The Half-Finished Books to Read in 2009

Seeing everyone’s top-ten lists made me want to create my own list.  I thought about my favorite books this past year:

Inkdeath, Dead and the Gone, Papertowns, Home (Marilynne Robinson)…and realized that I lost my list of books I’ve read and I didn’t use GoodReads all year.

I really wanted to make a list and as I was starting to box some of my books to prepare for moving later this year, I saw how many post-its I had in these books.  And most of the post-its were either in the middle or thirty pages in, so I thought I’d make a list of the books I hope to finish in 2009.  I don’t think I’ll have a chance to read much today, so its a safe bet that none of these books will be finished in 2008.

~ On Persephone’s Island by Mary Taylor Simeti

~ One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

~ The Din in the Head by Cynthia Ozick

~ Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

~ Misreadings by Umberto Eco

~ Essays by George Orwell

These are the books I want to finish at some point hopefully in 2009.  The others, well it would be great if I finish them, but they’re not a priority.

Tonight a group of us are going to spend the night on Colorado Blvd in anticipation for the Rose Parade.  Seeing that California has had much warmer weather in the past few days, Brian and I thought that this would be the best and only chance we’d have to try this again.  Last time we tried sleeping on Colorado, we ditched the group we were with, as it had been raining and windy for over four hours.

See you in 2009!



inkdeathI was privileged to receive an advance reading copy of Inkdeath. The surprise and joy felt was great. Cornelia Funke wrote a great ending to her Ink trilogy. What I enjoyed most about reading the story was the passion Mo and Meggie had for books, or actually, manuscripts. I am beginning two short courses on Medieval manuscripts and have been doing extensive reading for both classes (only because I love this subject). And as I read Inkdeath I noticed the book binder and illuminator and the tools they used to create their manuscripts. There is a time when someone is writing in the story, and they write upon parchment, use a glass man to stir the ink, and then brush sand upon the manuscript so that the ink will dry. It was great details like this that makes Funke a great author and storyteller. Just like her character, Mo.

I don’t want to spoil any of the story for anyone, but this story was fantastic and shouldn’t disappoint any fans. Each chapter just spurs the reader on to read more and to never put the book down. With its abundance of characters, there will be someone that everyone loves. Each character’s story is complete and satisfactory. And if you can’t remember the previous books, Inkheart or Inkspell, there is a brief two page recap at the beginning of the book and at the back of the book there is a complete list of characters too (yes, with so many characters it is reminiscent of a Russian novel, except the names are pronounceable).

The only question that Inkdeath leaves, is one that is beginning to be asked at the end of Inkspell, and that is, who is really writing the story of Inkheart? Is it Cornelia? Fenaglio? Orpheus? Or even Mo? Or by entering the story, has the characters actions determined the story? I found myself asking this as I finished Inkdeath. Who is the author? Or were the characters in the end writing their own story?