Tuesday, 1 January 2008

I've Never Tried This Before

Part of the reason I started that library catalogue (which is now finished, behind me, over!) was because I have never kept any kind of "books I'm reading"/"books I read in 199X/200X" list. I read so many, so often, and so jumbled up together, that I was always wary of a list that would not accurately portray the variety of material I get through.
But it's the first day of the new year, I have a blog, and I happen to be on it, so... for the first time ever, I bring you:
Books I Am Reading
(to be updated throughout the year, I hope!)
Right now we have:
Growing Pains, the autobiography of Emily Carr (relatively unsung genius!) (almost finished)
Cook with Jamie Oliver (perusing every night for recipes)
The Jerusalem Bible (in the middle of Daniel)
rereading The Return of the King (the Ride of the Rohirrim. Oh!)
Jesus of Nazareth (almost finished)
Short Stories of Ian Rankin (starting today)
Wet Magic by E Nesbit (almost finished)
Tales Before Tolkien short stories (reading every once in a while)
Australian Short Stories (ditto)
Panorama of the Classical World (research)
Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (")
The Romans, their Daily Life and Customs (")
I, Cladius (fun research)
Medina, Maiden of Ephesus (excruciating "research") (I had such high hopes for this book. But I did learn a few things, so I shouldn't be so mean to her)
Der Ruf der Trommel (Drums of Autumn) by Diana Gabaldon (on the train)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (reading every once in a while)
Paradise Lost by John Milton (reading every once in a while)
The Divine Comedy: Hell by Dante (reading every once in a while)

These are all the books I'm in the middle of. Some will be finished soon and new ones started, but others I read only a little at a time, so they're likely to stay on this list for months. I'll try to remember to add every book I start, so that by the end of the year I'll have a complete record.
Here're the books I finished last week:
Brothers Far From Home: The World War I Diary of Eliza Bates by Jean Little
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers
Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers (reread) (this one takes place in Scotland - lots of mmphms!!)
The House of All Sorts by Emily Carr
Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles short stories
and, see? there were others that I've already forgotten!

Full steam ahead!

7 comments:

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

Booring...

Deniz Bevan said...

do you mean making the list or the list itself? what are *you* reading?

Deniz Bevan said...

Update:
I've finished: Growing Pains, Wet Magic and Medina Maiden of Ephesus. Haven't started anything else yet.

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

I meant the list itself, of course. I suppose I too could write about the books I am reading.

Ardent said...

Deniz I think that is great! Personally I only read one Novel at a time.
I am very glad that I have found your site, I have listed you on my Blog.
Kindest
:)

Deniz Bevan said...

Here's an update:
Books I Am Reading
(to be updated throughout the year, I hope!)
Right now we have:
The Spymaster's Lady by Jo Bourne (to start as soon as this marathon is over!)
Ephesus by ? from 1865 (from GoogleBooks)
Growing Pains, the autobiography of Emily Carr (finished)
Cook with Jamie Oliver (perusing every night for recipes)
The Jerusalem Bible (in the middle of Daniel)
rereading The Return of the King (the Ride of the Rohirrim. Oh!)
Jesus of Nazareth (almost finished)
Short Stories of Ian Rankin (read one and gave up; don't really have time for this right now)
Wet Magic by E Nesbit (finished)
Tales Before Tolkien short stories (reading every once in a while)
Australian Short Stories (ditto)
Panorama of the Classical World (finished)
Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (finished)
The Romans, their Daily Life and Customs (finished)
I, Cladius (fun research)
Medina, Maiden of Ephesus (finished)
Der Ruf der Trommel (Drums of Autumn) by Diana Gabaldon (on the train)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (reading every once in a while)
Paradise Lost by John Milton (reading every once in a while)
The Divine Comedy: Hell by Dante (reading every once in a while)

Deniz Bevan said...

Alright, one more update on this list before I post a revised version:
The Spymaster's Lady by Jo Bourne (in the middle)
Ephesus by ? from 1865 (from GoogleBooks)
Cook with Jamie Oliver (almost finished)
The Jerusalem Bible (in the middle of Daniel)
rereading The Return of the King (the Ride of the Rohirrim. Oh!)
Jesus of Nazareth (finished)
Tales Before Tolkien short stories (reading every once in a while)
Australian Short Stories (ditto)
I, Cladius (fun research)
Der Ruf der Trommel (Drums of Autumn) by Diana Gabaldon (on the train)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (reading every once in a while)
Paradise Lost by John Milton (reading every once in a while)
The Divine Comedy: Hell by Dante (reading every once in a while)

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta read!
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html