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

  • CassaFire by Alex Cavanaugh
  • Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread but new edition)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Slowly, silently now the moon by Walter de la Mare (poem)
  • I can't work like this by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • CassaStar by Alex Cavanaugh
  • Death of A Century: A Novel of the Lost Generation by Daniel Robinson
  • The Fly by William Blake (poem, reread)
  • Tyger, Tyger by William Blake (poem, reread)
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
  • Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman (reread, many times)
  • Sacred Inwardness by Marilynne Robinson (essay)
  • New Statesman issue guest edited by Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (I don't usually include magazines in this list but I read this one cover to cover)
  • The North Star is Nearer by Evelyn Eaton
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • Every Month Was May by Evelyn Eaton
  • Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan
  • secret beta!
  • Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
  • In Two Aeroplanes Over the Sea by Amanda Palmer (poem)
  • Jim at the Corner by Eleanor Farjeon
  • Finding Fraser by kc dyer
  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • Subterranean Scalzi Super featuring To Sue the World (an original, very short Redshirts story available nowhere else) Muse of Fire Mallet of Loving Correction Lock In, Lost Chapters (available nowhere else) How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story An Election Judge Sn Goes Golfing Questions for a Soldier The Sagan Diary The Tale of the Wicked The God Engines You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi
  • Emily Goes to Market by William Mayne
  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
  • The Captive Diary of Catherine Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (Dear America)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
  • 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