In 2002 I made a New Year’s resolution to keep a list of all the books I read that year. I did it! I’ve kept my list ever since.

Click each box below to see a full list for each year.


1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

2. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

3. The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

4. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

5. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

6. How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

7. Dietland by Sarai Walker

8. The Country Under My Skin by Gioconda Belli

9. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi


1. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

2. On Fire by John O’Leary

3. Elenor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

4. The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

5. Dragonfish by Vu Tran

6. Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White

7. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

8. Wild Mama by Carrie Visintainer

9. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferante

10. The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

11. Butterflies in November by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

12. The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs

And a Captain Underpants book. I don’t ever need to read  one of those again.

And a Pokemon graphic novel. I really don’t ever need to read one of those again.

And several Junie B. Jones books.

And all of the books in the Ricki Ricotta and the Mighty Robot series many, many times.


My five favorites of the year are highlighted.

1. All Over the Map by Laura Fraser

2. We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

3. A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

4. The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

5. The Possibility of Everything by Hope Edelman

6. Instant Mom by Nia Vandals

7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

8. Simply Pray by Erik Walker Wikstrom

9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

10. The Haiku Apprentice by Abigail Friedman * reread

11. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke * reread

12. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

13. Methland by Nick Reding

14. Gabriel by Edward Hirsch

15. Use Your Words by Kate Hopper

16. Molokai by Alan Brennert

17. An Unfinished Marriage by Joan Anderson

18. Lottery by Patricia Wood

19. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

20. I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home by Lisa Manterfield

21. The Brotherhood of Joseph by Brooks Hansen

22. So Close by Tertia Albertyn

23. For Those With Empty Arms by Emily Harris Adams

24. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevan Kwan

25. Dumped edited by Nina Gaby

26. Oogy by Larry Levin

27. Godless by Pete Hautman

28. Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

29. Red Eggs and Good Luck by Angela Lam

30. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

31. The Lady and the Monk by Pico Iyer

32. Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio


My five favorite reads of the year are highlighted.

1. Operating Instructions by Annie Lamott

2. Fifty Shades of Gray by EL James

3. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

4. Tout Sweet by Karen Wheeler

5. The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Jennifer Steil

6. Everything Is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert

7. Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein

8. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

9. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

10. Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

11. Motherhoodwinked by Anne-Marie Scully

12. Infertility Inferschmility by April Fasino Lane

13. Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

14. God’s Middle Finger by Richard Grant

15. An Irreverent Curiosity by David Farley

16. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

17. Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us by Christine Gross-Loh


My five favorites for the year are highlighted.

1. The Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey

2. Enough About Love by Herve le Tellier

3. The Must be the Place by Anna Winger

4. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

5. Swallow the Ocean by Laura M. Flynn

6. Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue  Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

7. Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost

8. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

9. The Expats by Chris Pavone

10. Remedies by Kate Ledger

11. The Brief, Wonderous Life of Oscar Diaz by Junot Diaz

12. Smile at Strangers by Susan Schorn

13. Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald


The book list got a little skimpy this year. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s just downright anorexic. But I have an excuse—I became a mom. Who knew these little humans needed so much attention?

1. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

2. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Alison Hoover Bartlett

3. Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

4. Kosher Chinese by Michael Levy

5. Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart

6. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin


My five favorites for the year are highlighted.

1. Good Eggs by Phoebe Potts

2. Mamalita by Jessica O’Dwyer

3. China Ghosts by Jeff Gammage

4. Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen

5. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

6. Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other by Scott Simon

7. Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

8. A Fortune Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani

9. The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell

10. All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose

11. Breakfast with the Pope by Susan Vigilante

12. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

13. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

14. The Wishing Year by Noelle Oxen

15. Silent Tears by Kay Bratt

16. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

17. Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napol

18. Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal Omar

19. One More Year by Sana Krasikov

20. The Little Princes by Conor Grennan

21. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collines

22. Lucky Girl by Mei Ling Hopgood

23. The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

24. The Early Arrival of Dreams by Rosemary Mahoney

25. Painting Chinese by Herbert Kohl

26. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron


My five favorites for the year are highlighted.

1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson

2. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

3. Born Under a Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield

4. Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

5. English by Wang Gang

6. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

7. The Tea House Fire by Ellis Avery

8. Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing

9. A Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler

10. Truck by Michael Perry

11. Marry Anita by Anita Jain

12. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

13. Bangkok Days by Lawrence Osborne

14. An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser

15. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowel

16. Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion

17. Iraqi Girl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq

18. Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren

19. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

20. Harold and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

21. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

22. Japanland by Karin Muller

23. Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup

24. Do Travel Writer’s Go to Hell? by Thomas Kohnstamm

25. On Mexican Time by Tony Cohan

26. Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by Maria Finn


My favorites for the year are highlighted.

1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

2. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

3. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

4. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

5. The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara

6. The Pakistani Bride by Bapsi Sidhwa

7. The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

8. Four-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris

9. Acqua Alta by Donna Leon

10. Bowling Across America by Mike Walsh

11. Haiku Mind by Patricia Donegan

12. Haiku Apprentice by Abigail Friedman

13. Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors

14. True Notebooks: A Writer’s Year in Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman

15. The Natural Laws of Good Luck: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage by Ellen Graf

16. Love Haiku: Masajo Suzuki’s Lifetime of Love by Masajo Suzuki

17. The Haiku Year by Michael Stipe, Grant Lee Phillips, Tom Gilroy, Anna Grace, Rick Roth, Jim McKay and Steve Earle

18. Dragon House by John Shores

19. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

20. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

21. The Scent of Sake by Joyce Lebra

22. Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel

23. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors

24. One True Theory of Love by Laura Fitzgerald

25. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

26. Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico by Malin Alegria

27. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

28. The Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

29. The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson

30. Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faiza Guene

31. Slant by Laura E. Williams

32. Secret Son by Laila Lalami

33. The Class by Francois Begaudeau

34. Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

35. Haiku by Andrew Vachss

36. Blink by Malcom Gladwell

37. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louis Rennison


My favorites for the year are highlighted.

1. Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway

2. Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin

3. Elephant Run by Roland Smith

4. The White Masai: An Exotic Tale of Love and Adventure by Corinne Hofmann

5. Salty by Mark Haskell Smith

6. Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody

7. A Beginner’s Guide to Changing the Universe: A True Life Adventure Story by Isabel Losada

8. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

9. The Art of French Kissing by Kristin Harmel

10. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee

11. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

12. The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag

13. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in American by Firoozeh Dumas

14. Laughing Without An Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American at Home and Abroad by Firoozeh Dumas

15. Atonement by Ian McEwan

16. Surprise Me: A 30-day Faith Experiment by Terry Esau

17. Petite Anglaise by Catherine Sanderson

18. Vertical Ethiopia by Majka Burhardt

19. Atonement by Ian McEwan

20. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

21. On a Hoof and a Prayer: Exploring Argentina at a Gallop by Polly Evans

22. Lulu in Marrakech by Diane Johnson

23. Rosewater and Soda Bread by Marsha Mehran

24. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

25. Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk

26. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

27. Marco Polo Didn’t Go There by Rolf Potts

28. Fidel’s Last Days by Roland Merullo

29. Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones


My five favorite reads of the year are highlighted.

1. The House of Paper by Carlos María Domínguez

2. The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

3. A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life by Jon Katz

4. Grayson by Lynne Cox

5. Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence by Matthew Sanford

6. When Heaven Fell by Carolyn Marsden

7. Child of the Jungle by Sabine Kuegler

8. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

9. Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

10. Sula by Toni Morrison

11. Kabul Beauty School for Women by Deborah Martinez

12. River Queen by Mary Morris

13. Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett

14. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

15. Bad Karma: Confessions of a Reckless Traveler in Southeast Asia by Tamara Sheward

16. Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

17. Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande

18. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram translated by Andrew X. Pham

19. Sold by Patricia McCormick

20. Adventures of an Ice Princess by Liz Maverick

21. A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson

22. Home on the Road by Catherine Watson

23. The Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

24. Digging to American by Anne Tyler

25. Buenos Aires Broken Heart Club by Jessica Morrison

26. Stalking the Wild Dik Dik by Marie Javins

27. Minaret by Leila Aboulela

28. All the Fishes Come Home to Roost by Rachel Manija Brown

29. Two in a Boat: The True Story of a Marital Rite of Passage by Gwyneth Lewis


My five favorite reads of the year are highlighted.

1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

3. Tess of D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

4. Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

5. Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

6. Old Filth by Jane Gardam

7. Shibumi by Trevanian

8. The Tree of Red Stars by Tessa Bridal

9. Backpack by Emily Barr

10. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

11. Five Quarters of an Orange by Joann Harris

12. Saturday by Ian McEwan

13. The Last Song of Dusk by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

14. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami

15. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

16. Someone Else by Tonio Benacquista

17. Let Me Go by Helga Schneider

18. Burning the Map by Laura Caldwell

19. Losing Gemma by Katy Gardner

20. Es Cuba: Life and Love on an Illegal Island by Lea Aschkenas

21. Angles and Demons by Dan Brown

22. Lost Girls and Love Hotels by Catherine Hanrahan

23. Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett

24. Blood Orange Brewing by Laura Childs

25. What Color is Your Jockstrap? Edited by Jen Leo

26. Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst

27. The Dancing Girls of Lahore by Louise Brown

28. The Almond Picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby

29. Frangipani by Celestine Hitiura Vaite

30. The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen

31. The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy

32. Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana by Isadora Tattlin


My five favorite reads of the year are highlighted.

1. The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk

2. The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander

3. Welcome to My Planet by Shannon Olson

4. Children of God Go Bowling by Shannon Olson

5. Honeymoon With My Brother by Franz Wisner

6. French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

7. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

8. The Bitch in the House by Cathi Hanuer

9. The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

10. Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa

11. Revenge by Marry Morris

12. Maya Running by Anjali Banerjee

13. Whose Panties Are These? Edited by Jen Leo

14. Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes

15. Night of the Radishes by Sandra Benitez

16. They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky by Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, Benjamin Ajak, Judy A. Bernstein

17. Around the Bloc by Stephanie Elizondo Griest

18. A Way to See the World by Thomas Swick

19. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

20. Lucky Girls by Nell Freudenberger

21. Best American Travel Writing 2004 edited by Pico Iyer

22. Roads Less Traveled by Catherine Watson

23. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maaretn Troost

24. Holy Smoke by Tonio Benacquista

25. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

26. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

27. Whiteout by Ken Follet

28. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

29. Trading Up by Candace Bushnell

30. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

31. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


My five favorite reads of the year are highlighted.

1. Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals by Wendy Dale

2. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

3. The Translator by John Crowley

4. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

5. Bad Times in Buenos Aires by Miranda France

6. Along the Inca Road by Karin Muller

7. Reading Lolita in Terhan by Azar Nafisi

8. Priority by Iselin C. Hermann

9. The Stone Boudoir by Teri Maggio

10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

11. The Ladies’ Coupe by Anita Nair

12. The Mango Season by Amulya Mallad

13. A Good Year by Peter Mayle

14. Almost French by Sarah Turnbul

15. High Tide by Mark Lynas

16. The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

17. Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

18. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

19. The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

20. The Quiet American by Graham Greene

21. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

22. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst


My five favorite reads of the year are highlighted.

1. The Leaf Storm by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2. Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do it by Geoff Dyer

3. Eva Peron by Alicia Dujorne Ortiz

4. Reviving Ophelia by Mary Piphen

5. A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford

6. Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman

7. Travelers’ Tales: Cuba edited by Tom Miller

8. Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

9. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

10. Memoirs of a Geisha by Aurthur Golden

11. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

12. The Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

13. Cane River by Lalita Tademy

14. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

15. All the Names by Jose Saramago

16. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

17. Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler

18. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

19. No Horizon is So Far by Ann Bancroft

20. The War of the Beavers by Verena Andermatt Conley

21. Waiting With Gabriel by Amy Kuebelbeck


My five favorite reads of the year are highlighted.

1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

2. Dakota by Kathleen Norris

3. Frida by Barbara Mujica

4. Never Again a World Without Us by Teresa Ortiz

5. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

6. Lying Awake by mark Slazman

7. Daughter of the Queen of Sheba by Jacki Lyden

8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

9. Where She Came From by Helen Epstein

10. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

11. The Old Man Who Read Love Stories by Luis Sepulveda

12. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

13. Prague by Arthur Phillips

14. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares

15. The Art of Travel by Alain de Bottom

16. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall

17. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

18. Mr. Maybe by Jane Green

19. Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

20. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

21. The Death of Vishnu by Manie Suri

22. How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Bottom

23. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

24. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

25. Lucky by Alice Sebold

26. The Greatest Salesmen in the World by Og Mandino

27. Making Sense of Life’s Changes: Transitions by William Bridges

28. Daughter of Fortune by Isabelle Allende

29. The Snake Charmer by Sanjay Nigam

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