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:
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George
- One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
- Hear The Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
- Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
- Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Wolf Willow by Wallace Stegner
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- 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?