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Book 24

  1. Meredith, Martin — The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence (736 pages)
  2. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o — Wizard of the Crow (766 pages)
  3. Coetzee, J.M. — Life & Times of Michael K (182 pages)
  4. Saint-Exupery, Antoine de — The Little Prince (101 pages)
  5. Brunner, John — Stand on Zanzibar (661 pages)
  6. Dahl, Roald — Fantastic Mr Fox (79 pages)
  7. Walker, Barbara — TEENY-TINY and the Witch-Woman (29 pages)
  8. Shakespeare, William — A Midsummer Night's Dream (23 pages)
  9. Powers, Richard — The Time of Our Singing (631 pages)
  10. McEwan, Ian — In Between the Sheets (134 pages)
  11. Ishiguro, Kazuo — A Pale View of Hills (182 pages)
  12. Niven, Larry — Ringworld (284 pages)
  13. Anderson, Poul — Tau Zero (184 pages)
  14. Eisenberg, Bryan & Jeffrey, with Lisa T. Davis — Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results (273 pages)
  15. Andrews, Stephen E. and Nick Rennison — 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels (205 pages)
  16. Andrews, Stephen E. and Nick Rennison — 100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels (197 pages)
  17. Niles, Steve and Ben Templesmith — 30 Days of Night (103 pages)
  18. Terkel, Studs — And They All Sang: Great Musicians Talk about Their Music (321 pages)
  19. Andrews, Stephen E. and Duncan Bowis — 100 Must-Read Books for Men (200 pages)
  20. Dahl, Roald — The Witches (202 pages)
  21. Millar, Mark and J.G. Jones and Paul Mounts — Wanted (192 pages)
  22. Hoban, Russell — Riddley Walker (240 pages)
  23. Perkins, E.J. — American English English American (47 pages)
  24. Stevenson, Robert Louis — A Child's Garden of Verses (109 pages)

Page count: 5978.

This will probably be the last book I complete this year, unless I finish some of the other poetry books I am reading. At the moment I have 8 unfinished books I've started. I am trying to finish at least two of the remaining, maybe even as many as four, but I will not be able to finish all of them and may finish none of them. This will lead to a few asterisks in next year's reckoning.

I picked up A Child's Garden of Verses because I enjoyed the poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson used in a song cycle I sing, Ralph Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel. Despite a strong start, I soon wearied of these poems, though. They are not very good, just simple rhymes with really questionable meter and not much depth. They are meant to be evocative of childhood, and quite a few of them are, but too many seem repetitive, trite, or clichéd.

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