January 5, 2011

A winter wander.

We arrived just at sunset
and as usual,
it was the purple shadows
and coppery gilding
that I loved the best.


I hadn't even thought about it,
but when I examined last year's booklist
at this beginning of 2011
I realized that I had read
exactly 52 books
in 52 weeks
in 2010.
An accomplishment,
I think!

Here are a few of my favorites from the list:

-The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
-The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
-The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
-Of Bees & Mist by Erik Setiawan
-A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé
-Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
-The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale
-A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
-Provenance by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo
-The Final Forest by William Dietrich

The last three are non-fiction; all 10 were very much enjoyed and thus highly recommended.


  1. I just finished Never Let Me Go & am about halfway through The Last Town on Earth. Both are stunning in their own ways. I'll have to check out some of the others on your list. One of my favs from last year was The Passage by Justin Cronin.

  2. thank you for sharing your favorite books of the year. i have a (less-than-lofty) goal to read one book a month this year, and needed some suggestions.

  3. thank you for the book suggestions!

    love the photos!

  4. ahhh! amazing. i have never heard of any of those books! will add to my growing list. i just did a post today on the 22 books i read last year!


  5. These photos are beyond beautiful...wow. Your book list is wonderful, thanks for the recs!

  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful landscape. Where were the photographs made? I also appreciate your book list. I've only read one, so I'm excited to look into the rest.

  7. Awesome accomplishment! I just found your blog... through some other blog... it's lovely! Hope you share your thoughts on books from time to time.

  8. Denise: These photos were taken in amongst the farms up north of Seattle, in the Skagit Valley.

  9. Simply beautiful outdoor photos. :)