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what books did I probably read this year [Jan. 3rd, 2010|11:33 pm]
Sivart Thirteen
Oh, gawwg. I don't remember. But luckily I'm such a moneybags that I buy and keep whatever I read, so I think this is accurate, barring any books I've thrown away/eaten/sold:


Beth Lisick, Helping Me Help Myself C-

Bram Stoker, Dracula D (not just d for dracula)

Cormac McCarthy, The Road B

Dan Kennedy, Rock On C

David Foster Wallace, The Broom of the System C+
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster A-
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest A+

Doug Dorst, Alive in Necropolis B-

Haruki Murakami, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World B
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood A+

Jonah Lehrer, How We Decide B-

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated A
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close A

Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food B-
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma B

Nick Hornby, High Fidelity A-
Nick Hornby, About a Boy B+
Nick Hornby, How to be Good A-

Saul Bellow, Seize the Day B


15%: Michael Pollan's A Place Of My Own. Lacks the punch and purpose of his later work. Lots of talk about feelings and not so much about plant secrets.

35%: Gabriel Garcia Marquez' Hundred Years of Solitude. Couldn't relate to any of the murdering and child raping and whatever else goes on in magically realistic somewhere-in-the-past.

30%: Larry Wilmore's I'd Rather We Got Casinos. Read some but threw it in the free bin at Dog-Eared after finding it one of the least funny 'humor' books I've ever read. You can companion that previous sentence with the fact that as a youth I read almost every Dave Barry book.

10%: A short drift into self-help with Leil Lowndes How to Talk to Anyone, because hey, I want to talk to anyone. Couldn't make it very far without my stomach churning from all the phony-ness, which I guess must be how it is to listen to someone who claims they can talk to anyone.

Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (reading, in theory)
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (under the 'read short books' plan ... )
George Orwell, Animal Farm (took it to San Diego, didn't read a word)
Roberto Bolano, 2666 (for if the Infinite Summer crew reads it like they promised)
Paul Auster, Oracle Night
David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing... and Girl With Curious Hair
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
John Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore and probably also whatever the next Murakami I see on a bookshelf is.
Douglas Coupland, JPod (reluctantly, Microserfs really annoyed me)
Abbot Stewart, Flatland
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Dave Eggers, What is the What
Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation (purchased, but don't really care about reading. You can only put so many "what you eat is wrong" books in your mouth)

[User Picture]From: lifftchi
2010-01-04 07:48 am (UTC)
If you like Norwegian Wood, try South of the Border, West of the Sun.
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[User Picture]From: nibot
2010-01-04 11:15 am (UTC)
I found those two books remarkably similar.
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[User Picture]From: lifftchi
2010-01-04 05:36 pm (UTC)
That was my reasoning, yes.
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[User Picture]From: musikitty
2010-01-04 08:03 am (UTC)
I like how only one author got straight A's, mostly because he gets straight A's from me too.
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[User Picture]From: rossa_sossa
2010-01-08 05:15 am (UTC)
the first paragraph in Lolita is arguably the best paragraph ever written.
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