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A Passion for Narrative: A Guide for Writing Fiction by Jack Hodgins The Sudden Weight of Snow by Laisha Rosnau

One of my writing instructors this year suggested I keep track of the books I read throughout the year. Unfortunately, she didn't suggest this until part-way through the year, so I'll never know exactly what I read in 2005, but this list is as exhaustive as I can remember.

This year, two of the books which really stood out for me where Jack Hodgins's A Passion for Narrative: A Guide for Writing Fiction and Laisha Rosnau's The Sudden Weight of Snow.

  1. Bly, Carol. The Passionate, Accurate Story.
  2. Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist.
  3. Cornwell, Bernard. The Last Kingdom.
  4. Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life.
  5. Fairbridge, Derek (editor). The Vancouver Stories.
  6. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
  7. Galloway, Steven. Ascension.
  8. Galloway, Steven. Finnie Walsh.
  9. Glover, Douglas. Elle.
  10. Harris, Robert. Fatherland.
  11. Harris, Robert. Pompeii.
  12. Hay, Elizabeth, Lisa Moore and Michael Redhill (jury). The Journey Prize Stories 16.
  13. Helprin, Mark. Ellis Island and Other Stories.
  14. Hemmingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises.
  15. Hodgins, Jack. A Passion for Narrative: A Guide for Writing Fiction.
  16. Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis.
  17. Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
  18. Lee, Nancy. Dead Girls.
  19. Lodge, David. The Art of Fiction.
  20. Kay, Guy Gavriel. The Last Light of the Sun.
  21. McEwan, Ian. Amsterdam.
  22. O'Conner, Patricia T. Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English.
  23. Ondaatje, Michael. Anil's Ghost.
  24. Pressfield, Steven. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles.
  25. Richeler, Mordecai. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
  26. Rosnau, Laisha. The Sudden Weight of Snow.
  27. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  28. Shields, Carol. The Stone Diaries.
  29. Strunk, William Jr. and E.B. White. The Elements of Style.
  30. Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
  31. Vanderhaeghe, Guy. The Englishman's Boy.
  32. Vonnegut, Kurt. Timequake.
  33. Winton, Tim. Blueback: A Contemporary Fable.

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