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Well, I did it. Seventy books in one year. Whew. Most of the books I enjoyed, some I didn't, but I'd say it's fair to say I've learned something from every one of them. Three of my favourites were David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Jose Saramago's Blindness, and Timothy Taylor's Stanley Park. For the rest of the books I read this year, here they are in alphabetical order.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor
  1. Alexander, Victoria. In the Wake of Suicide: Stories of the People Left Behind.
  2. Banville, John. The Sea.
  3. Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot.
  4. Bergen, David. The Time in Between.
  5. Bova, Ben. Venus.
  6. Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft.
  7. Carlson, Melody. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Becoming Me by Caitlin O'Conner.
  8. Chong, Kevin. Baroque-a-Nova.
  9. Clark, Tom et al (editors). The Writer's Digest Handbook of Novel Writing.
  10. Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace.
  11. Collier, Oscar and Francis Spatz Leighton. How to Write and Sell Your First Novel.
  12. Cunningham, Michael. The Hours.
  13. Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying.
  14. Flood, Cynthia. The Animals in Their Elements.
  15. Flood, Cynthia. Making a Stone of the Heart.
  16. Flood, Cynthia. My Father Took A Cake To France.
  17. Follett, Ken. Whiteout.
  18. Fonseca, Isabel. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey.
  19. Frey, James. A Million Little Pieces.
  20. Gallant, Mavis. Paris Stories.
  21. Gardner, John. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers.
  22. Gartner, Zsuzsi. All the Anxious Girls on Earth.
  23. Gaston, Bill. Mount Appetite.
  24. Gill, Charlotte. Ladykiller.
  25. Gilmour, David. A Perfect Night to Go to China.
  26. Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
  27. Grainger, James and Nancy Lee (jury). The Journey Prize Stories 17.
  28. Grisham, John. Bleachers.
  29. Guare, John. Six Degrees of Separation.
  30. Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
  31. Hall, Oakley. The Art & Craft of Novel Writing.
  32. Henderson, Lee. The Broken Record Technique.
  33. Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany.
  34. King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
  35. Koch, Stephen. The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: a Guide to the Craft of Fiction.
  36. Larson, Dene. 2gether 4ever: Notes of a Junior High School Heartthrob.
  37. Le Guin, Ursula K. The Other Wind.
  38. Lyon, Annabel. The Best Thing for You.
  39. MacLeod, Alistair. No Great Mischief.
  40. MacLeod, Alistair. To Everything There is a Season.
  41. MacPherson, Andrea. When She Was Electric.
  42. Maddocks, Rick. Sputnik Diner.
  43. Mamet, David. Glengarry Glen Ross.
  44. Martel, Yann. Life of Pi.
  45. McKee, Robert. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting.
  46. Medved, Maureen. The Tracey Fragments.
  47. Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman.
  48. Millhauser, Steven. Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer.
  49. Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas.
  50. Pennebaker, Ruth. Don't Think Twice.
  51. Petrie, Anne. Gone to An Aunt's: Remembering Canada's Homes for Unwed Mothers.
  52. Proulx, Annie; Larry McMurtry; and Diana Ossana. Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay
  53. Richeler, Mordecai. Barney's Version.
  54. Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye.
  55. Saramago, Jose. Blindness.
  56. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet.
  57. Sittenfeld, Curtis. Prep.
  58. Smitten, Susan. Guardian Angels: True Stories of Guidance and Protection.
  59. Sophocles. Oedipus Rex.
  60. Spencer, Stuart. The Playwright's Guidebook: An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic Writing.
  61. Stein, Howard and Glenn Young (editors). The Best American Short Plays 1995-1996.
  62. Swift, Graham. Last Orders.
  63. Taylor, Timothy. Stanley Park.
  64. Thien, Madeleine. Simple Recipes.
  65. Toews, Miriam. A Complicated Kindness.
  66. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit.
  67. Volkmer, Jon. Fiction Workshop Companion.
  68. Williams, Megan K. Saving Rome.
  69. Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire.
  70. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction.

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