Sunday, April 15, 2018


In March I finished my reading list for 1963. These lists are the backbone of My Big Fat Reading Project. I had read some of the books in earlier times and did not chose to reread all of those but the total number of books read for 1963 is 57. I managed to complete the reading in one year. 

This time I put together some stats just out of interest. I don't claim that these numbers mean anything more than to show the range of certain categories in my choice of books to read, except for the Bestsellers. Those ten books reflect the book buying activity of American readers according to Publisher's Weekly, the organization that compiled bestseller lists from 1912-1999. 

Books written by women: 4 out of 10 bestsellers; 2 out of 6 award winning books, 16 out of 37 books chosen by me. Totals: 22 out of 57.
Speculative fiction: 9
Books written for children or young adults: 4
Books written by people of color: 2 in the main list, 2 in the research list
Translated literature: 4 (Countries of origin: France, Norway, Hungary and Peru)

A majority of these titles are reviewed here on the blog. If you search for reviews and don't find one for a particular title it means I read the book before 2005 when I began the blog.

I publish the list here as part of my own record keeping and because some of you who follow the blog have requested that I do so. If there are any great books published in 1963 that I missed please do let me know.



1.    The Shoes of the Fisherman, Morris L West
2.    The Group, Mary McCarthy
3.    Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour, J D Salinger
4.    Caravans, James A Michener
5.    Elizabeth Appleton, John O’Hara
6.    Grandmother and the Priests, Taylor Caldwell
7.    City of Night, John Rechy
8.    The Glass-Blowers, Daphne du Maurier
9.    The Sand Pebbles, Richard McKenna
10.                  The Battle of the Villa Fiorita, Rumer Godden


1.    PULITZER: The Reivers, Faulkner
2.    NEWBERY: A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
3.     CALDECOTT: The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
4.    NBA: Morte D’Urban, J F Powers
5.    HUGO: The Man in the High Castle, Philip K Dick
6.    EDGAR: Death and the Joyful Woman, Ellis Peters
7.    All the Colors of Darkness, Lloyd C Biggle
8.    The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
9.    The Benefactor, Susan Sontag
10.                  A Captive in the Land, James A Aldridge
11.                  Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
12.                  Children of Capricorn, William Abrahams
13.                  The Colors of Space, Marion Zimmer Bradley
14.                  The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
15.                  The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
16.                  The Force of Circumstance, Simone de Beauvoir
17.                  The Game-Players of Titan, Philip K Dick
18.                  The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark
19.                  Glide Path, Arthur C Clarke
20.                  Glory Road, Robert A Heinlein
21.                  The Ice Palace, Tarjei Vesaas
22.                  Joy in the Morning, Betty Smith 
23.                  Leaving Cheyenne, Larry McMurtry
24.                  A Mind to Murder, P D James
25.                  The Moon by Night, Madeleine L’Engle
26.                  Mr Stone and the Knights Companion, V S Naipaul
27.                  Occasion For Loving, Nadine Gordimer
28.                  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Ian Fleming
29.                  Orphans of the Sky, Robert A Heinlein
30.                  Podkayne of Mars, Robert A Heinlein
31.                  The Presidential Papers, Norman Mailer
32.                  Run River, Joan Didion
33.                  Sabaria, Gustav Rab
34.                  The Scent of Water, Elizabeth Goudge
35.                  Shoo Fly Girl, Lois Lenski
36.                  A Singular Man, J P Donleavy
37.                  Sister of the Bride, Beverly Cleary
38.                  The Tenants of Moonbloom, Edward Lewis Wallant
39.                  The Time of the Hero, Mario Vargas Llosa
40.                  The Unicorn, Iris Murdoch
41.                  V, Thomas Pynchon
42.                  Witch World, Andre Norton


Path to Power, LBJ #1, Robert A Caro
Means of Ascent, LBJ #2, Robert A Caro
Master of the Senate, LBJ #3, Robert A Caro
The Rebellious Life of  Mrs Rosa Parks, Jeanne Theoharis
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson


  1. It's an impressive list for sure. Look forward to your year in '64 -- not sure what that year will entail. All the best.

    1. Thanks Susan. I have my list made. Lots about the Cold War in the bestsellers. First novels by A S Byatt and Ben Bova. Favorites of mine like Iris Murdoch, J G Ballard, Elizabeth Bowen. And a couple new to me authors. Stay tuned.

  2. You should now have a very good picture in your mind of the year 1963.

    1. I feel I do. Thank you Dorothy for following along, always reading my posts, and giving your comments.

  3. Congrats on finishing your reading list for 1963!! That's an impressive list of books you've read. I'll be adding a few of the titles to my reading wishlist.

    1. It sure feels good to be done. I am already reading the third book on my 1964 list.

  4. That's such an impressive achievement! I've only read one - The Glass-Blowers - but there are a lot of others on your list that I would like to try. I'll look forward to seeing what you read for 1964.

    1. Thank you Helen. 1963 was such a long time ago that some of the books felt like historical fiction!

  5. On you go to 1964! It was great to follow 1963 along with you. Happy reading! :-)

    1. Oh I am glad to hear you liked following along. 1964 is going to have a big influence from the Cold War, I can already tell. So that will be interesting.

    2. That's my kind of year! :-)