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December 31st, 2012

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10:48 am - 10 Books to Read in 2013
So in 2011 I made a short, casual list of books I really wanted to get read that year. They got read. So in 2012, I made a list of ten and posted it here. If you check that post, you'll see that I only got 8 read, but that's because I started late in the year.

This year, I'm moving those two unread books onto the new list and adding eight more for a total ten once again. I'll be trying to review them here as I finish them.

10 Books to Read in 2013

X 1. From Girl to Goddess: the Heroine's Journey Through Myth and Legend by Valerie Estelle Frankel

X 2. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

X 3. Grace For the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman.

4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

X 5. Embassytown by China Mieville

6. Thoughts on Solitude by Thomas Merton

X 7. The Wounding and Healing of Desire: Weaving Heaven and Earth by Wendy Farley

X 8. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

9. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

10. The Source by James Michener

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Date:December 31st, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Merton's great (so is The Name of the Rose, but in a rather different way...)
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Date:December 31st, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
I keep stumbling across Merton quotes that then define my life for the next few months, so I figured it was about time I actually started reading him properly. :)
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Date:December 31st, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a very interesting selection. I've not heard of Grace for the Good Girl, but the title is intriguing, as is the Amazon description.

I forget, have you read Mieville before? I'd be interested to hear what you think of Embassytown. I would say it's atypical of Mieville; it's much more classically science fictional than he usually writes. But then about half of what he writes is atypical of the rest of what he writes.

Actually, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on any of these, if you felt inspired to post them.
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Date:December 31st, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, these lists tend to be a weird mix of stuff I've been meaning to read for years, new interesting things that I might otherwise forget, and recommendations (I'm reading "The Source" because my husband loved it.)

Grace for the Good Girl is something I discovered recently, and I've been a little nervous about reading, mostly because I don't like devotional books. But (cheating on the list just a bit) I've already read the introduction, and it... well. It has words for things I've never had anyone give me words for. It might be something you would find good.

I've read Perdido Street Station, which I found difficult but brilliantly crafted, and Un Lun Dun, which I ADORED. <3 I'm a sucker for scifi that deals with language, so Embassytown was an easy next choice, although my husband is keen for me to read The Scar.
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Date:December 31st, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
I've attempted to read both The Name of the Rose and Anna Karenina under the guise of "everyone needs to read them" and never could make it through.
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Date:December 31st, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a little worried about Anna, specifically; I've read War and Peace, but I don't like Tolstoy quite as much as Dostoevsky, so. I love me some Umberto Eco, though I expect it to take a couple of months to get through.
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Date:December 31st, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I believe you’ll find Valerie Frankel’s book a real treat. I met her at Mythcon while she was still working on it, and got all sorts of tantalizing information straight from the horse’s mouth. (Her ‘heroine’s journey’, by the way, describes the arcs of two major characters in The Eye of the Maker with uncanny accuracy. I was rather absurdly pleased to find that I had stumbled upon the same pattern myself by sheer trial and error.)
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Date:December 31st, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm very eager to read this one. I fully meant to read it last year, but other books somehow got in before it; I'm going to certainly review it at length here, and perhaps we can discuss!

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