Monday 24 December 2012

Another Year in Books

Last year I made Christmas cards for one of my book groups with a photo of some of the books we had read.   It made a nice card, and several members of the group told me that they had kept theirs as a record.  The card created an instant tradition, and this Christmas I made a similar one, showing all the books we have read in 2012.

This year's books were:
  • Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
  • Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  • David Lodge, A Man of Parts
  • Raymond Carver, Beginners
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Angel's Game
  • Beth Gutcheon, Still Missing
  • Marina Lewycka, Various Pets Alive & Dead
Of the nine books, my top choice would be Still Missing. I can't say that it's an enjoyable read, because it deals with a parent's worst nightmare, a missing child. But it was gripping and very convincing in portraying how the parents and the people around them got through the aftermath of the disappearance as best they could.  The edition that we read is a re-issue by Persephone, and so was beautifully produced, a pleasure to hold. 

Happy reading in 2013. 


  1. We intersect on the Barnes and the Lewycka which I thought were both super but for different reasons.

    Did you know Marina L when she lived in Leeds .. . we did. Her first book was v good & rather autobiographical, then I think she went off the boil until this one. I read Lanchester's "Whoops" right after it which was v appropriate.

    My best this year was Binet's HHhH - hard to over-recommend.


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