What I’m Reading

Twitter provides a continuous stream of thoughtful blogs and articles, but I am often looking for new books to read. On this page, I’m paying it forward. Feel free to let me know what you are reading too. Items at the top are most recent or current reads. Mostly these are recommendations, I’m not including the stinkers.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The State We’re In by Ann Beattie

Did You Ever Have a Family? by Bill Clegg

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Field Notes on Democracy by Arundhato Roy

An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex & Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig

Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

All That Is by James Salter

With Charity for All: Why Charities are Failing and a Better Way to Give by Ken Stern

The Ground by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

War in Val d’Orcia by Iris Origo

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin

Burmese Days by George Orwell

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Americanah by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li

The Bathing Women by Tie Ning

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Sag Harbor: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel by Adam Johnson

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver by Shamini Flint

The Fat Years by Koonchubg Chan

The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

How to be Black by Baratunde Thurston

The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Behind the Beautiful Forever by Katherine Boo

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Giving 2.0 by Laura Arillaga-Andreessen

Good Intentions Are Not Enough: Holiday Guide to Charitable Giving by Saundra Schimmelpfennig

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers by Richard Mcgregor

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference by Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin

Decoded by Jay-Z

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin


  1. Nancy Shaw

    Great, provocative list. I’d love to hear how you liked these – even just a quick thumbs up or down. A bunch of these are on my want-to-read list as well, especially Behind the Beautiful Forever.

  2. Pamela Calvert

    We have a very similar booklist! Recently I’ve been taken with Elizabeth Pisani’s =Indonesia Etc.=, Howard French’s =China’s Second Continent=, and am currently diving into David Eimer’s =The Emperor Far Away.=

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