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Although I keep an updated bookshelf on Shelfari, I spend a lot more time on the blog than I do keeping up with things there.  I decided to start keeping a list the books I read here too, using this rating system:

5 stars – I loved it… have probably talked about it incessantly… forced it on my friends… it’s made me think… I have learned something… I would highly recommend it
4 stars – I thought it was a great book… I have likely thought about it a lot… I would recommend it
3 stars – I liked it… might tell someone about it… but it hasn’t made a big impression on me
2 stars – I thought it was just okay… probably wouldn’t recommend it
1 star – Definitely wouldn’t suggest it… I probably really disliked it

If you like to read, you might like this page.  And if you have any book suggestions for me, let me know.  I’m always looking for new reads!

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Books Read in 2014:

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi ….. 4 stars

Divergent by Veronica Roth ….. 5 stars

Insurgent by Veronica Roth ….. 4 stars

Allegiant by Veronica Roth ….. 4 stars

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon ….. 3 stars

Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley ….. 5 stars

100 Cupboards by Nathan D. Wilson ….. 3 stars

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson ….. 4 stars

The Good Braider by Terry Farish ….. 4 stars

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson ….. 5 stars

The Mouse-Proof Kitchen by Saira Shah ….. 2 stars

The House Girl by Tara Conklin ….. 3 stars

Tune in Tokyo by Tim Anderson ….. 4 stars

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach ….. 5 stars

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson ….. 5 stars

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman ….. 3 stars

Monster by Walter Dean Myers ….. 4 stars

The Removers by Andrew Meredith ….. 3 stars

The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson ….. 4 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn ….. 2 stars


Books Read in 2013:

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt ….. 4 stars

Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ….. 3 stars

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed ….. 5 stars

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ….. 3 stars

Sway by Amber McRee Turner ….. 5 stars

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver ….. 5 stars

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka ….. 2 stars

My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall ….. 4 stars

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder ….. 4 stars

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey ….. 5 stars

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker ….. 3 stars

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis ….. 3 stars

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch ….. 4 stars

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle ….. 5 stars

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender ….. 2 stars

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ….. 4 stars

Lamb:  The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore ….. 4 stars

I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Hana Volavkova & Vaclav Havel ….. 4 stars

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe ….. 5 stars

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ….. 4 stars

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ….. 4 stars

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist ….. 1 star

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz ….. 5 stars

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ….. 4 stars

Code Talker:  A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac ….. 3 stars

The Dinner by Herman Koch ….. 3 stars

The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna ….. 3 stars

Jesus Freak:  Feeding, Healing, Raising the Dead by Sara Miles ….. 4 stars

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger ….. 4 stars

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger ….. 3 stars

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai ….. 3 stars

This House of Sky:  Landscapes of a Western Mind by Ivan Doig ….. 4 stars

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout ….. 2 stars

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park ….. 5 stars

The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck ….. 5 stars

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra ….. 4 stars

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle ….. 5 stars

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter ….. 5 stars

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin ….. 5 stars

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley ….. 5 stars

They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky:  The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, Alephonsian Deng, & Judy Bernstein ….. 5 stars

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis ….. 4 stars

The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau ….. 4 stars

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson ….. 5 stars

The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy ….. 3 stars

Eragon by Christopher Paolini ….. 4 stars

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini ….. 3 stars

Eldest by Christopher Paolini ….. 4 stars

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini ….. 3 stars

The Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman ….. 5 stars

The Whip by Karen Kondazian ….. 3 stars

Books Read in 2012:

Lottery by Patricia Wood ….. 4 stars

Bossypants by Tina Fey ….. 3 stars

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot ….. 5 stars

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder ….. 5 stars

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich ….. 4 stars

Lunatics by Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel ….. 2 stars

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder ….. 5 stars

Daughter of Fortune by Isabelle Allende ….. 3 stars

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick ….. 3 stars

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller ….. 5 stars

Little Bee by Chris Cleave ….. 4 stars

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich ….. 3 stars

Born to Run:  The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Chris McDougall ….. 4 stars

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez ….. 5 stars

Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres ….. 4 stars

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow ….. 4 stars

11/22/63 by Stephen King ….. 5 stars

The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America by Mike McIntyre ….. 4 stars

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshlyn Jackson ….. 3 stars

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers ….. 4 stars

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer ….. 3 stars

The Tiger’s Wife by  Tea Obreht ….. 4 stars

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan ….. 3 stars

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder ….. 5 stars

Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster ….. 1 star

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash ….. 5 stars

You and Me by Padgett Powell ….. 2 stars

Coraline by Neil Gaiman ….. 3 stars

When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka ….. 4 stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ….. 3 stars

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson ….. 4 stars

The Healing by Jonathan Odell ….. 5 stars

Books Read in 2011:

Pearl of China by Anchee Min ….. 3 stars

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger ….. 2 stars

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck ….. 5 stars

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson ….. 3 stars

The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan ….. 3 stars

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson ….. 4 stars

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith ….. 3 stars

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson ….. 1 star

Shark Girl by Kelly L. Bingham ….. 3 stars

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper ….. 3 stars

The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris ….. 4 stars

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick ….. 4 stars

Made for Goodness by Desmond Tutu ….. 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ….. 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ….. 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkiban by J.K. Rowling ….. 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling ….. 4 stars

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ….. 4 stars

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ….. 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ….. 5 stars

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ….. 3 stars

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson ….. 4 stars

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ….. 4 stars

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ….. 4 stars

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ….. 4 stars

Books Read in 2010:

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout ….. 5 stars

Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright ….. 5 stars

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith …..3 stars

Shadow Baby by Alison McGhee …..3 stars

Eat This, Not That: Supermarket Survival Guide by David Zinczenko …..4 stars

Garlic and Sapphires:  The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl …..3 stars

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia ….. 2 stars

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson ….. 4 stars

Bliss: A Novel by O.Z. Livaneli ….. 4 stars

Savvy by Ingrid Law ….. 5 stars

The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi ….. 3 stars

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor ….. 3 stars

Still Alice by Lisa Genova ….. 5 stars

The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle ….. 5 stars

Face of a Stranger: A Novel by Yoji Yamaguchi ….. 2 stars

How to Raise the Perfect Dog by Cesar Millan ….. 5 stars

Puppies for Dummies by Sarah Hodgson ….. 3 stars

Zorro by Isabel Allende ….. 4 stars

The Sound of Us by Sarah Willis ….. 5 stars

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer ….. 5 stars

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins ….. 4 stars

Twilight:  The Graphic Novel  (Volume 1) by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim ….. 4 stars

Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Millan ….. 4 stars

Mary Todd Lincoln:  A Biography by Jean H. Baker ….. 2 stars

Flight:  A Novel by Sherman Alexie ….. 4 stars

A Member of the Family by Cesar Millan ….. 4 stars

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann ….. 4 stars

Lift by Kelly Corrigan ….. 5 stars

The Gravedigger by Peter Grandbois ….. 4 stars

Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves by Camille Peri, Kate Moses ….. 4 stars

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver ….. 3 stars

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle ….. 5 stars

Day After Night by Anita Diamant ….. 3 stars

Marley and Me by John Grogan ….. 4 stars

La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith ….. 3 stars

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff ….. 4 stars

The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich ….. 5 stars

The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs ….. 3 stars

Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion ….. 3 stars

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder ….. 4 stars

A Girl from Zanzibar by Roger King ….. 4 stars

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis ….. 3 stars

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman ….. 3 stars

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ….. 5 stars

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small ….. 5 stars

Pig Boy’s Wicked Bird by Doug Crandell ….. 2 stars

Big Russ & Me by Tim Russert ….. 4 stars

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli ….. 3 stars

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ….. 5 stars

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli ….. 4 stars

Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande ….. 4 stars

The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell ….. 4 stars

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick ….. 5 stars

The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar ….. 4 stars

The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty ….. 5 stars

Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan ….. 4 stars

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger ….. Sam’s review 5 stars; my review 3 stars for the story and 5 stars for getting Sam to want to read!  Woot!

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste ….. 5 stars

29 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2010 5:21 pm

    Hey,I’m pretty sure you’ve read more than three books. :) I was actually looking to see if you read The Lovely Bones and what you thought of it.

  2. oneordinaryday permalink
    January 14, 2010 2:03 am

    Ingrid ~ If you want to check out my bookshelf from the past few years, you have to go to Shelfari and see. This list will be for this year. It’s a work-in-progress.

    Yes, I did read The Lovely Bones, and there’s an image in my head, still ,from that book that I’d love to get rid of, but can’t. She’s a very good writer to make that happen, but I’ve avoided her other books because of it. Make sense? I’ll look forward to what you think about it.

  3. January 26, 2010 5:32 am

    This is a great idea! I love to read and I’m always looking for suggestions of something new! I’ll definitely be stopping back to see what you’ve liked!

    And I agree about Lovely Bones. There’s things that you’ll never forget about that book. I’ve read her others too. Almost Moon has some pretty vivid images as well, and Lucky, her biography, is heartbreaking at times.

  4. Mindy Ussery permalink
    February 19, 2010 2:08 pm

    Oh, I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge too! Wonderful book.

  5. Evie permalink
    March 14, 2010 6:07 am

    Isn’t Savvy the book that you said acted like me?!If you could, do you think you could send me a copy of it?

  6. sumshay permalink
    April 9, 2010 2:38 am

    I always love to know what you are reading. I’ve been wanting to tell you that it is a perfect addition to your blog.
    And Evie, if you are reading this, you will love Savvy. Shayna read it in a day, she couldn’t put it down. I know she also really liked When You Reach Me and Every Little Bird that Sings.

  7. June 17, 2010 2:18 pm

    wow, i am so jealous that you’ve been able to read all these books already in 2010!

  8. July 26, 2010 10:39 am

    Just stumbled across your blog and am glad I did! I am also a booksnob (hubby got a Kindle and I am in LOVE!) and am working on being greener as well.
    I saw above that you read The Lovely Bones – but are avoiding her other books – probably a good idea if that one was too much. I read both her other books, Lucky made me sad and Almost Moon was a difficult/crazy adventure/read. I had to read some “happy” books after that one for awhile.
    I’m not sure what Shelfari is, but maybe I’ll check it out!

  9. September 14, 2010 9:15 am

    I MUST tell you about one of the best books i have ever ever ever ever EVER read! (Well besides the Bible) Its called Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter. The second one to that book is called Girl of the Limberlost. They both were written early in the 1900’s. Please look them up and let me know what you think of them. They are very clean wholesome books and i would recommend them to anyone and everyone. They are great stories and please give them a chance!

  10. Franceska permalink
    December 5, 2010 8:46 pm

    Hi there! I’m from Brazil and I participate in a Reading Club, and our current book is Olive Kitteridge! I came across your blog and just loved it! Specially because I love cooking and reading! And for me the book got 5 stars as well! I’m going to take a further look at your list of books, as I have a commitment with myself of reading more books in the current year than I did in the last one. Just loved your blog :D

  11. Franceska permalink
    December 5, 2010 8:48 pm

    Ah by the way, have you ever read The Poisonwood Bible? By Barbara Kingsolver? One of the best I’ve ever read! I really recommend it. It is just gorgeous!

  12. December 23, 2010 7:06 pm

    hi,aunt shell!

  13. oneordinaryday permalink
    December 28, 2010 8:54 am

    Hi, O! Happy New Year!

  14. January 5, 2011 3:29 pm

    Amazing list! Where do you find the time to read so much? You are inspiring!

  15. oneordinaryday permalink
    January 5, 2011 3:43 pm

    Thank you, Aubrey! I LOVE to read and usually have two books going somewhere. I think you just make time to do what you’re passionate about, you know? Thanks for commenting and visiting my blog.
    ~ Michelle

  16. Evie permalink
    January 10, 2011 9:07 pm

    Reading Ben and Me for school. It’s about Ben Franklin and his furry friend. Read it before, so it’s all review. Have you or Sam ever read it? You guys’ might enjoy it. :) xoxo

  17. oneordinaryday permalink
    January 12, 2011 9:57 am

    Thanks, Evie. I’ll look for it at the library. Did you get to read Savvy yet? There’s a companion book out for it now too.
    xoxo ~ Aunt Shell

  18. February 11, 2011 2:06 pm

    I just finished Secret Daughter written by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. I quite enjoyed it.

    I just found your blog today and it is lovely…I will be dropping by when I can spend more time.

  19. Evie permalink
    March 8, 2011 9:16 pm

    Still have yet to read Savvy…. They dont have it in school library and I never get to go to the public one!!! Life is rough.

  20. Elyse permalink
    August 17, 2011 11:34 pm

    Great list, The Literary and Potatoe Peel Society is one of my all time faves. Have you read The Shack? Now that’s a book that will make you think!

  21. Karryn permalink
    September 12, 2011 12:32 pm

    I’m a book snob, too! Thanks for the recommendations. If you haven’t already read The Art of Racing in the Rain, that was my favorite summer read. And I’m not even a dog person :).

    Others on my Forever Love list: The Giver, Al Capone Does My Shirts, The Bronze Bow. Yes, these happen to be youth books, but they’re so well written!
    Enjoyed visiting your blog…i’ll be back!

  22. one ordinary day permalink
    September 12, 2011 5:38 pm

    Hi, Karryn. Thanks for the book recommendations! I love hearing what other people are reading.
    ~ Michelle

  23. Evie permalink
    September 20, 2011 5:41 pm

    Heyyyy, did you know there is a sequel to the Savvy book??? Its called scumble =o)

  24. GGirl permalink
    April 19, 2012 10:34 pm

    I have all of the Little House on the Prairie books except for one. I began reading them when I was 13 years old. They are such a rich testament to family and pioneer life. Love it.

  25. GGirl permalink
    April 19, 2012 10:36 pm

    I plan to use your pictures but will give credit. I loooooooovvvvve food photos. Cool idea about the thin mint “cookies.”

  26. one ordinary day permalink
    April 20, 2012 6:25 am

    GGirl – You plan to use my picture for what exactly? I don’t give permission for my photos to be on all sites, so I’d appreciate more information and a request, please. Thank you.
    ~ Michelle

  27. February 4, 2013 10:20 pm

    Found you via pinterest – I’m looking forward to trying your Rotisserie Chicken (in a crockpot), since we eat a lot of chicken!

    I find it super helpful that you rate what you’re reading – I have such a hard time doing that! My current read is “Dearie”, a biography about Julia Child. I think I liked “My Life In France” better, but “Dearie” is interesting and very in-depth – it even goes into her childhood in Pasadena, CA.

  28. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 5, 2013 6:31 am

    Wendy – I just got Dearie for Christmas, but have been reading my library loans first. I’ll have to put My Life in France on my list too. Thanks!
    ~ Michelle

  29. Cynthia permalink
    August 5, 2014 3:51 pm

    Thanks for ‘introducing me to: Jesus Freak: Feeding, Healing, Raising the Dead by Sara Miles. Love, love, love

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