The Library

On The Nightstand (Adult):

Seriously, the stack is this high. Maybe yours is higher.

  •  Bowlaway, Elizabeth McCraken
  • Becoming, Michelle Obama (will never leave the nightstand–a staple!)
  •  Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades, Daniel G. Amen (I have a kid)
  • The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  • Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Broken Earth Trilogy, NK Jemisin
  • Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson (any nightstand’s ultimate staple)
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson (will never leave the nightstand)
  • Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem, Dorothy Corkille Briggs (stays on nightstand!)
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (can never get enough of JANE JANE JANE JANE)
  • The Ocean World, Jacques Cousteau (will be reading in perpetuity)

On The Nightstand (Children’s/YA–see also “…filed children’s/YA” below)

Look–we moved recently and I’m still trying to find my nightstand reads

  • The Pendragon series (we are embarking on this series for Family Book Club)
  •  Forever Rick Riordan
  • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert
  • The Jamie Drake Equation, Christopher Edge
  • The Language Of Spells, Garret Weyr
  • The Midnight War Of Mateo Martinez, Robin Yardi
  • A Diamond in the Desert, Kathryn Fitzmaurice (MUST-READ–will stay on nightstand for inspiration)
  • Destiny, Rewritten, Kathryn Fitzmaurice (exquisite–will also keep on nightstand for inspiration)

Read And Filed To The Livingroom Bookshelves–Or Not… (Adult):

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
  • We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (you can’t not read this book)
  • All the Single Ladies, Rebecca Traister (you can’t not read this book)
  • The Snow Child and To The Bright Edge Of The World, Eowyn Ivey (exquisite, both–you can’t not read these books or anything else she get out here)
  • How To Party With An Infant, and The Descendants and House Of Thieves (I always look forward to Kaui’s work)
  • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (I’ve been keeping up with his work since The Shell Collector)
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple (instant favorite)
  • The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (genius)
  • The Rehearsal, Eleanor Catton (see above)
  • All of Louise Penny’s novels
  • The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson (I survived)
  • State Of Wonder, Ann Patchett (can’t watch the movie)
  • The Goldfinch, Donna Tart (gah! but will keep)
  • The Signature Of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert (gah! but will keep)
  • The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings (so much more rewarding than the film–and I loved the film)
  • The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obrecht (OMG, read like breathing)
  • Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand (see above Obrecht)
  • The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows (always be a re-read and a favorite–movie was charming, but nothing beats the book)
  • A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson (bildungsroman on speeeeeeed!)
  • Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin (lived in Oxford when I was a child—perception of Lewis Carroll now changed forever…gah!)
  • All Ngaio Marsh. How did I miss her, especially being an Agatha Christie-maniac?

Read/Filed/Already On Living Room Bookshelves For Unknown Period Of Time… (Children’s/YA):

  •  The Secret Commonwealth (see below)
  • Dust, by He Who Should Always Be Named
  • The Girl Who Drank The Moon, Kelly Barnhill
  • Inkheart, and everything else by Cornelia Funke
  • The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes, Peter Brown
  • The One And Only Ivan, K.A. Applegate (I wish K.A. was my friend)
  • All of Rebecca Stead’s books (can’t wait for more from this author)
  • All of Jeanne Birdsall’s books
  • Doll Bones, Holly Black (those crazy boat-stealing kids!)
  • Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech (QUEEN Sharon Creech)
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly (instant classic, instant personal favorite)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart (TLS! I would have written you fan letters if you’d been writing when I was a kid)
  • All the Miss Peregrine books, Ransom Riggs
  • Goblin Secrets, William Alexander
  • The Year the Swallows Came Early, Kathryn Fitzmaurice (5 gold stars)
  • Veronica Rossi’s trilogy
  • The Fires Beneath the Sea, Lydia Millet (another YA author writing middle grade–or is it the other way around?)
  • Liesl & Po, Lauren Oliver (see Lydia Millet)
  • The Book Of Three, Lloyd Alexander (all the books are must-reads)
  • The Changeling and The Egypt Game, Zilpha Keatley Snyder (no, not every chapter ends with a page turner—why? Because the author is extremely busy TELLING A STORY, the way authors used to before being told that if a first page doesn’t grab the reader, the manuscript goes in the trash. ZKS wrote a book a year for 42 or so years—a book a year–forever one of my heroes).
  • The City Of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a character passing out so many times in one novel)
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson
  • The Giver, Lois Lowry
  • The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
  • The Cuckoo Tree, Joan Aiken
  • The Tail Of Emily Windsnap, Liz Kessler
  • A Wind In The Door, Madeleine L’Engle (have you read it again, too?)


  • RIP Mary Oliver. You helped.
  • Blud, Rachel McKibbens
  • The Traps, Louise Mathias
  • The Glimmering Room, Cynthia Cruz
  • Small Porcelain Head, Alison Benis White
  • Stag’s Leap, Sharon Olds
  • Randall Jarrell, The Woman At The Washington Zoo
  • Above All Else, The Trembling Resembles A Forest, Louise Mathias (look–if you love poetry, you must read Louise’s chapbook–case closed)
  • Twin Cities, Carol Muske-Dukes
  • Black Hope, Marsha de la O
  • Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, Dianne Seuss (title poem a mindblower)
  • The Sleep Hotel, Amy Newlove Schroeder (a luminous debut)
  • Dearest Creature, Amy Gerstler (I hope I meet her some day)
  • Glass Town, Lisa Russ Spaar (I always return to it)
  • Always returning to Sarah Hannah’s books. They haunt me.


  • Tame Impala
  • Bent
  • Adele
  • Florence And The Machine
  • Bjork
  • Cheryl Crow
  • Courtyard Hounds (they make me cry—but then, I cry at Curious George…)
  • Elbow
  • Lord Huron
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
  • Jesca Hoop
  • Cold War Kids

Feel free to recommend a read in the comments section of this page. Thank you!

3 Responses to The Library

  1. Chris says:

    I love this page! It’s great to learn what others have read/are reading.

    Personally, I find my home is incomplete without an easily accessible shelf of Jane Austen.

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