BECOMING BETTER

Jean Croker Petke


BOOK LIST

This is a list of the books I have read in recent years. Because book reviews are readily available on the internet, I have opted to leave the reviews to others.

2017

  • Pillars of the Earth br Ken Follet
  • An Empty Cup by Sarah Price
  • The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  • Mutant Message from Forever by Marlo Morgan
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Amazing Story of a Man who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Per J Andersson
  • The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven
  • The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope
  • The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
  • Challenging Words for Smart People by Richard Lederer
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz
  • Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
  • Return Trips by Alice Adams
  • The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
  • Words are my Matter by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

2016

  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  • The Joy of Music by Leonard Bernstein
  • Home Free by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
  • The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • In Buddha’s Kitchen by Kimberley Snow
  • Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Playing the Piano for Pleasure by Charles Cooke
  • Absent by Betool Khedairi
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Practice Perfect by Doug Lemon, Erica Woolway, and Katie Yezzi
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
  • Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • Play it with Feeling: Expressing Emotion in Musical Performance by David Bolton
  • How to Memorize Music by David Bolton
  • How to Overcome Stage Fright by David Bolton
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • I Just Lately Started Buying Wings by Kim Dana Kupperman
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2015

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • Living Reconciliation by Phil Groves and Angharad Parry Jones
  • Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  • Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
  • The Breakthrough by Gerard Long
  • 70 Things to do When You Turn 70 by Ronnie Sellers
  • A Memoir of Toru Takemitsu by Asak Takemitsu
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin
  • The Far Pavilions (Volume I) by M. M. Kaye
  • The Far Pavilions (Volume II) by M. M. Kaye
  • The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  • Vermeer’s Hat by Timothy Brook
  • How to be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward
  • Lempriere’s Dictionary by Lawrence Norfolk
  • A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • I Know I Came in Here for Something
  • What Remains by Carol Radziwill
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami
  • Always Returning by D. A. Hickman
  • Some Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
  • Claude Debussy by Paul Roberts
  • Speak, Memory by Vladimir Habokov
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • Sullivan’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank

2014

  • The Severed Wasp by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
  • Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx
  • Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  • This House of Sky by Ivan Doig
  • The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  • The Note by Angela Hunt
  • Turn Here for Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson
  • The Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
  • The Firm by John Grisham
  • Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy
  • Why Zebras don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Dear Life by Alice Monro
  • Simplify by Joshua Becker
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2013

  • Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  • When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  • World Without End by Ken Follett
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
  • Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
  • Unless it Moves the Human Heart by Roger Rosenblatt
  • Ethan Frome and Selected Stories by Edith Wharton
  • Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  • The Art of Practicing by Madeline Bruser
  • The Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The school of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Deadly Spin by Wendell Potter
  • I feel Bad about my Neck by Nora Ephron
  • The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2012

  • Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan
  • The Sun also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • The Story of Charlotte’s Web by Michael Sims
  • Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  • Get off Your “but” by Sean Stephenson
  • The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett
  • Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes by Alvin Josephy, Jr.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel