Halfway Down the Stairs

OK the title really doesn’t have any relevance as this is a post about being half way through the reading year and reflecting on my favourite books so far. But I never think of the word halfway without remembering my favourite A A Milne poem. As I wrote about way back in the early days of this blog one of my very favourite bookish presents was a copy of When We Were Very Young and Halfway Down is my favourite poem from it (other people can recite Keats and Wordsworth by heart, I can do A A Milne).

Anyway, on to the favourites. Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise is collating people’s thoughts on this very topic so do stop by her blog and tell her your favourite reads so far this year. Given the overall improvement in the quality of my reading these days I could easily list a top 30 or 40 books but I suspect that is not the spirit of things so I’ve whittled it down to a favourite ten. I’ll be curious to see how many of them survive to appear in my favourite books for the year. Could I possibly read ten better books than this in the remaining 6 months of Twenty Ten?

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3 Responses to Halfway Down the Stairs

  1. Bernadette – I loved that poem, too! Thanks for the reminder of it : ). And your choices for the year thus far are terrific. It will, indeed, be very interesting to see what your list looks like at the end of the year.


  2. Deb says:

    I posted my list on Kerrie’s blog. Although all of the books I listed were excellent, I’m confident that Don Chaon’s AWAIT YOUR REPLY is going to be the best book I read (in any genre, fiction or non-fiction) all year. I finished it on January 2 and I haven’t read a better book yet.

    And I do have to thank you for encouraging me to give Susan Hill another try. I really enjoyed the three books that followed THE VARIOUS HAUNTS OF MEN; but because I did not like that book, I would not have tried the others without your positive reviews.


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