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Reading Deliberately 2010

Completion of The Aeneid and Hobbit also put a (beautiful) end note to Reading Deliberately, hosted by Jessica from The Bluestocking Society.

















Jane Austen: Emma Jane Austen
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Ian McEwan: The Comfort of Strangers Ian McEwan
John Steinbeck: East of Eden John Steinbeck
British Mystery: Strong Poison Dorothy L. Sayers
Russian Author: Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternek
An Old Classic: The Aeneid Virgil
Nonfiction: The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham Selina Hastings
Poetry: 100 Essential American Poems edited by Leslie M. Pockell
Pulitzer Prize Winner: Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Published in 2010: The Imperfectionists Tom Rachman
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

Thoughts: I’m so grateful for Jessica and for this reading challenge. New authors to whom I’m exposed through this diverse plan include Selina Hastings (who I have found out has also written the biography of Evelyn Waugh), Dorothy L. Sayers, Jeffrey Eugenides, Tom Rachman and J. R. R. Tolkien, whose works have always intimidated me, partly because I never read science fiction. I’m delightfully surprised at how quickly I read through The Hobbit with such fervor during transit. It’s been years since I read McEwan but I realize the works can be very bizarrely overwhelming that he probably won’t go down on my list of favorite authors. Both books I read of his weirded me out. John Steinbeck is the one author whom I read the most in 2010: 4 books. East of Eden makes the Books of the Year list but The Grapes of Wrath is a slight disappointment. Usually I’m not a huge fan of books hot out of the press, but I have read several because of this reading plan. In addition to The Imperfectionists, which I knew would be one of the top reads the instant I opened it, I also read The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Amazing Grace is a disappointment. The story just doesn’t hold together. Overall, it’s been a great, rewarding, and enlightening reading year, made possible by the fact that I have cut down the time on blogging. Although I still read many of the book blogs, I limit commenting on selected days of the week, usually I’m not as busy. 84 books this year, not bad.

10 Responses

  1. Excellent list of books….I need to read East of Eden. I loved Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. I picked up a Sayers book last year at my library sale. It’s a double mystery, not sure if my title is the same as the one you read but I’ve been wanting to read this author for some time now. Middlesex is one that for some reason I’ve been afraid to read??? Maybe 2011 will be the year I get some nerve!! 😀

    • Grapes of Wrath was a bit of a setback after the awesome East of Eden. I do enjoy reading Steinbeck nonetheless. I’ve got his single-volume novellas for this year. 🙂

  2. Wonderful post. I am quite sure I read EoE as a teenager, and I keep thinking I’ll pick it up again, but don’t.

  3. You’ve had a phenomenal reading year. I look forward to seeing what you will have in store for 2011! Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks for sharing the link to Reading Deliberately. Hadn’t seen it before, and considering using it as a guideline for expanding my reading options for 2011.

  5. Wow. I’m in awe. You did so much better at this than I did. I think I’ll try the categories-as-goals again in the future. I really enjoyed following along with you this year.

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