The last five books you’ve read

We’re curious—well, we’re always curious about what you’re reading, but this time we’re asking. What are the last five books you’ve read? Include the one you’re reading right now or not, it’s your call.

My most recent:
Blameless by Gail Carriger
Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
Blue Fire by Janice Hardy
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
Matched by Ally Condie

30 Comments

  1. Hannah
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I love a good book list!
    Mine are:

    BLIND DESCENT by James Tabor
    ON THIN ICE by Hugh Rowland
    SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi
    PERFUME by Patrick Süskind
    WHITE CAT by Holly Black

  2. Posted July 28, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Thanks for feeding my nosiness on what other folks are reading! My five most recent, including two I’m reading now:

    Victory of Eagles – Naomi Novik
    Tongues of Serpents – Naomi Novik
    The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
    The Hakawati – Rabih Alameddine
    Dark Curse – Christine Feehan

  3. Posted July 28, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Oh, I’ve been meaning to read Ship Breaker and White Cat! And Windup Girl, though I think Ship Breaker is a higher-priority Bacigalupi for me. I read and loved The Hakawati last year, though I will admit that I sometimes had trouble keeping track of the many characters named Fatima.

  4. Hannah
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I loved loved loved SHIP BREAKER and WHITE CAT. Highly recommended!

  5. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    My 5 most recent:

    NEVERMORE by Kelly Creagh
    THE WHOLE WORLD by Emily Winslow
    RESTORING HARMONY by Joelle Anthony
    PICTURE THE DEAD by Adele Griffen
    JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen

  6. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Great question!

    Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
    Dark Divine by Bree Despain
    Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
    Matched by Ally Condie
    Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

    Currently reading: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

  7. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Ooh, this should prove interesting – and probably painful for my wishlist!

    My last five were:

    By Midnight – Mia James
    Wicked Games – Sasha Wagstaff
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K Dick
    Lucy In The Sky – Paige Toon
    Wintercraft – Jenna Burtenshaw

    Hmm, fairly eclectic!

  8. Chris
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    1. Necromonicon – H.P.Lovecraft
    2. Nemesis – James Swallow
    3. The Remorseful Day – Colin Dexter
    4. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
    5. The Last Don – Mario Puzo

  9. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Oh, Neverwhere is one of my favorite comfort reads, I’ve gone back to it so many times.

  10. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Last 5 books read….top 3 are currently being read….
    THE CASTAWAYS by Elin Hilderbrand
    THE CHOSEN HISTORIAN by Randi Ertz
    CRESCENDO by Becca Fitzpatrick (ARC)
    BEAUTIFUL MALICE by Rebecca James
    KARMA BITES by Stacy Kramer

  11. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Up From Slavery – Washington
    Laws of Thinking – Jordan
    The Universe is Inviting You In – Horne
    A Song Flung up to Heaven – Angelou
    Ignore Everybody – MacLeod

  12. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I’m in the middle of City of Ruins by Mark Charan Newton right now, but here’s a list of the last five books I’ve finished:
    -Stories ,edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
    -The Shining ,Stephen King
    -Tome of the Undergates ,Sam Sykes
    -River of Gods ,Ian McDonald
    -Iron Council ,China Miéville

  13. Noemi
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Good thing I’ve been doing a ton of reading on the commute this summer!

    UNACCUSTOMED EARTH by Jhumpa Lahiri
    THE GREAT LETTER E by Sandra Schor
    THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion
    A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan
    THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA by Philip Roth
    …and of course all of the Spring 2010 L&L Books!

  14. Posted July 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s so hard to remember sometimes! I jump from book to book and sometimes I have 5 or 10 going at once, so it’s hard to remember which are the last ones I actually finished. But I can remember these as actually having finished them recently:

    THE AGENCY: A SPY IN THE HOUSE, A.S. Lee
    MATCHED, Ally Condie (this one’s showing up a lot today!)

    And these are ones that I’m currently reading:
    THE AGENCY: THE BODY AT THE TOWER, A.S. Lee
    STRANGE ANGELS, Lily St. Crow
    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE AWAKENING, L.J. Smith
    THE RED PYRAMID, Rick Riordan
    THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, Adam Rex

    I really need to stop letting myself pick up new books before finishing the old, so I can find out how these books end!

  15. Posted July 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Last five I’ve read:
    Inheriting the Trade – Tom DeWolf
    Narrative from the Life of Frederick Douglass – Himself
    Song Yet Song – James McBride
    Glorious – Bernice McFadden
    Imperium in Imperio – Sutton E. Griggs

  16. Posted July 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Miriam – After reading The Windup Girl, I definitely want to read Ship Breaker. Bacigalupi is a talented writer and storyteller – his collection of short stories is on my wishlist, too.

    I’ve only just started The Hakawati, but I can see the problem in tracking which Fatima I’m reading about already. That aside, it’s great reading so far.

  17. Posted July 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    The Enemy – Charlie Higson
    The Little Book of the London Underground – David Long
    Far Cry – John Harvey
    Adventures of a no Name Actor – Marco Perella
    Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris

  18. Posted July 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Cutting for Stone — Abraham Verghese
    The Geography of Bliss — Eric Weiner
    Speak — Laurie Halse Anderson
    Love Walked In – Marissa de los Santos
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — by Stieg Larsson

    How’s that for eclectic? Didn’t even realize it until I looked at the list. Fun to read everyone else’s too!

  19. Posted July 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Eclectic is good! I love seeing what other people are reading—nosiness combined with knowing that if I cannot possibly read every book in the world, I can at least pick the brains of people who’ve read the ones I haven’t, plus it causes the expansion of the already-huge to-read list.

  20. Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Ooo, I love seeing what other people are reading.

    These are my last five books:
    Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
    Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
    The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan
    Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner
    White Cat by Holly Black

    Currently reading Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  21. Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    COUNTDOWN by Wiles
    ABIGAIL ADAMS by Holton
    ZEITOUN by Eggers
    ONLY ONE YEAR by Cheng
    THE CARDTURNER by Sachar

  22. CathyB
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Little Bee-Chris Cleave
    The Dreamer-Pam Munoz Ryan
    Winter’s Bone-Daniel Woodrell
    American Gods-Neil Gaiman
    Boneshaker-Cherie Priest

  23. Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Inside Out by Barry Eisler
    Virals by Kathy Reichs
    Liar’s Lullaby by Meg Gardiner
    Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
    Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

  24. Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Oops! Actually my last post is wrong. This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia should have bumped out Tess Gerritsen!

  25. Sara
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    My last five:

    Leaving Atlanta – Tayari Jones
    Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
    House – Tracy Kidder
    Restoring Harmony – Joelle Anthony

    Currently reading Critical Care by Theresa Brown, and jealous of everyone who’s already read Matched!

  26. Jerry
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!

    The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova (in the middle of)
    The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies, Scott Page (reading again)
    The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, Kristin Levine
    The Great Wide Sea, M. H. Herlong
    The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, Nicholas Carr

  27. de Pizan
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow
    I’ll Find a Way or Make One by Juan Williams & Dwayne Ashley
    Poems from the Women’s Movement ed. Honor Moore
    Ranch Under the Rimrock by Dorothy Lawson McCall
    This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson

  28. Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
    Made By Hand, Mark Frauenfeler
    Free-Range Kids, Lenore Skenazy
    Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford
    One Train Later, Andy Summers
    And tons of LEE & LOW and Tu submissions!

  29. Posted July 31, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Cool lists!

    Here’s mine –
    1 – Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry
    2 – Cut, Paste, Kill by Marshall Karp
    3 – The Deputy by Victor Gischler
    4 – Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe
    5 – The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

  30. Posted August 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little late to the party…
    My last 5 books: (In order of completion)
    1. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
    2. The Locavore Way by Amy Cotler
    3. A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg
    4. Female Nomad and Friends Ed. by Rita Golden Gelman
    5. Stitches: a Memoir by David Small

    Currently Reading: Countdown by Deborah Wiles

    If you’re curious, I keep a list of what I’m reading on the sidebar on my blog.

    Also, in my last post, I encouraged people to look for Lee and Low books and linked to both this blog and your website. Thanks for all of the great books!

    http://michellecusolito.blogspot.com


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