Below is a list of books I completed, the final book skidding in under the wire as the clock ticked down to autumn.
I did not like all of the books. In fact, I probably would not recommend Southern Gods or Poe's Children. (The former was more gory than Gothic, the latter too eclectic and scattered a vision.) I threw a couple of children's books into the mix, and more than my share of hefty tomes.
Here they are, the most recent at the top of the list.
- Ella Minnow Pea
- Under New York
- The Firebird
- Catwings Return
- Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings
- Jane on her Own: A Catwings Tale
- Southern Gods
- Unnatural Creatures
- Poe's Children
- The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild Pets
- Salt Sugar Fat
- The New Yorker Book of Cat Cartoons
- The Charles Addams Mother Goose
- If I Stay
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
- Let the Great World Spin
- Every Day
- Life After Life
- Up the Down Staircase
Yes, I realize very few were on my original list, but I can live with that. Those others will be read in good time. (Never soon enough, but in good time nonetheless.)
Also, I know a few were juvenile fiction, but they were surprisingly substantial. I mean, Ursula K. LeGuin — 'nuff said.
That gives me a total of 27 books — and $135 for the Main Street Child Development Center, a fabulous program for children in Fairfax, Va.
I also donated three books to the Fairfax County Public Library:
I met Will Schwalbe at a book club conference in Fairfax, and he was charming and entertaining. (More on that as the year winds to a close.) (The book club conference, that is — although the book also hopefully will be consumed soon, too.)
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