So far in 2020:

The Forty Rules of Love, a novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak

Men in the Sun, short stories by Ghassan Kanafani

Midaq Alley, a novel by Nagib Mahfouz

The Myth of the American Dream, essays by D.L. Mayfield

Love’s Long Line, essays by Sophfronia Scott

Damascus: Taste of a City, a food memoir by Rafik Schami and Marie Fadel

The Revenge of the Babysat, a Calvin and Hobbes comic book

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Story of Doctor Dolittle, a children’s novel by Hugh Lofting

Beloved, a novel by Toni Morrison

Where the Sidewalk Ends, poems by Shel Silverstein

Curiosities and Splendour, classic travel writing by various authors

Voices of Jordan, non-fiction by Rana F. Sweis

The Help, a novel by Kathryn Stockett

Adorning the Dark, by Andrew Peterson

White Teeth, a novel by Zadie Smith (incomplete)

The Wingfeather Saga, a children’s fantasy series by Andrew Peterson

Pillars of Salt, a novel by Fadia Faqir

Exit West, a novel by Mohsin Hamid

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris

Redeployment, short stories by Phil Klay

A Cricket in Times Square, a children’s novel by George Selden

The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne

What It Done to Us, poems by Essy Stone

The Thief of Corinth, a novel by Tessa Afshar

Born a Crime, a memoir by South African comedian Trevor Noah

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, by Gloria Furman


The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Trumpet of the Swan, a children’s novel by E.B. White

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Spool of Blue Thread, a novel by Anne Tyler

Charlotte’s Web, a children’s novel by E.B. White

The Essays of E.B. White

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

Ayesha at Last, a novel by Uzma Jalaluddin

Wild, a memoir of the Pacific Northwest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Virgil Wander , a novel by Leif Enger

Desperate, a parenting book by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

The Baghdad Blues, poems by Iraqi-American writer Sinan Antoon

The Line Becomes a River , non-fiction by Francisco Cantu

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a novel by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

I Will Shout Your Name, short stories by John Fox

Swing Time, a novel by Zadie Smith

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, a biography by Georgina Howell

Water & Salt, poems by Palestinian-Syrian-American writer Lena Khalaf Tufaha


Four Seasons in Rome, non-fiction by Anthony Doerr

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, a novel by J.K. Rowling

Housekeeping, a novel by Marilynne Robinson

Married to a Bedouin, memoir by Marguerite van Geldermalsen

Delighting in the Trinity, practical theology by Michael Reeves

How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God?, practical theology by Larry Hurtado

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a novel by Helen Simonson

It’s What I Do, memoir by war photographer Lynsey Addario

The Refugees, short stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Let Sleeping Vets Lie, memoir by James Herriot

Hammer Is the Prayer, poems by Christian Wiman

Sea Glass, poems by Lucy Shaw

Jesus’ Son, short stories by Denis Johnson

The Monk of Mokha, non-fiction by Dave Eggers

Gate of the Sun, a novel by Elias Khoury

The White Album, essays by Joan Didion

Past Favorites (i.e., books that have followed me everywhere; writers I want to write like; books that taught me my craft):

The Wet Collection and The World Is on Fire, essays by Joni Tevis

The Long Weeping, essays by Jessie van Eerden

The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini

One Thousand Gifts, Christian living by Ann Voskamp

The Complete Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, essays by Annie Dillard

The Shawl, a novella by Cynthia Ozick

19 Varieties of Gazelle, poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Elements of Style, by Strunk & White