Remember the Christmas Book Flood? At the end of December I blogged about an Icelandic tradition called The Christmas Book Flood. A raft of new books are released every November and this gets the whole country reading and talking about books in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Since it is a tradition for everyone to receive a book for Christmas the book discussions go on throughout the holidays as well. I thought it was a wonderful idea! Since I was heading off on a two month holiday right after Christmas I had my own personal flood of books ready for reading. Here’s a list of books I’ve read in the past two months.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant +
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler +
Red Butterly by Amy Sonnichson # *
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult +
The Weight of Water by Wally Lamb +
Enslavement by Mindi Friesen #*
Of Two Minds by Perry Nodelman and Carol Matas #*
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven #
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline #
Missing in Paradise by Larry Verstraete #*
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion +
Empty Cup by Suzanne Costigan # *
#- indicates a book aimed at the middle years and young adult audience. Since I’m trying to write for that age group I’m trying to read more books written with them in mind.
*- indicates a book I read primarily because I have some kind of personal connection with the author
+ – indicates a book I read because I’ve read others by the same author and enjoyed them
That leaves only two books I read just because I’d heard they were good books. I’ve reviewed The Goldfinch and it wasn’t my favorite. My favorite book on the list would be All the Light We Cannot See. I learned so much about locks and radios and history and what its like to be blind. I knew right from the start the book’s two main characters would find each other and could hardly put the book down till I’d found out why and how.
So that’s my Flood of Books. I know in the coming months as I go back to work for the university and the art gallery and take on a curriculum writing project I’ve just signed a contract to complete there won’t be as much time to read. But I think I’ll start right now collecting a new flood of books for my next vacation. Any suggestions?
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