Beaner Book List

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

Comments

40 Comments on "Beaner Book List"

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Kim
Kim

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!

Jen
Jen

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

old fan
old fan

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–

SGT Cole
SGT Cole

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.

Jen

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. 🙂

lea
lea

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

Dee
Dee

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

Pat
Pat

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.

lisa turner
lisa turner

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

Michelle

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!!

Penny
Penny

“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.

Sue in Ohio
Sue in Ohio

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.

laura
laura

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

SusieQ
SusieQ

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!

Quilting Hottie

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.

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