After 2014, I shared a list of everything I’d read that year. That felt dull and left little room for commentary, so I’m experimenting with quarterly summaries instead. Like so:
The Second Mrs. Giaconda – E. L. Konigsburg. Not my favorite Konigsburg, as I never learned to like the protagonist, but she’s still great.
A Ball of Beasts (or rather, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons spliced together by fan) – George R. R. Martin
Alice in Charge, Incredibly Alice, and Alice on Board – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas. These dudes are so different than I’d imagined them…
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It – Kamal Ravikant. This was a short read, $2.99, and did nothing for me. Your mileage may vary.
A Fine Romance – Candice Bergen. Sometimes poignant, sometimes snobby. I’d like to have learned more about Bergen and less about her cherished daughter, but maybe that means I should read her first memoir.
Now I’ll Tell You Everything – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Last of the 25 Alice books! Read about Alice’s college years, marriage, and life up to age 60. Was it perfectly satisfying? No, but I was still happy to read it.
Vegan for Her – Virginia Messina. Not endlessly fascinating, but relevant to my needs. Should have read this years ago!
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden. Some dry patches, some golden stories. I can’t imagine the printed version is half as much fun as the audiobook, which features readings from a lot of the key players.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R. R. Martin
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith. Sweet and lovely, but not cloying.
Appetite for Reduction– Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Does a cookbook belong on this list? It is a book, and I sat down and read it all, with a pad of sticky notes to mark promising recipes…. Haven’t made anything yet, but I’ve been hearing good things about this book for years.
Any list-haters in the audience will be relieved to hear that this and my wardrobe purchases were the only big lists on my mind, so non-list programming will continue shortly. Who hates lists, though?