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December seems to have been a rather sparse month for my non-sf fiction readings in years past. December 2006 was unusually good, but I can't remember a lot about the novels I read that month - I do seem to have enjoyed them all apart from The Crying of Lot 49.
So I am picking only two novels in particular of the 19 above, but with a particularly numerous field of honourable mentions.
The Secret Garden, by Francis Hodgson Burnett - this was as good as I had hoped it might be, a story of healing from psychological and physical trauma through friendship and gardening.
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson - this is for the whole trilogy which was excellent, compelling, absorbing reading for me last year, if not quite Great Literature.
Honourable mentions to Tove Jansson, Marcel Proust and six of the seven from December 2006.
All four of the Shakespeare plays I listened to in December 2008 are excellent, and actually I think in future postings of my past non-genre reads I will omit Shakespeare from this category; it is too much like comparing apples and oranges.