Suzanne Dobbins' Book Lists

Update: starting 2010 Suzanne and I are hosting a reading blog called Cold Read. You should check out our reviews.

My sister reads as much or more than I do. As you'll see she loves historical fiction. The books are in alphabetical order rather than when she read them. The date is the date I read the book. Suzanne is a small book club, so these lists come from books they would like to read. In most cases they have. The first 2006 list are books I know she read (more details here) the second list 2006 Misc are books that probably got read later. (At least half the 2009 books listed were read in 2010)

Suzanne didn't have comments on the books so you're on your own. The links go to (click the title)


Nazi Officer's Wife, The: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Beer, Edith Haan (336 pages)

Year of Wonders by Brooks, Geraldine (336 pages)

Short History of Everything, A by Bryson, Bill (299 pages) Craig read on 1/1/05

Virgin Blue, The by Chevalier, Tracy (320 pages)

Falling Angel by Chevalier, Tracy (336 pages)

Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fate of Human Society by Damon, Jared (480 pages) Craig read on 1/1/05

Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The by Eggers, Dave (496 pages)

Journey From the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran by Hakakian, Roya (272 pages)

Empress Orchid by Min, Anchee (368 pages)

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Nafisi, Azar (400 pages) Craig read on 9/27/04

My Name is Red by Pamuk, Orhan (432 pages)

Patron Saint of Liars, The: A Novel by Patchett, Ann (368 pages)

Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by Paul II, Pope John (240 pages)

Roughriders, An Autobiography by Roosevelt, Teddy (224 pages)

Summer of My Greek Taverna, The: A Memoir by Stone, Tom (272 pages)


Paradise Alley by Baker, Kevin (665 pages) Craig read on 11/22/05

Mists of Avalon by Bradley, Marion Zimmer (912 pages)

One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children by Cohen, David Elliot (312 pages)

Pope Joan: A Novel by Cross, Donna Woolfolk (448 pages)

Jim the Boy by Earley, Tony (236 pages)

Peace Like a River by Enger, Leif (312 pages) Craig read on 6/27/05

Great Gatsby, The by Fitzgerald, F. Scott (180 pages)

French Lieutenant's Woman, The by Fowles, John (467 pages)

Land Girls: A Spirited Novel of Love and Friendship by Huth, Angela (378 pages)

Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, A by Joyce, James (225 pages)

Sometimes a Great Notion by Kesey, Ken (628 pages) Craig read on 2/25/06

Red Azalea by Min, Anchee (320 pages)

Egyptologist, The by Phillips, Arthur (400 pages) Craig read on 1/1/05

Salem Falls by Picoult, Jodi (434 pages)

We The Living by Rand, Ayn (433 pages) Craig read on 5/7/89

Mercy Among The Children by Richards, David Adams (371 pages)

Plot Against America, The by Roth, Phillip (400 pages) Craig read on 1/1/05

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Smith, Alexander McCall (208 pages) Craig read on 6/13/05

Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Steinbach, Alice (320 pages)

Native Son: Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations by Wright, Richard (213 pages)


Victors, The by Ambrose, Stephen E. (354 pages) Craig read on 4/28/99

Bitter Grounds by Benitez, Sandra (445 pages)

Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism by Brinkley, Douglas (211 pages)

God of Miracles, The: An Exegetical Examination of God's Action in the World by Brown, Michael H. (186 pages)

True History of Kelly Gang by Carey, Peter (368 pages) Craig read on 2/3/07

My Life on the Rock: A Rebel Returns to the Catholic Faith by Cavins, Jeff (236 pages)

Mother Teresa's Lesson of Love by Conroy, Susan (233 pages)

Saint Catherine of Siena by Curtayne, Alice (214 pages)

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Delaney, Sarah (299 pages)

White Noise by Delillo, Don (326 pages) Craig read on 1/1/05

House of Sand and Fog by Dubus III, Andre (365 pages) Craig read on 7/23/01

Rebecca by DuMaurier, Daphne (410 pages)

Birth of Venus, The by Dunant, Sarah (391 pages)

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Feiler, Bruce (435 pages)

Bee Season by Goldberg, Myla (274 pages)

Why Do We Believe? by Groeschel, Fr. Benedict J. (138 pages)

With Us Today: On the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist by Harson, John A. S.J. (185 pages)

Staggerford by Hassler, Jon (294 pages)

Elk River Story, The: Transforming the Spiritual Climate of a City by Heeren, Rick (143 pages)

Something Happened by Heller, Joseph (530 pages) Craig read on 6/2/82

Becoming Olivia by Henke, Roxane (384 pages)

Finding Ruth: Coming Home to Brewster by Henke, Roxane (374 pages)

Dune: The Machine Crusade by Herbert, Brian (695 pages) Craig read on 10/17/03

Dune: The Battle of Corrin by Herbert, Brian (620 pages) Craig read on 9/5/04

Kite Runner, The by Hosseini, Khaled (371 pages)

Treasury of Adoption Miracles, A: True Stories of God's Presence Today by Kingsbury, Karen (156 pages)

In the Fall by Lent, Jeffrey (511 pages) Craig read on 12/17/06

Miracles Do Happen: The Inspiring True Story Of The World-Famous Healer And The Reality Of Miracles by McKenna, Briege OSC (142 pages)

John Paul The Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father by Noonan, Peggy (235 pages)

Keeping Faith by Picoult, Jodi (422 pages)

Pilot's Wife, The by Shreve, Anita (293 pages)

In The Company of Cheerful Ladies: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Smith, Alexander McCall (233 pages)

Tears of the Giraffe, The: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Smith, Alexander McCall (227 pages)

Rose by Smith, Martin Cruz (400 pages)

Galileo's Daughter by Sobel, Dava (368 pages) Craig read on 5/25/00

Touch Not the Cat by Stewart, Mary (372 pages)

Case For Christ, The: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Strobel, Lee (271 pages)

Pillars of Hercules by Theroux, Paul (509 pages)

Holy Father: Pope Benedict XVI: Pontiff for a New Era by Tobin, Greg (141 pages)

Almost French by Turnbull, Sarah (304 pages) Craig read on 7/9/06

Ordinary Heroes by Turow, Scott (371 pages) Craig read on 8/5/06

Medjugorje: The Mission by Weible, Wayne (416 pages)

Devil Wears Prada, The by Weisberger, Lauren (360 pages)

Professor and the Madman, The: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.) by Winchester, Simon (242 pages) Craig read on 10/25/06

2006 Misc

Strivers Row by Baker, Kevin (592 pages)

Golden Boy by Booth, Martin (337 pages) Craig read on 11/18/07

March by Brooks, Geraldine (304 pages)

Lost Continent, The by Bryson, Bill (299 pages) Craig read on 10/8/07

Night Journal by Crook, Elizabeth (464 pages)

White Ghost Girls by Greenway, Alice (192 pages)

Other Bolyn Girl, The by Gregory, Philippa (672 pages)

Forever by Hamill, Pete (608 pages) Craig read on 12/4/07

True North by Harrison, Jim (400 pages)

Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro, Kazuo (288 pages) Craig read on 10/13/07

Bean Trees, The by Kingsolver, Barbara (292 pages)

Namesake, The by Lahiri, Jhumpa (0 pages)

Children's Blizzard , The by Laskin, David (336 pages)

Thread of Grace, A by Russell, Mary Doria (464 pages)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by See, Lisa (288 pages)

Big Rock Candy Mountain, The by Stegner, Wallace (576 pages)

Little by Treuer, David (272 pages)

Illuminator, The by Vantrease, Brenda Rickman (432 pages)

Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran (224 pages)

Shadow of the Wind, The by Zafon, Carlos Ruiz (464 pages)

Probable Future, The by Hoffman, Alice (352 pages)

Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, Leo (740 pages) Craig read on 9/30/91


Cloudsplitter by Banks, Russell (768 pages)

Arthur & George by Barnes, Julian (388 pages) Craig read on 8/30/08

Virgin in the Garden, The by Byatt, A.S. (432 pages)

Alchemist, The by Coelho, Paulo (208 pages)

Inheritance of Loss, The by Desai, Kiran (384 pages)

March, The by Doctorow, E.L. (363 pages) Craig read on 8/20/06

Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles by George, Margaret (880 pages)

Memoir From Antproof Case by Helprin, Mark (514 pages) Craig read on 4/25/08

Widow of the South, A by Hicks, Robert (418 pages) Craig read on 8/15/08

Unconsoled, The by Ishiguro, Kazuo (544 pages)

Suite Francaise by Nemirovsky, Irene (338 pages) Craig read on 7/1/08

Plain Truth by Picoult, Jodi (432 pages)

My Name Is Asher Lev by Potok, Chaim (384 pages)

Gilead by Robinson, Marilynne (256 pages)

Rebels of Ireland, The by Rutherford, Edward (863 pages) Craig read on 4/10/06

Thirteenth Tale, The by Setterfield, Diane (406 pages) Craig read on 11/5/08

Light on Snow by Shreve, Anita (336 pages)

Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie, Dai (192 pages)

Ruby In Her Navel, A by Unsworth, Barry (400 pages)

Book of God, The by Wangerin Jr., Walter (851 pages)

Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Zeppa, Jamie (320 pages)


Girls by Busch, Frederick (304 pages)

Possession: A Romance by Byatt, A.S. (555 pages) Craig read on 12/15/93

Sunday Jews by Calisher, Hortense (712 pages)

Alienist, The by Carr, Caleb (599 pages) Craig read on 7/26/00

Great Stink, The by Clark, Clare (368 pages)

Blade of Grass, A by DeSoto, Lewis (416 pages)

Last Days of Dogtown, The by Diamant, Anita (288 pages)

Year of Magical Thinking, The by Didion, Joan (240 pages)

World's Fair by Doctorow, E.L. (304 pages)

Olive Farm, The: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Olive Oil in the South of France by Drinkwater, Carol (336 pages)

Memory Keepers Daughter, The by Edwards, Kim (432 pages)

Worst Hard Time, The: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Egan, Timothy (340 pages)

Tim Drum, The by Grass, Gunther (592 pages)

Sea Captain's Wife, The: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century by Hodes, Martha (384 pages)

Known World, The by Jones, Edward P. (432 pages)

Waiting For White Horses by Jorgenson, Nathan (492 pages)

Dark Angels by Koen, Karleen (544 pages)

Historian, The by Kostova, Elizabeth (928 pages)

Small Island by Levy, Andrea (448 pages)

Highest Tide, The by Lynch, Jim (272 pages)

Painted Veil, The by Maugham, W. Somerset (256 pages)

Emperor's Children, The by Messud, Claire (496 pages)

Last Witchfinder, The by Morrow, James (560 pages)

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Naslund, Sena Jeter (592 pages)

Here Be Dragons by Penman, Sharon Kay (720 pages) Craig read on 10/1/89

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Relin, Greg Mortenson & David Oliver (368 pages)

Unless by Shields, Carol (352 pages)

Maybe a Miracle by Strause, Brian (384 pages)

Space Between Us, The by Umrigar, Thrity (352 pages)

Maisie Dobbs by Winspear, Jacqueline (320 pages)


Zookeeper's Wife, The: A War Story by Ackerman, Diane (368 pages)

Sea, The by Banville, John (208 pages)

Away by Bloom, Amy (256 pages)

Kindred by Butler, Octavia E. (264 pages)

Fires in the Dark by Doughty, Louise (496 pages)

Crossing Bully Creek by Erhart, Margaret (328 pages)

Pillars of the Earth by Follett, Ken (973 pages)

Magus, The by Fowles, John (656 pages) Craig read on 2/5/92

Fool's Tale, The by Galland, Nicole (544 pages)

Friday Night Knitting Club, The by Jacobs, Kate (384 pages)

Way the Crow Flies, The by MacDonald, Ann-Marie (848 pages)

Piano Tuner, The by Mason, Daniel (336 pages)

1776 by McCullough, David (400 pages)

I, Elizabeth by Miles, Rosalind (656 pages)

Last Empress, The by Min, Anchee (336 pages)

Mark Twain on Travel by Mort, Terry (304 pages)

Tale of Love and Darkness, The by Oz, Amos (560 pages)

Heir to the Glimmering World by Ozick, Cynthia (320 pages)

Sunne in Splendour, The: A Novel of Richard III by Penman, Sharon Kay (944 pages)

Prague by Phillips, Arthur (400 pages)

Echo Maker, The by Powers, Richard (464 pages)

Atlas Shrugged by Rand, Ayn (1084 pages) Craig read on 5/1/90

Empress by Sa, Shan (336 pages)

Commoner, The by Schwartz, John Burnham (368 pages)

Agony and the Ecstasy, The: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Stone, Irving (784 pages)

Ghost Walk by Stott, Rebecca (368 pages)

Waterland by Swift, Graham (368 pages)

Saving Fish From Drowning by Tan, Amy (528 pages)

Shadow of the Silk Road by Thubron, Colin (400 pages)

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Ung, Loung (288 pages)