So, that year was a whole thing unto itself, wasn’t it? Lots of time at home under lockdown meant lots of time to read. So, in the tradition of Sarah over at Dogs, Coffee, & Books, here’s my year in reading. 61 titles (63 if you count rereads I ended up doing within the year). Lots of classics this year as I buffed up on background reading for my World Lit courses. Also a lot of escapism because…well, 2020. (R) indicates a reread. Asterisks indicate titles I particularly enjoyed or found enlightening.
Happy New Year!
Crowley – Empires of the Sun*
Latour – Down to Earth (x2) (R)
Hudes – Water by the Spoonful (x2) (R)
Pynchon – Inherent Vice* (R)
Winchester – The Professor & the Madman
Munroe – How To
Muir – Gideon the Ninth*
Schweblin – Fever Dream
Simmons – Hyperion*
King – the Gunslinger
Aeschylus – Agamemnon (R)
Aeschylus – The Libation Bearers
Aeschylus – The Eumenides
Currey -Daily Rituals
Gibson – Neuromancer (R)
Wilkman – Floodpath
Collins – Sailing Alone Around the Room
Rowling – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (R)
Pynchon – Bleeding Edge (R)
Chayka – The Longing for Less
Winters – Golden State
Wilson – Fences (R)
Tanizaki – In Praise of Shadows
Wilson – Seven Guitars
Heller – Catch-22 (R)
Gibson – The Peripheral
Wilson – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Coates – Between the World and Me*
Roe – In Montemarte
Tokarezuk – Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Rowling – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (R)
Johnson – The Ghost Map*
Wilson – Joe Turner’s Come & Gone
Hudes – The Happiest Song Plays Last
Barry – The Great Influenza*
Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (R)
I’ve kept this space on the back burner for the better part of the last decade. Given that we’re on the cusp of a new one, it seems like a fitting time for me to start using it for something. So, thanks to the inspiration of Sarah at Dogs, Coffee, & Books, here’s a look back at my reading for 2019 to kickstart me into a new decade that’ll hopefully be filled with more words – both those I write and read.
The year was above average in terms of the number of books I made it through – but perhaps not pages. I didn’t have many of the massive tomes that I tend to be drawn to this year. Still, the total is still below what I set out to read 365 days ago. The list is incomplete due to the fact that I don’t feel like typing up a list of the 69 some odd graphic novels I worked through over the course of the year. It felt like there was a lot of…meh this year. I feel good for reading a number of books, but I didn’t spend much of my time enthralled either (looking at you Dostoyevsky).
Highlights of the year are noted by a * below. Rereads with a (R).
Just a note to say that the posting will be light to nonexistent for the next two weeks. I’ve decided to take a proper vacation. I originally thought that I’d keep up with posting while traveling, but I haven’t been satisfied with the quality of my work and instead of relaxing I was spending a bunch of time wondering why my writing was even more rubbish than usual. So it has dawned on me that I need to either drop the blogging for the duration or drop the vacation. I’d say it was a hard decision, but that’d be a particularly egregious lie.
I wanted to post a picture of the best surprise I’ve received in a long time before I sign off. A certain friend (Mike) picked this up for me last year at a concert in San Francisco where he spent the opening act standing next to Corin Tucker without realizing it. I’m not sure if it was friendship that motivated him to get the cd signed for me or if he wanted to throw me off my vow to berate him about his obliviousness for the rest of time. (If the latter, he was obviously only partially successful.) Given that we weren’t going to see each other for eight or nine months though, we both forgot about it. (If only there were services that could safely transport packages across long distances for a small fee… No, too risky. Only personal delivery will suffice!)
Mike is, of course, awesome and I’m thrilled with the gift. I thought it was a good image to sign off with. It has that summer vacation feel and the right vibe for my upcoming travels. Many thanks to Mike.
Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the blog: I’ve been a bit remiss in posting lately. The next few months are bound to be pretty busy (as has been the last month). I’ll be doing my best to keep up a semi-regular schedule of posts while my work and personal life settle down.