One of my New Years Resolutions for 2009 was to read more. And I feel pretty good that I gave it a good effort. One of the great things about being in the UAE last year was I had more time for reading with not working. At the same time I could have done better! Here's a list of books I read last year:
01. The BFG by Roald Dahl 02. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 03. The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean 04. George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl 05. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary 06. The Giver by Lois Lowry 07. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 08. Life of Pi by Yann Martel 09. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 10. Princess: The True Story of Life Inside the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family by Jean Sasson 11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 12. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl 13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi 14. The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz 15. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea 16. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 17. Stuart Little by EB White 18. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos 19. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid 20. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 21. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 22. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger 23. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
--Love re-reading #22 and #06 (very favorites of mine) --Book that surprisingly affected and touched me the most, especially because it's something I would not normally have read: #8 (thanks, Robin) --Some books I really did NOT like: #19, #20, #15, #03, #13 --Most disturbing but enjoyed: #7 and #9 --Everything pre #20 was in the UAE and my choices were not as wide with no public libraries there and only having limited access to a school library - hence lots of great classic children's titles I enjoyed reading. They did have adult fiction though as well.
When we returned to the US, my friend Dianna and I invited some friends to start up a book group. I'm so happy we did this! It's great to see everyone at least once a month and motivates me to read since it's usually all the time I have for reading anymore. The last four books were book group reads. Now we are reading Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult which I am looking forward to.
I'll be updating my sidebar with books I am reading this year. Take a look.
So do you have a favorite book you read this year you'd like to share? I'd love to hear it.
The title of this blog was inspired by the utopian novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of The Yellow Wallpaper. The word itself has went further and captured for me a special sense of "place" for me and my daughter Eleanor. A free copy of the book can be read online by clicking the image.
Check out my first blog--Al Ain Notebook--written during our family's year abroad in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2009)
Books Read 2010
03. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
02. Never Let Me Go by Kazup Ishiguaro
01. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Books Read 2009
23. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
22. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
20. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
19. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
18. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
17. Stuart Little by EB White
16. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
15. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
14. The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz
13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
12. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
10. Princess: The True Story of Life Inside the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family by Jean Sasson