The Book List

I decided to start a list of the books I have read. This is not a lifetime list – only a list of those I have read since I decided to keep the list. It’s more to help jog my memory, but if you find anything useful here, more power to you. Books without a date were read before I thought to add the date – like anyone cares.

Click on a book title to read my brief notes on the book.


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – by Jonas Jonasson (Finished 9/21/17)
The 5,000 Year Leap – by W. Cleon Skousen (Finished 4/14/10)
Advantages of Moving into a 55+ Park: How to Enjoy Your Retirement Even on a Budget – by Jerry Minchey (Finished 8/20/16)
The Age of American Unreason – by Susan Jacoby (Finished 5/9/10)
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns) (Volume 3) – by Steve Markwith
All the Little Live Things – by Wallace Stegner (Finished 12/15/18)
Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen – by Alton Brown
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography – by Eric Idle (Finished 11/11/18)
American Gods – by Neil Gaiman (Finished 8/6/10)
American Rifle: A Biography – by Alexander Rose (Finished 7/3/11)
Anansi Boys – by Neil Gaiman (Finished 8/5/12)
And the Goat Cried:Southern Tales and other Chance Meetins – by Henry A. Buchanan (Finished 5/5/12)
The Anti-Capitalist Mentality – by Ludwig von Mises (Finished 6/16/13)
The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks – by Donald Harington (Finished 4/27/16)
The Art of Aging – by Sherwin B. Nuland (Finished 5/3/08)
The Art of Inlay: Design & Technique for Fine Woodworking (Revised & Expanded) – by Larry Robinson (Finished 1/3/18)
As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling – by Anne Serling (Finished 8/10/18)
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: A Memoir – by Laurie Lee (Finished 10/2/16)
At First Sight – by Nicholas Sparks (Finished 1/2/08)
The Atheist Camel Chronicles – by Dromedary Hump (aka Bart Centre) (Finished 2/10/13)
The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions – by Alex Rosenberg (Finished 9/13/15)
Atlas Shrugged – by Ayn Rand (Finished 9/12/09)
Belles on Their Toes – by Ernestine Gilbreth Cary and Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. (Finished 10/16/16)
Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities – by Alex Marshall (Finished 8/27/12)
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape – by Jenna Miscavige Hill (Finished 11/21/16)
Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie – by Lincoln Peirce (Finished 2/21/19)
The Blue Flower – by Henry van Dyke (Finished 4/18/10)
The Bradbury Chronicles – by Sam Weller (Finished 7/20/10)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories – by Truman Capote (Finished 8/19/10)
Breakfast with Buddha – by Roland Merullo (Finished 4/5/16)
The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story – by Richard Bach (Finished 5/6/16)
Building the Perfect Tool Chest – by Jim Stack (Finished 4/5/12)
Bum Rap – by Paul Levine (Finished 6/22/15)
But Enough About Me: A Memoir – by Burt Reynolds with Jon Winokur (Finished 6/15/19)
The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South – by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington (Finished 2/26/19)
Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator – by Homer Hickam (Finished 3/23/19)
Cahokia: Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi – by Timothy R. Pauketat (Finished 7/29/12)
Cheaper by the Dozen – by Ernestine Gilbreth Cary and Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. (Finished 10/24/16)
China: A History – by John Keay (Finished 11/30/13)
Cider with Rosie: A Memoir – Laurie Lee (Finished 10/31/16)
Colonial New England on 5 Shillings a Day – Bill Scheller (Finished 8/16/12)
Commonsense Instrument Care – James N. McKean (Finished 7/14/18)
Complete Guide to Quilting – Better Homes and Gardens (Finished 5/7/08)
The Complete Guide to Sharpening – by Leonard Lee (Finished 8/26/10)
The Complete Stories of Truman Capote – by Truman Capote (Finished 2/19/08)
The Complete What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know – by Barry Maz (Finished 2/15/17)
Crow Hollow – by Michael Wallace (Finished 5/28/15)
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper – by Phaedra Patrick (Finished 12/5/16)
Death in the Woods (part of a collection) – by Sherwood Anderson (Finished 4/21/14)
Death Is a Lonely Business – by Ray Bradbury (Finished 7/12/17)
Devil in the Blue Dress – Walter Mosley (Finished 1/6/13)
The Devil in the White City – by Erik Larson
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – by Philip K. Dick (Finished 11/29/17
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm – by Jon Katz (Finished 4/13/08)
Dreamers and Deceivers: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America – by Glenn Beck (Finished 5/14/16)
Dreams From My Father – by Barack Obama
Driving Mr. Einstein: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain – by Michael Paterniti (Finished 11/11/16)
Einstein: His Life and Universe – by Walter Isaacson (Finished 8/8/15)
The Einstein Prophecy – by Robert Masello (Finished 7/16/15)
End the Fed – by Ron Paul (Finished 5/19/13)
The Enemy – by Christopher Hitchens (Finished 8/21/17)
Enter Jeeves – by P.G. Wodehouse (Finished 8/8/12)
Etiquette Guide to Japan – by Boyé Layfayette De Mente (Finished 2/4/14)
Exuberance: The Passion for Life – by Kay Redfield Jamison (Finished 8/9/12)
The Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Heritage – by Andro Linklater (Finished 6/15/10)
The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes – by Willie Nelson
A Farewell to Arms – by Ernest Hemingway (Finished 4/27/14)
The Founding Fathers Reconsidered – by R.B. Bernstein (Finished 7/7/13)
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – by Don Miguel Ruiz (Finished 4/15/18)
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders – by Neil Gaiman (Finished 8/11/16)
Freethinkers : A History of American Secularism – by Susan Jacoby (Finished 12/7/08)
Getting Started in Leather Crafting – by Tony Laier and Kay Laier (Finished 2/23/19)
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel – by Harper Lee (Finished 6/29/18)
The God Delusion – by Richard Dawkins (Finished 9/12/08)
Going Rogue: An American Life – by Sarah Palin (Finished 12/7/09)
Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop – by Nick Offerman (Finished 6/17/17)
The Good Life According to Hemingway – by A. E. Hotchner (Finished 9/19/19)
Good Omens – by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Finished 4/9/19)
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution – by Richard Dawkins (Finished 2/3/10)
Greene & Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light – by David Mathias (Finished 3/29/12)
Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Furniture – by Bruce E. Johnson (Finished 2/4/12)
Happy for No Reason – by Marci Shimoff (Finished 4/29/12)
Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men – by Harold Schechter (Finished 1/5/19)
Horses and Men (part of a collection ) – by Sherwood Anderson (Finished 4/21/14)
How To Succeed At Aging Without Really Dying – by Lyla Blake Ward (Finished 7/2/15)
The Ice Diaries: The True Story of One of Mankind’s Greatest Adventures – by Captain William R. Anderson, with Don Keith (Finished 4/30/17)
I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away – by Bill Bryson (Finished 4/25/16)
India: A History – by John Keay (Finished 11/30/14)
Intellectuals and Society – Thomas Sowell (Finished 10/8/13)
Iron John – A Book About Men – by Robert Bly
Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Brontë (Finished 11/23/19)
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me – by Jon Katz (Finished 5/12/18)
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them) – by Bart D. Ehrman (Finished 6/17/12)
Jim Henson: The Biography – by Brian Jay Jones (Finished 6/12/18)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – by Susanna Clarke (Finished 1/27/17)
The Joy Luck Club: A Novel – by Amy Tan (Finished 8/4/18)
The Joy of Hate – by Greg Gutfeld (Finished 1/16/15)
Keeping the House – by Ellen Baker (Finished 2/4/18)
The Kill Bill Diary: The Making of a Tarantino Classic as Seen Through the Eyes of a Screen Legend – by David Carradine (Finished 11/2/17)
The Last American Man – by Elizabeth Gilbert (Finished 2/9/16)
Last Bus to Wisdom – by Ivan Doig (Finished 3/16/18)
Life Expectancy – by Dean Koontz (Finished 7/28/19)
The Lions of Lucerne – by Brad THor (Finished 11/16/15)
Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews – by Sam Weller (Finished 10/17/12)
Little Pink House – by Jeff Benedict (Finished 7/30/10)
Lost Horizon – by James Hilton (Finished 1/13/18)
Lucky Jim – by Kingsley Amis (Finished 1/9/16)
Make Your Own Ukulele: The Essential Guide to Building, Tuning, and Learning to Play the Uke – by Bill Plant (Finished 3/24/18)
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits – by Les Standiford (Finished 1/19/16)
The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter – by J.S. Drangsholt (Finished 7/26/19)
A Moment of War – by Laurie Lee (Finished 11/4/16)
The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People – by Michael Shermer (Finished 2/24/16)
Motorhome and RV Retirement Living: The Most Enjoyable and Least Expensive Way to Retire – by Jerry Minchey (Finished 8/17/16)
A Moveable Feast – by Ernest Hemingway (Finished 1/23/14)
Mr. Chartwell: A Novel – by Rebecca Hunt (Finished 9/8/17)
Murder Out of Turn – by Frances Lockridge and Richard Lockridge (Finished 10/11/19)
Navajo Autumn: A Navajo Nation Mystery – by R. Allen Chappell (Finished 5/18/17)
Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe – by Bill Bryson (Finished 3/25/16)
Neverwhere – by Neil Gaiman (Finished 6/25/12)
North Haven – by Sarah Moriarty (Finished 5/131/17)
The Norths Meet Murder – by by Frances Lockridge and Richard Lockridge (Finished 8/17/19)
Notes From a Small Island – by Bill Bryson
Note from Underground – by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Finished 1/31/14)
The Old Man and the Sea – by Ernest Hemingway (Finished 2/10/14)
Old Time Banjo Craft: 5 String Open Back Banjo Making – by Robert Browder with Mac Traynham (Finished 8/14/18)
Old-Time Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus – by Wayne Erbsen (Finished 7/8/18)
On the Road – by Jack Kerouac (Finished 4/26/10)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – by Stephen King (Finished 7/9/10)
Outliers – by Malcolm Gladwell (Finished 2/6/09)
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories – Edited by Joyce Carol Oates (Finished 6/14/19)
The Poisonwood Bible – by Barbara Kingsolver (Finished 7/17/10)
A Prayer for Owen Meany – by John Irving (Finished 1/25/19)
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure – by William Goldman (Finished 2/7/15)
Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors – by Sarah Stodola (Finished 9/7/15)
Refuse To Choose – by Barbara Sher
Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention – by Charlotte Gray (Finished 3/25/17)
Replay – by Ken Grimwood (Finished 6/10/08)
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain – by Bill Bryson (Finished 7/7/18)
A Salty Piece of Land – by Jimmy Buffett (Finished 6/6/08)
The Satanic Verses – by Salman Rushdie (Finished 10/6/15)
The Scandal of Father Brown – by G.K. Chesterton (Finished 11/20/15)
A Separate Peace – by John Knowles (Finished 9/29/18)
The Shack – by William Paul Young (Finished 9/23/18)
Shakespeare: The World as Stage – by Bill Bryson (Finished 5/22/16)
Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories – by Sherwood Anderson (Finished 4/21/14)
Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture – by Robert W. Lang (Finished 7/4/12)
The Sinister Pig – by Tony Hillerman (Finished 3/22/08)
Skeleton Man – by Tony Hillerman (Finished 5/24/08)
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions – by Neil Gaiman (Finished 9/3/13)
So Long, Marianne – by Kari Hesthamar (Finished 10/13/18)
So, You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home – by Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen (Finished 3/9/19)
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating – by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (Finished 4/15/17)
The Spectator Bird – by Wallace Stegner (Finished 6/29/19)
Spider Woman’s Daughter – by Anne Hillerman (Finished 12/4/17)
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry – by Gabrielle Zevin (Finished 10/10/17)
Stumbling on Happiness – by Daniel Gilbert (Finished 7/14/08)
Summer People – by Brain Groh (Finished 7/20/17)
The Sun Also Rises – by Ernest Hemingway (Finished 3/4/14)
The Tao of Poo – by Benjamin Hoff
The Tao of Willie – by Willie Nelson
Tao Te Ching – by Lao Tzu (translated by Sam Hamill)
Taoism (Religions of the World) – by Hsiao-Lan Hu, William Cullu Allen
This Is My Beloved – by Walter Benton (Finished 1/2/16)
A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to the Bridges of Madison County – by Robert James Waller (Finished 5/2/08)
The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England – by Ian Mortimer (Finished 1/3/13)
To Have and Have Not – by Ernest Hemingway (Finished 2/17/14)
Travels with Charley in Search of America – by John Steinbeck (Finished 2/8/19)
The Triumph of the Egg (part of a collection ) – by Sherwood Anderson (Finished 4/21/14)
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology – by Leak Remini (Finished 12/16/17)
Tuesday’s Socks – by Alison Ragsdale (Finished 3/16/16)
Tune In Tokyo:The Gaijin Diaries – by Tim Anderson (Finished 9/6/19)
Turning Pens and Pencils – by Kip Christensen & Rex Burningham (Finished 3/25/11)
Turning Wood – by Richard Raffan (Finished 3/22/15)
An Unquiet Mind – by Kay Redfield Jamison (Finished 11/21/09)
The Varieties of Scientific Experience – by Carl Sagan, edited by Ann Druyan (Finished 1/16/08)
Violin Making, Second Edition Revised and Expanded: An Illustrated Guide for the Amateur – by Bruce Ossman (Finished 8/25/18)
Walking the Nile – by Levison Wood (Finished 12/30/16)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle – by Shirley Jackson (Finished 11/1/19)
We’ll Always Have Paris: Stories – by Ray Bradbury (Finished 8/3/17)
When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes – by Jay Feldman (Finished 8/25/13)
Why People Believe Weird Things – by Michael Shermer (Finished 9/1/08)
Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation – by Adam Resnick (Finished 4/3/19)
Winesburg, Ohio – by Sherwood Andersen (Finished 7/24/10)
The World of Jeeves – by P.G. Wodehouse (Finished 8/7/09)
The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution – by Richard David Feinman (Finished 6/12/15)
You & Me: A Novel – by Padgett Powell (Finished 4/26/16)
You’ve Been So Lucky Already: A Memoir – by Althea Black (Finished 9/15/18)
You’ve Got to Read This Book: 55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life – by Jack Canfield and Gay Hendricks, with Carol Kline (Finished 12/29/13)
Zeus: A Journey Through Greece in the Footsteps of a God – by Tom Stone (Finished 3/21/09)