Thursday, January 03, 2013

Books of 2012

I didn't have much of a reading plan for 2012.

Research reading included large portions of Life in Seventeenth Century Ireland and The Diary of Samuel Pepys.

I mostly read books for enjoyment.

Griffin & Sabine (trilogy) — Hint: if you don't like the ending, go back and look for clues.
Kiss Me Twice — online novella by Mary Robinette Kowal
He's Just Not That Into You
The Murder Room — about the fascinating Vidocq Society
The Year of Living Biblically
Cooking with Clara — I loved this! It's like she's sitting there talking to you.
The Alchemist — recommended it to all my family
The Book of Air and Shadows — I liked the bibliophilic details; the main characters are not the nicest people.
The Bodies Left Behind — lots of twists
Quakers of New Garden — I read the first novella in this collection, which has a local setting.
Seeing a Large Cat — enjoying my Elizabeth Peters addiction
The Ape Who Guards the Balance — ditto
The Quakers in Mountmellick — history and genealogy from a small museum in Ireland
The Story of a Hessian, A Tale of the Revolution in New Jersey — a cute little book written in 1877, with some American/German history I didn't know.
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Mata Hari — 1930 biography by a contemporary in British intelligence
The Time of My Life — audiobook read by Patrick Swayze
The Reader icon— Excellent story with many layers! However, I watched the movie first (NOT family friendly) and liked it better.

I read bits of Jesus for President and The Weekend Novelist. I love the feel and layout of the Jesus book, but got bogged down in the first few chapters, which seem to just recap the Bible. The Weekend Novelist has some great writing and editing tips, but it's for people who are just starting and have a whole year. The format is inconvenient for someone who already has a draft.

Children's books included Annie Oakley and Gypsy Girl's Best Shoes, among others.

Manuscripts I worked on:
Schenck's diary, 1898-1900 (transcribed) 
North Carolina Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice (proofread; published in 2012)
History of the Arch Street Meeting House (copyedited)

For comparison, here's what I read in 2011, 2010 and 2009.

What's up next? Do you have reading goals for 2013? Right now I'm indulging in the next Amelia Peabody mystery (Elizabeth Peters) and planning to read Revelation in the Bible. 

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