List of Books 2006

I began this list with good intentions, to write every book I read, that was not a romance novel, down for one year. But I read quickly and I don’t always like the books and I forgot to continue by the end of the year.

As I went through my shelves to find what books I might have left off but had read, I found about forty books I bought to “try” but I haven’t read them yet. And I can’t find Eragon, which I thought I had purchased to try. But maybe it was Shadowmancer instead.

Why did I not include romances? Because I read so many of them. They are quick reads and I enjoy them. They always end happily. I will go to the bookstore, perhaps once every two or three weeks, and read two or three books and bring home a few more. About one week a month I read about ten a day. So I figure, easily, without exaggeration, that I read 365 of them a year. It may be as many as 700. But most of them aren’t great literature and even the ones I keep to read again usually go away eventually. I only have so much space on my shelves. And I didn’t think anyone would care about “romance” books. I am an English teacher, after all. I should be reading high literature.

Fantasy
Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar edited by Mercedes Lackey
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
The Serpent’s Shadow by M. Lackey
The Wizard of London by M. Lackey
Phoenix and Ashes by M. Lackey
The Price of Prophecy by me (Hopefully it will get published and you can read it too.)
Brighid’s Quest by P.C. Cast
One for Sorrow by Clive Woodall
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Dead Zone by Jim Butcher
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Summer Nite by Jim Butcher
Death Masks by Jim Butcher
The Dragon Hoard by Tanith Lee
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
The War God’s Own by David Weber
The Windrider’s Oath by David Weber
Oath of Swords by David Weber
new book by David Weber– What was its name?
a collection of short stories about wizards… It wasn’t very good and I gave it back to the library.
30 children’s books: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Pigs types

Science Fiction
Plan B by Miller and Lee
I Dare by Miller and Lee
Crystal Dragon by Miller and Lee
9 short works by Miller and Lee
Field of Dishonor by David Weber
Flag in Exile by Weber
Honor Among Enemies by Weber
In Enemy Hands by Weber
Echoes of Honor by Weber
Ashes of Victory by Weber
The Service of the Sword by Weber
Crown of Slaves by Weber
War of Honor by Weber
The Shadow of Saganami by Weber
At All Costs by Weber

Nonfiction
Screenplay by Disney by Jason Surrell
Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge– read for church. Okay but didn’t really speak to me and I found it depressing.
Julian of Norwich by Father John-Julian I’ve owned it for a year and read it to prepare for a class this summer. Very interesting.
Readings on Beowulf: Literary Companion Series
Approaches to Teaching Beowulf by Bessinger and Yeager
Great Tales from English History by Robert Lacey
England: A Concise History by F.E. Halliday
Scientific Conversations by Claudia Dreifus
Scientific American’s Ask the Experts
Quantam Leaps in the Wrong Direction by Charles M. Wynn and Arthur W. Wiggins
Unsolved Mysteries of Science: A Mind-Expanding Journey through a Universe of Big Bangs, Particle Waves, and Other Perplexing Concepts by John Malone
Education Myths by Jay P. Greene
Marley and Me by John Grogan. a wonderful book, even if you aren’t a dog lover, very touching
Rough Medicine: Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail by Joan Druet
A Black Woman’s Civil War Memoirs: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp With the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, Late 1st South Carolina Volunteers by Susie King Taylor
Letters to a Teacher by Samuel Pickering
Enzymes: The Fountain of Life by Lopez, Williams and Miehlke– interesting, but not as fun as it sounds

Fiction
Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder. Very slow, accurate portrait of life as a teacher.
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

Literature
Beowulf
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the Pearl Poet
The Canterbury Tales
The Dream of the Rood
The Wanderer
The Wife’s Lament

Mystery
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney– I thought it ended in the middle of the story.
Whatever Happened to Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney–I did not like the resolution. It is the conclusion of The Face on the Milk Carton.
Murder in Ordinary Time by Sister Carol Anne O’Marie- Interesting, but I didn’t like the constant quotes from plays and poems. Would a 70+ year old nun really have so many things memorized that she still remembered that wasn’t Bible?
Getting a Way with Murder: A Father Dowling Mystery by Ralph McInerny- I liked the characters, but the story was middle of the road.
Her Death of Cold: A Father Dowling Mystery by Ralph McInerny- Same as above.
Death at Bishop’s Keep: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
Death at Daisy’s Folly: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
Death at Rottingdean: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
Death at Devil’s Bridge: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
Death at Gallow’s Green: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
Death at Whitechapel: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
Death at Blenheim Palace: An Edwardian Mystery by Robin Paige– all of these are excellent
Death at Buckingham Palace: Her Majesty Investigates by C.C. Benison
All Booked Up by Terrie Curran It’s an excellent read. Has a lot to do with medieval books and novels. Interesting.
Murder in Grub Street: A Sir John Fielding Mystery by Bruce Alexander Good, but not as good as the one below, which comes after it in the series. (Quite unusual to find the later work superior.)
An Experiment in Treason: A Sir John Fielding Mystery by Bruce Alexander This was the first one I read and was excellent.
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
Witches’ Bane by Susan Wittig Albert
Hangman’s Root by Susan Wittig Albert
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert
Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Chile Death by Susan Wittig Albert
Lavendar Lies by Susan Wittig Albert
Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert
Bloodroot by Susan Wittig Albert
Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert
A Dilly of a Death by Susan Wittig Albert
Dead Man’s Bones by Susan Wittig Albert
The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
The Tale of Holly How by Susan Wittig Albert

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