What I’m Reading

Currently reading:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Tampa by Alissa Nutting ****
Divergent by Veronica Roth ****
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan *****
Inferno by Dan Brown **
The Dinner by Herman Koch ****
The Color Purple by Alice Walker *****
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes *****
Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward ****
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones ***1/2
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris **
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green *****
The Obvious Game by Rita Arens ****
Here I Go Again – Jen Lancaster **.5


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson ****.5
Red Hook Road – Ayelet Waldman ****
The Nightmare – Lars Kepler ***.5
I Remember Nothing – Nora Ephron ****
Ex Libris – Anne Fadiman DNF
Female Chauvinist Pigs Ariel Levy DNF
The Lower River Paul Theroux DNF
Timeless – Gail Carriger DNF
Brand New Human Being – Emily Jeanne Miller ***
The Keeper of Lost Causes – Jussi Adler-Olsen ***.5
Deadlocked – Charlaine Harris ***
Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn ***
Skipping A Beat – Sarah Pekkanen **
Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay ***.5
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn ****
50 Shades Freed – E L James *
50 Shades Darker – E L James *.5
Heartless – Gail Carriger **.5
50 Shades of Gray – E L James *.5
Changeless – Gail Carriger ***
Blameless- Gail Carriger ***
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter – Tom Franklin ****
The American Heiress – Daisy Goodwin ***.5
Changeless – Gail Carriger ***.5
Soulless – Gail Carriger ***.5
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs ****
In The Woods – Tana French ****
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick *****
How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe – Charles Yu **.5
The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters ****
Zone One – Colson Whitehead ***.5
Yoga Bitch – Suzanne Morrison ***.5
Speed Shrinking – Susan Shapiro *
The Leopard – Jo Nesbø**
A Red Herring Without Mustard – Alan Bradley ****
In The Garden Of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson ***.5
The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag- Alan Bradley ***.5
Headhunter – Jo Nesbø **
State of Wonder – Ann Patchett *****

Mockingbird – Kathryn Erskine
A Redbird Christmas – Fannie Flagg
The Hypnotist – Lars Kepler
The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Nemesis – Jo Nesbø
The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
The Stuff of Legend Book One: The Dark – Mike Raicht & Brian Smith and illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III
Good Neighbors – Ryan David Jahn
The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe
The Madonnas of Echo Park – Brando Skyhorse
The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman
The Snowman – Jo Nesbø
The Devil’s Star – Jo Nesbø
The Curfew – Jesse Ball
The Giver – Lois Lowry
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair – Nina Sankovitch
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
Maine – J. Courtney Sullivan
Killing Floor – Lee Child
HeartSick – Chelsea Cain
Mr. Peanut – Adam Ross
The Redbreast – Jo Nesbø
Before I Go To Sleep – SJ Watson
The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown
The Reading Promise – Alice Ozma
Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris
Evenfall – Liz Michalski
Wingshooters – Nina Revoyr
Room – Emma Donoghue
I’d Know You Anywhere – Laura Lippman
Danger To Self: On the Front Line with and ER Psychiatrist – Paul R. Linde
So Much Pretty – Cara Hoffman
Through My Eyes – Ruby Bridges
The Black Cat – Martha Grimes
Dust – Martha Grimes
One Day – David Nicholls
The Magicians – Lev Grossman
Await Your Reply – Dan Chaon
Based on Availability – Alix Strauss
The House at Riverton – Kate Morton
Obedience- Will Lavender
Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
Bitter is the New Black – Jen Lancaster
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
The Grounding of Group Six – Julian F. Thompson
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth – E.L. Konisburg
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume


Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
A Single Eye – Susan Dunlap
Grave Secret – Charlaine Harris
The Girl Who Played With Fire – Steig Larsson
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
The Lost City of Z – David Grann
The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason [A Cece Caruso Mystery] – Susan Kandel
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
The Egypt Game – Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith
U is for Undertow – Sue Grafton
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris
Making Toast – Roger Rosenblatt
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (An Eclipse Novella) – Stephenie Meyer
A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick
The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science – Julie Des Jardins
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Every Last One – Anna Quinlen
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
Bite Me – Christopher Moore
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E. L. Konisburg
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes – David Gann
Dissolution – CJ Sansom
The Murder Room – Michael Capuzzo
A Field of Darkness – Corneilia Read
Dark Fire – CJ Sansom
Little Bee – Chris Cleave
Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – Steig Larsson
The Twentieth Wife – Inda Sundaresan
The Moonflower Vine -Jetta Carleton
The Stupidest Angel – Christopher Moore
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender


The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
I Am The Cheese
Footsteps on the Stairs
Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man’s Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand
Eat Pray Love
The Mother-Daughter Book Club
The Girl Who Owned A City
My Darling, My Hamburger
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
You Suck: A Love Story
The Historian
The Thirteenth Tale
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy
A Touch of Dead
All Together Dead
Dead And Gone
From Dead to Worse
Definitely Dead
Dead as a Doornail
Dead to the World
Living Dead In Dallas
Dead Until Dark
Club Dead
Many Bloody Returns
Must Love Hellhounds
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
Grave Sight
Ice Cold Grave
Grave Surprise
Shakespeare’s Trollop
Shakespeare’s Christmas
Shakespeare’s Champion
Shakespeare’s Counselor
Shakespeare’s Landlord
Real Murders
A Bone To Pick
This is Where I Leave You
The Girls From Ames
The Gargoyle
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Khaarijee
The Wednesday Letters
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, #15)
Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid
The Shack
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A Thousand Splendid Suns

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45 Responses to What I’m Reading

  1. cyelea November 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Stiff is a great book! It totally made me question what to do with myself when I die. Spook is her next one and while it isn’t as interesting, it’s a good read.

  2. Sarah November 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    You have a crap taste in books. I’m sorry but why not try to read some good classics like “the scarlet letter” ” Picture of Dorian Gray” or “Lolita”. If you’re gonna better yourself by reading. Try reading something healthy, its like eating your veggies.

    • jasonacamara November 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

      Where does it say she hasn’t read those books?

      • dignity February 10, 2011 at 9:43 am #

        Well said Sarah, this woman is a nut.

        • joey February 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

          I don’t know how Sarah and Dignity found their way onto this blog; anti-bullying made it famous, yet here they are with their harsh words and put-downs. Respect is needed in all domains, whether it’s a person’s home or their website, respect it or don’t visit, it makes it uncomfortable and unpleasant for the rest of us who wish to visit. Thank you. :)

  3. Broken November 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    I have never met anyone else who has ever even heard of the “thirteenth tale” I think I may try to read all the books on your list now.

  4. CStewart November 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Has anyone tried “For Whom the Minivan Rolls “? It’s part of a series of comic mystery novels that are quite addictive. I learned about them from my brother, and now I’m hooked.

  5. Eric November 5, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    I love Charlaine Harris’ books too–all except the last one Dead in the Family. This one failed, I think. I wonder if you liked it?

  6. Jill November 5, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    First of all, I’m a detective’s wife too in NY. Second, I don’t see The Lovely Bones on your book list. An awesome read, when you have time. LOVE your blog!

  7. Stephanie November 5, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    I loved loved loved Stiff and would love to figure out a reason to road trip to the Tennessee campus but don’t think there is a tour plan for that…. guess I am just interested in really weird stuff… glad to find out that another transplanted midwesterner is out there and interesting.

  8. NCMom November 5, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    I loved Stiff – I have not met anyone else who read it – people always think I am weird when I recommend it… Curious lives of human cadavers? “Ugg – gross” is most often the reply – or just the raised eyebrow. I found it totally fascinating – but I do not think I am donating my remains to science. Sorry science…

  9. Cynthia November 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Love the blog and your approach to parenting. Buckle up and hug him tight because he’ll need you and your unconditional love and support.

  10. DpBluSea November 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    You are an awesome mom. Your instincts are great. Trust them.

  11. Leesa November 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    I just wanted to say that I think its great what you did for your son! I think its so ridiculous that those women felt they had the right to express their feelings about it in front of your son! Who cares! If he is gay or not gay it doesnt matter. He is 5! Go you for being such a great mom!

  12. Thetourist November 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    As a male Kindergarten teacher I am inspired by your story. As a Father of three, including one that just fought (and won) a lawsuit with her high school to form a GSA I support you. Kids should be allowed to be kids and not carry their parents baggage. I’m really happy to see that there are parents out there brave enough to let their kids make their own choices.

  13. PenniLess November 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Found your wonderful piece about your son’s Halloween costume by way of DListed. You are frickin’ awesome. Don’t have kids (because there’s enough screwed up people in the world and I didn’t want to create more) but if I did, I would come to you for lessons. I’ve shared the link to your piece on my FB page. I’ve checked out your reading lists and saw that we have similar tastes so I’m going to get suggestions for my winter’s reading from you. Keep on keepin’ on.

  14. Sisy Anderson November 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    You are amazing!
    It takes a strong woman! Isn’t it amazing that in our times we have people who entrench their belief in systems of religion that ultimately blind them from seeing the truth. The truth that differences should be celebrated as strengths. That expressing our dynamic-masculine aspects or our magnetic-feminine aspects are our rights as balanced human beings. We are not one or the other, but a beautiful mixture of both.

    I am teaching a course on visual literacy and developing our intuitive intelligences. We cover a section on visual images in advertising and mass media. The students consider what images convey in our culture towards female and males. And ultimately consider how current ads tend to segregate and marginalize us rather than creating images that celebrate the strengths of our humanity. You son’s photo is a shining example of building awareness that we are more alike and share both the feminine and masculine qualities.
    Would you mind if I used your post for educational purposes?
    Again… From one mom to another I applaud you. My son was piglet for three years at ages 6 to 9. Pink was and is his favorite color! I am proud of he has sensitivity and an empowered vulnerability.
    My best to you

  15. Fritz November 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Oh, and thank you for posting your last post. Kudos to both you and your son. Who knows, maybe he’ll write a blog one day (assuming that blogs remain a stable “what’s what” in savvy internet communications) about his courage to do what he wants and he’ll (rightfully so) attribute it to his mom?

  16. Fritz November 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    I love the fact that you’ve read The Historian. What are your thoughts? Would/Have you read anything else by Elizabeth Kostova?

  17. loserposer November 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    woohoo!! ive read Mary Roach’s Stiff. it ROCKS!!

  18. Maya November 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    I love your post My Son is Gay. I love that you’re a cop’s wife and do yoga because my boyfriend is a cop and I do yoga. I love that you love to read as much as I do and have a running list of books read because I, too, have a running list of books I’ve read.

    In short, I love that you’re out there and that through Facebook I found a link to your post, and thus stumbled upon your blog. Have a great day!

  19. Jeannette November 4, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    Are you on Goodreads?

  20. mccomas825 November 4, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Wow, I see you love to read. I was pointed to your blog because one of my facebook friend loved the My son is gay blog…I read it and I applaud you for writing it. We as parents should always stand behind our children and love them no matter waht…the blog was awesome. I hope that one day you might pick up my book and read it…lol. Do you ever do reviews of the books you read?

    Laura (author Laurie Sorensen)
    Ravenwood: Night’s Salvation (available on Amazon.com, until it is re-releassed from my new publisher)

  21. R & G's Mommy November 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    Whoops, I posted in the wrong stream. Sorry! But at least my post might not be buried in the other 1k!

  22. R & G's Mommy November 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    You inspire me fellow Mama. Your boy looks so happy, and that’s the most important thing. My boys are almost 3 and 4 1/2 — they adore wearing pink princess dresses and sparkly shoes … high heeled even. They changed their Halloween outfits at least 7 times during the last week, and ultimately went out on Halloween as Batman (though the little one thought he was actually Superman) and a pirate. I would have loved it if one of them had chosen to be a princess. A small boy wearing a princess dress is not going to make him gay or a serial killer. It won’t even make him a cross dresser. It’s a way for kids to explore themselves and their imagination at this point. However, if my boys turn out to be gay or cross dressers, my only regret will be that they will encounter some people such as the negative posters on this stream. Thank you for being a strong and loving Mama — and encouraging your boy to explore and have fun. <3 to you and your wee ones.

  23. Lauren November 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    Are you on GoodReads.com? I’d love to “friend” you there… I like your style. :)

  24. Lyndsey November 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    You should check out “The Color Of Water”! Such a wonderful memoir.

  25. Caroline Starr Rose November 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    I love when adults read mid-grade!

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