Books Read in 2008 Part III


Books read: 101

Average over 50 weeks: about 2 books per week

Authors read: 69 plus a few compendiums (Folio Forewords, Stories Before Tolkien, Australian Short Stories, Stitch 'n' Bitch, Dear Canada, Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization, Panorama of the Classical World)

Most by one author: apparently it's the Alex Rider series at 5 books; next come Emily Carr and Dorothy Sayers at 4 books each

Caveat: I would have read more by Joanna Bourne and Marilynne Robinson but they've only published 2 and 3 to date, respectively

Oldest book: hmm, oldest published or oldest author? that is, Aesop's the oldest author, followed by Pliny, but the oldest original book (ie not a reprint) was Sayers, followed by Fante and Steinbeck (yay! for second hand bookshops!)

Newest book: well, many of them are reprints so it's hard to tell... Actually, it must be Joanna Bourne and Marilynne Robinson's latest, since they were released this year and I bought them straight away (oh dear, I also just got Cost of Freedom by Carol Spradling off Amazon, but haven't added it to the statistics; that's a new book as well...)

Rereads: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, The Stand by Stephen King, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis, Outlander; Dragonfly in Amber; and Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, and The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien (I reread the first two in December 2007)

Stories/Authors I didn't like: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin and Hairball by Margaret Atwood

Pointless fluff: Robin Pilcher, Julie Anne Long and "Medina, Maiden of Ephesus" - the dangers of POD!

Fun fluff: Monty Python, the Andy Capp books

Youngest book: Franklin's Bad Day (Franklin the Turtle!) - I got a cookie recipe off this too!

Books from the 19th Century: Paul Patoff by FM Crawford, most of the stories in Tales Before Tolkien, After London by Richard Jeffries, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes, Persuasion by Jane Austen, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson, Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence, The Temple of Diana at Ephesus by Falkener

Books from 1900-1945: 1/4 of the list!

1. Hundreds and Thousands by Emily
2. Ask the Dust by John Fante
3. Stories by John Buchan
4. Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
5. A Dill Pickle by Katherine Mansfield
6. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
7. What's Wrong With the World by G. K. Chesterton
8. The Best of Roald Dahl (short stories)
9. The Travelling Rug by Dorothy L. Sayers
10. Australian Short Stories
11. Full of Life by John Fante
12. The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham
13. Stoics and Sceptics by Edwyn Bevan
14. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
15. Decline of the English Murder & Other Essays by George Orwell
16. The Clicking of Cuthbert by PG Wodehouse
17. Christian Behaviour by CS Lewis
18. Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
19. The Heart of A Peacock by Emily Carr
20. Heretics by GK Chesterton
21. Growing Pains, the autobiography of Emily Carr
22. Wet Magic by E Nesbit
23. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers
24. Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers
25. The House of All Sorts by Emily Carr

Books/Authors I'd recommend: lots! I don't usually read stuff I won't like, as odd as that sounds... so: the Dear Canada series, Tolkien, Nesbit, Dyer, Skrypuch, Jamie Oliver, Rowling, Carr, Rogan, Dahl, Chesterton, Gabaldon, CS Lewis, Buchan, Steinbeck, Thomas King, Stephen King, Robinson, Sayers, Roy, Konigsburg, the Tales Before Tolkien and Australian Short Stories collections, Dickens, Fante, Little, Fraser, L'Engle, Maugham, Zusak, Bourne, Iain Lawrence, DH Lawrence, Lowry, Orwell, Wodehouse, Graves...

Shortest book: besides Franklin the Turtle and Andy Capp and so on... The Travelling Rug by Dorothy L. Sayers and The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

Longest book: besides the textbooks... The Lord of the Rings, Diana Gabaldon's books, Sayers... After London by Richard Jeffries (1886) felt long because it was so tedious and badly written...

Those are all the categories I can come up with right now...


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