Books students are reading

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This list should only include books you're reading for fun. If this list gets big enough, this page might be a neat way to get a quick book recommendation. Please alphabetize by author's last name.

  • After you finish the book, or if you have read a book on the list, consider adding a brief rating or review (put two vertical lines after the author's name, then type) and consider appending your name so that people will know whose opinion it is.
title author rating (1-10) or review
A History of God Karen Armstrong
Second Foundation Isaac Asimov I would rate Foundation as the best book I've read in years, but neither Foundation and Empire nor Second Foundation met my expectations, after having read the first book. Still a great series, and there is a good reason it won the Hugo Award for best all-time series.
Boober's Colorful Soup Joanne Barkan
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
Autobiography of Red Anne Carson
Werewolves in their Youth Michael Chabon
The World Crisis: 1911-1918 Sir Winston Churchill
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
State of Fear Michael Crichton
The Deptford Trilogy Robertson Davies
Love in a Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
Complications Atul Gawande
The Prophet Kahlil Gibran
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell This book advances a compelling argument that small changes in policies, or actions by one individual, can have major effects. It's worth reading just for the examples he gives of the phenomenon in action. (07djd)
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
Blue Highways William Least Heat-Moon
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein
The Eye of the World Robert Jordan
Cell Stephen King
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Wicked Gregory Maguire
Teacher Man Frank McCourt A great book of stories about teaching in various types of schools. Definitely not your average teacher. (07djd)
Amsterdam Ian McEwan
The Emperor's Children Claire Messud
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
South of the Border, West of the Sun Haruki Murakami
A Wild Sheepchase Haruki Murakami
Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story Kim Neely
Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven
Choke Chuck Palahniuk
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man John Perkins
American Theocracy Kevin Phillips
Bad Dirt: Wyoming stories 2 Annie Proulx
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
Stories of God Rainier Maria Rilke
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
Monkey Business John Rolfe and Peter Troob
Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre
Gone for Soldiers Jeff Shaara
On Beauty Zadie Smith
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson I like this book so much that I am reading only a few chapters a night so that it will last as long as possible. (07djd)
Quicksilver Neal Stephenson I recommend this entire trilogy (Quicksilver is the first, The Confusion is the second and in my opinion best, and The System of the World is third). They were by far the most fun books I read in 2006, with some interesting background in European history thrown in. (07elb)
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Niebla Miguel de Unamuno
Rabbit, Run John Updike
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut This book is exceptional in three ways: The writing style, the telling of the story of Dresden, and the main character's being at the same time seemingly crazy and also completely understandable as a person. (07djd)
The Once and Future King T.H.White
Night Elie Wiesel The new 2006 translation by his wife makes this book even better. If you have never read a story of the Holocaust by someone who survived it, or even if you have, this is a book not to miss. (07djd)
This Boy's Life Tobias Wolff
The Razor's Edge W. Somerset Maugham