All Stories in the End

Looking over my list of 2013 reads, I seriously doubt anyone really cares to know, but writing up a list on The Penslayer has become a kind of tradition, so here's to tradition.
Goodreads tells me that I am 74% of the way through The Last of the Mohicans; I doubt I'll be able to finish it by the end of 2013, but I have certainly been enjoying it.  My husband gave me a nice little book for Christmas - which exchange, seen by an outsider, might provoke unpleasant jibes.  It's a little reprint of what was originally published in 1936 as Do's and Don'ts for Wives.  I had seen its companion in Waterstones in Glasgow, but hadn't had the time to sit down and read the female version, and Tim remembered and picked it up for me.  I've been casually perusing it, approving of its practical aspects, and nodding over the many ways in which Tim and I manage to emulate a good couple.  Being right is such a good feeling.  My nephew also got me a fantastic little journal for keeping track of one's books read - essentially the physical version of Goodreads, which is awesome because I often feel Goodreads is embarrassingly public: who wants to know my views on books anyway?  So thank you, James: that was an awesome present.  I will get much use out of that.

cut to the chase what have I actually read this year for pete's sake let's get on with it

The Tombs of Atuan // Ursula K. Le Guin
The Five Red Herrings // Dorothy Sayers
In the Teeth of the Evidence // Dorothy Sayers
Have His Carcase // Dorothy Sayers
World War Z // Max Brooks
Fools Rush In (Where Monkeys Fear to Tread) // Carl Trueman
Thera // Christos Doumas
On the Incarnation // Athanasius
On Christian Truth // Harry Blamires
1215: the Year of the Magna Carta // Danny Danziger
Mystery and Manners // Flannery O' Connor
The Grand Sophy // Georgette Heyer
The Black Moth // Georgette Heyer
Bath Tangle // Georgette Heyer
Friday's Child // Georgette Heyer
Dragonwitch // Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Goddess Tithe // Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Orthodoxy // G.K. Chesterton

That is what I read: not an overwhelming haul, and quite a stiffening of Georgetter Heyer in there (please try not to notice that bias), but I am that much closer to reading all the books in my library.  Considering my lengthy stint in Glasgow, I say that's pretty fair.  But enough about me.  I also like seeing what other people read - such as, I don't know, Rachel read The Mind of the Maker at last and loved it, making her twenty percent cooler than ever; and she read Manalive, and At the Back of the North Wind, and The Door in the Wall, which, even though I read it a billion years ago and it is technically meant for children, is still a great book.
very little brings souls together like the mutual love of books.

4 ripostes:

  1. We shall have to discuss The Mind of the Maker at some point because I was severely challenged by bits of it ("exploiting a set of characters with a plot" and likewise) and found myself amen-ing lots and lots. As for the Door in the Wall, isn't it great? And At the Back of The North Wind was one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long while...and Manalive is just plain fun. I love how Chesterton likes to be a little ridiculous.

  2. Nineteen books is not bad at all! I don't think I read any more than that, schoolbooks included. Funny how at the beginning of the year I'm so ambitious and a 30 book goal seems easily attainable - then come December and I find 19 to be a much more logical number, after actually reading the things. Bah humbug, I'm only half though my list! I suppose that what Next Years are for.

    I did finish my first Heyer book (and enjoyed it immensely) this year, and I read nearly half of The Eagle of the Ninth before having to return it to the library. (I need to get it out again.) I'd like to have finished Les Mis, but seeing as I only actually sat down to read the thing a few times in the past 12 months, that's impossible. Books don't read themselves!

    I think I'll make a list on my blog - if I can scrounge up enough books to merit doing so, that is. ;)


  3. Are you reading Sayers' Wimsey books in order? I read the first two last year, but my library didn't have the third one so I stuck there. But on the bright side, I discovered that all Heyer's books went on sale for Kindle after Christmas, so I nabbed The Grand Sophy for the grand sum of $1.99! I can't wait to read it.

  4. Ah ha, The Grand Sophy! My conquest to make everyone in my acquaintance read that novel is running smoothly. ("Forgive me a cruel chuckle - *heh heh* - power...")

    I am not reading Lord Peter in order. I first read the short stories back in 2011, followed by Strong Poison. I've been reading them more or less any which way I please, and have covered Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Gaudy Night (twice), Murder Must Advertise, The Five Red Herrings and In the Teeth of the Evidence (also short stories), and Have His Carcase. I know the order, but I fail to follow it. Still - not a bad showing, if I may say so.

    I've only read four Heyer so far: The Grand Sophy, The Black Moth, Bath Tangle, and Friday's Child. I've enjoyed every one of them!