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Beaner Book List

Friday, July 6, 2012 @ 03:07 PM
Author: Lincee

Remember back when it wasn’t triple digit weather and I asked y’all if you would suggest some summer reading material for my night stand and you delivered with recommendation upon recommendation of your favorite classics, beach reads and “I’m using a pseudo name because I’m embarrassed to admit that I actually purchased this ridiculous piece of literature?” (CLICK HERE)

Well, I’ve finally made a list that combines each recommendation (by title and author) for us all to enjoy. It only took me four months! Go me!

I’ve decided to link this page too so you can easily find it in the future. It will be the first title under BLOGROLL up there on the left panel under categories.

For the record, I’ve read two Beaner suggestions and have three, quite literally, waiting for me on the night stand. Since we are clearly a community of intellectuals who appreciate the written word, feel free to continue to add books, series and authors in the comment section of this post and I’ll update the list periodically.

That’s code for one or twice a year. Sad, but true.

Now, grab your yarn-tasseled scratch-n-sniff book markers from fourth grade and READ AWAY!

LIST BY TITLE
11/22/1963, Stephen King
A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
An Invisible Thread, Alex Tresniowski, Laura Schroff
Angry Conversations With God, Susan E. Isaacs
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral, Kris Radish
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
Beach Music, Pat Conroy
Before Ever After, Samanta Sotto
Before I Go To Sleep, S. J. Watson
Beowulf on the Beach, Jack Murnighan
Beyond Belief, Josh Hamilton
Bleachers, John Grisham
The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
The Bonfire of the Vanitites, Tom Wolfe
The Book of Joe, Jonathan Tropper
The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
The Caine Mutiny, Herman Woulk
Candle in the Darkness, Lynn Austin
Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
Delirium, Lauren Oliver
The Devil All The Time, Donald Ray Pollock
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Divergent, Veronica Roth
Domestic Violets, Matthew Norman
Don’t Stop the Carnival, Herman Woulk
Emily Ever After, Anne Dayton
The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
Falling Home, Karen White
Fire By Night, Lynn Austin
Flashbang, Mark Steele
The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton
Game of Thrones Series, George R.R. Martin
The Gardner Heist, Ulrich Boser
Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen
The Gargoyle, Andrew Davidson
The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Bank
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Gospel, J.D. Greear
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer
Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Hissy Fit, Mary Kay Andrews
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
History of a Pleasure Seeker, Richard Mason
The Hour I First Believed, Wally Lamb
House Rules, Jodi Picoult
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
If You Could See Me Now, Cecelia Ahern
If You Have To Cry, Go Outside, Kelly Cutrone
In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
The Invisible Wall, Harry Bernstein
Kissed in Paris, Juliette Sobanet
The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
The Loop, Nicholas Evans
The Lover’s Dictionary, David Levithan
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan
My Brother Michael, Mary Stewart
My Fair Lazy, Jen Lancaster
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, Elna Baker
The Next Thing on My List, Jill Smolinski
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson
Oh My Stars, Lorna Landvik
One Day, David Nicholls
Open, Andre Agassi
Optimist’s Daughter, Eudora Welty
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon
Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety, Elyse Fitzpatrick
The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
The Peace Corpse, Andy Christofferson
Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
The Poinsonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver, Barbara Fisher
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
Pretty in Plaid, Jen Lancaster
The Queen of the South, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Andrew Hurley
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood
Room, Emma Donoghue
Roses, Leila Meacham
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs
Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafron
She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb
Sleeping With Paris , Juliette Sobanet
The Smoke Jumper, Nicholas Evans
Smooth Talking Stranger, Lisa Kleypas
Someday My Prince Will Come, Jerramy Sage
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
The Swan House Series, Elizabeth Musser
Tara Road, Maeve Binchy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Graham Handley
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper
Thunderstruck, Erik Larson
Trade Wind, Mary Margaret Kaye
Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
Unbreakable, Jasmine Rose Millwood
Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
The Wednesday Wars, Gary Schmidt
The Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown
When Crickets Cry, Charles Martin
When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris
World Without End, Ken Follett

LIST BY AUTHOR
Agassi, Andre: Open
Ahern, Cecelia: If You Could See Me Now
Allen, Sarah Addison: Garden Spells
Andrews, Mary Kay: Hissy Fit
Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin
Atwood, Margaret: Oryx and Crake
Atwood, Margaret: The Robber Bride
Austin, Lynn: Candle in the Darkness
Austin, Lynn: Fire By Night
Baker, Elna: The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
Bank, Melissa: The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Barrows,Annie and Mary Ann Shaffer: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Bernstein, Harry: The Invisible Wall
Binchy, Maeve: Tara Road
Boser, Ulrich: The Gardner Heist
Brooks, Geraldine: People of the Book
Brown, Eleanor: The Weird Sisters
Bryson, Bill: Notes from a Small Island
Burroughs, Augusten: Running With Scissors
Card, Orson Scott: Ender’s Game
Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop
Christofferson, Andy: The Peace Corpse
Cline, Ernest: Ready Player One
Connolly, John: The Book of Lost Things
Conroy, Pat: Beach Music
Courtenay, Bryce: The Power of One
Cutrone, Kelly: If You Have To Cry, Go Outside
Davidson, Andrew: The Gargoyle
Dayton, Anne: Emily Ever After
de Rosnay, Tatiana: Sarah’s Key
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa: The Language of Flowers
Donoghue, Emma: Room
Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca
Eliot, George: Middlemarch
Enger, Leif: Peace Like a River
Evans, Nicholas: The Loop
Evans, Nicholas: The Smoke Jumper
Fitzpatrick, Elyse: Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety
Follett, Ken: World Without End
Gabaldon, Diana: Outlander Series
Greear, J.D.: Gospel
Grisham, John: Bleachers
Grissom, Kathleen: The Kitchen House
Gruen, Sara: Water for Elephants
Hamilton, Josh: Beyond Belief
Handley, Graham: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Hoffman, Beth: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Irving, John: A Prayer for Owen Meany
Isaacs, Susan E.: Angry Conversations With God
Jordan, Hillary: Mudbound
Kaye, Mary Margaret: Trade Wind
Kimmel, Haven: A Girl Named Zippy
King, Stephen: 11/22/1963
Kingsolver, Barbara and Barbara Fisher: The Poinsonwood Bible
Kleypas, Lisa: Smooth Talking Stranger
Kostova, Elizabeth: The Historian
Krakauer, Jon: Into Thin Air
Lahiri, Jhumpa: Interpreter of Maladies
Lahiri, Jhumpa: The Namesake
Lahiri, Jhumpa: Unaccustomed Earth
Lamb, Wally: The Hour I First Believed
Lamb, Wally: She’s Come Undone
Lancaster, Jen: My Fair Lazy
Lancaster, Jen: Pretty in Plaid
Landvik, Lorna: Oh My Stars
Larson, Erik: The Devil in the White City
Larson, Erik: In the Garden of Beasts
Larson, Erik: Thunderstruck
Levithan, David: The Lover’s Dictionary
Martel, Yann: Life of Pi
Martin, George R.R.: Game of Thrones Series
Martin, Charles: When Crickets Cry
Mason, Richard: History of a Pleasure Seeker
Mayle, Peter: A Year in Provence
McDougall, Christopher: Born to Run
McLain, Paula: The Paris Wife
Meacham, Leila: Roses
Miller, Donald: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Millwood, Jasmine Rose: Unbreakable
Mitchell, Margaret: Gone with the Wind
Morgenstern, Erin: The Night Circus
Morton, Kate: The Forgotten Garden
Mukherjee, Siddhartha: The Emperor of All Maladies
Murnighan, Jack: Beowulf on the Beach
Musser, Elizabeth: The Swan House Series
Nicholls, David: One Day
Norman, Matthew: Domestic Violets
Oliver, Lauren: Delirium
Patchett, Ann: State of Wonder
Perez-Reverte, Arturo, Andrew Hurley: The Queen of the South
Perrotta, Tom: The Leftovers
Picoult, Jodi: House Rules
Pollock, Donald Ray: The Devil All The Time
Radish, Kris: Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral
Remarque, Erich Maria: All Quiet on the Western Front
Roth, Veronica: Divergent
Sage, Jerramy: Someday My Prince Will Come
Schmidt, Gary: The Wednesday Wars
Sedaris, David: When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Setterfield, Diane: The Thirteenth Tale
Smith, Dodie: I Capture the Castle
Smolinski, Jill: The Next Thing on My List
Sobanet, Juliette: Kissed in Paris
Sobanet, Juliette: Sleeping With Paris
Somaya Gowda Shilpi: Secret Daughter
Sotto, Samantha: Before Ever After
Steele, Mark: Flashbang
Stein, Garth: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Stephenson, Neal: Cryptonomicon
Stewart, Mary: My Brother Michael
Stiefvater, Maggie: The Scorpio Races
Stockett, Kathryn: The Help
Tartt, Donna: The Secret History
Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
Towles, Amor: Rules of Civility
Tresniowski. Alex, Laura Schroff: An Invisible Thread
Tropper, Jonathan: The Book of Joe
Tropper, Jonathan: This is Where I Leave You
Verghese, Abraham: Cutting for Stone
Walls, Jeannette: The Glass Castle
Walls, Jeannette: Half Broke Horses
Watson, S.J.: Before I Go To Sleep
Welty, Eudora: Optimist’s Daughter
White, Karen: Falling Home
Wofle, Tom: The Bonfire of the Vanitites
Woulk, Herman: The Caine Mutiny
Woulk, Herman: Don’t Stop the Carnival
Zafron, Carlos Ruiz: The Shadow of the Wind
Zusak, Markus: The Book Thief

41 Responses to “Beaner Book List”

  1. Kim says:

    awesome list! I will have to check this out next time I am in need of a good book. You really need to check out the Nantucket Love Series by Denise Hunter. I really think you would enjoy all those books! JMO!

  2. Jen says:

    WHich ones have you read and what’s on deck?

  3. old fan says:

    Thanks for this, Lincee! Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Couldn’t put it down. Psychological study of a marriage unraveling, with a little thriller thrown in! Good summer read–

  4. SGT Cole says:

    I was so bored on my last deployment, when I wasn’t chasing babes from “Big Pimpin,” I was reading nearly 2 books a week. I am on the Kindle bandwagon now. This is an impressive list in both volume and variety.

    The Caine Mutiny is one of my favorites of all time.

  5. Jen says:

    Thanks for the list, Lincee! After we make the final move back to Hville…I’m sure I’ll have lots of free time on my hands for some readin’ on the porch. :)

  6. lea says:

    i just finished “gone girl” too & loved it.

  7. Dee says:

    Read “gone girl” now before you read anything else about it. Just do it.

  8. Pat says:

    New author wrote a cool reincarnation love story novel, available on Kindle. It’s called The Pull, by Chelsie Shakespeare. A quick read and unique take on the whole “meant to be” theme.
    I think it would be cool to see which books have been read by your followers and if they liked it or loved it. I read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and LOVED it! I also read her other books and they are all really good.

  9. lisa turner says:

    don’t forget Pillars of the Earth! Comes before World Without End. By Ken Follett. Amazing

  10. Michelle says:

    Am about 3/4 finished with ‘Gone Girl’ and am only on a break right now because I had to use the potty (and no, I’m NOT typing this while using it….). BEST, most consuming book I’ve read in a long time. Author used to be the movie/t.v. critic for EW…maybe that’s why she’s so good – she appreciates good pop-culture!!

  11. Penny says:

    “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” by Salman Rushdie is hands down my favourite book of all time! Followed closely by “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I have read both of them dozens of times and will continue to do so throughout my life.

    As for the above list, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” was touching and inspired and “Life of Pi” was incredible.

  12. Sue in Ohio says:

    I’m such a huge reading fan. This is great. Should we have a little book club now and then as well? Right now I’m rereading “The Girl…” Stieg Larsson series, but I’ll pop here for the next batch.

    Thanks for sharing. I would love to see your “top 10 list” of books sometime.

    Enjoy and happy reading.

  13. laura says:

    unbroken!!!!! please read. incredible true story!

  14. SusieQ says:

    I agree that Unbroken is excellent! I read it over a year ago and still think about it. Another excellent WWII book is Invitation to Valhalla by Mike Whicker. A very suspenseful spy novel!

  15. I was inspired by your list to comment about the book I am reading, and see that several others have already mentioned it. Gone Girl is way pageturning!
    Thanks for the list – it really looks like a great resource for us all.

  16. Barb says:

    Okay, you may not agree with me or want to read it but Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E J James is my number one read of the year.

  17. Natty from Oz says:

    Well Oprah’s gone…kinda sorta..so it’s time for Lincee’s Book Club!!!

    Just do it!!!

    And 50 Shades of Grey…yes trash but good trash lol

  18. Diane says:

    I’m surprised my fave summer read didn’t make the list! You’ve gotta include “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened”, by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess. It’s literally laugh-out-loud funny. If you like Jen Lancaster or David Sedaris, you’ll love Lawson! Plus, she’s a fellow Texan!

  19. Erica says:

    Thanks for the list… I am always looking for new reads!

    Also, I would like to second Divergent by Veronica Roth as well as the sequel Insurgent. Both are absolutely phenomenal!

    Another book I didn’t see on the list that is DEFINITELY worth a look is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. It is one of my new faves. Happy reading :-)

  20. Trisha says:

    This is wonderful, I love this list! To expand on the idea of several others, I think this could be bigger than Oprah’s Book Club. Seriously, if it was possible to somehow do a rating system so people could rate the books they have read…soon authors would say, “Well, my book got five stars on the Beaner Book List” :)

  21. Courtney says:

    I recently read The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen, and I absolutely loved it. It’s dark but very well written and extremely thought provoking. If you like apocalyptic-style tales and/or historical fiction, then you should consider checking it out!

  22. prettygirly0412 says:

    On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves; That Boy (as well as That Wedding) by Jillian Dodd; Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah were also all great reads!

  23. Lorraine says:

    I just read The Night Circus. Lincee, if you haven’t read it yet, get it, and read it. I loved, loved, loved this book. I was so sad that I blew through it so fast that I’m starting it over so I can really enjoy it.

  24. Amanda says:

    Surprised this didn’t make the list… but either Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and/or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Truly a wonderful author and writes amazing stories.

  25. A says:

    Don’t know how I missed the original post, but here are some of my all-time favorites:
    Centennial by James Michener
    Handling Sin by Michael Malone
    A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
    Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
    Run With the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams
    The Whisper of the River by Ferrol Sams
    When All the World Was Young by Ferrol Sams
    I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    also, anything by Nelson DeMille, especially those books with John Corey as the main character

  26. Lacy says:

    So happy to see that Charles Martin’s “When Crickets Cry” is on this list! Anything by him is a win! Also love “Chasing fireflies.” I quite literally tell almost everyone I meet to read Charles Martin books… phenomenal! :) Love reading them almost as much as ihgb!!!!

  27. Raine says:

    Gonna have to agree with Amanda about the Khaled Hosseini books.
    Also, The Sweetness of Tears and The Writing On My Forehead, both by Nafisa Haji.
    And Open House by Elizabeth Berg, Every Last One by Anna Quindlen.

  28. Writing Diva says:

    Good morning Lincee! Love the list.

    Just wanted to add that Kelly Cutrone also wrote “Normal Gets You Nowhere.”

    Though not quite as good (in my opinion) as “If You Have To Cry…” it’s still a worthy read.

    Thanks for the laughs!

  29. Melissa says:

    I missed your first call-out for suggestions, so my addition would be To Kill a Mockingbird. Epic — then, now, and forever.

  30. Jenny says:

    This is awesome!
    Here area couple more:
    The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver
    Anthropologie of an American girl – Hilary Thayer Hamaan

  31. Jen says:

    Gone Girl was fantastic!

    You also need to add:

    The Dovekeepers
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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  33. Holly says:

    The Liar’s Club by Mary Carr. Probably my all time favorite book. Been around a while, but I re-read it every few years.

  34. JO says:

    THANK YOU for not including anu Shades of Grey on this list – worst writing ever. That said, there are some incredible books on here! Just finished “Half Broke Horses” and loved it! Read, “Still Alice,” by Lisa Genova. I finished it in one day.

  35. Natalie says:

    This is a great… I love to read and am always looking for suggestions.

    With that said (LOL), you MUST read “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. Best book I have EVER read.

  36. Jess says:

    John Green is an amazing writer I recently discovered. His books are young adult fiction, but at 29 I still found them incredible.

    I suggest that everyone grab copies of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.

    The Fault in Our Stars is literally the only book that has every made me cry while reading. And it also makes you laugh. It’s just phenomenal!

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