Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"I've been too long with my nose stuck in a book..."

Each year I try to read at least 50 books between January 1 and December 31. Last year I got #50 in just under the wire. This year I reached #50 last week, and I've still got two months left.

The list:
1. Margherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni
2. Just In Case by Meg Rosoff
3. 40 Acres and No Mule by Janice Holt Giles
4. Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War by Nicholas Lemann
5. Hannah Fowler by Janice Holt Giles
6. Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrill
7. The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby
8. The Kentuckians by Janice Holt Giles
9. Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield
10. Inside the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire by Ron Elliott
11. The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer by Jean Haskell Speer
12. Miss Willie by Janice Holt Giles
13. The Fur Person by May Sarton (a re-read. Probably my favorite book of all time)
14. Beverly Hills: The Anatomy of a Nightclub Fire by Robert Lawson
15. Broken Moon by Kim Antieau
16. The Real Animal House by Chris Miller
17. I Had the Right to Remain Silent....But I Didn't Have the Ability by Ron White
18. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
19. 33 1/3: Exile on Main Street by Bill Janowitz
20. Another River, Another Town: A Teenage Tank Gunner Comes of Age in Combat 1944-45 by John P. Irwin
21. The Luger Handbook by Aaron Davis
22. The Sound and The Fury: 40 Years of Classic Rock Journalism by Barney Hoskyns
23. Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
24. Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan by Frank Abagnale
25. Working Stiff by Grant Stoddard
26. Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders by James Scurlock
27. Shanghai Diary by Ursula Bacon
28. Strapped: Why America's 20-30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead by Tamara Draut
29. Eternal Strangers by Ursula Bacon
30. The Keep by Jennifer Egan
31. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
32. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
33. Sala's Gift by Ann Kirschner
34. Rucker Park Set-Up by Paul Volponi
35. Faithfull by Marianne Faithfull
36. The Years of Persecution: 1933-1939 by Saul Friedlander
37. Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
38. Lonely Planet Guide: Czech & Slovak Republics
39. Lonely Planet Guide: Prague City Guide
40. Lonely Planet Guide: Best of Prague
41. DK Eyewitness Travel: Prague
42. Old Timey Recipes compiled by Phyllis Connor
43. Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians by Jean Ritchie
44. Heart In The Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan
45. Crosley: Two Brother and a Business Empire That Transformed the Nation by David Stern, Michael Banks & Rusty McClure
46. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
47. The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by David Mendelsohn
48. Pies and Prejudice - In Search of the North by Stuart Maconie
49. That's Me in the Corner by Andrew Collins
50. Agent ZigZag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman by Ben Macintyre
51. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Currently reading:
52. Loser by Jerry Spinelli


Carolyn Jourdan said...

What did you think of #44 "Heart in the Right Place"? I wrote it, so I was just wondering... Hope you liked it!! : )

Miss_K said...

Hi Carolyn - I really enjoyed it. Thought it protrayed the area and people in a positive light, rather than the negative stereotypes we often see about East Tennessee.

Will there be a follow-up?

Carolyn Jourdan said...

Writing is hard...but if there is enough interest...I'll do a sequel. There's plenty of material for one. Everybody who talks to me is asking for another book. Why do you think this is so? Why did you ask?

Miss_K said...

One of the reasons I personally would like a sequel is because you are able to offer a unique look at a rural life that is rapidly disappearing, one that should be chronicled before it is gone forever. Not many would do what your parents have done, and their self sacrifice is both admirable and commendable. But then, that is the Appalachian way, isn't it? :)

My father's family is from rural East Tennessee (real mountain folks too - until Dad moved north for work in the 1940's his family hadn't budged from their patch of land for 150 years) and I can remember when his parents got indoor plumbing and electricity (mid 1970's) and when their valley road was finally paved (late 1980s).

Outsiders would look upon them as "poor Appalachians" but they were the hardest working, most resourceful lot you'd ever want to meet, always willing and eager to lend a hand.

It's the enduring character of the people that comes through in your book, which is a nice departure from the stuff you see on TV and in newspapers about Appalachia.

kc said...

wow - hitting number 50 this early is impressive. Now there will be more pressure than ever next year.


Daniel said...

Do travel books count?

Does any Dan Brown count?

You came very late to Joy Luck Club!

Miss_K said...

Hi D!

Travel books count if you read them cover to cover! :)

Dan Brown shouldn't count - that book insulted my intelligence.

I did come late to Joy Luck Club. Always meant to read it but hadn't gotten around to it. One of the local libraries was giving the books out for free as part of their "community reading project" and I figured that was a good enough excuse. :) Now my local library is sponsoring "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" as their community reading project, but I didn't get there in time to grab a book, so I'll be reading it later on.