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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Conquering the List

My sister-in-law made me a hand-made book journal for Christmas last year and I set a goal at the beginning of 2013 to see if I could read fifty-two books in fifty-two weeks.  This year offered up a fair share of struggles. Burying my head in a book has always provided an escape. Fifty-three books later, Happy New Year, (and happy reading) to you all!  (I still have twenty-six books on my TBR list.  Hello, 2014!)

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
The Doctor’s Lady, Jody Hedlund
Emma, Jane Austen
The Book of Ruth, Jane Hamilton
The Saint of Lost Things, Christopher Castellani
A Kiss from Maddelana, Christopher Castelani
Drowning Ruth, Christina Schwartz
Low Country Summer, Dorothea Beton Frank
The Forresters, Emily Perkins
Seating Arrangements, Maggie Shipstead
The House on Fortune Street, Margot Livesy
The Witch of Little Italy, Suzanne Palmieri
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D, Nichole Bernier
All This Talk of Love, Christopher Castellani
Nowhere but Home, Liza Palmer
Coronado, Denis Lehane
More Like Her, Liza Palmer
Peaches for Father Frances, Joanne Harris
The Midwife of Hope River, Patricia Harmor
Looking for Me, Beth Hoffman
Free to a Good Home, Eve Mont
I’ll be Seeing You, Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
Before I go to Sleep, S.J. Watson
The Beacon Trees, Karen White
The Bright Forever, Lee Martin
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
With No one as Witness, Elizabeth George
All that I am, Anna Funder
Minding Frankie, Maever Binchy
All New People, Anne Lamott
Happy All the Time, Laurie Colwin
The Lucky One, Nicholas Sparks
Porch Lights, Dorothea Beton Frank
Let the Great World Spin, Column McCann
When she was Gone, Gwendolyn Gross
Where or When, Anita Shreve
Defending Jacob, William Landay
The Other Mother, Gwendolyn Gross
Some Assembly Required, Lynn Kiele Bonasia
Coffin Ship, the Wreck of the Brig St. John, William Henry
Death Comes to Pemberly, TD James
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O’Farrell
Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding
Between the Lines, Mastering the Subtle art of Novel Writing, Jessie Page Morrell
The flight of Gemma Hardy, Margot Livesey
Season to Taste, Molly Birnbaum
The Lemon Orchard, Luanne Rice
The book of Someday, Diane Dixon
Three Women, Marge Piercy
Letters from Skye, Elspeth Dunn
While I was Gone, Sue Miller
Object Lessons, Anna Quindelin


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You did it plus one! Congratulations. Going to do it again next year?
Happy New Year, Liza.

mshatch said...

You read a lot of books!

Mimi said...

Fair play to you!
A few nice ones in there too! I re-read Pride and Prejudice, also Sense and Sensibility, Austen is an amazing writer, I can go back to her again and again.
Happy 2014!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I keep a book journal too and there are so many books on my TBR list I don't try to count them. Hope 2014 is wonderful for you.

Robin said...

This is a great idea. I recall when you got this gift last year and I thought to myself, "Self, you should do this, too." Well, we were still getting settled in the new house and it just did not come to pass. So, now I am thinking again, "Self, you should do this for 2014." It would be interesting to keep up with this every year.

Congrats on making your goal!

Anne Gallagher said...

Color me green. Guess how many books I read last year. None. Zero. Zilch.

I can't believe I didn't read anything. And believe me, my TBR pile is mountainous.

Let's hope I get some time on the beach this summer.

Oh by the way, I'll be up your way in July and August. We'll have to get together. If you want to.

Bish Denham said...

Amazing! The only ones I've read are by Jane Austen! My personal goal is to read 52 books in a year, but I'm such a slow reader... I've made it into the 40s but never cracked 50. Maybe this year. :)

sjp said...

Looks like some good ones in there! Especially the first ;)