1 Year, 12 Books

I read twelve books this year, a paltry sum compared to the copious quantities my wife reads, but pretty typical for me.

The twelve, in no particular order except the order in which I read them, are as follows:

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George
  3. One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  5. Hear The Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
  6. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  7. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  9. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  10. Wolf Willow by Wallace Stegner
  11. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  12. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Some fun facts about the list that are sure to amuse:

  • Of our three cats, two were named after books on this list, and all three were named after books by authors on this list.
  • A full two-thirds of the books were authored by women. What can I say, I like the ladies!
  • Most of these were first time reads for me with the exception of the Solzhenitsyn, Lee, and Tolkien tomes.
  • The only book I didn’t enjoy was Wuthering Heights. I’m glad I read it but it won’t appear on any of my future book lists. I wasn’t particularly crazy about Mansfield Park either, it was no Pride & Prejudice, but it had its moments.
  • All of these were books of fiction except for Wolf Willow, which had both fictional and non-fictional sections so I’m not sure how to classify it. In times like these I always ask myself, WWDDD? (What Would Dewey Decimal Do?)
  • Louisa May did her best to get me to cry on the train but she did not succeed. Sure, I had a little something in my eye a day or two, but I was not crying! I later forgave her when I realized the events of the book were based on her life and that she wasn’t just playing with my heartstrings.
  • Solzhenitsyn died after I finished reading Ivan Denisovich, but there was a six month gap between the two events so I don’t feel as though I particularly cursed him. Also because he was almost 90 years old.
  • Of the twelve books, only one involved vampires although the jury is still out on Boo Radley.
  • With Mansfield Park I have now read all of Jane Austen’s books at least once unless you count her unfinished work Who Weeps for the Wookiee?
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    1. D’oh! Never heard of that one, I guess my quest is not yet complete and I can’t quite refer to myself as a renowned Austen scholar …

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