My Life in Books by Denzil Walton

My Life in Books

Here’s a fun, end-of-the-year round-up called “My Life in Books.”

I got the idea from Laurie at Relevant Obscurity, (although the original idea comes from Adam at RoofBeamReader).

The rules are simple: Answer the questions with books you have read this year!

Here’s mine. Feel free to copy the questions and add yours!

In high school I was: Bad Luck and Trouble (Lee Child)

People might be surprised: Where I End (Katherine Elizabeth Clark)

I will never be: The Wonder (Emma Donoghue)

My fantasy job is: Watching the Daisies (Brigid Gallagher)

At the end of a long day I need: Revival (Stephen King)

I hate it when: (there is) The Black Ice (Michael Connelly)

Wish I had: All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

My family reunions are: The Friendship of Mortals (Audrey Driscoll)

At a party you’ll find me with: Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari)

I’ve never had: A Complicated Pregnancy (Kyle Roberts)

A happy day includes: Without Fail (Lee Child)

Motto I live by: Help! (Simon Amstell)

On my bucket list is: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom (John O’Donohue)

In my next life, I want to be: The Running Hare (John Lewis-Stempel)


I wish all my readers a very Happy New Year, good health, and much reading pleasure.


26 responses to “My Life in Books by Denzil Walton

  1. What a fun idea, Denzil! I’ve read two of the books you’ve listed – Revival (Stephen King) and Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari) and enjoyed both of them immensely. I’m looking forward to completing the exercise for myself. 🙂

  2. Denzil, what a fun roundup of your books and some great ones here! Anam Cara is one of my favourites and one I come back to now and again. Happy New Year! 😀

  3. Good answers – I like the idea of your fantasy job, but maybe could it get a bit boring! And I’m glad you haven’t has complicated pregnancy – that would be amazing!!!

    • Denzil

      Yes you should Clare. Maybe you could draw a cartoon for each one? (I love finding work for other people). Happy New Year to you too Clare.

      • Ha!I actually did a blog post on book titles once with a letter changed…it was based on a three day thread I had with a few friends. ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Bing’, ‘Lice in Wonderland’ etc etc, and some titles accompanied by the appropriately altered book covers…must reblog it sometime…

        • Denzil

          That sounds fun. Did the winner get some Ale of Two Cities? I hope that Dam Bede didn’t win.

  4. I haven’t heard of any of these books, Denzil. I’d better get the Kindle out asap. I was going to say how pleased I am that your pregnancies haven’t been complicated but I see Margaret beat me to it. 🙂

    • Denzil

      Thanks Laurie – and for the idea, which came while visiting your blog of course. Happy 2018 to you too.

  5. Hi Denzil. Here’s my list. I had to consult my kindle to remind me which books I’d read. 🙂

    In High School I was: Cry Baby (David Jackson)

    People might be surprised: Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (Marcus J Borg)

    I will never be: Patron Saint of Prostitutes (Helen Mathers)

    My fantasy job is: The Complete Article Writer (Simon Whaley)

    At the end of a long day I need: The Mystic Path of Meditation (David Cole)

    I hate it when: (there is) A Tapping at My Door (David Jackson)

    Wish I had: Days of Awe and Wonder (Marcus J Borg)

    My family reunions are: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Stephen King)

    At a party you’ll find me with: The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)

    I’ve never had: An Unconventional Marriage (Chris Elliott)

    A happy day includes: At Home with the Brontes (Ann Dinsdale)

    Motto I live by: Truths (Rebecca Buck)

    On my bucket list is: The Northern Lights: Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis (Daryl Pederson and Calvin Hall)

    In my next life I want to be: Surprised by Joy (C. S. Lewis)

    I enjoyed doing that exercise, Denzil. It was fun and stimulating. I hope you will come up with more similar ones throughout the year.

    • Denzil

      Those are great answers Lesley, all of them work really well. I will steer clear of your family reunions, but join you at the end of your day, especially if it entails fulfilling your bucket list.

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