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January 18th, 2012


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06:13 pm - 10 Books to Read in 2012
Last year, I made a short, casual list of a few books that I'd been putting off and really wanted to read. And I stuck to it and read them during the first few months of 2011. I like this productivity, and the insights it gave me, and I want to start doing this every year.

There's no source or rule for these books. Some I recently discovered--one was a Christmas present, another won't be published for another week--and some I've been meaning to read for years. Two I remembered when I found that my husband owned copies, so they are now on my bookshelves.


XThe Hero With a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell

From Girl to Goddess, by Valerie Estelle Frankel

The Confessions of Saint Augustine

XQuiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

XDust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson, by Lyndsay Faye

XThe Waste Lands, by Stephen King

XThe Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse

XSnow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

XThe Resurrection of the Son of God, by N. T. Wright

The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco

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From:superversive
Date:January 19th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
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I’ve got my eye on the Susan Cain book as well, and I still haven’t got round to buying and reading Snow Crash. (Don’t worry about reporting me, I’ve already turned in my geek licence.)

Valerie Frankel’s work is absolutely fascinating. I had a good long talk with her about the stuff in From Girl to Goddess at Mythcon a couple of years ago, and was riveted to the point of being tongue-tied. Not least because she was describing one of the major supporting structures under the text of my Magnificent Octopus, sight unseen.
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 19th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
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Fortunately for me, my husband has all of Mr. Stephenson's work. But the only one I've read so far is The Diamond Age, which I quite liked.

I cannot WAIT to get into Frankel's book. I'm being a good girl and reading Campbell first (since I know his work, but I've never read that entire book).
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From:tree_and_leaf
Date:January 19th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Augustine!
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 20th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
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I've been meaning to read that for years, I've a copy sitting on my bookshelf. A fellow parishioner just mentioned him to me, and made me remember that I wanted to read it.

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