January 5, 2011: Revisiting History (2005)

CURRENTLY READING: A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

Recalling my best reading year to date (30 books! woo hoo!) made me revisit my reading lists. I’ve been keeping track since 2005, the year I started to get back into reading in a more serious way. (Also the year I gave birth to my first child… perhaps the forced sobriety and idle Saturday nights of pregnancy paved the way for my return…)

I only managed to read eight books that year. Seems a bit pathetic in retrospect.

1/ A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (thankfully I read it before the whole Oprah kafuffle – say what you want but I really enjoyed it)
2/ The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (blech! worst opening sentence of a novel ever)
3/ Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler (it took me a long time to read this – there’s a long explanation that I’ll save for another day – but it was well worth the wait)
4/ The Last Honest Man by Michael Posner (so good – if you’re a Mordecai fan, this is a must-read)
5/ A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (another Oprah pick – yikes! – but truly one of the finest books every written)
6/ Indecision: A Novel by Benjamin Kunkel (I think I liked this but I can’t really remember it)
7/ Saturday by Ian McEwan (the beginning of my love affair with McEwan – if only he knew about it)
8/ The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (seems a little hokey now, but I really loved it – one of only three books that has ever made me cry)

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