In lieu of a typical Weekend Update post, I've decided to return to my Pages From the Past series, which took an unplanned hiatus over the winter when my old reading journal did not make the trip to Florida with us. So let's pick up where we left off...in 2005. Life before blogging. I was a member of several Yahoo book discussion groups and even owned a classics group back then.
The books below are not necessarily my highest rated books of the year, but titles which have stood the test of time. More than a decade later I still think about, talk about, and recommend them.
Memorable Books Read in 2005
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
My first, and still favorite, Wilkie Collins novel.
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
An iconic book read with the classics group... not nearly as shocking as I'd expected.
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Probably my favorite novel ever!
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Just lovely. Why didn't I read this when I was younger?
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Steamy historical fiction... very entertaining!
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
I read everything Ann Patchett writes. Followed this up with Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face.
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
An excellent book about the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
This is the title that got me hooked on food books.
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
I read this with an online nonfiction group. Very interesting.
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
Also for the nonfiction group, I couldn't put it down.
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult2005 was the year my love of multi-narrator productions took off. Some books, especially those with chapters told from alternating viewpoints, lend themselves perfectly to this type of production.
Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright, which I listened to and loved in 2003, was my first experience with dual narrators. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, with over half a dozen narrators, took it to a whole new level. When I discover books on my wish list with multi-narrator productions today, I always at least consider going the audio route.
Do you remember what you were reading in 2005?
Find my previous Pages From the Past posts here.
Next month I'll look back to 2006.