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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.