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Reading List

There is no such thing as too many books! I’m an avid reader and an ardent enthusiast for well crafted stories.
Here you can find a list of books that I’ve read, am currently reading, or plan to read.

This page is still work in progress! And an attempt to keep track of all the books.

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”

Anne Lamott, author of several novels, writer of columns and reviews, and a writing teacher, shares her offbeat wisdom in this book whose title is a nod to her writer father, who once told Lamott’s brother, paralyzed with writer’s block on the eve of a deadline for a science report, to take it “bird by bird.”

If you have ever wondered what it takes and means to be a writer and what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life.

My Rating

James Baldwin

Nonfiction, Essays, Race, Classics, History, Politics, Social Movements, Social Justice, Anti-racism, African American, Autobiography, Memoir

1963, US

Story Genius:
How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel

Lisa Cron

Language, Writing, Nonfiction, Crafts, How To, Research, Psychology

2016, US

On Writing:
A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King

Nonfiction, Language, Writing, Autobiography, Books About Books, Horror

2000, UK / edition 2012

Utopia for Realists:
And How We Can Get There

Rutger Bregman

Nonfiction, Politics, Economics, Philosophy, History, Sociology, Culture, Society, Business, Social Movements, Social Justice

2014, Netherlands / edition 2018

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Contemporary, Africa, Western Africa, Nigeria

2018, US

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Nonfiction, Autobiography, Race, History, Social Movements, Social Justice, Politics, African American

2015, US

The Fifth Season
(The Broken Earth #1)

N.K. Jemisin

Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, LGBT

2015, US

The Three-Body Problem
(Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)

Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu)

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Aliens, Speculative Fiction, China

2008, China / edition 2016

Yuval Noah Harari

Nonfiction, History, Philosophy, Science, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Culture, Technology

2018, UK

Fritz Gesing

Language, Writing, Nonfiction, European Literature, German Literature

2004, Germany

Stein on Writing:
A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies

Sol Stein

Language, Writing, Nonfiction, How To, Crafts, Education, Books About Books, Business

1995, US

Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott

Nonfiction, Writing, Crafts

1994, US

Yuval Noah Harari

Nonfiction, History, Science, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology

2011 (in Hebrew), 2014 (in English)

Robert Seethaler

Fiction, Novels, Historical, Literary Fiction

2014, Germany

Ottessa Moshfegh

Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

2015, US

Blake Crouch

Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

2019, US

Rückkehr nach Reims
Retour à Reims

Didier Eribon (translated by Tobias Haberkorn)

Nonfiction, Sociology, Cultural, Biography, Politics, Philosophy, Memoir, GLBT, French Literature

2009, France

Jennifer Egan

Fiction, Contemporary, Music, Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction

2010, US

Siri Hustvedt

Fiction, Contemporary, Art, Literary Fiction, American Literature, New York

2003, US

Miranda July

Fiction, Contemporary,Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction, LGBT, American Literature

2015, US

Daniel Suarez

Science Fiction, Thriller, Cyberpunk, Mystery, Technology

2006, US

Daniel Suarez

Science Fiction, Thriller, Cyberpunk, Mystery, Technology

2010, US

Mikhail Bulgakov (translated by Thomas Reschke)

Classics, Fiction, Novels , Russian Literature, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction, 20th Century

first published 1967
5th edition 2008

Ursula K. Le Guin

Science Fiction, Classics, Feminism, Speculative Fiction, LGBT, Gender

1969, US

Ursula K. Le Guin

Science Fiction, Politics, Feminism, Speculative Fiction, Philosophy, Utopia

1974, US

Blake Crouch

Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

2019, US

Neal Stephenson

Hard Science Fiction, Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Space, Speculative Fiction

2015, US

Fjodor Michailowitsch Dostojewski (translated by August Scholz)

Classics, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Russia

1868/1869, Russia

Aldous Huxley

Classics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

1932, England

Jennifer Egan

Fiction, Contemporary, Music, Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction

2010, US