Mirrani does an Orange year.
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This year I wanted to read one Orange book each month, because I have enjoyed all the others I've read in previous years and keep feeling like I'm way behind. Going to make a few yearly attempts to catch up. This year's reading list has already been made:
January - Song of Achilles
February - A Spell of Winter
March - Ladder of Years
April - Eveless Eden
May - I Was Amelia Earhart
June - The Ventriloquists Tale
July - The Short History of a Prince
August - Property
September - The Book of Color
October - Unless
November - Home
December - Purple Hibiscus
I welcome comments and suggestions on how to share my reading with the group beyond just making up this list. :)
That's a great list you have. I've read 5 of them, and Unless is one of my favorite Orange books. You have a number on your list (March, April, June) I haven't even heard of!
Just finished Book of Colour and I while I enjoyed it, it is a rather odd choice (touchstone doesn't seem to want to work for me). I will second that Unless was good too! Purple Hibiscus is my fave overall though.
bucketyell, I also tend to notice that I fall madly in love with a book well before they win an award... then I find out that whatever I've read has usually won something.
If you are not used to Anne Tyler she can drag you right down, I will give you that. She even has a book called The Dragging Down Years I believe.....perhaps not though as nothing came up on Touchstones. No, no it is titled A Slipping Down Life. I think I read 4 or 5 of hers before I finally 'got' her and began to appreciate her works. Now I think I have between 15 and 20 of her books and after I have read them sufficient times to satisfy me, I pass them along to another fan or would be fan. I won't say that I always like her books because I don't, especially on the first read but I do always appreciate them. She takes the humdrum of life and makes into something worthy. At least that is this reader's take on her.
You have a wonderful reading list up above and I have read a little over half of them. I would have to say that I loved Purple Hibiscus, The Song of Achilles. Ladder of Years, Property and Home were good solid 4* reads for me but my very, very favorite Orange still yet was and is Helen Dunmore's A Spell of Winter, which was the first Orange winner in 1996.
I am so glad you have joined us and I hope you enjoy your year of the Orange. (I can't help but to continue to call it that) :-)
I used to do that as well but as the books on my shelves grew to over 3,000 I had to rethink it. So now I just keep them if I think I will read them again. However I find it nearly impossible to give up my bios, memoirs, diaries, books of letters, etc and that type of thing. Also I keep most all of my classics.
But what fun. And as far as I can see, it is only a problem if you can't afford to collect them. So enjoy mirrani.
Next up is Property by Valerie Martin. Doing one book each month until I catch up and have read everything... which is going to take a while, but I have so many other challenges going on at once...
My reading list for 2014 goes something like this:
January - Fugitive Pieces
February - Hundred Secret Senses
March - Alias Grace
April - Accordion Crimes
May - The Magician's Assistant
June - The Weight of Water
July - Larry's Party
August - A Crime in the Neighborhood
September - The Poisonwood Bible
October - Paradise
November - When I Lived in Modern Times
December - Amy and Isabelle
I have already read and LOVED Fugitive Pieces, by the way! Also, those of you who said Purple Hibiscus was good were not wrong. I think that was one of the best ones I read last year.
Purple Hibiscus is one of the best books I have read in all the years I have been on L.T. It's just a beautifully written novel. But then everything by this writer is. I am glad we didn't steer you wrong.