Every Book I’ve Read

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I used to have a personal library of over 100 books. I held onto some of them with the thought that I should read them. But mostly I held onto them as trophies. (Look, everyone! I’m a reader!) I can’t say I’ve gotten over the pride associated with being well-read but I have managed to get most of my books new homes where they will have a new life. This list has become my trophy case now. (Actually, I keep the whole list on a spreadsheet where I can track when I finished each book, my thoughts of the book, and so on.)

This isn’t (just) a vanity parade. I think you get to know a lot about a person by knowing what they’ve read. So, dear reader, here’s what I’ve read (in more or less chronological order):

The Dragon’s Den: A Choose Your Own Adventure Book (Richard Brightfield)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
The Lost Jewels of Nabooti: A Choose Your Own Adventure Book (R.A. Montgomery)
Stuart Little (E.B. White)
The Chocolate Touch (Patrick Skene Catling)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Beverly Cleary)
Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls)
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective (Donald J. Sobol)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Incredible Journey (Sheila Burnford)
Boy (Roald Dahl)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arhtur Conan Doyle)
The Cat-Dogs and Other Tales of Horror (A. Finnis)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
White Fang (Jack London)
The Solid Gold Kid (Norma Fox Mazer)
Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy (R.L. Stine)
Goosebumps: One Day at HorrorLand (R.L. Stine)
The Silent Hero: A true escape story from WWII (George Shea and Cowan Lore)
Ten Little Indians (Agatha Christie)
Freeze Tag (Caroline B. Cooney)
The Cay (Theodore Taylor)
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (Roald Dahl)
The Hardy Boys: The Voodoo Plot (Franklin W. Dixon)
Net Force Explorers: The Deadliest Game (Diane Duane)
Forbidden City (William Bell)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl)
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Roald Dahl)
Stage Fright (Erica Field)
Virus: Med Center #1 (Diane Hoh)
Flood: Med Center #2 (Diane Hoh)
Fire: Med Center #3 (Diane Hoh)
The Black Pearl (Scott O’Dell)
Seawitch (Alistair MacClean)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkein)
Robin Hood (J. Walker McSpadden)
Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
Little Britches (Ralph Moody)
Z is for Zachariah (Robert C. O’Brien)
Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkein)
Tiger Eyes (Judy Blume)
The Pigman (Paul Zindel)
Sphere (Michael Crichton)
The Haunted Mesa (Louis L’Amour)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Rainbow Six (Tom Clancy)
Debt of Honor (Tom Clancy)
The Sum of All Fears (Tom Clancy)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot)
Way to Be (Gordon B. Hinckley)
A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
Force 10 from Navarrone (Alistair MacClean)
OpCenter: Mirror Image (Jeff Rovin)
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
Seven Summits (Dick Bass, Frank Wells, and Rick Ridgeway)
Executive Orders (Tom Clancy)
Without Remorse (Tom Clancy)
Standing for Something (Gordon B. Hinckley)
The Golden Gate (Alistair MacClean)
A Marvelous Work and a Wonder (LeGrand Richards)
OpCenter: Balance of Power (Jeff Rovin)
The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare)
9-11 (Noam Chomsky)
Clear and Present Danger (Tom Clancy)
Red Storm Rising (Tom Clancy)
The Last of the Breed (Louis L’Amour)
If You Can Talk You Can Write (Joel Saltzman)
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (R.A. Salvatore)
The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
The Bourne Supremacy (Robert Ludlum)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Robert Ludlum)
The Bear and the Dragon (Tom Clancy)
OpCenter: Games of State* (Jeff Rovin)
The Book of Mormon
Jesus the Christ (James E. Talmage)
The Pearl of Great Price
The Doctrine and Covenants
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
Hedda Gabler (Henrik Ibsen)
Why We Can’t Wait (Martin Luther King Jr.)
The Prince (Niccolo Macchiavelli)
Tartuffe (Moliere)
Net Force (Steve Perry)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
Maus (Art Spiegelman)
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Leo Tolstoy)
Candide (Voltaire)
Blood Diamonds (Greg Campbell)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Night Draws Near (Anthony Shadid)
Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin)
The Kite Runner (Khalid Hosseini)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (John Gray)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)
Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)
The Dead (James Joyce)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)
Leadership and Self-Deception (Arbinger Institute)
Dune Messiah (Frank Herbert)
Children of Dune (Frank Herbert)
The Higher Power of Lucky* (Susan Patron)
50 Facts that Should Change the World (Jessica Williams)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Consumed (Benjamin Barber)
While Europe Slept (Bruce Bawer)
Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
A Study in Scarlet (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire (Rafe Esquith)
The World Is Flat (Thomas Friedman)
God Emperor of Dune (Frank Herbert)
The Quick and the Dead (Louis L’Amour)
A World Lit Only By Fire (William Manchester)
Descent into Chaos (Ahmed Rashid)
Tokyo Vice (Jake Adelstein)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Tom Clancy)
Inside Delta Force (Eric L. Haney, CSM [ret.])
Heretics of Dune (Frank Herbert)
He Restoreth My Soul (Donald L. Hilton, Jr. MD)
The Black Shrike (Alistair MacClean)
The End of Oil (Paul Roberts)
Wild at Heart (John Eldridge)
The Sea-Hawk (Rafael Sabatini)
Gomorrah (Roberto Saviano)
The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
The Holy Bible**
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein)
McMafia (Misha Glenny)
Variable Star (Robert Heinlein and Spider Robinson)
Comstock Lode (Louis L’Amour)
The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)
Lone Survivor (Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson)
Seeds of Terror (Gretchen Peters)
Freak the Mighty (Rodman Philbrick)
Class & Schools (Richard Rothstein)
Whatever It Takes (Paul Tough)
The Hunger Games* (Suzanne Collins)
Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
Accommodating and Educating Somali Students in Minnesota Schools (Mohamed Farid and Don McMahan)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Sackett’s Land (Louis L’Amour)
A Framework for Understanding Poverty (Ruby Payne)
Seal Team Six (Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin)
Night (Elie Wiesel)
Killing Floor (Lee Child)
Wallander’s First Case (Henning Mankell)
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
1984 (George Orwell)
Methland (Nick Reding)
Naked Economics (Charles Wheelan)
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (Ian Doerscher)
Lucky (Alice Sebold)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
What Happy People Know (Dan Baker PhD and Cameron Stauth)
The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammet)
Lost at School (Ross W. Greene PhD)
Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal (Aaron Allston)
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner (Judy Melinek, MD and T.J. Mitchell)
American Commando: Evans Carlson, his WWII raiders, and America’s first special forces mission (John Wukovitz)
Ship Breaker (Paulo Bacigalupi)
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (Max Brooks)
Illuminae: The Illuminae Files 01 (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)
The End of Education (Neil Postman)
Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy (Jamie Smith)
The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques (Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD)
In the Company of Prophets (Heidi Swinton)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
A Whole New Brain (Daniel Pink)
The Martian (Andy Weir)
Everything That Remains (Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus)
Foreign Agent (Brad Thor)
Creative Schools (Ken Robinson, PhD with Lou Aronica)

*These were audiobooks I listened to. I didn’t actually read them. I’m a purist and I think that distinction is worth noting.

**The Bible appears later in this list not because I read it later (I had read the New Testament years before) but because it took me a long time to finish the Old Testament.

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