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A year of reading

by Clare Mansell
A year of reading

I’ve nearly completed my first full year of my photo a day project and along with documenting everyday events, I’ve also kept track of every book I’ve read this year…

There were good books and bad books amongst my selections this year. Some which were published years ago and which I’ve only just got round to reading, and others (like The Land Of Decoration which I’ve just started) which aren’t published for another couple of months.

If you’re looking for some good reads for the new year, may I humbly recommend a few of my favourites from the last 12 months…

The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls : The true story of the author’s unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents. Eye-opening and page-turning, but not depressing. Both this and The Help were recommendations on another blog I follow.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett : African American maids working in white households in America’s deep south during the early 1960s. Recently made into a film.

Fire Season – Philip Connors : Something different! An autobiographical tale of 10 summers spent at a remote outpost in the Gila National Forest. I got a preview copy of this as part of the Amazon Vine program and would have been unlikely to have discovered it on my own.

No Great Mischief – Alistair McLeod : The first of my Atlantic Canada books to read before our trip in April. Part set in the Scottish Highlands and part set in Cape Breton. It’s beautifully written and incredibly poignant. 

Unsurprisingly my husband thought it a wise idea to buy me a Kindle for Christmas. I’ve still got seven paperback books to read before I can switch formats, but I’m intrigued to discover how I’m going to find reading on it. A wise friend told me that everyone hates the idea of them until they try one!

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Isisjem December 31, 2011 - 8:28 pm

I had a kindle for Christmas too. However, being a book crosser I’ve got an awfully lot more paper backs to get through before I am kindle only…in fact I will never be kindle only.

Diane-crewe January 1, 2012 - 9:47 am

I thought The maid was one of the best books I read last year…friend of mine has a kindle…she alternates between that and a book, she is gradually coverting though and I have gained some of her books! Enjoy xx

Archie the wonder dog January 5, 2012 - 1:14 am

Oh, great idea to photograph your books…I may copy you!! There are quite a few I haven’t read so I’ll be back once I’ve read my library and Christmas books!

strandkorbtraum January 9, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Did you know that Janette Walls wrote a second book? about her Grandmother? just thought you might be interested in it as you liked her first one.
I like the idea about keeping track of the books you red .. I might try that too…

jo January 19, 2012 - 9:46 pm

I managed to read 88 books last year and I kept a list of them as I have a tendancy to pick up a book from the library – get a third of the way through – before I realise I have read it before!! Hubby bought me a kindle for my birthday – but I am still to be convinced – and have a huge pile of library books to get through.


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