Mid-winter Reading

Well, to be more accurate, it should be Autumn-Mid-Winter reading. Here are the books I’ve read since the last time I posted a list (in August). Yes, I did manage to read fiction while finishing up my PhD. I had to. I needed that escape more than anything, sometimes.

Books read September-December:

  1. Shift. Hugh Howey.
  2. The 13 Clocks. James Thurber.
  3. Four Ways to Forgiveness. Ursula K. Le Guin.
  4. The Nature of Blood. Caryl Phillips.
  5. Lacuna. Barbara Kingsolver.
  6. Fortunately, the Milk. Neil Gaiman.
  7. The Book of Lost Things. John Connolly.
  8. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Catherynne M. Valente.
  9. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. Catherynne M. Valente.
  10. The Christmas Mystery. Jostein Gaarder.
  11. Pegasus. Robin McKinley.

I had actually stopped reading for a while after reading a frustrating book and personal circumstances, but some friends put The 13 Clocks by James Thurber in my hands. Thurber’s whimsy, storytelling, and play with words whetted my appetite again. So the list would be better labelled, ‘November-December reading’.

Granted, the last four on the list were read in the last two weeks. I thought I would read more after submitting, but I’ve been sleeping. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver was 600 pages or so? But it was a pleasure to read. I loved how it transported me to Mexico — hot, vibrant, colourful, chaotic Mexico, the perfect contrast to cold, grey, depressing Scotland, especially this winter. I remembered how I’ve longed to go to Mexico City and Tenochtitlan. I won’t say any more about the book just now, because I have half a mind to revive book reviews. (Dear Readers, do you want book reviews again? Tell me in the comments.)

And, because it is the end of the year, I give you Books Read in 2013. It is a much shorter list than in years past, for various reasons. But looking over the list there are a few books that jump out at me as ones that have stuck with me, or that I really enjoyed: Legend by Marie Lu, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.

What have been the books that stuck with you this year?

4 thoughts on “Mid-winter Reading

  1. Megan says:

    This may shock your other readers, but I can only remember reading one book this year. At first I thought I’d read two, one short, but I’m pretty sure it was last year that I read Rover Random by Tolkein.

    I only read one novel, but it was a fun, new experience. I read almost the whole thing aloud. Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry, is Ben’s favorite book, and we read it together since I wasn’t motivated to read anything on my own. I need to read it again, but I can at least say that Berry’s writing is lovely.

    This year I hope to get back into reading, and I’d like at least The Hobbit, some Harry Potter, and another Wendell Berry book to be on the list.


    • Chera says:

      It’s been years since I’ve read any Tolkien. Maybe I’ll pick his books up again this year, starting with Roverandom. ๐Ÿ™‚ And would you know, I think I’ve only read a few of Wendell Berry’s poems? I didn’t even know he wrote novels, too! I think I’ll have to add Wendell Berry to my to-read list this year, too. Thanks Megan!


  2. Megan says:

    Ah, iPhone… Tripped me up again by “correcting” Roverandom to Rover random. Tricksy. I guess I ought to just get out my computer, but I’m too lazy for that.

    I hope you enjoy Berry, whenever you do read his novels. Again, I’ve only read one and finished it a little confused, but his use of American English and his imagery is great.


  3. Sarah says:

    Chera, I can’t believe you haven’t read Berry. Do pick up his books…I think you’d find them interesting. And yes, please give us book reviews. ๐Ÿ™‚


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