Mark (dukewhite) wrote in a_book_a_week,

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Booklist 2005

I did it. I have just completed my fifty-second book of the year. I was so sure when I set the goal at the beginning of the year that I could do it with a ton of time to spare, but it's much harder to read an average of a book a week than I ever imagined. Anyway, I read enough short books to keep me on track after the stretch of long ones I read over the summer. I am going to start another long one now, since I've had a strong hankering to read more of the Wheel of Time series, so I know that I will not have another book completed by the time the new year comes in a few days. Thus my list for books read in 2005 is complete and follows.

1. Terry Pratchett - The Color of Magic
2. Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
3. Jennifer Toth - Mole People
4. Orson Scott Card - Xenocide
5. Terry Pratchett - Equal Rites
6. Terry Pratchett - Mort
7. Terry Pratchett - Sourcery
8. Lloyd Alexander - The Book of Three
9. Lloyd Alexander - The Black Cauldron
10. Lloyd Alexander - The Castle of Llyr
11. Lloyd Alexander - Taran Wanderer
12. Lloyd Alexander - The High King
13. Orson Scott Card - Children of the Mind
14. Al Franken - Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
15. Neil Gaiman - Stardust
16. Robert Jordan - The Eye of the World
17. Robert Jordan - The Great Hunt
18. Robert Jordan - The Dragon Reborn
19. Robert Jordan - The Shadow Rising
20. Robert Jordan - The Fires of Heaven
21. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
22. John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
23. Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason - The Rule of Four
24. John Kennedy Toole - The Neon Bible
25. Philip K. Dick - A Scanner Darkly
26. C.S. Lewis - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
27. C.S. Lewis - Prince Caspian
28. C.S. Lewis - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
29. C.S. Lewis - The Silver Chair
30. C.S. Lewis - The Horse and His Boy
31. C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
32. C.S. Lewis - The Last Battle
33. Kurt Vonnegut - God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
34. Thomas Pynchon - The Crying of Lot 49
35. Kurt Vonnegut - Timequake
36. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
37. John Twelve Hawks - The Traveler
38. Neil Gaiman - Anansi Boys
39. Ian Fleming - Casino Royale
40. Ian Fleming - The Man with the Golden Gun
41. Dan Brown - Deception Point
42. J.R.R. Tolkien - Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham
43. Terry Pratchett - Wyrd Sisters
44. Terry Pratchett - Eric
45. MIchael Crichton - State of Fear
46. Charlie Boggs - The Big Question
47. Michael Shaara - The Killer Angels
48. Ian Fleming - Octopussy & The Living Daylights
49. Richard Paul Evans - The Christmas Box
50. Terry Pratchett - Guards! Guards!
51. Alexander Solzhenitsyn - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
52. Annie Proulx - Brokeback Mountain

This is a total of 17,054 pages in just under one calendar year, which averages to roughly 328 pages per book/week, and thus about 50 pages a day. Compared to the 37 books last year and the 21 the year before, I am satisfied with my achievement.

Next year my goal is to read whatever the hell I feel like, when I feel like it, and not let my obsessive tendencies make me read simply to have a longer list at this time in 2006. I now know that I can read a book a week, but won't make myself stick to the same insane regiment next year.
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