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

  • Alexandria by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Hermit Crab by Peter Porter (poem)
  • The Hidden Land by Private Irving (poem; http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2017/02/bits-n-pieces-writers-houseparty.html)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan
  • beta read! (JB)
  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • see the 2016 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2016/12/annual-books-read-statistics-2016.html
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • 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