In January of this year I joined up with Carrie Gelson and a few other hard core readers to make a commitment to read a certain number of books.
You can view my original list here.
I committed to read 36 specific books. I had finished 15 as of the last check in, and I've read another 12 since then. This means I've completed 27 of those books! I am almost done another, One Native Life by Richard Wagamese, except I loved it so much I was savouring it in small chunks and the digital copy from the library expired before I was done. I thought I had renewed it, but apparently someone else wanted it first.
So here, in order, is what I've finished since April.
I'm happy to recommend just about all of these titles, but the following are reasons I am most thankful to be a reader.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer just gobsmacked me. Honestly, this is one of the most fun, poignant novels I've enjoyed in a long time. I wanted to run out and purchase a flock of chickens upon finishing it.The Raven King was a stellar ending to a series that I have waited (not so patiently) for each new installment to be published. I'm sad that it is over, but am also happy that there are a couple of short pieces available through Goodreads that are prequels to the series. I might have to start The Raven Boys all over again. Will Patton's narration became such an intrinsic part of these narratives for me, that reading them with my eyes never felt like it was enough.
Salt to the Sea is one of the finest war narratives I have ever read. It reveals to us the humanity of strangers against a backdrop of evil, and what horror, terror, and brutality that entails.
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse is such an important read. Not only does it tell the story of an important historical individual, it shows the reader that Native Americans continue to live and thrive in a modern world.
How have the rest of you been getting along with your lists?