I got all excited about this idea, because I love making lists. List writing is my THING. And I also love demonstrating my worldly, well-read knowledge. As my Christmas mug from my roommate says, â€œI like big books and I cannot lie.â€
And then when I sat down and started writing my 2012 list of reading material, I was devastated. Iâ€™VE ONLY READ 16 BOOKS?
What has happened to me? Writers are supposed to EAT literature. INHALE IT. How can you be even a mediocre writer if you donâ€™t READ? There is a science in words that only some people understand, and the rest of the world rarely appreciates.
(Okay, I know like one person who does this brilliantly. But thatâ€™s about it.)
So hereâ€™s what I read.
1. Little Women â€“ Louisa May Alcott
2. The Olive Grove â€“ Katherine Kizilos
3. Suzanne Collins â€“ The Hunger Games
4. Suzanne Collins â€“ Mockingjay
5. Suzanne Collins â€“ Catching Fire
6. Matador Network â€“ No Foreign Lands
7. Abby Heugel â€“ Abby Has Issues
8. Graham Greene â€“ The Power and the Glory
9. Jeffrey Eugenides â€“ Middlesex
10. Donna Morrisey â€“ Kitâ€™s Law
11. Wayne Johnston â€“ The Custodian of Paradise
12. Bobbi French â€“ Finding me in France
13. Tatiana de Rosnay â€“ Sarahâ€™s Key
14. Gigi Griffis â€“ And, Also, My Palms are Sweaty
15. John Mole â€“ Itâ€™s all Greek to Me!
16. Charles Oâ€™Keefe â€“ The Newfoundland Vampire
My goal for 2013 is to double that list, or at least get to 30. My love affair with books has been ongoing since I was a wee child at seven years old, bringing home my first novel (The Babysitters Club: Claudia and Mean Jeanine) and being skeptical about enjoying anything without pictures. After that, Iâ€™d bring home at least 5 books a week from the library (the limit) and eeny-meeny-mony-moe them because I couldn’t figure out which one to read first.
My friends will tell you Iâ€™m pulled to used bookstores like a magnet. Books are more than just great literature for moreâ€¦their physical selves are important. Which is why I abhor both the e-book and the audio book. Such blasphemy.
Anyway. I ramble. Some notes on my reading list.
Favourite book(s) of 2012
The Hunger Game series. Seriously, I was blown away. I avoid over-hyped books like the plague, and tend to judge people who read them (i.e. Twilight). But these books were so amazingly well written and smart and wonderful and ACTION PACKED. I read them all within two weeks, and was devastated when the experience was over.
The book that made me want to be a better writer
Middlesex. Wayne Johnston better watch out, because heâ€™s got some competition from Eugenides as my new favourite author.
Least favourite book
Little Women. Iâ€™m sorry, those girls were just terrible. If I knew them in real life, Iâ€™d kick each one in the shin.
Best travel literature
Bobbi Frenchâ€™s Finding me in France. Sheâ€™s a fellow Newfoundlander, with all the wit to boot. Read it. READ IT.
Most surprising book
Kitâ€™s Law. Iâ€™m wary of a lot of Newfoundland literature, because as I said before, most of it is hyped. Newfoundlanders tend to work within their own circles, and so I find a lot of the writing here insanely repetitive. BUT Kitâ€™s Law was a great, fun read and I devoured it on the plane from Montreal to St. Johnâ€™s. It made me happy to be home.