I didn’t get online first thing this morning because I wanted to finish the last book I will read in 2010. Here is the list of the books I finished in December:
- Blue Highways: A Journey Into America by William Least Heat Moon
- The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb
- Born Naked by Farley Mowat
- Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Sharyn McCrumb
- Don’t Look Twice by Andrew Gross
- Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
- Metaphysics in the Midwest by Curtis White
- Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
- The Job by Sinclair Lewis
- The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
I spent quite a bit of time in the car this month, and I have been on vacation for two weeks. Don’t expect 10 books from me every month!
Blue Highways is a book I have been going to read for years. Last semester I decided I wanted to have my students do sustained silent reading in class, so I picked this book to read along with them. I started it in September and finally finished it in December. It was a wonderful book to read. Don’t know why I put it off for so long.
The two Sharyn McCrumb books, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter and Foggy Mountain Breakdown, were both great. I enjoyed the fact that in Hangman’s she talks about seelie and unseelie, beings from Scottish/Irish lore. They are the main characters in the Moning books I have read and enjoyed so much. Foggy Mountain Breakdown was a collection of short stories, and a very good one at that. McCrumb doesn’t write much short fiction, and I generally don’t read much of it either. I really enjoyed these stories though.
I read two Charlaine Harris books, Grave Sight and Grave Surprise. these are the first two Harper Connelly books. I read the third one earlier in the year. I like these a lot. Harper and her “brother” Tolliver are more interesting characters to me than Sookie Stackhouse is.
I read another book by Andrew Gross, Don’t Look Twice. It is the same main character as in his book Dark Tide. I enjoyed the book. I used to read a lot of detective books, and I don’t do that much any more. I don’t know if that has made me more or less discriminating. This was a fun read, though.
I read Farley Mowat’s Born Naked. Although my daughter grew up reading his books, I had never read any of them. This autobiography was very enjoyable and easy to read. I was trying to imagine my parents, who were born about the same time, living the way he did. He had quite a childhood!
The Job by Sinclair Lewis was the only e-book I read this month. I don’t think I had ever read anything that Lewis wrote before, but I found this book interesting. He seemed to have a real understanding of people. I was a little disappointed that he left me hanging at the end, implying that the main character would, once again, throw it all away for a man, but it was probably more realistic because of that.
The only loser that I read was another collection of short stories, Metaphysics in the Midwest. The only reason I finished reading it was to be able to put it on the list of books I read this year. It was terrible. The author is/was a literature professor. Enough said.
I finished the year with a book I tried not to read, The Tin Roof Blowdown. I wanted to read it but I didn’t. According to the front cover, the NY Times Book Review called it “the definitive crime novel about Hurricane Katrina.” Having lived through Katrina, I wasn’t eager to read about it. Plus, Burke’s Dave Robicheaux novels are always downers. But I love them. And this book was no exception. It reminded me of a lot of things I didn’t really want to remember, but it was an excellent book.
It was an interesting month of reading. Now I am trying to figure out how to challenge myself next year.