Saturday, January 2, 2010


I have loved to read ever since the first grade. During lunch, my darling Dad (a voracious reader) would walk from his office to the library across the street and select a stack of books to bring home to me. What a treat! My first grade teacher, Mrs. Stilwell, gave us a feather to put in an indian headdress for each book we read--I read the most and became chief (of course).

It has been a unique year of reading for me as I have found different ways to bring more books into my life. There is the lovely book in a hand approach, a classic that is my favorite way to read. But there are also books on tape which make my drive to and from work entertaining or educational; DailyLit helps me tackle the thick-book classics such as Vanity Fair, by emailing me a page a day; and my Kindle which lets me keep bunches of books at the ready with little effort.

Add to that the many blogs reviewing books and my ever-lengthening "to read" list makes my head hurt. My friend, Tami, hopes that we can still work on our reading list in the next life--Amen!

Recently I was talking to Mr. Talbot, my friend Leslie's darling Dad, about reading. He loves to read new books but in December he always re-reads A Christmas Carol and a Jane Austen book, this year Pride and Prejudice. I love that idea. The winter seems like a great reading season (you know, in other places where it snows), but December is so crazy busy it's hard to find the time to immerse myself in a new book. I think Mr. Talbot's idea of re-reading a few classics in December is brilliant and I shall do that in 2010.

Meanwhile, here is the list of all the books I read in 2009 with a brief note.

  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu - enjoyable, at times unsettling

  • Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire - educational

  • Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure - educational but a bit crude

  • Vanity Fair - loved it

  • Cheeful Weather for the Wedding - easy

  • The BFG - loved it

  • Watching the English - too much information

  • Cider with Rosie - lovely

  • The Cemetary Yew - fun

  • Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor - enjoyable

  • Unnatural Death - loved it

  • Diary of Provincial Lady - loved it

  • Thank You, Jeeves - loved it, laughed out loud

  • The Help - clever, loved it

  • The Uncommon Reader - clever, loved it

  • The Cranefly Orchid Murders - fun

  • Bringing Home the Birkin - interesting but sophomoric at times

  • Jack in the Pulpit - fun

  • The Wildwater Walking Club - light reading

  • Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness - good, but smug

  • My French Life - dreamy

  • A Homemade Life - good

  • Striding Folly - very good

  • Richard and John: Kings at War - good but tedious

  • Truman - very good

  • Cold Comfort Farm - loved it

  • Atlas Shrugged - loved it

  • In Defense of Food - loved it

  • Barchester Towers - good

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - loved it

  • Dorothy Parker short stories - too dreary

  • Outliers - interesting

  • My Life in France - loved it

  • The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression - loved it

  • Joy in the Morning (Wooster & Jeeves) - laugh out loud funny

  • Paris to the Moon - good

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - so good

  • More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen - loved it

  • Blink - interesting

  • Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen - terrific

  • Happy All The Time - good

  • The Tipping Point - interesting

  • The Reluctant Widow - so so

  • The Christmas Sweater - so so

  • The Friday Night Knitting Club - very good, tear jerker

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - creepy, excellent


  1. I am rereading The Picture of Dorian Gray because of an earlier post of yours - I haven't read it since high school - I am quite enjoying it.
    I agree with you on The Christmas Sweater; my mother-in-law loved it and wanted me to read it.
    I have added a few books from your 2009 list to my 2010 list.
    I so enjoy your blogs on books. You inspire me to read more, and to choose from different genres!

  2. Thanks for reading and posting about my book.
    Happy New Year,
    Michael Tonello~
    p.s. sophomoric is spelled with three o's.

  3. Terri: Thanks! I think I get my love of reading from the Wold side!

    Michael: Thanks for the note and the correction. Happy New Year to you, too.

  4. I am always amazed at the divesity of the books you read and that you can finish a book you are not really enjoying. That is determination!