When Almonds Blossom

Making use of the time we have now, for we have been given assurance that God will perform His word. (Jeremiah 1:11,12)

My Reading List

A concise place to put the books I want to read.

When I read one from this list, I will put the date beside it and my opinion on the book. Enjoy!


  • 1984 — George Orwell
  • The Lost Clue — Mrs. O.F. Walton
  • Anna Karenina –Leo Tolstoy
  • Discipline by Elizabeth Elliot
  • The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
  • Loneliness by Elizabeth Elliot
  • Shadow of the Almighty by Elizabeth Elliot
  • The Unveiled Wife by Jennifer Smith
  • The Return of the Native — Thomas Hardy
  • The Portrait of a Lady — Henry James
  • Heart of Darkness — Joseph Conrad
  • The House of Mirth — Edith Wharton
  • The Trial — Franz Kafka
  • The Graveyard Book — Neil Gaiman
  • Private Peaceful — Michael Morpurgo
  • The Mysterious Island — Jules Verne
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase — Louisa May Alcott
  • Ella Minnow Pea — Mark Dunn
  • The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 2017 — Great classic!  I really enjoyed this one and am so glad I read it.  The ending felt like such a letdown though.  Would read it again.)
  • The Lost Wife — Alyson Richman
  • The Book of Lost things — John Connolly (September 21, 2018 — Ummm, this has got to be the creepiest, oddest book I have read in a long time.  I didn’t realize it was an adult thriller/horror until I was finished so I spent most of it wondering what parent would be daft enough to let their poor child read this insanity of a dark fairy-tale…)
  • Wuthering Heights — Emily Bronte (September 30, 2017 — This was a real page-turner!  I appreciated the intense emotion I felt while reading it.  Warning: Seriously depressing.  I had a hard time shaking off the feeling like there was no point to anything after I read it for even a while.  Addicting.)
  • Entwined — Heather Dixon (November 21, 2018 — It was okay, but there was way more hype about it than it deserved, in my opinion.  But maybe that is because I’m not really a fairy-tale person…won’t read it again though.)
  • Crime and Punishment — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Hidden Hand — E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • The Missing Kennedy — Rosemary Kennedy
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena — Anthony Marra
  • Sages of Darkness Trilogy — Brock Eastman
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns — Khaled Hosseini
  • Metamorphosis — Franz Kafka (October 4, 2017 — Deeply disturbing book.  Very different view of life.  I can see how it is a classic and is important to study when learning the art of writing, but I would not read this book for pleasure.)
  • To the Lighthouse — Virginia Woolf  (October 23, 2017 — I was looking forward to another try at Virginia Woolf, and was enjoying the beginning of this book.  I can tell that she is a writing genius, but I think there is a reason her books are not on everyone’s shelves.  Difficult.) 
  • Mrs. Dalloway — Virginia Woolf  (October 18, 2017 — very difficult to concentrate on where this book was going.  Beautiful portrayal of emotion, but also scary.  In many ways.)
  • The Grapes of Wrath — John Steinbeck
  • Beloved — Toni Morrison
  • Frankenstein — Mary Shelley
  • If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler — Italo Calvino
  • Slaughterhouse-Five — Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Joy Luck Club — Amy Tan
  • The Complete Persepolis — Marjane Satrapi
  • Saint — Ted Dekker
  • Blur Trilogy — Steven James
  • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo — Capt. Ted W. Lawson
  • Don Quixote — Miguel Cervantes
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin — Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Madame Bovary — Gustave Flaubert
  • Native Son — Richard Wright
  • Invisible Man — Ralph Ellison
  • Seize the Day — Saul Bellow
  • One Hundred Days of Solitude — Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Song of Solomon — Toni Morrison
  • White Noise — Don DeLillo
  • Possession — A.S. Byatt
  • Mein Kampf — Adolf Hitler
  • The Lifted Veil — George Elliot
  • The Awakening — Kate Chopin
  • Ethan Frome — Edith Wharton
  • Passing — Nella Larsen
  • Pale Horse, Pale Rider — Katherine Porter
  • Three Blind Mice — Agatha Christie
  • Bonjour Tristesse — Francoise Sagan
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel — Emmuska Orczy
  • Amelia Peabody Series — Elizabeth Peters (February 1, 2019 — Finally started this series!!! I enjoyed them very much…laughed the whole time.  I will say though: the first book has been my favorite so far.  It almost works best as a stand-alone.  But.  I have been informed that the others are still really good, so I shall try to keep reading them.  They are good…enough so that I wanted to start the first one again as soon as I read it…)


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