Memory Exercise: Books Read

  1. 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday edited by Billy Collins
  2. 1984 (1949) George Orwell
  3. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  4. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  5. After Dark by Haruki Marakami
  6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  8. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herrott
  9. All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgham
  10. All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg
  11. American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Stephen King
  12. Angelica by Arthur Phillips
  13. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  14. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  15. Anne of Green Gables
  16. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
  17. Apocalypse 2012 by Lawrence E. Joseph
  18. Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland
  19. The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins
  20. The Art of War by Mao Tse-Tung
  21. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  22. Aztec by Gary Jennings
  23. Backlash by Susan Faludi
  24. The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran
  25. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  26. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  27. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  28. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  29. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  30. Blood Child and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
  31. Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
  32. Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
  33. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  34. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  35. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  36. The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God: And Other Stories by Etgar Keret
  37. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  38. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  39. Catcher in the Rye (1951) J.D. Salinger
  40. Cat’s Cradle (1963) Kurt Vonnegut
  41. Cat vs Human by Yasmine Surovec
  42. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  43. The Compromise by Sergei Dovlatov
  44. Confessions of a Former Dittohead by Jim Derych
  45. Convince Them in 90 Seconds by Nicholas Boothman
  46. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  47. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  48. The Dhammapada introduced and translated by Eknath Easwaran
  49. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
  50. Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov
  51. Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser
  52. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  53. The Dreamlife of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin
  54. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  55. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  56. Ecology for Beginners by Stephen Croall & William Rankin
  57. The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
  58. Embers by Sandor Marai
  59. Emma by Jane Austen
  60. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  61. The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
  62. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  63. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
  64. Failed States by Noam Chomsky
  65. Farnham’s Freehold by Robert Heinlein
  66. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  67. Fathers and Sons by Turgenev
  68. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  69. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  70. The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke
  71. The Flower in the Skull by Kathleen Alcala
  72. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  73. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  74. Flying at Night by Ted Kooser
  75. A Foreign Woman by Sergei Dovlatov
  76. Forever by Judy Blume
  77. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  78. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  79. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  80. Getting the Words Right: How to Revise, Edit & Rewrite by Theodore A. Rees Cheney
  81. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  82. Glory by Vladimir Nabokov
  83. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  84. God Bless You Mr. Rosewater or Pearls Before Swine by Kurt Vonnegut
  85. The Gold Cell by Sharon Olds
  86. The Good Earth (1931) Pearl S. Buck
  87. Grain Brain (2013) by Dr. David Perlmutter, MD
  88. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  89. The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
  90. The Great Enigma by Tomas Transtromer
  91. The Great Gatsby (1925) F. Scott Fitzgerald
  92. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  93. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
  94. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  95. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  96. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  97. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  98. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  99. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  100. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  101. Hate Mail by M. M. Garcia
  102. Have Space Suit Will Travel by Robert Heinlein
  103. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  104. Heaven by V.C. Andrews
  105. A Hero of Our Time by M. Lermontov
  106. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  107. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  108. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  109. House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
  110. How Green Was My Valley (1939) by Richard Llewellyn
  111. Hungry for the World by Kim Barnes
  112. Identity by Milan Kundera
  113. If There Be Thorns by V.C. Andrews
  114. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  115. The Illiad by Homer
  116. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  117. In an Instant by Bob and Lee Woodruff
  118. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  119. In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed
  120. Into the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country by Kim Barnes
  121. It Is Hard to Look at What We Came to Think We’d Come to See by Michele Glazer
  122. Job a Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein
  123. The Joke by Milan Kundera
  124. Journey Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg
  125. Joy of Zentangle by  Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning
  126. King Lear by William Shakespeare
  127. Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes From the Midlife Underground by Twenty Five Women Over Forty edited by Kim Barnes and Claire Davis
  128. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  129. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  130. Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries by Erma Bombeck
  131. Life After Death by Deepak Chopra
  132. Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng
  133. Life and Leisure in Ancient Rome by J.P.V.D. Balsdon
  134. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  135. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  136. The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler
  137. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
  138. Lust and Other Stories by Susan Minot
  139. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  140. Magic Kingdom for Sale—SOLD! by Terry Brooks
  141. Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers by Carolyn See
  142. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  143. Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  144. Memories by Mike McQuay
  145. The Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka
  146. Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  147. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  148. The Myrtle’s Plantation: The True Story of America’s Most Haunted House by Francis Kermeen
  149. My Traitor’s Heart by Rian Malan
  150. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  151. The New Crusade by Rahul Mahajan
  152. The New Diary by Tristine Rainer
  153. A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
  154. The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
  155. Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
  156. Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  157. Penguin Lost by Andrei Kurkov
  158. Pushkin Hills by Sergei Dovlatov
  159. The Odyssey by Homer
  160. Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck
  161. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  162. On the Road by Jack Keroac
  163. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Soltzenitzen
  164. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  165. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  166. Ours: A Russian Family Album by Sergei Dovlatov
  167. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  168. A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
  169. Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov
  170. Personal History by Katharine Graham
  171. Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews
  172. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  173. Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry edited by Billy Collins
  174. Prisons We Choose to Live Inside by Doris Lessing
  175. The Prophet by Kalil Grabran
  176. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
  177. Rant: The Life of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
  178. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  179. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
  180. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  181. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  182. The Rough Hewn Table by Henry Carlile
  183. Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
  184. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  185. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
  186. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
  187. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  188. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  189. Send: The Essential Guide for Email for Office and Home by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe
  190. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Franklin Covey
  191. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  192. Skins on the Earth by Primus St. John
  193. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  194. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
  195. Stop Clutter From Stealing Your Life by Mike Nelson
  196. Straight Man by Richard Russo
  197. The Stranger (1942) by Albert Camus
  198. The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov
  199. Sula by Toni Morrison
  200. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
  201. Take Charge Product Management by Greg Geracia
  202. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  203. There’s Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos by Jim Hightower
  204. Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe
  205. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
  206. This Moment on Earth by John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry
  207. The Thousand and One Nights
  208. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
  209. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee
  210. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  211. Twenty Letters to a Friend by Svetlana Alliluyeva
  212. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  213. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
  214. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  215. The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran
  216. Very Short Stories by Sean Hill
  217. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  218. The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems by William Stafford
  219. We (1988) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  220. The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
  221. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  222. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  223. Where River Meets the Sky by Gregg Kleiner
  224. Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart
  225. Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart
  226. A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle
  227. Winter is Coming by Gary Kasparaov
  228. Work Would Be Great If It Weren’t for the People by Ronna Lichtenberg
  229. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  230. Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark
  231. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  232. You Don’t Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
  233. Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
  234. Y: The Last Man: Book One by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and José Marzán
  235. The Zone by Sergei Dovlatov

12 thoughts on “Memory Exercise: Books Read”

    1. Ow, that hurts my brain! No, I started thinking about what I’d read, and then I’d remember more, and more, and so on. Finally, I couldn’t remember anything else. Although, today I was remembering some vampire book I read last year; no clue what it was called though. —Cheers!


      1. I get excited every time I add a new book in my Goodreads bookshelf. Goodreads is a massive site for finding a new book. I seek recommendations there to see what might interest me. Next to Facebook I think my favorite site is Goodreads.


  1. Hi! Really impressive list this one of yours… but if you allow me, I’d like to make a suggestion: Love in the time of cholera (one of my favorites).
    Thanks for sharing all this stuff with us and also for passing by my blog!


      1. I like One Hundred Years of Solitude, but Love in the Time of Cholera is a wonderful love story… Hope you like it too. When you read it, let me know your opinion!
        ; )


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