Monday, December 27, 2010

Anno MMX-A Year in Reading


As I've mentioned before, this was the first year I kept a list of what I've read.  Even then, I know I lost track for a month or so.   My list is unbelievably short compared to seasoned book-bloggers (135+!), but it's fun seeing the list in retrospect.  In chronological order:

Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter
Brooklyn - Colm Toibim
All Passion Spent - Vita Sackville-West
Howard's End is on the Landing - Susan Hill
Intimate Companions - David Leddick
The Heir - Vita Sackville-West
Le Livre Blanc - Jean Cocteau
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies - Jane Austen and Co.
Free For All - Don Bochert
Memoirs of Montparnasse - John Glassco
From a Paris Garrett - Richard LeGallienne
Dream of Perpetual Motion - Dexter Palmer
Down the Garden Path - Beverley Nichols
Bright Young People - DJ Taylor
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Twenty-five - Beverley Nichols
The Bolter - Frances Osbourne
The Giver - Lois Lowry
West with the Night - Beryl Markham
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler - Italo Calvino
The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford
Our Lady of the Flowers - Jean Genet
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English - Natasha Solomons
The City and the Pillar - Gore Vidal
Ask Alice - DJ Taylor
Mayflower - Nathanial Philbrick
Water For Elephants - Sarah Guerrin
Strait is the Gate - Andre Gide
Sleepless Nights - Elizabeth Hardwick
The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street - Heywood Hill and Nancy Mitford
Jeeves in the Morning - PG Wodehouse
Love in a Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford
Nancy Mitford - Harold Acton
Tea with Mr. Rochester - Frances Towers

I'm having a hard time deciding which ones are my favorite, so I'll do what I do best and postpone it until tomorrow!  Have you read any of these and liked or disliked them?  I'm curious if we share opinions.  Not gonna lie, there are a few on that list that I really hated. Hint: it rhymes with Bride & Breadjudice and Bombies.

9 comments:

Laurent said...

Thanks for sharing the list, D-H. I feel I really have to relieve dignified readers of raising the question of the hour: I'd be curious to hear how the Cocteau has held up after all these years.

By the way, I suppose you know - as I only lately discovered - there is a 2nd Caldicott & Charters flick after "The Lady Vanishes." Carol Reed's "Night Train to Munich." Trying for a copy of "Punch" at a rail station in Berlin in 1939, Caldicott happily settles for the latest issue of "La Vie Parisienne." Good scene; see it.

Of course, they had stacks of Gide.

Daniel-Halifax said...

It was my first time reading Cocteau and I really loved it! I hope that's a relief! ;)

And I actually had to look up Caldicott and Charters (shame on me) but now I remember who they were in 'Lady Vanishes.' I saw T.L.V. on the big screen this spring in Portland! 'Night Train to Munich' is going right to the top of my queue...

The Down East Dilettante said...

Oh, there are so many old favorites on this list---and so many more still on my 'to read' list...

The Down East Dilettante said...

My verification word was ochralia---I can never remember if it's a plant Beverly Nichols stole from Vita, or just a country down under as pronounced by someone during dental surgery...

Thomas at My Porch said...

What a great list. I can't wait to see which were your favorites.

Daniel-Halifax said...

Quite right, DED, the ochralia, a rare breed of orchid, was bestowed on Beverley after oogling it after lunch at Sissinghurst.

Thomas- Thank you!! Quite the compliment coming from you. I was actually nervous it would look pitiful..

W.E. said...

Such an impressive reading list DH! Now I am inspired to keep notes on my reading choices in the new year....hopefully my list will be half as interesting as yours.....eyes and fingers crossed.

Daniel-Halifax said...

haha! You'll be shocked, proud and ashamed of everything you read!

Jay said...

I've read Rebecca (liked it), If on a winter's night (obsessed with it; read it every year), and The Giver (weirdly enough, read it for the first time this past year since the age of 10 or so and still liked it!). If you liked the Calvino, you must continue! Almost without fail, his other books are just as extraordinary!