Last year I made a Summer of 2014 Reading List, and I pretty much kicked it’s butt. So I got all cocky and made a Fall of 2014 Reading List. Here’s what happened with that:
- Drood, Dan Simmons – I finished because of the #droodalong. Evidently, I’m an overachiever for once in my life, because I might possibly be the only one who toughed it out. Thanks a lot, all you slackers.
- Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes – Still unfinished. I blame it on Drood.
- Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel – I both finished it AND returned it to the lendee.
- The Hare with the Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal – Just like Bring Up the Bodies. So now I don’t have to be embarrassed when I see Judith. Except I still have her husband’s book to read.
- Brave Companions, David McCullough – Done and forgotten.
- Children of God, Mary Doria Russell – I’m kinda afraid to actually read it. If you’ve read The Sparrow, you’ll probably understand.
- On This Day, Nathaniel Bellows – Also done and forgotten. I passed it on to my mom, who is also less than impressed. Sorry, Mom.
- Washington – Still unfinished. Maybe Washington and Don Quixote could hang out together? Don Quixote would probably get a kick out of that. Not sure about Georgie-Porgie, though.
- Pet Sematary – I read Bag of Bones, instead. Can I give myself a point for that?
- State by State – I’ve read through the C’s. I think. Got a long ways to go.
- Bossypants, Tina Fey – Done and I wish it was forgotten.
So I read 6 of 11 from the list. That’s a passing score, right? (If not, don’t disillusion me about my math skills.) 7 of 11 if you count the fact that I still read a King book, just not the one on the list. Actually, I read TWO King books, so at this rate I might be able to get to 11 of 11 by coming up with other substitutions. Or from extra credit. However, since I didn’t believe in extra credit when I was a teacher, I’m not really sure that’s acceptable.
Part of me is tempted to make a Winter list, just to see if I continue with the downward spiral. But if I did that I’d feel obligated to include Children of God, Washington, and Don Quixote, and I’m really not feeling the love there. I think I’ll go stare at the shelves and see if I can find the love somewhere else.