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Louise's Library

Here’s a peek at my reading list since 1997.

Books are listed by author under the following categories: 
Please note that if a book sits across genres, I use my own interpretation to decide where it should go.

Recent reads (return to top) 

Still Alice - Lisa Genova
All That I Am - Anna Funder
Children of Liberty - Paullina Simons
The Mystery of Mercy Close - Marian Keyes
The Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling
What the Dog Saw - Malcolm Gladwell
The Dinner - Herman Koch
Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan
City of Dreams - Beverly Swerling
Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy - EL James
Fingersmith - Sarah Waters

Literary and popular fiction (return to top) 
By author surname: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z

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Megan Abbott
The End of Everything

Douglas Adams 
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 

Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger

Cecilia Ahern 
P.S. I Love You 

Mitch Albom 
Tuesdays with Morrie 
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
For One More Day 
Have a Little Faith  

Naomi Alderman 
The Lessons 

Maggie Alderson 
Shoe Money 
Pants on Fire 
Mad About the Boy 

Jeffrey Archer 
As the Crow Flies 
Kane and Abel 
The Prodigal Daughter 
Shall We Tell the President
 Honour Among Thieves 
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less 
A Twist in the Tale 
Twelve Red Herrings 
A Quiver Full of Arrows 
False Impression 
Only Time Will Tell
The Sins of the Father

Margaret Atwood 
The Blind Assassin 
Alias Grace 
Bodily Harm 
The Robber Bride 

Jane Austen 
Pride and Prejudice 
Sense and Sensibility

B (return to top) 

Louise Bagshawe 
Career Girls 
Venus Envy 
The Movie 
A Kept Woman 
When She Was Bad 
The Devil You Know 
Monday’s Child 

Julian Barnes 
Arthur and George 
The Sense of an Ending

Melanie Benjamin
The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb: A Novel

John Boyne 
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 

Ann Brashares 
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 

Charlotte Bronte 
Jane Eyre (read several times) 

Emily Bronte 
Wuthering Heights (read several times) 

Geraldine Brooks 
People of the Book 
Year of Wonders 
Caleb's Crossing 

Dan Brown 
The Da Vinci Code
Angels and Demons 
The Lost Symbol 

Candace Bushnell 
Sex and the City 
4 Blondes 
Trading Up 
Lipstick Jungle
 One Fifth Avenue 
The Carrie Diaries 
Summer and the City 

A.S. Byatt 

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Truman Capote 
In Cold Blood 

Peter Carey 
True History of the Kelly Gang 
My Life as a Fake 
Oscar and Lucinda 

Tracy Chevalier 
Girl with a Pearl Earring 

Agatha Christie 
Death on the Nile 

Michael Crichton 

Paul Coelho 
The Alchemist 

J.M. Coetzee 

Suzanne Collins 
The Hunger Games 
Catching Fire 

Kaz Cooke 
Living With Crazy Buttocks 

Bryce Courtenay 
The Power of One 
The Potato Factory

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Kiran Desai
The Inheritance of Loss

Joy Dettman 
Henry’s Daughter 
Pearl in a Cage 

Emma Donoghue 

Maria Duenas
The Seamstress (also published as The Time in Between)

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Kim Edwards 
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter 

Jennifer Egan 
A Visit From The Goon Squad 

Ben Elton 
Dead Famous 
Chart Throb 
High Society 

Anne Enright 
The Gathering 

Jeffrey Eugenides 
The Marriage Plot

Janet Evanovich 
One for the Money

Colin Falconer 
When We Were Gods: A Novel of Cleopatra 

Sebastian Faulks

Julian Fellowes 
Past Imperfect 

Helen Fielding 
Bridget Jones’ Diary 
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 
Cause Celeb 
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination 

F. Scott Fitzgerald 
The Great Gatsby (read several times) 

Allan Folsom 
The Day After Tomorrow 

Ken Follett
The Pillars of the Earth 
World Without End 
Fall of Giants 

Jonathan Franzen 
The Corrections

Marianne Fredriksson 
Hanna’s Daughters 
Inge and Mira 

Kimberley Freeman 

Anna Funder
All That I Am

Diana Gabaldon 
Cross Stitch 
Dragonfly in Amber 
Drums of Autumn 
The Fiery Cross 

Alex Garland 
The Beach 
The Tesseract 
The Coma 

Elizabeth Gaskell 
North and South 

Lisa Genova
Still Alice

Arthur Golden 
Memoirs of a Geisha 

William Golding 
Lord of the Flies 

Graham Greene 
The Quiet American 

Kate Grenville
The Secret River 
Searching for The Secret River 

Philippa Gregory 
The Other Boleyn Girl 
The Boleyn Inheritance 
The Queen's Fool
The Virgin’s Lover 
The Other Queen 
Alice Hartley’s Happiness 
The White Queen

Sara Gruen 
Water for Elephants

Mark Haddon 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 

Thomas Hardy 
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (read several times) 

Charlaine Harris 
True Blood / Sookie Stackhouse Series: 
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas 
Club Dead
Dead to the World 
Dead as a Doornail 
Dead All Together Dead 
From Dead to Worse
Dead and Gone A Touch of Dead
Dead in the Family 
Dead Reckoning 

Joanne Harris 
Three Quarters of the Orange 
Blackberry Wine 
Gentlemen and Players 
Sleep, Pale Sister

Elizabeth Haynes
Into the Darkest Corner

Alan Hollingshurst
The Stranger's Child
The Line of Beauty

Khaled Hosseini 
The Kite Runner 
A Thousand Splendid Suns

John Irving
The Cider House Rules

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Rona Jaffe
The Best of Everything

EL James
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed

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Daniel Kehlmann

Erin Kelly
The Poison Tree

Marian Keyes 
Rachel’s Holiday 
Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married 
Last Chance Saloon 
Sushi for Beginners 
No Dress Rehearsal 
Postcards From The Bed 
The Other Side of the Story 
Further Under the Duvet
 Is Anybody Out There? 
This Charming Man 
The Brightest Star in the Sky 
The Mystery of Mercy Close

Barbara Kingsolver 
The Poisonwood Bible (read twice) 

Herman Koch
The Dinner

Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin 
The Nanny Diaries

Wally Lamb 
I Know This Much is True 
She’s Come Undone

Stieg Larsson 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
The Girl Who Played with Fire 
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest 

Harper Lee 
To Kill a Mockingbird 

Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey
Puberty Blues 

Marina Lewycka
A Short History of Tractors In Ukranian

Penelope Lively
Moon Tiger

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Hilary Mantel 
Wolf Hall 

Yan Mantel
Life of Pi 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
Love in the Time of Cholera 

John Marsden 
Tomorrow, When the War Began 

Daphne du Maurier 

Alexander McCall Smith 
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency 
44 Scotland Street 

Ian McEwan
Enduring Love 
Sweet Tooth

Grace Metalious
Peyton Place 

Stephanie Meyer 
Twilight (read twice) 
New Moon (read twice) 
Eclipse (read twice) 
Breaking Dawn (read twice) 
The Host 

Rohinton Mistry
A Fine Balance

David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas

Margaret Mitchell 
Gone With the Wind

Sue Monk Kidd 
The Secret Life of Bees 

Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus (read twice)

Kate Morton 
The Shifting Fog 
The Forgotten Garden 
The Distant Hours 
The Secret Keeper

Kate Mosse
The Winter Ghosts

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 
Half of a Yellow Sun 

David Nicholls 
One Day 

Audrey Niffenegger 
The Time Traveller’s Wife (read twice)

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Maggie O’Farrell
After You’d Gone 
The Hand That First Held Mine 
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox 

George Orwell 
Animal Farm
Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Ann Patchett
State of Wonder

Jodi Picoult 
My Sister’s Keeper 
The Pact 
Picture Perfect 
Plain Truth 
Salem Falls
The Tenth Circle 
Vanishing Act 
Change of Heart 
Nineteen Minutes 
Keeping Faith 
Perfect Match 
Sing You Home 

Annie Proulx 
Brokeback Mountain 

Mario Puzo 
The Godfather

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Ayn Rand 
The Fountainhead (read twice)
Atlas Shrugged 
We The Living

Anne Rice
Interview With The Vampire 

Lucinda Riley
Hothouse Flower

Deborah Rodriguez 
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul 

J.K. Rowling 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 
The Casual Vacancy

Arundhati Roy 
The God of Small Things 

Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
The Shadow of the Wind

Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children

Edward Rutherfurd 
New York

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Vita Sackville-West
The Edwardians

Antione de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince

JD Salinger 
The Catcher in the Rye 

Alice Sebold 
The Lovely Bones 

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (read twice)

Mary Sheldon 

Sidney Sheldon
Master of the Game
Rage of Angels 

Lionel Shriver 
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Post-Birthday World 

Craig Silvey 
Jasper Jones 

Paullina Simmons 
Tully (read twice) 
Eleven Hours 
Red Leaves 
The Bronze Horseman (read twice) 
The Bridge to Holy Cross 
The Girl in Times Square 
Road to Paradise 
The Summer Garden 
A Song in the Daylight (read twice) 
Children of Liberty

Curtis Sittenfeld
American Life 
The Man of My Dreams 

Samantha Sotto
Before Ever After

Rebecca Sparrow 
The Girl Most Likely 

John Steinbeck 
The Grapes of Wrath 
Of Mice and Men 

Kathryn Stockett 
The Help

Mari Strachan 
The Earth Hums in B Flat 

Julia Stuart
The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise

Patrick Suskind 

Beverly Swerling
City of Dreams

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Donna Tartt 
The Secret History 
The Little Friend 

J.R. Tolkein 
Lord of the Rings 

Leo Tolstoy 
Anna Karenina 

Paige Toon
Lucy in the Sky 

Amor Towles
Rules of Civility

Jonathan Tropper 
This is Where I Leave You

Christos Tsiolkas 
The Slap

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Penny Vincenzi 
No Angel 
Something Dangerous
Into Temptation 
Sheer Abandon 
Wicked Pleasures 
Forbidden Places 
Another Woman 
Old Sins
The Decision

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Sarah Waters

Lauren Weisberger 
The Devil Wears Prada 

Kevin Wilson
The Family Fang

Jenny Wingfield
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

Sarah Winman
When God Was a Rabbit

Tim Winton 
Dirt Music 

Tom Wolf
I am Charlotte Simmons 
The Bonfire of the Vanities

Charlotte Wood
Animal People

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Marcus Zusak 
The Book Thief

Autobiographies, biographies and memoirs (return to top) 

Denise Chong 
The Girl in the Picture 

Richard Branson 
Losing My Virginity 

Maynard Close transcribed by Sarah Close and Jo Close 
World War II diary 

Li Cunxin 
Mao’s Last Dancer 

George Dawson and Richard Glaubman 
Life is so Good 

Julie Gregory 

John Grogan 
Marley and Me 

Le Ly Hayslip 
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places 

Tony Hsieh 
Delivering Happiness 

Stephen King 
On Writing 

Frank McCourt 
Angela’s Ashes 

Vicki Myron 
Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World 

Azar Nafisi
Reading Lolita in Tehran

Simon Nasht 
The Last Explorer Hubert Wilkins

Travelling tales (return to top) 

Bill Bryson 
Neither Here Nor There 
Notes From A Big Country 
Down Under 

Captain FD Colaabavala
Hippie Dharma

Patrick French
India: A Portrait
Tibet, Tibet

Tony Hawkes 
Round Ireland With A Fridge 

Clive James 
Flying Visits 

Doug Lansky (compiled by) 
There’s No Toilet Paper on the Road Less Travelled

Claire Scobie
Last Seen in Lhasa

Manjushree Thapa
Forget Kathmandu

Sarah Turnbull
Almost French 

Rusty Young
Marching Powder

The world around us and the way we live (return to top) 

Alain de Botton 
Status Anxiety 

Sasha Cagen 

Cindy Chupak 
The Between Boyfriends Book 

Jake Falpern 
Fame Junkies 

Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider 
The Rules 

Simon Garfield
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point 
Outliers: The Story of Success 
What The Dog Saw

Steve Johnson 
Everything Bad is Good for You 

Martin Lindstrom 

Rebecca Mead 
One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding 

Palash Krishna Mehrota
The Butterfly Generation

William Poundstone 
Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value and How to Take Advantage of It 

Richard Robinson 
Why the Toast Always Lands Butter Side Down – The Science of Murphy’s Law 

Jerry Seinfeld 
Sein Language 

Lynne Truss
Eats Shoots and Leaves 

Ethan Watts 
Urban Tribes

Historical non-fiction (return to top) 

Alex Boese 
The Museum of Hoaxes 

Sara Gay Forden 
The House of Gucci 

Barbara Freese 
Coal: A Human History 

Tom Mangold and John Penycate 
The Tunnels of Cu Chi 

Mitchell Pacelle 

Bette Reddin 
My Mother Said 

Douglas Starr

Live a better life (return to top) 

Rhonda Byrne 
The Secret 

Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval 
The Power of Nice 

Gordon Livingstone 
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart 

James Redfield 
The Celestine Prophecy 

Siimon Reynolds 
Become Happy in Eight Minutes 
Better Than Chocolate – 50 Proven Ways to Feel Happier 

Brian Tracy 
Eat That Frog 

Peter Walsh
It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

Business (return to top) 

Scott Belsky 
Making Ideas Happen 

Chris Doudle and Karen Baldwin 
State of Mind 

Seth Godin 
Purple Cow 

Thomas Friedman 
The World is Flat 

Chip Heath and Dan Heath 
Made to Stick 
Switch: How to change things when change is hard

Dr Spencer Johnson 
Who Moved My Cheese? 

David H Maister, Charles H Green and Robert M Galford 
The Trusted Advisor

Al Reis and Laura Reis 
The Fall of Advertising and The Rise of PR 

Emily Ross and Angus Holland 
100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them 

Bob Seelert, Chairman Saatchi & Saatchi 
Start With The Answer 

David Shipley and Will Schwalbe 

Peter Switzer 
Made in Australia 

Gary Vaynerchuk 
The Thank You Economy

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