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Your Year in Books

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This is a little game they’ve been playing every New Year over at LibriVox. The fun is to try filling in the blanks on the questionnaire using only the titles of books you’ve read in the past year.

Here is the original set of questions provided in January 2014, with my answers based on the books I read in 2013:

Describe yourself: Working (Studs Terkel)
How do you feel: So Brave, Young, and Handsome (Leif Enger)
Describe where you currently live: On the Map (Simon Garfield)
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Into the Beautiful North (Luis Alberto Urrea)
Your favourite form of transportation: The Underground Railroad (William Still)
Your best friend is: The Good Thief (Hannah Tinti)
You and your friends are: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)
What’s the weather like: Winter’s Bone (Daniel Woodrell)
You fear: The Desperate Hours (Joseph Hayes)
What is the best advice you have to give: Warriors Don’t Cry (Melba Pattillo Beals)
Thought for the day: How Can We Keep From Singing (Joan Oliver Goldsmith)
How you would like to die: Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela)
Your soul’s present condition: Help, Thanks, Wow (Anne Lamott)

They repeated the game with the same set of questions in January 2015. Here were my answers that time around, based on the books I had read in 2014:

Describe yourself: An Excellent Mystery (Ellis Peters)
How do you feel: Quiet (Susan Cain)
Describe where you currently live: An Altar in the World (Barbara Taylor Brown)
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Little World of Don Camillo (Giovanni Guareschi)
Your favourite form of transportation: The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float (Farley Mowat)
Your best friend is: A Diary Without Dates (Enid Bagnold)
You and your friends are: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (Alexander McCall Smith)
What’s the weather like: Snow in the Cities (Blake McKelvey)
You fear: The Inspector-General (Nikolai Gogol)
What is the best advice you have to give: Walk in a Relaxed Manner (Joyce Rupp)
Thought for the day: God Has a Dream (Desmond Tutu)
How you would like to die: One Came Home (Amy Timberlake)
Your soul’s present condition: Small Victories (Anne Lamott)

For January 2016, they’ve freshened up the game a bit by providing a different questionnaire for us to play with. Here’s how I filled it in, using titles of books I read in 2015:

All in all, I would describe last year as being: Windswept (Marq de Villiers)
I could have cried when: When Books Went to War (Molly Guptill Manning)
I would love to have some respite from: The Wreckers (Bella Bathurst)
The most unexpected thing that happened last year: Anything Can Happen (George and Helen Papashvily)
A recurring dream I had last year featured: The Inner Voice of Love (Henri Nouwen)
My non-bookish friends would say I’m: The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (Alexander McCall Smith)
If you looked under my couch you would see: The San Francisco Earthquake as Reported in the Newspapers of that City
If I could no longer LibriVox, I would probably be: Nothing Daunted (Dorothy Wickenden)
Something most people don’t know about me is: My Discovery of England (Stephen Leacock)
My motto for 2016 will be: Imagine the Angels of Bread (Martin Espada)
I am most looking forward to: The Great Good Thing (Roderick Townley)
I’m tipping that the next big thing in Reality TV shows will be: Humans of New York (Brandon Stanton)

If you’d like to play, feel free to choose whichever set of questions appeals to you, and describe your year in books!

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2016 Book List Thread at LibriVox

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Over at LibriVox, the folks have a thread going in which we are invited to keep a running list of the books we are reading. It’s a great way to keep track of titles that would probably get lost in my increasingly porous memory. Over here on my blog, I’m only writing about a random selection of books, not everything I’ve read. For my complete reading list, here’s the link to that LibriVox thread:

LibriVox 2016 Book Lists Thread  (This should take you directly to my book list. By scrolling up and down the thread, you can also read other folks’ lists, which is a great way to come up with other reading suggestions.)

(Book list last updated April 1st 2016).

Books Read in 2015

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As you may have noticed, the sticky-post at the top of this blog has changed. The 2015 LibriVox Book List Thread has been updated for the last time. To avoid having to click over to the LibriVox site to see that list again, I’m posting it here for future reference:

(Meanwhile, the new sticky-post above contains the updated link to the current year’s Book List in progress.)

Totals —
57 print books read in 2015 —
and 52 audio books listened to.

What I Read:

Print Books Read From Library:
1. When Books Went to War (Molly Guptill Manning)
2. Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper (Paul E. Johnson)
3. On Looking (Alexandra Horowitz)
4. Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel)
5. Snow in the Cities (Blake McKelvey)
6. Disasters at Sea (Liz Mechem)
7. The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe (Alexander McCall Smith)
8. Encountering Ellis Island (Ronald Bayor)
9. Curse of the Narrows (Laura MacDonald)
10. The Age of Miracles (Karen Thompson Walker)
11. Windswept (Marq de Villiers)
12. The Church of Mercy (Pope Francis)
13. London Under (Peter Ackroyd)
14. A Fatal Grace (Louise Penny)
15. The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman)
16. Disaster: Hurricane Katrina (Christopher Cooper)
17. Imagine the Angels of Bread (Martin Espada)
18. The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
19. All The Men in the Sea (Michael Krieger)
20. Overcoming Katrina (by D’Ann Penner and Keith Ferdinand)
21. Mavericks of the Sky (Barry Rosenberg & Catherine Macaulay)
22. Humans of New York (Brandon Stanton)
23. Flesh and Blood So Cheap (Albert Marrin)
24. The Oregon Trail (Rinker Buck)
25. Silent Leader (Rodney Brown)
26. Nothing Daunted (Dorothy Wickenden)
27. The Wreckers (Bella Bathurst)
28. Sister Wendy on Prayer (Wendy Beckett)
29. 100 Essential American Poems (ed. by Leslie Pockell)
30. The Frozen Water Trade (Gavin Weightman)
31. The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (Alexander McCall Smith)
32. The Great Good Thing (Roderick Townley)

My Own Print Books Read:
1. Heart Mountain (Mike Mackey)
2. The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
3. Miss Pym Disposes (Josephine Tey)
4. Code Talker (Chester Nez)
6. An Altar in the World (Barbara Brown Taylor)
7. The Franchise Affair (Josephine Tey)
8. The Fellowship of the Ring (J. R. R. Tolkien)
9. The Island of Dr. Moreau (H. G. Wells)
10. The Pushcart War (Jean Merrill)
11. Brat Farrar (Josephine Tey)
12. The Little World of Don Camillo (Giovanni Guareschi)
13. Don Camillo and His Flock (Giovanni Guareschi)
14. Anything Can Happen (George and Helen Papashvily)
15. A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson)
16. The Two Towers (J. R. R. Tolkien)
17. God and You (William Barry)
18. The Inner Voice of Love (Henri Nouwen)
19. Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson)
20. That Man is You (Louis Evely)
21. From My Seat on the Aisle (Jack Garner)
22. The Nine Tailors (Dorothy Sayers)
23. View With a Grain of Sand (Wislawa Szymborska)
24. A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas)
25. The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)

Read for LibriVox:
Solos – (I recorded the entire book):

1. They Who Knock at Our Gates (Mary Antin)
2. San Francisco Earthquake as Reported in the Newspapers

Read for LibriVox:
Duets – (I recorded half of the book, GregG recorded the other half. Listened to entire book when finished):
1. The Secret Service (Albert Richardson)
2. History of the Earthquake & Fire in San Francisco (F. Aitkin & E. Hilton)
3. Christmastide (William Sandys)
4. Unknown London (Walter George Bell)
5. The Life of Abraham Lincoln (Ward Hill Lamon) 

Read for LibriVox:
Group Projects – (I recorded some chapters, among multiple other readers. Listened to entire book when finished):
1. BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Report (National Committee Report) 
2. Fathers of Confederation (A. H. U. Colquhoun)
3. Extermination of the American Bison (William Hornaday)
4. All Afloat (William Wood)
5. The Day of Sir Wilfred Laurier (Oscar Skelton)
6. Magna Carta Commemoration Essays (ed. by Henry Malden)
7. The Railway Builders (Oscar Skelton)
8. Final Report of the Committee to Investigate Hurricane Katrina (U.S. House of Representatives)
9. More English Fairy Tales (ed. by Joseph Jacobs)
10. LibriVox 10th Anniversary Collection (Read ten items out of 100. Listened to just about 50 others when cataloged.)
11. Some Eminent Women of Our Times (Millicent Garrett Fawcett)
12. Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know (ed. by Asa Don Dickenson)
13. Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule (M. K. Gandhi)
14. Cinderella (George Calderon) (Dramatic work. Read role of Aunt Judy, listened to whole play when done)
15. Helen of Troy and Other Poems (Sara Teasdale)

Listened to from LibriVox:
As Proof-Listener (or editor):

1. Tish: Chronicle of her Escapades and Excursions (Mary Roberts Rinehart)
2. Dot and the Kangaroo (Ethel Pedley)
3. Pillars of Society (Henrik Ibsen)
4. Brewing (Alfred Chaston Chapman)
5. Pearls (William J. Dakin)
6. Confessions (Saint Augustine of Hippo)
7. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (George Gissing)
8. Dramatic Reading Scene & Story Collection (as editor of four stories)

Listened to from LibriVox:
Just Plain Listened:
1. A Negro Explorer at the North Pole (Matthew Henson)
2. Three Times and Out (Nellie McClung)
3. The American Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (Various Authors)
4. Nurse and Spy in the Union Army (Sarah Emma Edmonds)
5. The Girl at Central (Geraldine Bonner)
6. The Winning of Popular Government (Archibald MacMechan)
7. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Version 3) (Charles Dickens)
8. More Tish (Mary Roberts Rinehart)
9. Selected Classics of Washington Irving (Washington Irving)
10. The Day of Sir John MacDonald (Joseph Pope)
11. The Poetry of St. Teresa of Avila (St. Teresa of Avila)
12. The Autobiography of Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones)
13. Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (James Weldon Johnson)
14. Washington Irving in London (Washington Irving)
15. My Discovery of England (Stephen Leacock)
16. Selected Essays of Samuel Johnson (Samuel Johnson)
17. The Mounties in the News (New York Times)
18. The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
19. The Amateur Emigrant (Robert Louis Stevenson)
20. Men, Women, and Guns (Sapper)
21. Kings, Queens, and Pawns (Mary Roberts Rinehart)
22. Christmas Books (Charles Dickens)
23. Christmas Short Works Collection

2015 Reading List on LibriVox Forum

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Over at LibriVox, the folks have a thread going in which we are invited to keep a running list of the books we are reading. This year I’m participating, because it’s a great way to keep track of titles that would probably get lost in my increasingly porous memory. Over here on my blog, I’m only writing about a random selection of books, not everything I’ve read. For the complete reading list, here’s the link to that LibriVox thread:

LibriVox 2015 Book Lists Thread  (This should take you directly to my list. By scrolling up and down the thread, you can also read other folks’ lists.)

(Book list last updated January 1st 2016).