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. 😉

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