A few years ago I challenged myself to read more books and I’ve stuck with it.  I squeeze in reading or listening to books whenever I can.  I usually read a book to wind down before going to bed.  I listen to audiobooks when I run or hike or to drown out background chatter when I work at the office.

I’m a frugal reader.  I rarely buy any format of books.

My source for hard copy books is my local library.  Audiobooks I get from Librivox by either streaming or downloading, as well as my library has them online through their Overdrive service, OneClickDigital service, or on CD.  You might consider doing the free trial on Audible.  I ended up getting two free audiobooks (Gone With the Wind and The Thin Man) when I did.  I recommend both of those recordings.

I’ve not really gotten into ebooks but Project Gutenberg has free ebooks and again my local library has them available through their Overdrive and OneClickDigital services.

Regarding libraries, check to see if your library has any reciprocal agreements with neighboring libraries.  You may be able to get a free library card for use at those libraries and access any audiobooks or ebooks they have available online.

Please feel free to leave book suggestions in a comment below.

Completed 2016 (114 books):

  • Poisonfeather by Matthew Fitzsimmons
  • The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott
  • Kill Me Again by Rachel Abbott
  • The Back Road by Rachel Abbott
  • Only the Innocent Rachel Abbott
  • Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
  • The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone
  • What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
  • Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
  • The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless
  • My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
  • The Academy by Robert Dugoni
  • Third Watch by Robert Dugoni
  • Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni
  • In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Home by Harlan Coben
  • Horns by Joe Hill
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  • Road Rage by Richard Matheson, Stephen King, and Joe Hill
  • Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  • The Widow by Fiona Barton
  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
  • The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
  • Some Enchanted Eclair by Bailey Cates
  • Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates
  • Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates
  • Spells and Scones by Bailey Cates
  • Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates
  • Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
  • The Temporary Agent by Daniel Judson
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • The One by Kiera Cass
  • Imprudence by Gail Carriger
  • The Elite by Kiera Cass
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Girl on a Train by A. J. Waines
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  • The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
  • Prudence by Gail Carriger
  • Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
  • Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
  • That Darkness by Lisa Black
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
  • Shelter by Harlan Coben
  • Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
  • Found by Harlan Coben
  • Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
  • We’re All Damaged by Matthew Norman
  • Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  • Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  • The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford
  • Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
  • No Good Deed by M. P. McDonald
  • Just One Look by Harlan Coben
  • The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
  • In the Dark by Chris Patchell
  • Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  • The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Deadly Lies by Chris Patchell
  • A Good Marriage by Stephen King
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Live Wire by Harlan Coben
  • Long Lost by Harlan Coben
  • Promise Me by Harlan Coben
  • The Bette Davis Book Club by
  • Regarding Anna by Florence Osmund
  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  • Stay Close by Harlan Coben
  • Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben
  • Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  • One False Move by Harlan Coben
  • The Final Detail by Harlan Coben
  • My Thoughts Be Bloody by Nora Titone
  • Fade Away by Harlan Coben
  • Back Spin by Harlan Coben
  • The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  • Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

Completed 2015:

  • Dust by Hugh Howey
  • Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
  • Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
  • Caught by Harlan Coben
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  • The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis
  • Shift Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
  • Jeremy Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1790-1791 by Winston Graham
  • Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790 by Winston Graham
  • If She Only Knew by Lisa Jackson
  • Wool Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropp
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriary
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 by Winston Graham
  • Alone With Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • Skewed by Anne McAneny
  • The Prettiest One by James Hankins
  • Eyes on You by Kate White
  • The Course of Human Events by David McCullough
  • The Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner
  • Six Years by Harlan Coben
  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  • Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
  • It’s In His Heart by Shelly Alexander
  • The Innocent by Harlan Coben
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
  • Missing You by Harlan Coben
  • A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White
  • Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Stranger by Harlan Coben
  • Pines by Blake Crouch
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • Dangerous Women: Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory
  • A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
  • The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir
  • Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  • Winter King by Thomas Penn
  • Sister Queens by Julia Fox
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • The Plantagenets by Dan Jones
  • Mistriss of the Monarchy by Alison Weir
  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
  • A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Completed 2014:

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Steven Hockensmith
  • Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steven Hockensmith
  • The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker
  • The Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King’s Mother by Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin and Michael Jones
  • The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
  • The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  • Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir
  • The White Princess by Phlippa Gregory
  • The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabldon
  • The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Hand of the Devils by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
  • An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  • An Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Timeless by Gail Carriger
  • Heartless by Gail Carriger
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger
  • Changeless by Gail Carriger
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  • The Carp Castle by MacDonald Harris

Completed 2013:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  • The Bad Seed by William March
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
  • City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • Election by Tom Perotta
  • Little Children by Tom Perotta
  • The Semi-Attached Couple by Emily Eden
  • The Letters of Jane Austen by Jane Austen
  • The Story of Avis by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The Room in the Dragon Volant by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
  • The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
  • The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  • Reached by Ally Condie
  • The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
  • McTeague by Frank Norris
  • The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Completed 2012:

  • Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  • Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (and three short stories) by Truman Capote
  • Crossed by Ally Condie
  • Matched by Ally Conie
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Sharp Object by Gillian Flynn
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James
  • Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  • Beowulf
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
  • Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  • Washington Square by Henry James
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Completed 2011:

  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman
  • The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman
  • The Twilight Saga – New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Twilight Saga – Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Twilight Saga – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
  • A Master Hand by Richard Dallas
  • Devil’s Brood by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Captive Queen by Alison Weir
  • Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bedier
  • The Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Marsh King’s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Falcons of Montabard by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Lords of the White Castle by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden
  • Behind a Mask (or A Woman’s Power) by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
  • Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton
  • Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Rising on the River: St. Louis 1822 to 1850, Explosive Growth from Town to City by Frederick A. Hodes, Ph.D
  • Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Mr. Hogarth’s Will by Catherine Helen Spence
  • Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • The Touchstone by Edith Wharton
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Summer by Edith Wharton
  • The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Eve’s Diary by Mark Twain
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  • Howards End by E. M. Forster
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Indiscretions of Archie by P. G. Wodehouse
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • For the King’s Favor by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Resistance to Civil Government) by Henry David Thoreau
  • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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