My bookshelf

Note 1: This is a bit of a mess for now (kind of reminds me of my classroom library, or personal library, come to think of it), but in the process of being reorganized. Also, this isn’t everything, just a start, really. MORE TO COME!

Note 2: This list is quite eclectic. Hey, we like what we like, right? It’s the books that touched me, stayed with me, somehow, the books that just were that good or ones I remember vividly years after I read them.


Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Short stories by Ray Bradbury

Dune by Frank Herbert

Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (despite some problems I discovered upon re-reading it as an adult. Um, did anyone else think that book had lots of anti-Semitic undertones, or am I just crazy?)

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

My name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

The Brothers Grimm’s fairytales

Hans Christian Andsersen’s fairytales

My VCFA brothers and sisters — and mentors:

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

A Step from Heaven and Wait for Me by An Na

A Strange Sweet Song, by Adi Rule (lyrical, haunting, magical, divine!)

Audacity, by Melanie Crowder

The Undearneath, by Kathi Appelt

Calvin by Martine Leavitt

The Book of Life By Angel and Heck Superhero by Martine Leavitt

Reality Boy and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy

Other Kick-ass Young Adult:

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Aguirre and Rachel Caine

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharpe

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

FEED by M.T. Anderson

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

More Splendid Middle grade:

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Red Pencil by Andrea Pinkney

The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Book Thief by Mark Zusack

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Inside Out and Back Again by Tanhha Lai

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung (if you love superheroes and underdogs, you will LOVE this)

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin (a modern re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, but set in a school instead of a house, that rare MG horror done well!)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

All seven Harry Potters by Everyone-Knows-Who


Poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Woolridge

Sailing Alone Around The Room, by Billy Collins

Stag’s Leap, by Sharon Olds

Lucifer at Starlight, by Kim Addonizio

Books for Adults (shocking, but I will still read those, once in a while):

Diary of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden

The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

And even now, somebody’s fingers are hitting the computer keys hard, typing up something I will love tomorrow…



4 thoughts on “My bookshelf

  1. This is a very cool idea for a page. I love to know what writers are reading. Every month the Victorian Writers Centre produce a magazine which features interviews with Australian authors. The end of each interview has a section where the writer answers the question: What are you reading right now? Sometimes those sections were the only thing I had time for. They were great.

    I find your blog very interesting, particularly as I know next to nothing about the Soviet Union. Your blog is the kind that one needs to have time to sit down with as the posts can be long and deep. I often don’t have that sort of time so its nice to see you interchanging short and long posts and its great to be able to flick to this page for a quick scan of your list. I also really like your book reviews. Given whats on your bookshelf, I can tell I’d like anything you recommend.

    BTW, I absolutely loved Water for Elephants!

  2. I personally read, “Before I Fall,” by Lauren Oliver, the two books of Khaled hosseini, the first four books of Harry Potter (or maybe five, can’t remember), secret life of bees…two other books of Sarah Dessen (keeping the mood and dreamland, and four other books of jodi (The Pact, 19 minutes, house rules and picture perrfect). Many ppl telling me to read water for elephants. nice list! I’m wondering if it’s uptodate

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