Reading List

Ainsley’s reading habits are a bit eclectic as she enjoys reading several different genres, so for the curious at heart, here is a list of books & short stories she’s read. BONUS…at the bottom of this reading list you’ll find an ever growing collection of her all time favorite books, so check back for updates.


A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, The African by Olaudah Equiano
Escaping Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative by Mary Prince
If It’s Only Love by Lexi Ryan
Born of Fire by Kella McKinnon
Highland Steam by Eliza Knight
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth


Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
Girl by Jamaica Kincaid
The Use of Force by William Carlos Willimas
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Miss Julie by August Stringberg
Barn Burning by William Faulkner
To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning
The Highlander’s Touch by Karen Marie Moning
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Rocket’s Red by Mary Robinette Howal
Dragonwyck by Anya Seton
1st to Die by James Patterson
Puppy by George Saunders
Human Moments in World War III by Don DeLillo
The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes
The Laugh of the Medusa by Helene Cixous
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
The Red Speck by S. Conde
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning
How Hard Can it Be? by Robyn Peterman
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Stray Witch by Eva Alton
The Back Up Plan: Giving Up? Or moving on? by Elsie McArthur
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
Old Cross Cottage by Shani Struthers
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Awaiting Orders by Tobias Wolff
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Horse Dealer’s Daughter by D.H. Lawrence
The Music of Erich Zann by H.P. Lovecraft
Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin
Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan
Garden Spells by Sara Addison Allen
The Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virgina Boecker
The Kitchen by Ollie Masters
I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Othello by William Shakespeare
Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Henry V by William Shakespeare
Dead to Me by Stephen Edger
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack
Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald
Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
Dark Desire by Christine Feehan


A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliott
Daisy Miller by Henry James
The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson
Seumus by Jane Stain
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allen Poe
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliott
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
Red Night by RK Close
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry
Educated by Tara Westover
The Ghost Writer by Alessandra Torre
Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Communist by Richard Ford
The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Semplica-Girl Diaries by George Saunders
Brownies by Z.Z. Packer
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Never Heave Your Bosom in a Front Hook Bra by Modine Gunch
Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin
The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte
A Warrior’s Daughter by Zitkala-Sa
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Hands by Sherwood Anderson
In Just-Spring by E.E. Cummings
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Mending Wall by Robert Frost
Trifles by Susan Glaspell
The Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost
Buffalo Bill’s by E.E. Cummings
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode
Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Haunting Charlie by Wendy Wang
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Man Who Was Almost a Man by Richard Wright
On the Rainy River by Time O’Brien
The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
A Kilted Christmas Wish by Eliza Knight
The Petrified Man by Eudora Welty
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain


The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
Blood Magic by Nora Roberts
The Master & the Muses by Amanda McIntyre
Hidden by Kendra Elliot
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Theresa Breslin & Kate Leiper
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
The Magic of Highland Dragons by Kella McKinnon
To Tempt Highland Fate by Kella McKinnon
The Capture of Highland Desire by Kella McKinnon
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot
Lightning by Dean Koontz

Ainsley’s Favorite Books…in no particular order — because I love them all equally.

Check back frequently because I will be adding to the list.

1. Kendra Elliot – A Merciful Death (The Mercy Kilpatrick Series)
2. Christine Feehan – Dark Prince (The Dark Series)
3. Dean Koontz – Lightning
4. Karen Slaughter – The Good Daughter
5. Alessandra Torre – The Ghostwriter
6. Nora Roberts – Dark Witch (The Cousin’s O’Dwyer Trilogy)
7. Dean Koontz – By the Light of the Moon
8. Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells (Waverley Family Series)
9. Alice Hoffman – The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic Series)
10. Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice
11. Sarah Gruen – Water for Elephants
12. Maria Semple – Where’d You Go Bernadette?
13. Kay Hooper – Stealing Shadows (Shadows Series)
14. Gwendolyn Womack – The Fortune Teller
15. Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games (Trilogy)
16. Mary Ann Shaffer – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society
17. Agatha Christie – Murder on the Orient Express
18. Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever (Fever Series)
19. Karen Marie Moning – Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander Series)
20. Eliza Knight – Conquered by the Highlander (Conquered Bride Series)
21. Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook
22. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter Series)
23. Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants
24. Kathryn Stockett – The Help
25. Ray Bradbury – Dandelion Wine (Green Town Series)
26. Kella McKinnon – The Magic of Highland Dragons (Clan MacCoinnach Trilogy)
27. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Series)
28. Diana Gabaldon – Outlander (Outlander Series)
29. Amanda McIntyre – The Master & the Muses
30. Mark Tompkins – The Last Days of Magic
31. Eliza Knight – The Highlander’s Reward (Stolen Bride Series)
32. James Patterson – 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club Series)
33. Amelia Hutchins – Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles)
34. Eva Alton – Stray Witch (The Vampires of Emberbury Series)
35. Elsie McArthur – The Back Up Plan: Giving Up? Or moving on?
36. John Scalzi – Redshirts
37. Laurell K. Hamilton – A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry Series)