What I’m Reading


This has been the year of least reading to date. Well, that is not entirely accurate. It is the school year of least reading to date. Looking through my book list in my journal, I discovered I have finished a grand total of ONE book since school started in August. That includes Christmas vacation. And February and April.

So, as I sit on the beach at our annual week away, here is how I hope to remedy this situation:

[only barely started, so no blurbs yet…]


Read. Decent, but I prefer almost anything else I’ve read from Bryson. Felt really gimmicky.

Read. Good. I like Kingsolver’s voice in this (it’s her first published novel, actually). May not be worth keeping on my shelf…we’ll see when I move.

And these are what will keep me from accomplishing the above:


There’s beauty in all reading (and learning), but summer feels like the time for a little bit lighter enjoyment…




Commonwealth — Ann Patchett

The Bean Trees — Barbara Kingsolver

The Road to Little Dribbling — Bill Bryson

Upstream — by Mary Oliver



Searching for Sunday — Rachel Held Evans

Yes Please — Amy Poehler

Ariel’s Gift — Erica Wagner

What Do Women Want? –Daniel Bergner

A Field Guide to Getting Lost — Rebecca Solnit

The Sexual Self — Avodah K. Offit

He — Robert A. Johnson

The Enlarged Heart — Cynthia Zoran

The Road to Character — David Brooks

Tips from the Top — Kreigh Knerr

The Giver — Lois Lowry

Pastrix — Nadia Bolz-Weber

Wise Blood — Flannery O’Connor

Ariel — Sylvia Plath

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – -Betty Smith

Far From the Madding Crowd — Thomas Hardy

Colossus — Sylvia Plath

White Noise — Don DeLillo

Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious — Gerd Gigerenzer

Housekeeping — Marilynne Robinson


Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics — Margaret Farley

Trail of the Lonesome Pine — John Fox, Jr.

We Should All Be Feminists

Something Borrowed — Emily Griffin

The Count of Monte Cristo — Alexandre Dumas

Every Good Endeavor — Tim Keller

Selected Poems Vol. I — Mary Oliver

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage — Ann Patchett

The Opposite of Loneliness — Marina Keegan

Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, Vol. I — Mary Oliver

Bucking the Sarge – Christopher Paul Curtis

The Rules of Survival – by Nancy Werlin

For the Living and the Dead – Tomas Transtromer

Speak – -Laurie Halse Anderson

Monster — Walter Dean Myers

Bread and Roses, Too — Katherine Patterson

Brown Girl Dreaming — Jacqueline Woodson

The Outsiders — S. E. Hinton

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace — Anne Lamott


The Bell Jar — Sylvia Plath

Every Riven Thing — Christian Wiman

The Book Thief — Markus Zusak

Ambition and Survival — Christian Wiman

Teach Us to Want — Jen Pollock Michel

We’ll Always Have Paris — Jennifer Coburn

The Orchard: A Memoir — Adelle Crockett Robertson

Dirty Love — Andre Dubus III

Townie — Andre Dubus III

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters — Rick Riordan

Help, Thanks, Wow — Anne Lamott

A Marker to Measure Drift — Alexander Maksik


My Bright Abyss — Christian Wiman

Percy Jackson — The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Sea at Truro– Nancy WIllard

84 Charing Cross Road — Helene Hanff

Fidelity — Wendell Berry

Selected Poems — Tomas Transtromer

Rules of Civility — Amor Towles

Real Sex — Lauren Winner

What Americans Really Believe — Rodney Stark

Bridget Jones’s Diary — Helen Fielding

Mouth of Fire, Breath of Dreams

Prodigal Summer — Barbara Kingsolver

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — Jonathan Saffran Foer

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage — Alice Munro

tiny beautiful things — Cheryl Strayed

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? — Mindy Kaling

Blink — Malcolm Gladwell

Are Women Human?  — Dorothy L. Sayers


Wild — Cheryl Strayed

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? — Rhoda Janzen

Circling to the Center — Susan M. Tiberghien

Imperfect Birds — Anne Lamott

The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho

Bel Canto — Ann Patchett

Book of Common Prayer — Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking — Joan Didion

Blue Nights — Joan Didion

The Dirty Life — Kristin Kimball

The Four Loves — C. S. Lewis

Surprised by Joy — C. S. Lewis

Stiffed — Susan Faludi

Cinderella Ate My Daughter — Peggy Orenstein

I’m a Stranger Here Myself — Bill Bryson





7 thoughts on “What I’m Reading

  1. Pingback: Ode to My Library | neither here nor there

  2. suzanne

    Cost of Discipleship! I began that way back in 2009, read a few chapters, got distracted by school, and … it’s still waiting. Which gives me an idea: what if I read it too? You’re right – it needs to be taken slowly and carefully. But we could read maybe a chapter a week, and share our thoughts via email, gchat, phone, in person. (Too bad we don’t have those slow Sunday afternoons in the shop right now.)

    What’d’you think?

    1. catherine_hawkins Post author

      Yes! That’s a great idea! It’s pretty much what’s happened to me…the poor book is lying in a pile and I’m slightly afraid of it. Let’s start soon!


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