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What’s on your shelf? November 7, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — airingdirtylaundry @ 5:20 pm

A lot of my Goodreads and blogging friends have been doing this, so I’m joining in.  Because I’m all about the bandwagon.  And lists. And anything having anything to do with books.

This is from the USA Today’s list of best-selling books over the past 15 years.

bold what you’ve read, italicize what you own, star** books on your “To Be Read” list!

1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling art by Mary GrandPre
2 Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution – Robert C. Atkins
3 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre**
5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
8 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

9 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
10 Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson
11 The South Beach Diet – Arthur Agatston
12 Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
13 Angels & Demons – Dan Brown
14 What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway

15 The Purpose-Driven Life – Rick Warren
16 The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
17 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
18 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
19 Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray
20 The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
21 Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter
22 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
23 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … And It’s All Small Stuff – Richard Carlson
24 The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

25 Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
26 Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
27 The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
28 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
29 The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
30 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

31 A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
32 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss
33 The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
34 Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
35 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
36 Body-for-Life – Bill Phillips, Michael D’Orso
37 New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
38 Night – Elie Wiesel, translations by Marion Wiesel and Stella Rodway

39 Chicken Soup for the Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
40 The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw**
41 Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
42 The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
43 Wicked – Gregory Maguire
44 Good to Great – Jim Collins**
45 Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer
46 Eragon – Christopher Paolini
47 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
48 Your Best Life Now – Joel Osteen
49 In the Kitchen With Rosie – Rosie Daley
50 Simple Abundance – Sarah Ban Breathnach
51 A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer**
52 A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
53 The Testament – John Grisham**
54 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger
55 Deception Point – Dan Brown
56 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho**
57 Marley & Me – John Grogan
58 Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter – Robert C. Atkins
59 Life of Pi – Yann Martel**
60 The Brethren – John Grisham
61 The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide – Arthur Agatston
62 The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town – John Grisham
63 For One More Day – Mitch Albom
64 The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg
65 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
66 The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
67 What to Expect the First Year – Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway
68 Love You Forever – Robert Munsch, art by Sheila McGraw
69 Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss
70 A Painted House – John Grisham**
71 The Rainmaker – John Grisham
72 Skipping Christmas – John Grisham**
73 Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
74 The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time – Mark Haddon**
75 Life Strategies – Phillip C. McGraw
76 Seabiscuit: An American Legend – Laura Hillenbrand
77 The Summons – John Grisham**
78 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt**
79 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien**
80 The Runaway Jury – John Grisham
81 Goodnight Moon Board Book – Margaret Wise Brown, art by Clement Hurd
82 The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger**
83 Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson**
84 The Giver – Lois Lowry**
85 Embraced by the Light – Betty J. Eadie
86 The Chamber – John Grisham**
87 You: On A Diet – Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
88 The Prayer of Jabez – Bruce Wilkinson
89 Holes – Louis Sachar**
90 Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
91 The Shack – William P. Young**

92 The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
93 Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
94 A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
95 The Seat of the Soul – Gary Zukav
96 Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff
97 The Partner – John Grisham**
98 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
99 Eldest: Inheritance, Book II – Christopher Paolini**
100 The Broker – John Grisham**
101 The Street Lawyer – John Grisham**
102 A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 1: The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket**
103 The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
104 Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer**
105 The King of Torts – John Grisham**
106 The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell**
107 The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans
108 Hannibal – Thomas Harris
109 The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama**
110 Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs
111 The Glass Castle: A Memoir – Jeannette Walls
112 My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
113 The Last Juror – John Grisham**
114 The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson**
115 Left Behind – Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
116 America (The Book) – Jon Stewart and The Writers of The Daily Show**
117 The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
118 John Adams – David McCullough**
119 The Christmas Box – Richard Paul Evans
120 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares**
121 Sugar Busters! – H. Leighton Steward, Sam S. Andrews, Morrison C. Bethea, Luis A. Balart
122 Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
123 The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
124 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life – Don Piper, Cecil Murphey**
125 The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien**

126 1776 – David McCullough**
127 The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller**
128 Where the Heart Is – Billie Letts
129 The Ultimate Weight Solution – Phillip C. McGraw
130 Protein Power – Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades
131 Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff
132 Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer**
133 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides**
134 Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin**
135 You: The Owner’s Manual – Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
136 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List – Patricia Schultz
137 Self Matters – Phillip C. McGraw
138 She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
139 1984 – George Orwell
140 The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis**
141 The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
142 The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory**
143 The Zone – Barry Sears, Bill Lawren
144 The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve
145 The Lost World – Michael Crichton
146 Atonement – Ian McEwan

147 He’s Just Not That Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
148 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
149 The World Is Flat – Thomas L. Friedman
150 Cross – James Patterson


  • Yes, I know that I am the only person in the world that has not read the last Harry Potter book yet.  Whatev.
  • There’s a hell of a lot of diet/self-improvement-type books on this list.  I need to find me something to write a book about and sell a bezillion copies.
  • I’ve read 63 of these.  Not too shabby.
  • Holy Grisham, Batman!  If I had his money, I’d roll in it naked every day.  Think about that next time you touch the bills in your wallet.
  • Have a nice weekend, all.  I’m off to The Sticks (actually the Town-Next-to-The-Sticks) tonight to spend some quality time with my grandparents.  Actually, they want to talk to me about what to do with their money and paper and “stuff” when they die.  Joy.  But I’ve put them off for about 10 years now on this subject and they’re in their late 80s, so I guess we’d better have this conversation at some point.  Then on Saturday afternoon Mike and I are heading to Harrisburg to see one of my very best friends and her husband and will meet  their bea-U-ti-ful spawn, Phoebe, for the first time.   Can’t wait!

4 Responses to “What’s on your shelf?”

  1. Tera Says:

    I havent read a single harry potter book either and i’m okay with it.
    And AMEN about the self help diet books!

  2. lorimo Says:

    Fun idea! I will have to copy you!

  3. […] 11, 2008 I got this idea from Shawna at Airing Dirty Laundry. USA Today published a list of the bestselling books of the last 15 years. She blogged the list, […]

  4. Sydney Says:

    Um. I haven’t read any of the Harry Potter Books. I think I’m the last person in America who hasn’t. What’s even crazier… is that I have no intention of reading them. I own the first three. They were a gift from my mom. I just have zero desire. I wasn’t into those kinds of books as a kid. I’m not into them now. I understand the appeal… just not my cup o’ tea!

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