December 21 is the Winter Solstice, one of my favorite days of the year. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere it is time of great darkness mixed with the knowledge that light will return.
Imagine what it must have been like for those who did not have an understanding of the Sun and the Earth and the relationship between the two. How frightening, seeing the days grow shorter, feeling the cold, wondering if the Sun was dying?
Winter days and nights, what a perfect time for reading! Today I plan on finishing The Children’s Book. And to continue from last Sunday here are more favorite books from 2009.
Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes by Daniel L. Everett
Remarkable Creatures by Sean B. Carroll
The Snow Geese by William Fiennes
Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places by Bill Streever
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Lavinia By Ursula K. Le Guin
Serena by Ron Rash
and even though I haven’t quite finished it …
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
A special mention goes to 2666 by Roberto Bolano, I never would have read this fantastic, chaotic jumble of a novel without all my read-along cohorts. Thanks to all of you, you know who you are!
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