gail schimmel

The blog of writer Gail Schimmel: A bit of writing, a bit of parenting, a bit of thinking and some book reviews

A To Be Read List


In February 2014 I blogged a list of books that I had enjoyed recently. And I imagined doing it about every six months, just to keep you with a long To Be Read List.

Well here we are in July 2015, and I haven’t done that. So I am going to do you a list now, because people often ask me for book recommendations. It’s certainly not everything I have read since February 2014 – I read at least two books a week so that would be a looooooong list. And I only tell you about the good ones. So I am dividing this list, as before, into “Slightly lighter” and “Slightly heavier” – and reminding you again that this is a very fine line because I don’t read very, very light books, and I certainly don’t read very literary heavy books. Mostly, if I were you, I’d ignore the headings!!

There is no particular order because I will work off my kindle and then try to remember good book club reads.

A bit lighter

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer (This is my most recent read – yes, yes, yes!)

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell

The Girls – Lisa Jewell (anything by her is wonderful)

In the Unlikely Event – Judy Blume (and “Summer Sisters”)

That Girl from Nowhere – Dorothy Kroomson

This is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper (new discovery, this author. I have read all his books now. All great)

The Last Road Trip – Gareth Crocker

Aren’t We Sisters? – Patricia Ferguson

Both Robert Galbraith’s – surprised how much I loved these.

First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen

Elizabeth is Missing – Emily Healey

The Photographer’s Wife – Nick Alexander

The Woman Who Stole My Life – Marian Keyes

Leaving Time – Jodi Piccoult

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

Anything and everything by Liane Moriarty

Daughter – Jane Shemilt

The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls

Funny Girl – Nick Hornby

Time and Time Again – Ben Elton

A bit heavier

Sister Noon – Karen Joy Fowler

Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf (you must read ALL his books)

Fourth of July Creek – Smith Henderson

The Life of a Banana – PP Wong

One Day – David Nicholls (And also “Us”)

Snakewoman of Little Egypt – Robert Hellenga (all his are good)

Villa America – Liza Klaussmann (and her first book – Tigers in Red Weather)

The Keeper – Marguerite Poland

Remember – these area ll books I loved. So let me know if you agree. Happy reading.


3 thoughts on “A To Be Read List

  1. Ooh, I haven’t read many of these. I’ll have to look them up. I loved One Day. 🙂

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