2006

Year in Review

A wide-ranging year punctuated by several excellent, memorable selections. Truman Copote’s In Cold Blood was named the favourite from the list but other titles sparked extensive interest and discussion. A mix of colourful, imaginative tales — including Nights at the Circus and In the Company of the Courtesan — made for an interesting counterpoint to other stark, dark books, such as Neuromancer, Lie in the Dark, Never Let Me Go and, of course, Heart of Darkness.

Rating Table 2006

Title Rating Owner
1 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 2.50 John
2 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway 2.36 Baljit
3 Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter 2.08 EmmaT
4 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 1.67 EmmaT
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 1.67 DKB
6 Lie in the Dark by Dan Fesperman 1.25 EmmaJ
7 Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 0.42 Kay
8 Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay 0.14 Kay
In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant 0.14 DKB
Neuromancer by William Gibson 0.14 Nate
11 Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain 0.00 Nate

Book Choice List

Books we’ve read in 2006.

December – DKB

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • History of Love by Nicole Krauss

November – Kay

  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe

October – Nate

  • Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain
  • The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and Related Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  • I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan

September – EmmaT

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brody by Muriel Spark
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

August – Baljit

  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway

July – John

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov

June – EmmaJ

  • Lie in the Dark by Dan Fesperman
  • Death and the Penguin by Andrew Kurkov
  • My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

April – DKB

  • In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis

March – Kay

  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay

February – EmmaT

  • Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
  • Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

January – Nathan

  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Market Force by Richard Morgan
  • Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith