Books read 2005.

I think, given Mike’s goal for this year, it’s appropriate that the first book I read in the new year was A Year at the Movies by Kevin Murphy. We’re apparently going to have quite a bit of movie watching in our house this year. Brian and Sarah gave Mike that book for Christmas, and he has read a few chapters, but I picked it up and read it over the past few days. I thought it might be my last book of 2005, but I forgot to take it with me to work on Saturday, so I finished it this afternoon during the Panthers game.

Speaking of books read during 2005, here is my list. I debated whether to post it, but I decided I would. It’s exposing my soul, so be gentle with me. I’m not linking the titles, because there are just too many.

1. Crazy Love by David Lozell Martin (read at the recommendation of a coworker)
2. Ordinary Losses by Elise Stanford (got as a Christmas present)
3. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (reread, for my book club)
4. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (I counted each of these as separate books, because when I first read them, they were in three separate paperbacks, so I think of them as three books. There was vicious disagreement in my house as to whether it was one or three books. It’s my list. I’m counting it as three. A reread.)
5. English as a Second Language by Megan Crane (enjoyable chicklit)

6. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (see number 4, reread)
7. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (see number 4, reread)
8. The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble (about a book club)
9. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (she had a good marketing campaign)
10. Why Girls are Weird by Pamela Ribon (aka Pamie)

11. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (at Alisa’s insistence)
12. Plan B by Anne Lamott (didn’t need any insistence)

I read these five on Spring Break.
13. Chloe Does Yale by Natalie Krinsky (don’t judge me)
14. Captain Saturday by Robert Inman
15. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
16. Prep by Curtis Sittenfield
17. Why I am Not a Calvinist by Jerry L. Walls and Joseph R. Dongell

18. The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson (again, don’t judge me. I liked it better than I thought I would. As you will see.)
19. Wishful Thinking by Frederick Buechner (given to me by my pastor)
20. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (reread, for my bookclub)

21. Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner (reread)
22. When Jesus Came to Harvard by Harvey Cox (saw it at the library)
23. The True & Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson (hated it)
24. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (for my bookclub)
25. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down by Neta Jackson (it’s not a bad series, okay?)

26. Telling the Truth: The gospel as tragedy, comedy, and fairy tale by Frederick Buechner
27. Real Sex by Lauren Winner
28. Glittering Images by Susan Howatch (loved it)
29. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
30. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (reread)

31. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (I wish I had liked it)
32. Cold Feet (wedding stories by five authors including Pamela Ribon)
33. Songbook by Nick Hornby
34. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
35. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (didn’t like it as much as I expected to)

36. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
37. Girls in Pants: The third summer of the sisterhood by Ann Brashares
38. Glamorous Powers by Susan Howatch
39. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (reread, getting psyched for book 6)
40. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (reread)

41. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (reread)
42. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (reread, for my bookclub)
43. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (reread)
44. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (reread)
45. The King’s English by Betsy Burton

46. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (reread)
47. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread, with Mike)
48. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (this was Susan-influenced)

These four were the books I read on vacation.

49. With this Ring, I’m Confused by Kristin Billerbeck (Alisa-influenced)
50. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
51. Swimming with Scapulars by Matthew Lickona
52. The J.A.P. Chronicles by Isabel Rose

53. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
54. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (reread, for my book club)
55. Locked Rooms by Laurie King (probably my favorite book of the year)

56. A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie King (reread)
57. A Letter of Mary by Laurie King (reread)
58. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
59. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
60. So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson (birthday present from Sarah)

61. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (liked it better than Gilead)
62. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (with Mike)
63. Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley (bookclub)
64. All this Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane
65. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (reread, for teen book discussion)

66. Love @ First Site by Jane Green (amusing chicklit)
67. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd (bookclub)
68. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (reread)
69. Shake Hands with the Devil: The failure of humanity in Rwanda by General Romeo Dallaire
70. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch

71. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
72. The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
73. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
74. The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
75. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt &Stephen J. Dubner

76. Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson
77. The Writing on the Wall by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
78. Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews
79. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (reread, for book discussion)
80. Blessed are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch (bookclub)

81. Hissyfit by Mary Kay Andrews
82. Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse (and, actually, I didn’t like it)
83. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
84. Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, & Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living by Julie Powell
85. The Friend who Got Away edited by Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell

86. Little Chapel on the River by Gwendolyn Bounds
87. Bachelor Boys by Kate Saunders (chicklit)
88. Ridiculous Packaging by Karen Favreau
89. Now I Can Die in Peace by Bill Simmons
90. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (Mike kept saying I wasn’t going to make it to 100 books, because I wasn’t going to finish this one)

91. Chocolat by Joanne Harris (reread, bookclub)
92. The Garden Angel by Mindy Friddle
93. The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank
94. She’s All That by Kristin Billerbeck (Alisa’s copy, which I still have)
95. The Bronte Project by Jennifer Vandever (I had to think hard to remember what this was about, because I read it on Vicodin)

96. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger (liked it better than The Devil Wears Prada)
97. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle (reread)
98. A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle (reread)
99. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
100. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread)

101. The Summer of the Great-Grandmother by Madeleine L’Engle (reread)
102. The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle (reread)
103. Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L’Engle (reread)
104. Camilla by Madeleline L’Engle
105. Dragons in the Waters by Madeleine L’Engle

106. A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L’Engle (reread)
107. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
108. The Narnian by Alan Jacobs
109. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
110. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real by Neta Jackson

111. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (reread, I read it out loud into a microphone so we could record it for Mike’s niece on CD. Mike listened. He’d never heard it before)
112. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough by Neta Jackson (I hope this is the last one in the series)
113. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (with Mike. Usually I don’t include picture books on my list, but I made an exception for this one.
114. The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder (reread with Mike)
115. Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner (reread)
116. The Love Letters by Madeleine L’Engle

As I was typing all those in, it was interesting to think about where I was when I was reading them, to see how I worked my way through the year. I can see that I did all that rereading after my surgery, so I know a lot of that was just not feeling up to reading new stuff, as well as winter and Christmas meaning I like to reread. My three favorite fiction books would be Locked Rooms by Laurie King, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling, and Glittering Images by Susan Howatch. The one I was most proud of finishing was Kristin Lavransdatter. I can’t really tell you what my favorite nonfiction books were – probably We Wish to Inform You . . . and Julie & Julia. There were only two books I read twice this year, and both were for work.

My goal for 2005 was to reach 100, just to see if I could do it, and I am kind of sorry I set that goal, because I probably rushed through some things just to get done with them and write them down. But I never chose a book thinking, “This is short, I can finish it and count it.” Also, there were plenty of books I started but didn’t have enough interest to finish. I won’t set a goal for this year, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse to stop reading, either. πŸ˜‰

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  1. alisa

    I never did ask you how you liked PS I Love You or I have completely forgotten that conversation.

    Yada Prayer Group?! Kari! I must know why you like that book. I cant read it casue of the name and the cover. THE COVER! GAH!

    You read a lot more chick-lit than I thought you did. Intersting.

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  2. Kari

    I knew that was going to be the one that people got on my case for, but I’m not going to apologize for it, because it’s my list and I read all kinds of things this year. One of my friends recommended it, and I was really surprised that she had read it, let alone enjoyed it, so I tried it. I think that, unlike most Christian fiction, the characters are really realistic. My one complaint would be how many of their prayers are answered. But, at the same time, everything doesn’t work out exactly great all the time, and I like that in a Christian book.

    Reading the list, I read less chicklit than I thought I had, so I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. I liked PS I Love You okay – it ended right, but I got a little bored along the way.

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  3. i don’t know if i’ve read that many books in my whole life. i read 4 this year, and 3 came during the hurricane evacuation where i didn’t have much to do. 😯

    do you write notes on each one as you finish them? i’ve started writing on the inside cover when i started and when i finished. but that’s only been one book thus far since i JUST started it. πŸ˜‰

    Posted 1/1/2006 at | Permalink
  4. and what i typed was being in awe and feeling like i should read more. πŸ™‚

    Posted 1/1/2006 at | Permalink
  5. Mike Escutia

    Man… I can’t remember the last book I actually read in its entirety. Excuse me while I prostrate at your feet. πŸ˜‰

    Posted 1/2/2006 at | Permalink
  6. katie


    i’m with the boys.

    that is likely more books than i’ve read during the course of my life.

    i read less than half a dozen of those books…and probably read less than half a dozen books throughout 2005.

    i did just buy a new (to me) book…that counts for something, right? but it’s actually a collection of short stories, i think. so maybe that disqualifies it.

    i LOVE this look of this book. i’m really bad about buying books because i like the author (such is the case here), or i like the ‘packaging’, or someone’s told me i should read it, etc…and the never reading it. (examples include: bird by bird, the problem of pain…SOLID authors.)

    am i going to librarian hell if i think i might be a book collector…but not as much a reader?

    i hope we can still be friends after this shameful admission.

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  7. Kari

    Well, I wasn’t posting it to brag, just because lots of people post their lists. I hope it didn’t come across that way. Reading is my main hobby. Y’all have other interests that you focus your time on: video games and knitting and writing and all kinds of stuff. I read all the time. Like Rory, I pretty much always have something to read in my bag. hehe.

    I used to buy books and not read them, Katie, which is why I pretty much only read books from the library these days. I completely understand what you are talking about. I have some Flannery O’Connor that I bought and never read. And some Virginia Woolf. “Important” things that I never seem to find the time for.

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  8. I’ve read more than 115 books, so I don’t feel that down. Man, I’m just impressed that you could average almost a book every three days. I can do that with really good books, when I carve out the time for it. Now, maybe I read that much text a day, but … still, wow.

    So, is this the appropriate place to ask what you thought of Freakonomics? After I read it, I realized that it wasn’t really conventional economics so much as statistical thinking applied to social science [which might be at the roots of classical economics, but certainly isn’t what most folks seem to be after these days, eh?].

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  9. Kari

    I left one off the original post, so it was actually 116. hehe.

    I liked Freakonomics a lot. It was fun.

    Posted 1/2/2006 at | Permalink
  10. alisa

    I was just pickin’ on you Kari. You can read whatever you want and think whatever you want. As can I. But doesnt mean we are not going to question or tease each other. Or maybe thats just me. πŸ™‚ But really, I wanted to know why you liked it casue its hard to come by good Christina fiction these days.

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  11. Kari

    I wouldn’t say it’s the best or anything, but the first two were actually pretty good. Now I’m just reading them because I like to finish a series, which is why I hope they’re done. Maybe one more is about all I’d do.

    They dealt with some difficult topics like racism in a very realistic way – my complaint with the first one was that they didn’t deal enough with the possible implications of having a group of mixed race, but that’s what a lot of the second book was about, and I appreciated how it was handled. I also thought that the way that the women approached prayer was good/helpful. That series and your two Kristin Billerbecks were the only Christian fiction I read in 2005, so I don’t have a lot to compare it with.

    I tend to relate to what you call mom-lit a little more than chicklit, sometimes, maybe because of being married and so many of my friends having kids. This is definitely mom-lit.

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  12. Gary Hampson

    Did the Hotel Rwanda movie lead you to reading the Gourevitch and Dallaire books or was it something else? What did you like about We Wish to Inform…?

    Also, I don’t think that I ever thanked you for the children’s book recommendations. Allison checked a bunch out of the library and Andrew and Evan are both enjoying your selections. So thanks again!

    Posted 1/3/2006 at | Permalink
  13. Kari

    Yeah, the movie and then we had a discussion on the movie at church. They had some information there, but I decided to find out more.

    Posted 1/3/2006 at | Permalink
  14. Jason


    You have a sickness.

    Posted 1/5/2006 at | Permalink
  15. Rose

    What did you think of Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 receipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen by Julie Powell? I am reading it right now, and so far, I am enjoying it.

    Posted 5/4/2006 at | Permalink
  16. Mark Allman

    I enjoyed Freakonomics.

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