Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Books of 2009 - December

Here's what I managed to finish in December (year wrap-up to be posted soon):

1. A Test of Wills. Fiction by Charles Todd. I saw another blog discussing this series of mysteries. They're set just after WW1. And - I freely admit it - I devour books set in Great Britain. Especially WW1, between the wars or WW2.

2. The Old Curiosity Shop. Fiction by Charles Dickens. I don't really understand why this one is considered to be a "classic". The narrator disappears after the third chapter and, well, I wasn't remotely curious or entranced about any of it, especially Little Nell.

3. Wings of Fire. Fiction by Charles Todd. Book 2 in the series. Stronger than the first, which had such novice writer problems as jumping POV and suddenly omniscient characters.

4. Of Sheep and Men. Non-fiction by R. B. Robertson. A memoir of living in Scotland in the 1950s. Quite funny at times.

5. Search the Dark. Fiction by Charles Todd. Book 3 in the series.

6. Barnaby Rudge. Fiction by Charles Dickens. The very first Dickens that I couldn't put down and ended up really enjoying. One of the lesser known works but maybe it's better because of it.

7. Legacy of the Dead. Fiction by - yes, you guessed it - Charles Todd (pseudonym for a mother-son writing team).

8. Watchers of Time. Fiction by Charles Todd. These books somehow leave me unsatisfied and still anxious for the next one.

9. Food Not Lawns. Non-fiction by Heather Flores. So not what I was expecting. Avoid unless you're into communistic-conspiracy theorists.

10. Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon. Non-fiction by Mark DiVincenzo. Handy little guide for when to buy, sell, or do pretty much anything.

11. Let's Go Outside! Non-fiction by Jennifer Ward. Ideas and games for encouraging our children to spend more time in nature.

Fiction (books by authors named Charles): 7
Non-fiction: 4

Not really a stellar literary ending to my year, but I did enjoy finding a "new" mystery series and a Dickens' novel I actually liked.


MacKenzie said...

#10 has a very good title. I am now extremely curious as to why I should be buying ketchup in May.

Kelly said...

I was just about to remind you about the year wrap-up! It's one of my favorite posts of the year for some reason. ;)

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