what’s in a list?

This sort of list is popping up all over my life lately and I guess I have decided they are a decent snapshot of what is going on for me.  This one is from USA Today’s Best Seller List…  I have seen this around the blogging world and decided to take a short inventory on my reading!  How it works: bold what you’ve read, italicize what you own, or do both, and *star* books on your TBR list____Maybe someday I will document MY list of top 50 books and why…oh the somedays.  

1.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

2.   Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution – Robert C. Atkins

3.   The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

4.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

5.   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

6.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

7.   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

8.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

9.   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

10.   Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson

11.   The South Beach Diet – Arthur Agatston

12.   Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

13.   Angels & Demons – Dan Brown

14.   What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway

15.   The Purpose-Driven Life – Rick Warren

16.   The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

17.   The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

18.   The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

19.   Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray

20.   The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

21.   Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter

22 .  To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

23.   Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … And It’s All Small Stuff – Richard Carlson

24.   The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

25.   Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert**

26.   Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

27.   The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

28.   The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards

29.   The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

30.   Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden**

31.   A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle

32.   Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss

33.   The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

34.    Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

35.   The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

36.   Body-for-Life – Bill Phillips, Michael D’Orso

37.   New Moon – Stephenie Meyer

38.   Night – Elie Wiesel, translations by Marion Wiesel and Stella Rodway

39.   Chicken Soup for the Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen

40.   The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw

41.   Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

42.   The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield

43.   Wicked – Gregory Maguire

44.   Good to Great – Jim Collins

45.   Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer

46.   Eragon – Christopher Paolini

47.   Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells**

48.   Your Best Life Now – Joel Osteen

49.   In the Kitchen With Rosie – Rosie Daley

50.   Simple Abundance – Sarah Ban Breathnach

51.   A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer

52.   A Million Little Pieces – James Frey

53.   The Testament – John Grisham

54.   Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger

55.   Deception Point – Dan Brown

56.   The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho**

57.   Marley & Me – John Grogan**

58.   Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter – Robert C. Atkins

59.   Life of Pi – Yann Martel

60.   The Brethren – John Grisham

61.   The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide – Arthur Agatston

62.   The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town – John Grisham

63.   For One More Day – Mitch Albom**

64.   The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

65.   The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

66.   The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow**

67.   What to Expect the First Year – Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway

68.   Love You Forever – Robert Munsch, art by Sheila McGraw

69.   Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss

70.   A Painted House – John Grisham

71.   The Rainmaker – John Grisham

72.   Skipping Christmas – John Grisham

73.   Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

74.   The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

75.   Life Strategies – Phillip C. McGraw

76.   Seabiscuit: An American Legend – Laura Hillenbrand

77.   The Summons – John Grisham

78.   Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt

79.  The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

80.   The Runaway Jury – John Grisham

81.   Goodnight Moon Board Book – Margaret Wise Brown, art by Clement Hurd

82.   The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger

83.  Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson**

84.   The Giver – Lois Lowry

85.   Embraced by the Light – Betty J. Eadie

86.   The Chamber – John Grisham

87.   You: On A Diet – Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

88.   The Prayer of Jabez – Bruce Wilkinson

89.   Holes – Louis Sacha**

90.   Digital Fortress – Dan Brown

91.   The Shack – William P. Young

92.   The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

93.   Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen**

94.   A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini**

95.   The Seat of the Soul – Gary Zukav

96.   Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff

97.   The Partner – John Grisham

98.   Lord of the Flies – William Golding

99.   Eldest: Inheritance, Book II – Christopher Paolini

100.   The Broker – John Grisham

101.   The Street Lawyer – John Grisham

102.   A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 1: The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket

103.   The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

104.   Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

105.   The King of Torts – John Grisham

106.   The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

107.   The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans

108 .  Hannibal – Thomas Harris

109.  The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama

110.   Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs

111.   The Glass Castle: A Memoir – Jeannette Walls**

112.   My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult**

113.   The Last Juror – John Grisham

114.   The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

115.   Left Behind – Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

116.   America (The Book) – Jon Stewart and The Writers of The Daily Show

117.   The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

118.   John Adams – David McCullough

119.   The Christmas Box – Richard Paul Evans

120.   The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares

121.   Sugar Busters! – H. Leighton Steward, Sam S. Andrews, Morrison C. Bethea, Luis A. Balart

122.   Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

123.   The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

124.   90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life – Don Piper, Cecil Murphey

125.   The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

126.   1776 – David McCullough

127.   The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller

128.   Where the Heart Is – Billie Letts

129.   The Ultimate Weight Solution – Phillip C. McGraw

130.   Protein Power – Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades

131.   Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff

132.   Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer**

133.   Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

134.   Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

135.   You: The Owner’s Manual – Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

136.   1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List – Patricia Schultz

137.   Self Matters – Phillip C. McGraw

138.   She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb**

139.   1984 – George Orwell**

140.   The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

141.   The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko

142.   The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory**

143.   The Zone – Barry Sears, Bill Lawren

144.   The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve**

145.   The Lost World -Michael Crichton

146.   Atonement – Ian McEwan

147.   He’s Just Not That Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo

148.   Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury**

149.   The World Is Flat – Thomas L. Friedman

150.   Cross – James Patterson


So, the tally stands as follows:

I own 3 books I have not read on the list; I own and have read 32 books on the list; I have read 12 books from the list that I do not own; there are still 18 books on the list that I would like to read and that I do not own.  

That means I have read 41 books out of the 150 on the list and plan to read 18 mores which would put me at 59.  It also tells me I have bought too many books and I should give some away, because, lets face it, not all of those books were great reads.  If you are looking for a book to read, feel free to stop by my library.


4 thoughts on “what’s in a list?

  1. Yeah, the Secret of that book is that the lady is laughing her head off at every fool that buys it…but if you manage to get that pastrami sandwich you should secret one my way!

    Erin, Because I am lazy I only copied the list and pasted it on my blog…so it took about 30 minutes to edit it! Haha!!!

  2. I love books so this is going to be another list I am stealing from your blog. Do you have any recommendations- I am always looking for a GOOD read?

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