Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Books 2012

The reading list for 2012 was shorter this year: final count 42 books. 

But I read what I wanted. I'm pretty happy with my reading year. 

Books. Cocoa. Butter cookies. Yes.
  • Discovered some old classics I'd never gotten around to, like Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
  • Enjoyed my friend Brodi Ashton's paranormal debut, Everneath, a creative retelling of the Persephone story.
  • Found some new treasures, as some of my favorite Young-Adult/Middle-Grade authors kindly released new lovelies this year: Gary D. Schmidt, Jessica Day George, Rick Riordan, Patricia Wrede, Nancy Farmer. 
  • Did some more research for my current WIP, though some of that wasn't actual books. Learned a lot. Ate many persimmons, testing out some of what I learned. Just need to take that trip to Collinsville, Illinois, but that's on the schedule for April, because I found a new accountant who is helping me figure out taxes on a job that produces no money. Yet. Of course.
  • Finally got around to the Eragon series, thanks to a month of lying around with pneumonia. Except I didn't get to that last book, which my son kept forgetting to bring from his house.
  • Read aloud a lot with my kid. 
  • Rexamined my diet and running theories. 
  • And the time I spend just in thinking.

So, here's the list, in order from last read to first. Feel free to ask if you want my opinion about any of them. Happy to expound. 

  • What Came From the Stars, Gary D. Schmidt
  • Princess of the Silver Woods, Jessica Day George
  • Anson's Way, Gary D. Schmidt
  • 1491, Charles C. Mann
  • The Monk, Matthew Lewis
  • Marcello in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork
  • Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan
  • Eat and Run, Scott Jurek
  • Liar's Moon, Elizabeth Bunce
  • French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guililiano
  • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • Okay For Now, Gary D. Schmidt
  • First Boy, Gary D. Schmidt
  • Trouble, Gary D. Schmidt
  • Star Crossed, Elizabeth Bunce
  • The Far West, Patricia Wrede
  • Princess Academy: Palace of Stone, Shannon Hale
  • A Curse Dark as Gold, Elizabeth Bunce
  • Brisingr, Christopher Paolini
  • Eldest, Christopher Paolini
  • Eragon, Christopher Paolini
  • Land of the Silver Apples, Nancy Farmer
  • The Sea of Trolls, Nancy Farmer
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  • Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • Princess For Hire, Lindsay Leavitt
  • Just Ella, Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Wing of the Falcon, Cynthia Voigt
  • Peter and the Star-Catchers, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • First Light, Rebecca Stead
  • Jackaroo, Cynthia Voigt
  • Elske, Cynthia Voigt
  • On Fortune's Wheel, Cynthia Voigt
  • Dicey's Song, Cynthia Voigt
  • Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Crossed, Ally Condie
  • The Thinking Life, P.M. Forni
  • Midnight in Austenland, Shannon Hale
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Everneath, Brodi Ashton
  • The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro


  1. thank you for also reading a lot to your nephews when they were over! they loved it! thank you!

  2. Anytime! I love reading aloud. It's was fun to snuggle up with little guys again. Been awhile. :)

  3. Hi Elena!
    Do you post on goodreads? Because I would love to hear what you have to say about these books.

    So sorry about your pneumonia. Hope you are doing well. I'm thinking of SCBWi next summer.


  4. Pat: Goodreads hasn't seen a new review from me in probably a couple of years, but maybe I should make the attempt. I'll look you up and see if I can add you there.

    Are you writing again? Hope so! I'd love to do SCBWI L.A. this year.


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