Twenty-thirteen was a good year in reading. I hope 2014 will be a great one.
This year I tried new reading activities and modes.
- · took on and met a reading challenge.
- · joined a local book group (I still miss the Maine book group I read with in the past).
- · went to a book meet-up in nearby Charlottesville.
- · took a Coursera course in historical fiction.
- · read my first book on Kindle.
Total books read: 47 (I have never tallied books read before as I have a natural aversion to quantifying. But, there, I’ve overcome it.
Challenges: I chose one The Europa Challenge. I chose a modest goal : 6 books and got carried away trying to discover what these books were. Read 14
Notable books for me this year:
- · Most loved mysteries : Gene Kerrigan’s trilogy: Little Criminals, The Midnight Choir, The Rage
- · Most loved novels: Jane Gardam’s trilogy: Old Filth, The Man with the Wooden Hat, Last Friends. I liked Old Filth best, but all three were good.
- · Most haunting: Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square.
- · Most delightful: Yangsze Choo’s The Ghost Bride
- · YA classic (and the only YA read all year) John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
- · Best Historical Fiction: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall
- · Most unlikely for me to read: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (Gaiman not on my radar until I started reading blogs.)
- · Grizzliest: Caryl Ferey’s Mapuche
- · Great Books having to do with where I live now: Art of Power, Hemingses of Monticello, John Adams
- · Least Memorable: Broken For You, although I read this about a year ago, I have no idea why and I have no memory of it. Zip. Someone – I can’t remember who—must have recommended it or lent to me
- · Book quit mid-stream: Swamplandia. I was having a hard time getting into it anyway, but when it disappeared, I quickly forgot about it. Recently found it underneath the bed. (Maybe I should leave it there?)
- · Reading now, soon to finish: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch
New challenges to come next Sunday.