Page by page.
It is rather unfortunate that once-upon-a-times are fast becoming memories of the past. So while this year’s list does look just a tad bit longer than the previous, I still have my doubts as to whether the total number of pages read would make a sizable dent to my annual bookish affair.
Embarrassingly enough, I also seem to find more enjoyment reading selected young adult – oh, okay, children – literature. Cringe. I do not know if any other full-grown adult can perfectly justify their reasons for still reading about extraordinary boy geniuses half their age, but my convenient excuse is this: so that I can later pass the Artemis Fowl books on to my nephews and niece, although I highly suspect that they, too, would have moved on with the times and are more comfortable with their Ben 10s and whatnot.
(Shucks, who am I kidding, really? I should be growing out of that genre already, and quickly.)
In any case, I shall have to resolve to going back to reading more about my favourite fictional characters next year; I know that mysterious dark elves and brilliant space cadets will suit me more than reserved Japanese midwives and shipwrecked Bengal tigers ever will.
The Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer
The Lost Colony
The Time Paradox
The Atlantis Complex
The Keys to the Kingdom series, Garth Nix
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
The Invisible Man, HG Wells
The National: Experience*, Jayne Yong
Warehouse sales attended:
Big Bad Wolf, 6 December 2012
(See previous years’ lists: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.)