Monday, January 14, 2013

2012 Reading List

Here's the reading list from 2012 - another neat example of identifying other life memories that go along with reading the novels. It's very interesting to remember where you were and what was important to you while you were reading the books.

For more references, here's 2010's list and 2011's list.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch, by David Bischoff

grabbed this one from the cottage, found a few little differences from the movie. it was fun!

Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan

The Manticore, by Robertson Davies
i remember Sullivan was born while i was reading this one, and read much of it out loud to him in the New Life Centre. Level of awkwardness while reading to a newborn: moderate.

Life of Pi, Yann Martel 

cool book, and a fantastic adaption for the screen. we just watched the movie in early January.

Haunted, Chuck Palahnuik
a busy, complicated and jam-packed novel with a tonne of material. Level of awkwardness while reading to a newborn: very high. BUT this book did help me identify my new preferred "porn name," lol.

The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

wonderful book that genuinely captures the maritime feel of the Canadian east coast. Level of awkwardness while reading to a newborn: moderate.

Congo, Michael Crichton

was at the cottage, reading in the sun on the porch. good times.

The Twitter Book, Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein 

reading on the porch at the cottage, too, but not nearly as much fun as reading Michael Crichton.

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner 

started this at the cottage, had to resume it in the backyard at home - still remember sitting out in the sun. great exploration in Faulkner's use of the southern dialect.

X Files: Goblins, Charles Grant 

a fun return to some old characters that were childhood favourites. Found this book at the cottage, but it took a while to get to it.

rereading this one, i realized that a lot of this book as stuck with me since grade 9. Like, a remarkable amount of this book sticks with me today, and i didn't realize it until i read it again.

Middle Passage, Charles Johnson 

remarkably funny, poignant, philosophical and colourful book. a reread from when i had to read it in school, but nonetheless a great, great book.

Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana, David C. Evans & Matthew J. Vavrek

dinosaurs are awesome! my sister bought me this corresponding book to go with the ROM's exhibit, and it's just as jammed with information as the exhibit is!

i recommend reading at bed time when you're most unguarded. you'll tear up with laughter.

World of Wonders, Robertson Davies  

finally finished the trilogy! good times. Davies' narrative and story-telling technique is wise and enthralling.

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