Okay, the rest of my reading list from 2005:
The first half of the year can be found here. Again, why do I choose the books that I do?
Heaven by Peter Stanford. Original post here I picked this book because I had read two previous books by Stanford. I picked the first, The Devil: A Biography, off the shelf at the library because the title intrigued me as much as the subject.
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. Original post here. I read this because I got tired of Eric pointing out that I hadn’t read it. My fantasy background is terribly deficient.
Night of the Ripper by Robert Bloch. Original post here. I first picked up Robert Bloch because he wrote Psycho (the book, not the movie) and he remains one of my little guilty pleasures that is indulged from time to time.
Heat Stroke by Rachael Caine. Original post here. Speaking of guilty pleasures… Found the first in this series through “Dear Reader”.
Ghost Story by Peter Straub. I had this book laying around for quite a while. I think I bought it in Lincoln when I still lived there. I like ghost stories so I figured, at the time I bought it, that I’d probably like the book as well. But I never got around to it until I wanted something seasonal in October. The book was alright, but the ending felt a little forced to me considering all the other really good bits.
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert. Another series that I got tired of Eric chiding me about. Entertaining, and Mr. Herbert had some interesting ideas. I’ll be reading the rest of them in the near future.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos. (Read in translation.) Bought this in college when I was in the mood for something ‘romantic’ (to use the term loosely). Didn’t get around to reading it until I found epistolarynovel. The premise is to read this book, comprised of fictional letters in real time. Easy way to get a book done. I finished early. I was also intrigued by the movie.
American Gods by Niel Gaiman. Original post here. Why did I read this? Because everyone else has…
No Life for a Lady by Agnes Morley Cleaveland. Original post here. After I moved to AZ, I began to take an interest in the history of here and Nebraska. I guess you could call it pioneer history. I picked this book, and another of similar subject, at the Tempe Library sale. Ironically, they were published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A Precocious Autobiography by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Great little book about becoming a writer (in this case poetry) and about Communism and Stalinism. I like Yevtushenko’s poetry and I was happy when I found this volume (probably at The Antiquarium in Omaha). Also, the translation was very transparent, which I appreciated.
So there we are. I did better in the latter half of the year though my total was only 18 novels (and 2 novellas).
Using Amazon.com’s text stats I came up with the following stats:
(This includes only 13 of the books I read. Five of them didn’t have stats listed.)
Number of words I read: 1,310,357
Ave. words per book: 100,796
Ave. Flesch-Kincaid Index (aka grade level): 7.5
Ave. percentage of complex words (3 or more sylables): 9.4%
Ave. # of words per sentence: 14.6
Overall, Stanford’s Heaven was the most complex book I read this year.