44. Good-bye Chunk Rice by Craig Thompson
  45. Her by Christa Parravani
  46. Hole in the Earth by Robert Bausch
  47. Hole in the World by Richard Rhodes
  48. House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferre
  49. ADDED: Iliad by Homer
  50. Idle Days in Patagonia by William Hudson
  51. ADDED: Imperfect Harmony by Stacy Horn (for LibraryThing’s Early Review program
  52. Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer
  53. Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
  54. Lives of the Painters, vol 2, 3 & 4 by Giorgio Vasari
  55. ADDED: The long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
  56. ADDED: Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou for the Early Review Program
  57. Mortality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
  58. Of Human Bondage by William Maugham
  59. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  60. ADDED: Outbreak of Love by Martin Boyd
  61. ADDED: Path Between the Seas by David McCullough (audio)
  62. Playing for Keeps by David Halberstam
  63. Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
  64. Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
  65. Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff
  66. Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  67. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
  68. ADDED: Suzy’s Case by Andy Siegel (as recommended)
  69. Tatiana by Dorothy Jones
  70. Tattered Cloak by Nina Berberova
  71. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
  72. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
  73. ADDED: This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakawila for LibraryThing
  74. Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers
  75. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
  76. Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
  77. Wholeness of a Broken Heart by Katie Singer
  78. Widow for One Year by John Irving
  79. Women of the Raj by Margaret MacMillan


  1. “Golden Angel Pancake House” by Campbell McGrath
  2. “Lepanto” by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  3. “Listeners” by Walter De La Mare
  4. “Mandalay” by Rudard Kipling
  5. “Road and the End” by Carl Sandburg
  6. “Sea-Fever” by John Masefield
  7. “Winter” by Marie Ponsot
  8. “In My Craft or Sullen Art” by Dylan Thomas
  9. The Long Hill” by Sarah Teasdale
  10. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

NEXT YEAR (so sad):

  1. House of Morgan by Ron Chernow (as previously mentioned)
  2. Rose Cafe by John Hanson Mitchell

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