Summer Reading List

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends to share their favorite all time book. Here are those unedited results, in the order in which they arrived. Not sure if any of these is what you might call “beach reading,” but it’s one helluva list. Reads like a poem. Enjoy! And let me know what you think. I’m starting with “Infinite Jest.”
yrs. Laura
(p.s. If you haven’t read David Duncan’s BROTHER’S K, I’d start there…)

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
Infinite Jest x2 David Foster Wallace
The Journey Home, Jim Harrison
God Laughs and Plays, David James Duncan
Brother’s K, David James Duncan x2
The Island Within, Richard Nelson
Abstract Wild, Jack Turner
Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, Charles Bowden
Storming the Gates of Paradise, Rebecca Solnit
Trespass, Amy Irvine
Anything by Rick Bass or Terry Tempest Williams
“Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl For Hire” and “Sex & Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad For Me”, Sarah Katherine Lewis
The English Patient, Micheal Ondaatje
The Piano Tuner x2
Cutting for Stone
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving x3
Oblivion, Hector Abad
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Exit to Eden, Anne Rice
World Without End, Ken Follett
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
A Secret History, Donna Tart
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Tom Robbins
Sacajawea, Anne Lee Waldo
Molokai, Alan Brennert
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Harry Potter, JK Rowling
Lord Jim, Conrad
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
The Poison Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
A Year by the Sea, Joan Anderson
Flowers for Algernon
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner x2
Franny & Zooey/Raise High The Roof Beans/ Carpenters/ Seymour, JD Salinger
A Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
The Stand, Stephen King
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee x5
To The Wedding, John Berger x2
I’ve Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All The Pots, Susan Straight
The Help, Katherine Stockett
House of Spirits, Isabel Allende
The Laughing Jesus, Tim Freke
A Soldier of the Great War, Mark Helprin x2
A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean
Johnny Get Your Gun
Ahab’s Wife, Sena Jeter
The Sparrow
I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
Shanghai Girls
*Anything by Jennifer Weiner and Emily Geffin
Happens Every Day, Isabel Gillies
Come to the Edge, Christina Haag
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
*Anything by Nevada Barr
A Winters Tale, Mark Helprin
The Shack
Velvet Elvis
Animal Vegetable Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
The Mystery of Christ and Why We Don’t Get It, Robert Farrar Capon
New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver
Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov


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9 Responses to Summer Reading List

  1. Jennifer Revill

    Thank you, Laura!
    I am pleased to see two of my very favorite books on this list, Helprin’s Winter’s Tale and Stegner’s Angle of Repose.

    Now…how to find the time to actually read a book?
    BTW I just finished your book and enjoyed it unconditionally.


    • lauramunson

      I know the feeling, Jennifer. I have a stack that is so high it’s got a pulse and a brain and strong biceps. I find all I can read these days is poetry, but I’m going to tackle that stack this summer. Good luck with your stack! yrs. Laura

      • Jennifer Revill

        What poetry are you reading these days?

        • lauramunson

          Frances McCue THE BLED, Ted Kooser/Jim Harrison BRAIDED CREEK, Richard Hugo SELECTED POEMS, David Baker NEVER ENDING BIRDS are a few that are on my bedside table. You?

  2. marj

    Nineteen Minutes by Jody Picoult should be required reading by every
    parent and teacher

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  6. Robin Dake

    I would add “Horton Hears A Who.”
    So many life lessons and intricate ideas!

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