Books on my list

Last week I shared a link to a reading challenge from and we had a lot of fun seeing how well read we were. Today I went back to the list of 500 books and picked out these to read. I’m hoping to get to them this year because they are books I had already wanted to read.

What was funny about the list is that these two books are already on my schedule to read for our mystery book club at work

Have you read any of these books? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

(By the way, today I tried out the tiled image and gallery options from the new block editor and I think they worked out pretty well.)

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47 thoughts on “Books on my list

  1. Some great reading ahead for you. One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the best books I’ve read. I also enjoyed Becoming by Michelle Obama. Enjoy!

  2. I can highly recommend The Woman in White, The Devil in the White City, The Hound of Baskervilles, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – wonderful reads, all of them, written at different times! I should check out the other ones.

  3. Hi, Barb – I read Michelle O’bama’s book and greatly enjoyed it. I realize that there are different strokes for different folks, but….I read The Devil in the White City for bookclub over two years ago and still need therapy. Way too much real-life horror for me!

  4. I highly recommend Beloved, which I read last year.

    When it first came out, I read midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Since Savannah is less than a 4-hour drive from our home, we’ve visited some of the sights and sites there, including Clary’s restaurant where John Berendt reputedly wrote some of the manuscript.

    Thanks for this list; I’ll consider some of your choices for sure, Barbara!

    1. Hi Marian – thanks for this. I’ll be getting to Beloved soon and I’m reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in April for our library book group. Hope you are doing well!

  5. The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of my favorites, and I’ve probably read it four or five times! I also really enjoyed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, although it’s been years since I read it. I’ll be curious to see what you think of the Erik Larson one…looks intriguing. Happy reading!

    1. Hi Tammie – thanks for stopping by – yes I’m looking forward to reading The Houd of the Baskervilles. Our library book group will read it in March, so pretty soon!

  6. I am embarrassed to say that I just couldn’t get through “100 Years of Solitude”. I really wanted to like it. I found “There There” to be enlightening, so glad I read it. And “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” was incredible! I will definitely read some of these others! Thank you! you suggested reading “Breakfast at Tiffanys” and I am so glad that I did! Happy New Year and stay well!

    1. Oh I’m so glad you liked Breakfast at Tiffany’s! It’s better than the movie, I think. But I loved the movie too. I don’t know how I will feel about 100 Years of Solitude. Lots of people say it’s one of the best books they’ve read. I am hesitant when that happens with a book, but lots of times I am so glad I do read it. Thank you for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Jill. Yes, that’s a show or a movie too and you know I like a good book to movie connection! Thanks for stopping by – are you getting snow? We are in the middle of a storm ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Avonna – I have been interested in reading that for a while. Hope I can find the time to read all these ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting.

  7. I enjoyed One hundred years of solitude; The Woman in white; and the Hound of the Baskervilles. The tiled gallery is the best because it doesn’t crop the pictures as does the ordinary one

    1. Hi Derrick – I read The Moonstone last year and thought it was excellent, and I’d heard that The Woman in White was also excellent. Looking forward to it. I thought the tiled gallery worked out nicely – it was easy to use. Thanks for the visit!

  8. Funny, I just tried the collage blocks in WP block editor this week too, and they worked! My book group is reading There There in March, and I’m really excited about it, after hearing great things.I loved Becoming, especially since I listened to the audiobook and found it so inspiring to hear her tell her own story.I have tried One Hundred Years of Solitude twice now, each time reading about half and then stopping… so I doubt I’d give it a 3rd try, but I’ll be interested to hear what you think! So many great books – enjoy!

    1. Hi Lisa -another commenter mentioned she couldn’t get into 100 Years. I will see. Sometimes it’s hard to read a book like that because it’s received so much praise. I want to read There There – I’ll probably just grab it from the library some day because we have a lot of copies. Thanks for stopping by – hope you are doing well on the other coast!

    1. A big error: I did not read all of Munro—I just checked and don’t know why I thought I did. Did read Runaway though and a few others of hers, and I also read Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera, which was also excellent!

  9. Years ago when it first came out I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil for bookclub. I enjoyed it [as did everyone btw] and recommend it if you ever plan on visiting Savannah, GA. It makes a perfect introduction to that wonderful city.

  10. Loved The Hound of the Baskervilles as a high schooler. So scary! And have read parts of Becoming. Need to finish that one. Would love to read everything else on this list. Best of luck, Barb!

    1. Hi Mary – I had an energy spurt when I made that list. Now I need to fit them in! But I will ๐Ÿ™‚ My library book group will be reading The Hound of the Baskervilles in March. Thank you for reading and commenting, Mary. I hope you are doing well!

  11. The Devil in the White City – what I remember are some of architectural facts about building in Chicago. Who knew that would be interesting?
    Becoming – Loved it. Felt like I was having a conversation with (well, listening to) and old friend. Very interesting and full of insights.
    Midnight in the Garden…- I read it years ago and didn’t care for it but my husband loved it.
    The Hound of the Baskervilles!!! – exclamation points because I read it in 6th grade and it was the first book I remember really grabbing me. I remember taking it to a spend the night party and reading parts of it out loud. Funny how some books really make an impression.

    1. Hi Linda – glad you liked all of these books. I’ve read a lot of positive comments here about The Hound of the Baskervilles and I’ll be reading that next month. Thank you for reading and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. The only one I read was the Devil in the White City, and while I found it historically interesting, the characters and plot weren’t engaging for me. But I know many others have loved it.

    1. Hi Ann – yes we will see. I know a lot of people who read it and liked it. I’ll be sure to post about it. Thank you for the visit. I hope you are doing well ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Iโ€™ve read the Larsen and Michelle Obama books. Both good. I give you credit for track tackling 100 Years of Solitude. Itโ€™s been on my list forever but I know that it is weighty and so I have put it off :-). This, from an English major! Let us know how it is.

    1. Hi Kay – well I’m a little nervous about reading 100 Years because I am also an English major but I don’t know how good of one I was! Thank you for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hi Barb,

    I’ve read Becoming and absolutely loved it. The others sound good, too. I recently finished Notes from a Public Typewriter that I highly recommend and it’s a quick read. Now I’m reading An Elephant in My Kitchen, the sequel to The Elephant Whisperer, and I have a book on Biden and one on Harris lined up. Too many books, so little time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the lists and have a good weekend!

    1. Hi Lauren – I also loved Notes from a Public Typewriter! I haven’t heard of the Elephant books – I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the visit and happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Barbara, a great choice and I’ve read quite a few of these. ‘Becoming’ two years ago and loved it, ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ is one of my all-time favourite books (along with all his books!), yeah to Sherlock Holmes and think this is one of the best. You’ve reminded me that I’ve meant to read ‘My Brilliant Friend’ and it’s going straight on my list! Thank you! Happy Reading and can’t wait to see what you make of them all!๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Hi Annika – have you watched the movie/show of My Brilliant Friend? If it isn’t a series I think there are a couple films. I’m going to look it up next. Thanks for the visit and for commenting. I hope you are doing well over there – stay safe!

      1. Oh that’s great to know. We don’t have Amazon or HBO, but I’m hoping I can get them at the library. Thanks for doing the research, Annika. I’m going to check out your link next! ๐Ÿ™‚

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