I'm up for it! I read 24 books last year -- but oddly, according to my book diary, only in the last 5 months of the year. Goodness knows what I was doing Jan-Jun. (Oh, wait, that's when I became an MC. Hmmmm.)
Here goes an ongoing list:
1. A Separate Peace
by John Knowles, a boys' coming-of-age book set in New England during the Second World War. Good!
2. The Blank Wall
by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding -- what would result if Charlotte Perkins Gilman had written Noir
mystery fiction. SO good I even looked to see if its copyright had been renewed properly (it had.
3. A Room with a View
by E. M. Forster (audio) -- classic, splendidly read by Kara.
4. Goodbye, Mr. Chips
by James Hilton -- sort of the opposite of a coming-of-age book ... what *is* that called..?
5. The Yellow Wallpaper
by CPG -- I'm thinking of LibriVoxing a version, so thought I'd reread it to get it percolating in my mind.
6. The White Hotel
by DM Thomas. Ghastly-painfully-amazing.
7. The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold. A reread, and very worthwhile.
8. I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith. Another reread, I love this book.
by Mary Shelley (librivoxed as my latest solo)
10. In the Heart of the Country
by JM Coetzee.
11. The Aunt's Story
by Patrick White. Far more gentle and elegant than I was expecting -- a fascinating view of 'mental difference' from the inside, set a century ago (or thereabouts, I wasn't counting too closely.)
12. Journal of a Solitude
by May Sarton. Fascinating non-fiction account of a year in the later life of the famous poet and author.
by Jane Austen. Another reread, but I'd forgotten some of the detail!
14. The Corner That Held Them
by Sylvia Townsend Warner. Doing an excerpt from this for a Prose Performance exam, but I'll have to answer questions on the whole book, so I'll prolly read this once again before July too. It would make such a lovely LV book, published in the UK in 1948 though.
15. Hadrian the Seventh
by Fr. Rolfe. An extremely unusual story about a British eccentric who bcomes Pope. I'd dearly love to hear someone record this (it's perfectly LVable.)
16. Kiss of the Spider-woman
by Manuel Puig. I read this book in a single day ... a fascinating page-turner.
17. The Quest for Corvo
by A. J. A. Symons. Subtitled "An experiment in biography" -- I declare the experiment a success. Perhaps more interesting because I'd formed some opinions about the author of Hadrian
already -- and unexpectedly amusing as well as insightful.
18. The Picture of Dorian Grey
by Oscar Wilde. A reread, sort of, I'd previously read the 13 chapter version -- this was the 20 chapter one. Just wonderful.
19. Giants in the Earth
by O. E. Rolvaag. A strong story about Norwegian pioneers on the American prairies. I was particularly impressed by how it handles the spiritual and emotional aspects of the newcomers, and how positive it is overall.
20. Howard's End
by E. M. Forster (audio). Wonderful portrait of overlapping groups of people, beautifully read by gloriana. Highly recommended!
21. The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea
by Eric Linklater. Rollicking kids' book.
22. Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen (audio). I know, it's some kind of shame I haven't gone all the way through this before. But I was just saving the pleasure. Lovely!
by George Eliot. Miss Stav recommended this one as a possible LV read a while back, and while the Italian placenames would throw me a bit, the story's great!
24. The Night Rider
by Tom Ingram. Mr Ingram is the author of one of my favourite books ever (The Hungry Cloud) so this one would have had a hard time living up to that ... it was good, but not 'as' good.
25. The Sunday Philosophy Club
by Alexander McCall Smith. Liked his No. 1 series, but didn't like this, though, I didn't really get on with the heroine, and disagreed somewhat with the ending.
26. Nothing To Be Frightened Of
by Julian Barnes (non-fic). Excellent book, nominally on death, but including a lot of personal reminiscence and family reflection. Really, really good book.
27. The Aging Brain and How to Keep it Healthy
- ebook ... confirms me in my sudoku habit, thinking I might need to take up crosswords too.
28. The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy
- ebook ... a neat book about creativity and how to get more of it.
by Robert Harris. A fictionalised but thoroughly-researched account of Cicero's life. Oooh, the politics! Very decent page-turner.
30. The Stone Diaries
by Carol Shields. A beautifully-written fictional auto/biography.