06/03/2011 02:07 pm ET | Updated Aug 03, 2011

Summer Reading List

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends to share their favorite all time book. Here are those unedited results, in the order in which they arrived. Not sure if any of these is what you might call "beach reading," but it's one helluva list. Reads like a poem. Enjoy! And let me know what you think. I'm starting with Infinite Jest.

(P.S. If you haven't read David Duncan's The Brothers K I'd start there...)

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
Infinite Jest (x2), David Foster Wallace
The Journey Home, Jim Harrison
God Laughs and Plays, David James Duncan
The Brothers K, David James Duncan x2
The Island Within, Richard Nelson
Abstract Wild, Jack Turner
Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, Charles Bowden
Storming the Gates of Paradise, Rebecca Solnit
Trespass, Amy Irvine
Anything by Rick Bass or Terry Tempest Williams
Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl For Hire and Sex & Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad For Me, Sarah Katherine Lewis
The English Patient, Micheal Ondaatje
The Piano Tuner (x2), Daniel Mason
Cutting for Stone, John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany (x3), John Irving
Oblivion, Hector Abad
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Exit to Eden, Anne Rice
World Without End, Ken Follett
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
A Secret History, Donna Tartt
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Tom Robbins
Sacajawea, Anne Lee Waldo
Molokai, Alan Brennert
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Harry Potter, JK Rowling
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
A Year by the Sea, Joan Anderson
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
Angle of Repose (x2), Wallace Stegner
A Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters," "Seymour," JD Salinger
The Stand, Stephen King
To Kill a Mockingbird (x5), Harper Lee
To the Wedding (x2), John Berger
I've Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, Susan Straight
The Help, Katherine Stockett
House of Spirits, Isabel Allende
The Laughing Jesus, Tim Freke
A Soldier of the Great War, Mark Helprin x2
A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean
Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo
Ahab's Wife, Sena Jeter
The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
Shanghai Girls, Lisa See
Anything, Jennifer Weiner and Emily Geffin
Happens Every Day, Isabel Gillies
Come to the Edge, Christina Haag
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Anything, Nevada Barr
Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin
The Shack, William P. Young
Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell
Animal Vegetable Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
The Mystery of Christ and Why We Don't Get It, Robert Farrar Capon
New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver
Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

As published in my blog These Here Hills.