I couldn’t read for months. Big snafu in the 50 book challenge.
Now, there’s a thin line between persistence and being stubborn. Ask my husband. Unwilling to face recovery without a pocketful of books, I subscribed to audible.com, closed my eyes, and reveled in the sound of stories.
I met my goal of 50 books. Each one felt like a little victory, a push-back against blurry vision and my fuzzy brain.
My head is mostly back to normal now, just in time for a season of new ice. This year I have Yaktrax. And it’s time to celebrate.
My favorite books in 2012 were the ones that left an imprint on my muddled mind — a scene, a voice, an image that endures . . . .The magical realism of Mark Helprin’s New York in Winter’s Tale . . . . A nunnery that trains the daughters of Death to be political assassins in Robin LaFever’s Grave Mercy . . . . The broad imagination and miniature fabulations in Steven Millhauser’s The Knife Thrower and Other Stories . . . . Cheryl Strayed’s fierce determination (I recognize the stubborn in other folks as well) in Wild . . . . Lyric grief and breathless hope, along with a most-memorable dog, in Carolyn Parkhurst’s The Dogs of Babel . . . . The living fabric of a drowned community, run parallel to a painter’s quest in Maryanne O’Hara’s Cascade . . . . Whimsy and remorse, filtered through an almost-fairytale in The Unlikey Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce . . . . Writing tips that galvanized and transformed my revisions, in Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story . . . . A half-breed eiree, a dragon’s spine, and a world suffused with magic, dark and light, in Rabia Gale’s Rainbird.
To celebrate the stories that I read — and the fact that I could read them — I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. Enter below with the PunchTab form. Just sign in through email or Facebook and follow the links. Contest ends 1/15/13 at 11 pm.
Here’s to a new year of solid footing — and stories given wings.
P.S. In 2013, I’ll indulge my new love of Goodreads and keep track of all my reading there. Come see!