Books read 2006.

Okay, well, I should explain this. In the spring, Mike had four English classes and did nothing but read. When he’s reading, I like to be in the same room with him, and when he’s reading, he can’t have TV or music on. So I did a lot of reading myself. We didn’t go out, we didn’t have people over. We just read, both of us, a lot. So, I had hoped to get around 100 books again this year, but early on I realized I was off the charts without even meaning to. I slowed a bit this fall, but I am amazed to see I averaged a little over 11 books a month.

January
1. A Year at the Movies by Kevin Murphy (nf)
2. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (f)
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (f)
4. The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant (bookclub) (f)
5. The Glorious Impossible by Madeleine L’Engle (nf)
6. Kneeling in Bethlehem by Ann Weems (poetry)
7. 10 Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed by Richard Roeper (nf)
8. Living on the Boundaries: Evangelical Women, Feminism, and the Theological Academy by Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Christine D. Pohl (nf)
9. Time was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer (nf)
10. The Saint of Lost Things by Christopher Castellani (f)
11. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (nf)
12. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (nf)
13. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (bookclub) (f)
14. The Obnoxious Jerks by Stephen Manes (reread) (f)
15. Eldest by Christopher Paolini (bookclub) (f)

February
16. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke by Suze Orman (nf)
17. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (f)
18. Six O’Clock Saints by Joan Windham (f)
19. The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble (f)
20. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner (f)
21. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner (f)
22. Light from Heaven by Jan Karon (f)
23. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (bookclub) (reread) (f)
24. Why I’m Still Married essays edited by Karen Propp and Jean Trounstine (nf)
25. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks (nf)
26. Don’t Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis (nf)

March
27. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (nf)
28. The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris (nf)
29. Common Prayers by Harvey Cox (nf)
30. Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews (f)
31. 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
32. March by Geraldine Brooks (f)
33. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (nf)
34. To Own a Dragon by Don Miller (nf)
35. The Average American by Kevin O’Keefe (nf)
36. Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh (f)
37. True Believer by Nicholas Sparks (bookclub) (f)
38. Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman (nf)

April
39. To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever by Will Blythe (nf)
40. Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers (f)
41. Fireweed Evangelism by Elizabeth Geitz (nf)
42. The Preservationist by David Maine (f)
43. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (f)
44. The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society by Augusta Trobaugh (f)
45. Everyone Else’s Girl by Megan Crane (f)
46. My Life With the Saints by James Martin (nf)
47. Not Buying It by Judith Levine (nf)
48. Evensong by Gail Godwin (reread) (f)
49. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines (bookclub) (reread) (f)
50. Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
51. Queen of the Underworld by Gail Godwin (f)

May
52. Jane Austen in Scarsdale by Paula Marantz Cohen (f)
53. A Southern Family by Gail Godwin (f)
54. The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King (f)
55. The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King (f)
56. Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews (f)
57. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (f)
58. Maybe Baby essays edited by Lori Leibovich (nf)

June
59. Why Do I Love These People? by Po Bronson (nf)
60. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (f)
61. L’Abri by Edith Schaeffer (nf)
62. Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst (f)
63. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (f)
64. A Mother and Two Daughters by Gail Godwin (f)
65. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (bookclub) (reread) (f)
66. The Whole World Over by Julia Glass (f)
67. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (f)
68. Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty (f)
69. Bread Alone by Judith Ryan Hendricks (f)

July
70. Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty (f)
71. The V-Club by Kate Brian (f)
72. Searching for God Knows What by Don Miller (nf)
73. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (f)
74. Truelove and Homegrown Tomatoes by Julie Cannon (f)
75. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (bookclub) (reread) (f)
76. Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radich (f)
77. Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith (f)

August
78. Literacy and Longing in L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack (f)
79. The Bitch in the House essays edited by Cathi Hanauer (nf)
80. Miss Misery by Andy Greenwald (f)
81. The Heart is a Little to the Left by William Sloane Coffin (nf)
82. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (reread) (f)
83. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (f)
84. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (nf)
85. The Revenge of Kali-Ra by K. K. Beck (f)
86. March by Geraldine Brooks (bookclub) (reread) (f)
87. Why Moms are Weird by Pamela Ribon (f)
88. My Mother’s Wedding Dress by Justine Picardie (nf)
89. Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery (reread) (f)
90. Winter’s Child by Margaret Maron (f)
91. Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson (f)
92. Intuition by Allegra Goodman (f)
93. The Monk Downstairs by Tim Farrington (f)
94. Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Morag Prunty (f)
95. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (f)

September
96. Open House by Elizabeth Berg (f)
97. Thirty-Three Swoons by Martha Cooley (f)
98. The Oxford Murders by Guillerno Martinez (f)
99. Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg (f)
100. Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen (f)
101. True Fans by Dan Austin (nf)
102. Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner (f)
103. The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society by Augusta Trobaugh (bookclub) (reread) (f)
104. The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
105. Tolstoy Lied by Rachel Kadish (f)
106. The Moon by Night by Madeleine L’Engle (reread) (f)

October
107. London is the Best City in America by Laura Dave (f)
108. On Agate Hill by Lee Smith (f)
109. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (f)
110. Dinner With Anna Karenina by Gloria Goldreich (f)
111. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice (bookclub) (f)
112. A Tale of Two Sisters by Anna Maxted (f)
113. This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella (f)

November
114. Savannah from Savannah by Denise Hildreth (f)
115. Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) about TV by Tara Ariano and Sarah Bunting (nf)
116. Words in a French Life by Kristin Espinasse (nf)
117. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (f)
118. Evensong by Gail Godwin (bookclub) (reread) (f)
119. A Home on the Field by Paul Cuadros (nf)
120. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (out loud for my niece) (reread) (f)
121. The Birth House by Ami McKay (f)
122. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (f)
123. Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser (nf)

December
124. The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne (f)
125. How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed (f)
126. Home is Always the Place You Just Left by Betty Smartt Carter (nf)
127. The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg (f)
128. Dwelling Places by Vinita Hampton Wright (f)
129. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson (f)
130. The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder (reread with Mike) (f)
131. Indiscretion by Jude Morgan (f)
132. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (f)
133. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (reread) (f)
134. Ida B by Katherine Hannigan (f)
135. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (f)

Statistics of note: Just over a quarter of my books were non-fiction (which surprised me, I thought I read more, but fiction just tends to go faster, so I can see how it happened) and I did even less rereading than last year (I planned better this year, I think). I thought I’d point out some of my favorites and least favorites, because just posting a list doesn’t tell you what I thought about them.

Favorite/memorable fiction:
Light from Heaven by Jan Karon (I cried. A lot. Perfect ending to the series.)
Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers (This was just a great book.)
Everyone Else’s Girl by Megan Crane (I like her chick lit a lot.)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (I wrote about it here.)
Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst (Liked it better, even, than Dogs of Babel.)
Intuition by Allegra Goodman (Wrote about it here.)
Thirty-Three Swoons by Martha Cooley (This book blew me away.)
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen (As did this one.)
On Agate Hill by Lee Smith (Long review here.)
-And everything I read by Alexander McCall Smith, who continues to write fantastic books.

Fiction that disappointed:
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Not my thing.)
Eldest by Christopher Paolini (So long. So long.)
The Preservationist by David Maine
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radich (Hated hated hated it.)
Literacy and Longing in L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack (Crap book.)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Eh.)
Dinner With Anna Karenina by Gloria Goldreich (So many hopes, so many characters to dislike.)
The Birth House by Ami McKay (Popular in Canada, proof I shouldn’t be Canadian.)
Savannah from Savannah by Denise Hildreth (Trashed it here.)
How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed
The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson (So. Bad.)

Nonfiction that rocked:
The Glorious Impossible by Madeleine L’Engle
Why I’m Still Married essays edited by Karen Propp and Jean Trounstine (Wrote about it here.)
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever by Will Blythe (Probably my favorite book of the whole year.)
My Life With the Saints by James Martin (Wrote about it here.)
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (Funny.)
A Home on the Field by Paul Cuadros (Wrote about it here.)
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser (Why, yes, the movie did inspire me to read the book.)

Nonfiction that did not even come close to rocking:
Don’t Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis (Wrote about it here.)
True Fans by Dan Austin (probably my least favorite book of the entire year)

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  2. […] So your opinions/ideas are solicited – I’m specifically looking for good non-fiction, as that will probably be the leaner side of my reading – I’m working on Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin right now (very interesting and quirky, full of British humor that I don’t quite get all the time) and The Pact by Jodi Picoult (cause I promised Beth I’d read it so she’d have someone to talk to about it). I’ve got several on deck, cause I found some good deals on used books, including several from Kari’s book list, which I’m really excited about. So check out my progress from time to time, and feel free to leave ideas for me to try! […]

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