running list of books to read*

Every time I hear of a book that piques my interest I write it down. Some are new, some are old, some are completely random. Some I read and some I don’t. There’s always another one to try because one book leads to another! Check back as I will update this throughout the year. p.s. get ready to scroll, this is a long list

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning

The Hare with the Amber Eyes

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (my friend Debbie tried to get me to read this years ago. I recently saw the trailer for the movie and finally decided to give it a try. Currently on hold at the library.)

Hidden Pictures

The Cult of Trump by Dr. Steven Hassan

Israel’s Moment: by Jeffrey Herf

On Color by David Scott Kastan

In a Lonely Place by Dorothy Hughes

Room (another book my friend Debbie tried and tried to get me to read. Sometimes you’re just not ready for a book.)

The Day of the Jackal

Flood by Andrew Vachss

Redirect by Timothy Wilson

Picturing the Space Shuttle: The Early Years

(From an interview) Maniscalco: I’m a huge romance junkie, so basically anything in that genre that I can get my hands on during my downtime! A few I adore are:

  • Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  • The Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas
  • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Mating the Huntress (novella) by Talia Hibbert

The Kind Worth Killing (recommended by my friend Ally)

Fifth Avenue Style

Gloria Vanderbilt by Wendy Goodman

I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown (a twins story!)

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Bloodlands by Timothy Snider

Mama’s Boy by Dustin Lane Black

The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

Pete McBride – Colorado river, etc.

Possession by Erin Thompson

Victoria Magazine books

The Judges List by John Grisham

Child Zero by Chris Holm

Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah

Recommendations from Ingrid Fetell Lee (who wrote a book about joy)

  • More Than Just a House by Alex Eagle
  • A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
  • An Organized Home by Remodelista
  • Every Room Should Sing by Beata Herman
  • Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro
  • A Life in Pattern
  • Maison: Parisian Chic at Home
  • Making Living Lovely by Russell Whitehead and Jordan Curoe
  • Decorating is Fun! by Dorothy Draper
  • Hill House Living by Paula Sutton

From various Best Art Books of 2021 lists

  • Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern by Charles Dellheim
  • The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz by Thomas Gore
  • The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
  • Tattoo 1730s-1970s by Hank Schiftmacher

 Everything is Beautiful by Alwa W. Thomas

The Startup Wife by T. Anam

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Tat by Andy Attman

The Chinese Zodiac by Anita Mangan

The Sky is Everywhere

A Sailor’s Bookshelf

The Ministry of the Future

The Long-winded Lady by Maeve Brennan

A Simple Favor


This Might Hurt

American Gods

The Calling Dream

Pod – Laline Paul

Beautiful Dreamer – Bill Frisell

What a Beautiful World -Isabelle d’ornaro

The Good Dinosaur

When Art Meets Design – Hunt Slonem

Living With Color – Rebecca Atwood

Flower Flash – Lewis Miller

Modern Mix – Eddie Ross

Homes for Nomads – Demeulemeester

Gatekeeper: World of Folly


Mid-Century Ads – Tashen

The Life and Love of the Sea

Zuber – Brian D. Coleman

The Violence Project – James Densley

New Kid – Jerry Craft

Zabar’s – Lori Zabar

Running Man – Richard Bachman (SK)

Boldly Go – William Shatner

The Latecomer – Jean Hanff Korelitz

Carre: A Vintage Scarf Collection – Benoit-Pierre Emey

Up, Down and Other Opposites

The Shallows – Nicholas Carr

Cimino: The Deer

Heaven’s Gate and the Prices of a Vision – Charles Elton

Killers of the Flower Moon

Story of Your Life – Ted Chiang (Arrival?)

Making a Psychopath

All This Could Be Different – Sara Thankam Matthews

Ohio: a novel – Stephen Markley

The Calling – Dror A. Mishani

The Rabbit Hutch

Tess Gunty

The Overstory

In Praise of Shadows – Junichiro Tanizaki

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

How to Have a Good Day – Caroline Webb

Fooled by Randomness

The Look of the Book: Mendelsund and Alworth

Gloria Vanderbilt book on collage

Hutton Wittinson? More Is More

White Noise – Don DeLillo

Personal Assistant – Kimberly Belle

Emma Who Saved My Life (rec from my friend Amy)

Crowds and Power

Jo Berryman

I Am A Camera

The Big Book of Logos

Van Halen: A Visual History

The Paris Library

The Memory Keeper of Kyiv

Trust the Plan – Will Sommier

Indigineous Continent – Pekka Hamakainen

Of Boys and Men – Richard V. Reeves

How to Invest: Masters of the Craft (David M. Rubenstein – WSJ)

Henry Tajfel – bio

Real Easy

They Live – based upon the short story – Eight O’Clock in the Morning – Ray Nelson

Vanity Fair – 17 of the season’s best art books

  • Great Women Painters
  • How to Live with Objects
  • Sight Unseen magazine
  • Recreation – Mitch Epstein
  • New Canvas – Daniel Gordon

The Architect’s Newspaper – book gift guide

  • Bold Ventures – Charlotte Van den Broeck
  • How to Live with Objects (again!)
  • If Walls Could Speak – Moshe Safdie
  • Inventor of the Future (held 1/8)
  • Olmstead Trees – Stanley Greenberg
  • The Intimate City – Michael Kimmelman
  • The Story of the Country House – Clive Aslet
  • The Office of Good Intentions – Lee Ann Suen
  • Stalin’s Architecture – De Yan Sudjic

By a Thread – Lucy Score (rec from my friend Sara)

The Space Shuttle

Trust – Hernan Diaz

The Bald Eagle – Jack E. Davis

The Sea of Tranquility

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Dress Your Best Life by Karen Dawnn

Your Next Level Life

  • This giant list spans the last couple of years. Last update: 2.13.2023

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