Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

2004’s Reading Log

Fiction and Poetry
A Complicated Kindness Miriam Toews
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
A Student of Weather Elizabeth Hay
A Virtuous Woman Kaye Gibbons
Agnes Grey Anne Brontë

Alexander’s Bridge Willa Cather
As for Me and My House Sinclair Ross
At Mrs. Lippincote’s Elizabeth Taylor
At the Full and Change of the Moon Dionne Brand
Babel Tower A.S. Byatt

Barney’s Version Mordecai Richler
Blow Your House Down Pat Barker
Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut
Brigid’s Charge Cynthia Lamb
Brown Girl in the Ring Nalo Hopkinson

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept Elizabeth Smart
Captivity Tales Elizabeth Hay
Cereus Blooms at Night Shani Mootoo
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Julia Strachey
Chocolat Joanne Harris

Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky (Trans. Constance Garnett)
Crossing the Snow Line Elizabeth Hay
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Diary of an Ordinary Woman Margaret Forster
Elizabeth and Her German Garden Elizabeth von Arnim

Ellen Foster Kaye Gibbons
Emma Brown Clare Boylan
Endless Nights Neil Gaiman
Family Resemblances Anne Cameron
Fathers and Children Ivan Turgenev (Trans. Isabel F. Hapgood)

Flaubert’s Parrot Julian Barnes
Garbo Laughs Elizabeth Hay
Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevallier
Go Tell it on the Mountain James Baldwin
Green Grass, Running Water Thomas King

Hair Hat Carrie Snyder
Happenstance Carol Shields
Heat and Dust Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Hotel World Ali Smith
House of Women Lynn Freed

Housekeeping Marilyn Robinson
In the Chambers of the Sea Susan Rendell
In the First Early Days of My Death Catherine Hunter
In the Hands of the Living God Lillian Bouzane
Jacob’s Room Virginia Woolf

L’Empriere’s Dictionary Lawrence Norfolk
Lady Audley’s Secret Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Letty Fox: Her Luck Christina Stead
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Mackerel Sky Natalee Caple

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis Wendy Cope
Marie Madeleine Bourdouxhe (Trans. Faith Evans)
Marriage Susan Ferrier
Midnight Robber Nalo Hopkinson
Miss Peabody’s Inheritance Elizabeth Jolley

Miss Zukas in Death’s Shadow Jo Dereske
Miss Zukas Shelves the Evidence Jo Dereske
Mr. Fortune’s Maggot Sylvia Townsend Warner
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor
My Ántonia Willa Cather

Night and Day Virginia Woolf
Orlando Virigina Woolf
Our Kind Kate Walbert
Owls and Other Fantasies Mary Oliver
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard

Pointed Roofs, Backwater, and Honeycomb Dorothy Richardson
Prize Writing: The 10th Anniversary Edition Ed. Gary Stephen Ross
Sights Unseen Kaye Gibbons
Silences and Tell Me a Riddle Tillie Olsen
Skin Folk Nalo Hopkinson

Small Ceremonies Carol Shields
Small Change Elizabeth Hay
Still Life A.S. Byatt
Strangers on a Train Patricia Highsmith
Such a Long Journey Rohinton Mistry

Such is My Beloved Morley Callaghan
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Stephen Leacock
Surfacing Margaret Atwood
Tay John Howard O’Hagan
Tears of the Giraffe Alexander McCall Smith

Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Brontë
Tesserae Helen Kitson
The Birth of Venus Sarah Dunant
The Captains and the Kings Jennifer Johnston
The Deep Mary Swan

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia Ursula K LeGuin
The Double Hook Sheila Watson
The Emigrants W.G. Sebald
The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde
The Giant’s House Elizabeth McCracken

The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
The Grandmothers Doris Lessing
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The Heart Does Not Bend Makeda Silvera
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

The Holding Merilyn Simonds
The Lady and the Unicorn Tracy Chevalier
The Last Unicorn Peter Beagle
The Little Hotel Christina Stead
The Lost Garden Helen Humphreys

The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann
The Morning Star Nick Bantock
The Mountain and the Valley Ernest Buckler
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
The Only Snow in Havana Elizabeth Hay

The Orchid House Phyllis Shand Allfrey
The Professor Charlotte Brontë
The Republic of Love Carol Shields
The River Midnight Lilian Nattel
The Salt Roads Nalo Hopkinson

The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
The Temptations of Big Bear Rudy Wiebe
The Third Miss. Symons F.M. Mayor
The Thirteen Clocks James Thurber
The True Heart Sylvia Warner

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club Dorothy Sayers
The Victorian Chaise-Longue Marghanita Laski
The Walled Garden Catherine Dunne
The Waves Virginia Woolf
The Wedding Group Elizabeth Taylor

The Whistling Woman A.S. Byatt
The White Deer James Thurber
The Wings of the Dove Henry James
The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston
They Knew Mr Knight Dorothy Whipple

To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
Truth and Beauty Ann Patchett
Two Solitudes Hugh MacLennan
Unnatural Death Dorothy Sayers
Working Class Zero Rob Payne

Non-fiction
A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary 1785-1812
Laurel Ulrich
An Angel at my Table Janet Frame
A Reading Diary: A Year of Favourite Books Alberto Manguel
Appetites: Why Women Want Caroline Knapp
Autobiography of a Face Lucy Grealy
The Brontës Juliet Barker
The Brontes: A Life in Letters Juliet Barker
Carlyle’s House Virginia Woolf
The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it Twyla Tharp
Dude, Where’s My Country Michael Moore
Eats, Shoots & Leaves Lynne Truss
Ecology of Everyday Life Chaia Heller
The Envoy from Mirror City Janet Frame
Faith of a Writer Joyce Carol Oates
Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser
Journeyman: Travels of a Writer Timothy Findley
The Language Police Diane Ravitch
The Life of Charlotte Brontë Elizabeth Gaskell
Limbo: A Memoir A. Manette Ansay
Medieval Lives Norman F. Cantor
Moments of Truth: Twelve 20thC Women Writers Lorna Sage
Necessary Secrets Elizabeth Smart
Nina Hamnett: Queen of Bohemia Denise Hooker
Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering Wendy Lesser
The Opposite of Fate Amy Tan
The Ordinary Princess M. M. Kaye (Illus. Faith Jaques)
Writing Past Dark Bonnie Friedman Marjane Satrapi
Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
The Red Shoes Rosemary Sullivan
Remarkable Reads J. Peder Zane (Ed.)
Room to Grow: An Appetite for Life Tracey Gold
The Situation and the Story Vivian Gornick
Six Pence House: Lost in a Town of Books Paul Collins
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading Sara Nelson
Stet: An Editor’s Life Diana Athill
To the Is-land Janet Frame
Welcome to my Country: A Therapist’s Memoir of Madness Lauren Slater

Kidlit
A Stitch in Time Penelope Lively
All-of-a-Kind Family Sydney Taylor (Illus. Helen John)
Alma William Bell
The Cricket in Times Square George Selden (Illus. Garth Williams)
The Dolls’ House Rumer Godden (Illus. Tasha Tudor)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling
The House at Norham Gardens Penelope Lively
The House with a Clock in its Walls John Bellairs
How the Loon Lost Her Voice Anne Cameron (Illus. Gaye Hammond)
The Hundred Dresses Eleanor Estes (Illus. Louis Slobodkin)
The Last Polar Bears Harry Horse (Illus. Harry Horse)
Lazy Boy and Spider Woman Anne Cameron (Illus. Nelle Olsen)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Robert C. O’Brien (Illus. Zena Bernstein)
My Side of the Mountain Jean Craighead George
Raven Goes Berrypicking Anne Cameron (Illus. Gaye Hammond)
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Mildred D. Taylor
Sarah, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan
Smith Leon Garfield (Illus. Antony Maitland)
Sounder William H. Armstrong (Illus. James Barkley)
The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson (Illus. Nick Sharratt)
Strawberry Girl Lois Lenski (Illus. Lois Lenski)
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

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