déjà lu

My list of accomplishments. It goes backwards in time (top book is my most recent read).

* means I LOVED the book and would recommend it!

** means I read it in French.


  • Faithful Place, Tana French
  • Women, Race and Class, Angela Davis
  • The Death of Stalin, written by Fabien Nury, artist is Thierry Robin, colors by Thierry Robin & Lorien Aureyre
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  • Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith (reread; another of my favorite books from childhood)
  • Outlander, Diana Galbadon
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates*
  • Selected poems of Langston Hughes; A classic collection of poems by a master of American verse, Langston Hughes
  • Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine (reread…my favorite childhood book)* 
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou 
  • A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles*


  • The Conference of the Birds, Farid ud-Din Attar
  • Demain, Guillaume Musso**
  • We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John le Carré*
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed; Paulo Freire
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (reread)
  • Dubliners, James Joyce 
  • The Good People, Hannah Kent
  • 1Q84, Haruki Murakami*
  • Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
  • Winter of the World, Ken Follett
  • Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris
  • Club Dead, Charlaine Harris
  • Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris
  • Dead Until Daryk, Charlaine Harris
  • Rules of Civility, Amor Towles


  • The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun, Haruki Murakami
  • Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami*
  • Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie*
  • Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling
  • Fall of Giants, Ken Folette


  • The Bad Girl, Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith
  • The Cinderella Murder, Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
  • However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy
  • 50 Shades of Gray, E.L. James
  • Lipstick Jungle, Candace Bushnell
  • The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple*
  • The Tipping Point, Malcom Gladwell


  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan
  • A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren
  • A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, Anne Fadiman*
  • And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts*
  • And We’ll Walk in the Sun, Elliot Zanger (Unpublished)
  • Insurgent, Veronica Roth
  • Divergent, Veronica Roth
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan*
  • The Magician King, Lev Grossman
  • The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai
  • 6H41, Jean-Phillippe Blondel**
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, Robert M. Pirsig
  • Orlando, Virginia Woolf
  • This Is Not A Love Song, Jean-Philippe Blondel**
  • La Délicatesse, David Foenkinos*,**
  • The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
  • A Moveable Feast, Earnest Hemingway*
  • The Cider House Rules, John Irving
  • Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Appellez-moi par mon prenom, Nina Bouraoui**


  • The Five Love Languages, Gary D. Chapman
  • Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali*
  • The Cukoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  • The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins*
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread)* 

For about a year in here I stopped making a list of the books I had read. :( Below is what I read during  Peace Corps (2010-2012):

  • Snow, Orhan Pamuk
  • Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
  • The Magicians, Lev Grossman* (for people who want to read a Harry Potter/Lion, Witch, Wardrobe satire)
  • Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut*
  • Istanbul; Memories and the City, Orhan Pamuk
  • Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  • The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obrhet
  • War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy*
  • A Tear and a Smile, Khalil Gibran
  • Collected Stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Physik Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe
  • Lady Chatterly’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
  • Catch-22, Joseph Heller*
  • Mighty Be Our Powers, Leymah Gbowee*
  • Native Speaker, Chang-Rae Lee
  • My Life, Bill Clinton
  • Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho*
  • The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  • Starbucked: A Doubla Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture, Taylor Clark*
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro*
  • The Machiavelli Covenant, Allan Folsom
  • Stones Into Schools, Greg Morenson
  • Gogol Short Stories (Ivan Feodorovich Shponka and his Aunt, The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich, Nevsky Prospect, The Nose, The Overcoat, Diary of a Madman, The Carriage, The Government Inspector)
  • A Man Without a Country, Kurt Vonnegut*
  • The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
  • The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
  • Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand*
  • Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt*
  • Molokai, Alan Brennert
  • March, Geraldine Brooks
  • The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff
  • The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, Sally Smith O-Rourke
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams 
  • Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Room, Emma Donoghue
  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  • The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead
  • The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
  • Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho
  • Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Little Bee, Chris Cleave
  • The Piano Teacher, Elfriede Jelinek
  • House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender*
  • The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
  • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • The Lady Elizabeth, Alison Weir
  • The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri*
  • The Ugly American, William Lederer & Eugene Burdick*
  • The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls*
  • The Secret LIve of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Sarah’s Key, Tatiana De Rosnay

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