Books I've Actually Finished Reading

I had aspirations to write reviews of the books I read, once I finish them, but I've fallen horribly in arrears. The prospect now overwhelms me. Yet, since this blog of daily living is partly my own record of just what it is that I do with my days, it's also a place where I want to keep track of what I've read, if only for myself. So first I have moved the "completed, book report pending" books off the side bar of my main page, and now I have to figure out how to format this Page so it looks nice and I can comment (not review) about the books I've read.

A book most recently completed is entered at the top of this list.

The Haunting of William Gray
Renee Canter Johnson

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction
Robert Olen Butler

A Vision of Fire: A Novel
Gillian Anderson, with Jeff Rovin

Hard Choices
Hillary Clinton

Renee Canter Johnson

I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories 
About Me and Some Other People
Jenny Mullen

A Memoir: Love You Bye, Holding
Fast, Letting Go and Then There's
the Dog
Rossandra Wright

The Sheep Walker's Daughter
Sydney Avey

Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees ... and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have
Bill Geist & Willie Geist

The Letter: My Journey through Love, Loss and Life
Marie Tillman

The Picture of Cool - A Short Story
Laurie Boris

I See London, I See France
Paulita Kincer

My Mother's Ghost: Three Autobiographical Essays &  A Prize-Winning Short Story, "Kinder, Gentler"
Steven Saylor

Don't Tell Anyone
Laurie Boris

Reader & Educators Guide to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Houghten Mifflin Harcourt

Truth be told, I didn't finish reading this. I acquired it to see whether I wanted to read these books, but it is truly targeted at educators. I don't think I want to read the books, but if you do and if you want to discuss what's in them with others, this is a very thorough guide.

The World of Divergent: The Path to Allegiant
Veronica Roth

With the big popularity of the books in this series and movies coming out, I read it to see whether I'd be tempted. I wasn't. I doubt I'll go on.

A Bookish Bent: Essays About Reading, Writing, and
George W Bush's Close Call on the Running Trail
Steven Saylor

Killing Jesus
Stephen Mansfield

Sliding Past Vertical
Lauri Boris

Shooting Straight
Piers Morgan

Drawing Breath
Laurie Boris

The Summer of France
Paulita Kincer

The Ruth Valley Missing
Amber West

How to Learn a New Language with a Used Brain
Lynn McBride

Culture Shock - France
Sally Adamson Taylor

Here's the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth
A Kindle Byliner
David Leonhardt

The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages
Sophie Hardach

The Joke's on Me
Laurie Boris

Why Romney Lost
eBook - David Frum

Blossoming in Provence
Kristin Espinasse

Eternity Base
Bob Mayer

The Desperate Dad's Guide to Getting Some
Jackie Papandrew

Paris I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Rosecrans Baldwin

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
David Brooks

Paul Krugman
*** READ NOW - Excellent discussion ***

Andre Agassi

The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life
Marion Roach Smith

black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity
carolyn vines

The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning
Hallgrimur Helgason

To End a War
Richard Holbrooke

The Hangman's Daughter
Oliver Pötzsch
Translated from German

French Ways and Their Meaning
Edith Wharton
D. Appleton and Company, 1919

L'Enfant et La Rivière
Henri Bosco
In French


The Millenium Trilogy
Stieg Larsson

i.   The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

ii.   The Girl Who Played with Fire

iii.   The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

There Are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me
Eva Gabrielson

The Caves of Perigord
Martin Walker

Super in the City
Daphne Uviller

Hotel No Tell
Daphne Uviller

The Connector (short bio of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg)
Lev Grossman

The Little Book of the Icelanders, Vol 1
Alda Sigmundsdottir

Lindsey Davis



  1. I am a book nerd and I have never heard of most of these. Time to get on the research train...

  2. The Ruth Valley Missing has both an intriguing title and cover. I'm already thinking about checking it out. Stieg Larsson pulled me into the "Girl..." series. I've read them and seen the movies in their original versions, and one American version of the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Nothing against the actors in our version, but I actually preferred the original. The actors and actresses look like people we'd see in those roles in everyday life. I wonder why Hollywood thinks we want all of our movie characters so polished? Sometimes it's the grittiness of their appearance that fleshes out their personalities.

    Great idea to start a book page Lee. You have a nice eclectic mix here.