Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Reading List

I really like these quarterly reading lists. I know I don't need to hold to them, but it helps breaking my huge library into more manageable chunks!

First, let's take a look back at my winter reading list:
  1. finish Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  2. The Wolves of Midwinter - Anne Rice
  3. The Gods of Guilt - Michael Connelly
  4. Helen of Troy - Margaret George
  5. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
  6. The Modigliani Scandal - Ken Follett
  7. Elephant Song - Wilbur Smith
  8. A Place Called Freedom - Ken Follett
Those that are crossed out have been read (except for #5, which is close enough to being done to count - my spring list will start April 1st for simplicity). Instead of tackling the last two on my list, I read a book borrowed from a coworker (Looking for Alaska - John Green) and a new book I bought while in Calgary (Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi).

I enjoyed all of these novels - some more than others. Anne Rice, Ken Follett and Wilbur Smith are in my top 5 favourite authors, so I rip through their writing, though these three books (of theirs on my list) are not the first I'd recommend for each author. Helen Oyeyemi is a new favourite of mine - I enjoyed her Mr. Fox, so this one sparked my interest and didn't disappoint. The last three books I read have convinced me to read more from Tolstoy, Michael Connelly and John Green. 

As for my spring reading list:
  1. The Catcher and the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  2. A Place Called Freedom - Ken Follett
  3. Helen of Troy - Margaret George
  4. My Mother's Secret - J.L. Witterick
  5. The Emperor's Tomb - Steve Berry
  6. Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Agnes Grey - Anne Brontë
  8. Stephen King - 11/22/63
The first is another new book I picked up in Calgary - well, a new book of an old classic I've been meaning to read. Then I added the two I skipped this winter and one I'm borrowing from mom. The last four were basically picked at random from my shelves. I will read more of my books!

What have you been reading this season?

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