Cate's Book List

On his website, Art Garfunkel has a fantastic feature called Library. It's a list of every book he's read since 1968 and includes the title, author, and year of original publication for said books, as well as a list of his favorites. (Unfortunately, it ends in 2009.) And it got me thinking that maybe we should do something similar here at What We Covet. So here it is, starting with my reading for 2011. Every month, I'll update it to reflect my most recent literary experiences; rather than include the year, I'll include the genre. Some authors' names are linked to their websites. I encourage you to read as many of them as you can and enjoy yourself along the way!


NB: A few books are missing along the way due to my erratic record keeping. Also, I will omit titles that I've reading for the second (or third, or fourth) time so only new-to-me titles appear!

1) King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography, Chris Crutcher (Autobiography)
2) The Night Is Singing, Jacqueline Davies (Picture Book)
3) Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson (Young Adult)
4) Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie Andrews (Autobiography)
5) Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block (Fiction)
6) Sins of the Fathers, Chris Lynch (Young Adult)
7) A Hellion in Her Bed, Sabrina Jeffries (Romance)
8) Cut, Patricia McCormick (Young Adult)
9) Writers' Workshop in a Book: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Ficiton (Reference)
10) American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld (Literary Fiction)
11) The Writing Life, Annie Dillard (Non-Fiction)
12) Desire Lines, Jack Gantos (Young Adult)
13) Chinese Handcuffs, Chris Crutcher (Young Adult)
14) Hush, Jacqueline Woodson (Young Adult)
15) Nicola and the Viscount, Meg Cabot (Young Adult)
16) Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison (Young Adult)
17) Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (Classics)
18) Pentateuch: The First Five Books, Whit Griffin (Poetry)
19) Gospel Earth, Jeffery Beam (Poetry)
20) Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin (Mainstream Fiction)
21) The Nature of Attraction, Scott Owens and Pris Campbell (Poetry)
22) Not Dead and Not for Sale: A Memoir, Scott Weiland (Memoir)
23) Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos, Donna Andrews (Mystery)
24) Princess in Love, Meg Cabot (Young Adult)
25) Sam and the Tigers, Julius Lester (Picture Book)
26) The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, Terra Elan McVoy (Young Adult)
27) I Am the Cheese, Robert Cormier (Young Adult)
28) American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang (Young Adult)
29) Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell (Non-Fiction)
30) Wuv Bunnies from Outers Pace, David Elliott (Children)
31) (Not that You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions, Steve Almond (Non-Fiction)
32) Brendan, Ronan Noone (Play)
33) The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling (Children)
34) The Atheist, Ronan Noone (Play)
35) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie (Young Adult)
36) Feed, M.T. Anderson (Young Adult)
37) Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Chris Crutcher (Young Adult)
38) Looking for Alaska, John Green (Young Adult)
39) Ballistics, Billy Collins (Poetry)
40) The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (Young Adult)
41) Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (Young Adult)
42) Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Young Adult)
43) Visualize, Bobby G. Price (Poetry)
44) Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Graphic Novel)
45) Lord Perfect, Loretta Chase (Romance)
46) Shade, Jeri Smith-Ready (Young Adult)
47) Daytripper, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Graphic Novel)
48) White Edge, Curling Wave, Thomas Heffernan (Poetry)
49) Summer and the City, Candace Bushnell (Young Adult)
50) Stitches: A Memoir, David Small (Graphic Novel)
51) The Xianthippe Fragments, Becky Gould Gibson (Poetry--Unpublished Manuscript)
52) I Know I Am, but What Are You?, Samantha Bee (Non-Fiction)
53) Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints, Simon Doonan (Non-Fiction)
54) Myrtle Beach Back When, Marie Gilbert (Poetry)
55) Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation, Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton (Graphic Novel)
56) Beware a Scot's Revenge, Sabrina Jeffries (Romance)
57) Stigmata, Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti (Graphic Novel)
58) East Wind Melts the Ice, Liza Dalby (Non-Fiction)
59) Bright Young Things, Anna Godbersen (Young Adult)
60) Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella (Mainstream Fiction)
61) Patrimony, Philip Roth (Memoir)
62) Jumper, Steven Gould (Young Adult)
63) Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher (Memoir)
64) Wanted, Mark Millar and JG Jones (Graphic Novel)
65) Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt (Middle Grade)
66) The Hanged Man, Francesca Lia Block (Young Adult)
67) What Jamie Saw, Carolyn Coman (Children)
68) Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson (Young Adult)
69) A Brief History of Diaries: From Pepys to Blogs, Alexandra Johnson (Non-Fiction)

1) The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers (Fiction)
2) What the Grizzly Knows, David Elliott (Picture Book)
3) The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (Middle Grade)
4) Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems, Thomas Sayers Ellis (Poetry)
5) Dirty One, Michael Graves (Short Stories)
6) There Is No Balm in Birmingham, Ann Deagon (Poetry)
7) Voicing the Muse, Ann Deagon (Non-Fiction)
8) Something Stinks!, Clifford Lewis Ross (Picture Book)
9) Phyla of Joy, Karen An-Hwei Lee (Poetry)
10) V for Vendetta, Alan Moore and David Lloyd (Graphic Novel)
11) Shift, Jeri Smith-Ready (Young Adult)
12) My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business, Dick van Dyke (Memoir)
13) Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories, Mike Birbiglia (Non-Fiction)
14) Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (Fiction)
15) It Is Okay to Sleep Now, J. Hunter Patterson (Poetry)
16) The Name Poems, Yvonne Mason (Poetry)
17) Spectra, Judith E. Edwards (Poetry)
18) The Twelfth Painting, Ellen Tosh (Fiction)
19) That House in Venice, Peter Trias (Poetry)
20) Leave Your Sugar for the Cold Morning, Warren Carrier (Poetry)
21) Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, Patton Oswalt (Mixed Genre)
22) Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart, Stefan Kafner (Biography)
23) You Have Seven Messages, Stewart Lewis (Young Adult)
24) Home In Time, Grace Evelyn Gibson (Poetry)
25) The Sex Diaries Project: What We're Saying About What We're Doing, Arianne Cohen (Non-Fiction)
26) Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, Jennifer Haymore (Romance)
27) Matched, Ally Condie (Young Adult)
28) Cemetery Girl, David Bell (Mystery)
29) The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, Simon Winchester (Non-Fiction)
30) Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff (Biography)
31) Bound to a Warrior, Donna Fletcher (Romance)
32) Hymen, H.D. (Poetry)
33) Crossed, Ally Condie (Young Adult)
34) Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson (Memoir)
35) The Sea of Monsters, Rick Riordan (Middle Grade)
36) The Maverick Room, Thomas Sayers Ellis (Poetry)
37) The Tiger's Back, David Elliott (Fiction)
38) Angry Young Man, Chris Lynch (Young Adult)
39) Jeannie Out of the Bottle, Barbara Eden (Memoir)
40) Bossypants, Tina Fey (Memoir)
41) Something Blue, Emily Giffin (Mainstream Fiction)
42) Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, Portia de Rossi (Memoir)
43) Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher (Young Adult)
44) How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran (Memoir)
45) Transcendental Telemarketer, Beth Copeland (Poetry)
46) Fraud, David Rakoff (Non-Fiction)
47) The Postcard, Tony Abbott (Middle Grade)
48) Eating the Heart First, Clare L. Martin (Poetry)
49) Land of Amnesia, Joseph Bathanti (Poetry)
50) The Kiss, Kathryn Harrison (Memoir)
51) Memo to All Employees, Daniel X. O'Neill (Poetry)
52) Lit, Mary Karr (Memoir)
53) In the Sea, David Elliott (Picture Book)
54) Victoria and the Rogue, Meg Cabot (Young Adult)
55) Eloise Goes to the Beach, Sonali Fry (Picture Book)
56) Hobart, Anita Briggs (Chapter Book)
57) Sky Sandwiches, John F. Buckley (Poetry)

1) Shine, Jeri Smith-Ready (Young Adult)
2) Diverting Angels, Deborah Diemont (Poetry)
3) Elegy for Trains, Benjamin Myers (Poetry)
4) Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart, Carlos Reyes (Poetry)
5) Accidental Ambassador: From The Forgotten War, Leonard Rattini (Memoir)
6) Letters from People Who Hate Me, Steve Almond (Non-Fiction)
7) If It We, Lisa Zaran (Poetry)
8) Nightmarks, Carlos Reyes (Poetry)
9) The Fifty Year Sword, Mark Z. Danielewski (Fiction)
10) Beautiful Days, Anna Godbersen (Young Adult)
11) When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris (Non-Fiction)
12) Reached, Ally Condie (Young Adult)
13) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Michael J. Fox (Memoir)
14) Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox, Greg Fitzsimmons (Memoir)