Welcome to this month's (late) installment of Pages From the Past. In recent months, I've been sharing highlights from my old reading journal, one year at a time. 2001 was a big year in reading for me - I read nearly twice as many books as the previous year. At that time, I was a regular member of two local book clubs, but I think the increase was a direct result of my discovery of on-line book groups. Did you ever participate in one of the many Yahoo book discussion groups?
My Favorite Books Read in 2001
Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Berniers
I still consider this an all-time favorite.
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Do you remember the Oprah Book Club drama associated with this title?
The Red Tent by Anita Diamont
I also enjoyed Good Harbor in 2001.
Middle Age: A Romance by Joyce Carol Oates
My favorite JCO novel to date
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
This is probably where my fascination with Montana began.
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Still my favorite of her novels...
Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson
A quirky, fun read for the literary-minded... try it!
The Fourth Hand by John Irving
I've loved John Irving ever since reading The World According to Garp in the 70s.
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
A book club pushed me into reading this one.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Outstanding nonfiction... I still recommend it often.
Have you read any of these books?
Do you think your reading habits and tastes have changed since 2001?