Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Final List for 2005

I am still savoring Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley. Here are the books I have finished this year.

1. The Corrections (completed)
2. The Bad Beginning (completed)
3. Rules of Engagement
4. The Last Gift of Time (completed)
5. The Reptile Room
6. The Logic of Wings
7. Above the Thunder (completed)
8. Snap
9. Snow Angels
10. The Secret of Roan Inish
11. The Night Country
12. The Celery Stalks at Midnight
13. The Hours
14. The Rise of the Graphic Novel
15. We Have Always Lived in a Castle
16. A Prayer for the Dying
17. Reading Lolita in Tehran
18. Because of Winn-Dixie
19. The Speed Queen
20. The Tiger Rising
21. Atonement
22. In Fond Remembrance of Me
23. Mother of Sorrows
24. Wonder When You’ll Miss Me
25. Blankets
26. Middlesex
27. Confessions of a Teen Sleuth
28. The History of Love
29. Embroideries
30. Blackbird House
31. Don’t Kiss Them Goodbye
32. The Last Days of Summer
33. Prey
34. A Year and a Day
35. The Lake, the River, and the Other Lake
36. Second Glance
37. The Dream of Water
38. Freakonomics
39. Shadow Baby
40. About a Boy
41. My Sister’s Keeper
42. Kite Runner
43. A Stir of Echoes
44. The Ice Queen
45. I Am Legend
46. The Bright Forever
47. Sideways
48. Judy Moody Predicts the Future
49. Judy Moody Gets Famous
50. The Pilot’s Wife
51. Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid
52. Judy Moody Saves the World
53. All Rivers Lead to the Sea
54. Judy Moody MD
55. Beet Queen
56. Judy Moody Declares Independence
57. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
58. Spook

This list does not feature all the children's books I read this year. That would be quite a list. Today alone we read Scaredy Cat and The Gardener, both which I would recommend. I am now working on Rabbit, Run by John Updike, which is the book club pick for January.

And yes, Andrew is write. If I devoted this much time to my novel, I would be done by now.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Top Ten Books of 2005

This is a little premature as I have several books going at once.

1. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
2. The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
3. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan
5. Middlesex
6. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel)
7. Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
8. The Lake, the River, and the Other Lake
9. About a Boy by Nick Hornsby
10. The Judy Moody series (Garrett and I have gone through the entire series this fall. We are savoring that last chapters of Judy Moody Declares Independence. Soon we will have to wait for the next book.)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

More Books

Still reading

Just finished

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

On Rejection

"Living well is not the best revenge, writing well is."
--Bob Shacochis from The Resilient Writer

Friday, December 02, 2005

A Visit from the Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy came by our house on Monday night as Claudia lost her first tooth. It was a pretty tiny tooth and we were afraid of losing it. Good thing Aunt Jennifer gave us those silver boxes to put the teeth in. The fairy was able to find the tooth and Claudia got a dollar. Two more teeth are loose so she should make some money off of this enterprise.