2010 Book Progression!

by antitrance February 23, 2010

Here is my list of books which I hope to read this year…

Struck out = finished; Bold = currently reading.

  1. Hindoo Holiday: An Indian Journal - J.R. Ackerley
  2. Henderson the Rain King - Saul Bellow
  3. Six Memos for the Next Millenium - Italo Calvino
  4. The Plague - Albert Camus
  5. Tokyo Cancelled - Rana Dasgupta
  6. Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
  8. The Collector - John Fowles
  9. Black Mass - John Gray
  10. Aleksandar Hemon - The Lazarus Project
  11. Travels with Herodotus - Ryszard Kapuscinski
  12. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  13. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  14. The Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers
  15. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  16. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
  17. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  18. Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre
  19. Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
  20. Couples - John Updike

Books which are not on The List which I have completed:

  1. The Glass Demon - Helen Grant
  2. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle (I absolutely loved this. Will be purchasing more Holmes in the immediate future.)

Maybe this year I’ll stick to the list and actually finish everything on it! FINGERS CROSSED!!!

by antitrance January 14, 2010
Currently reading. 

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Currently reading.

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2010 Book Progression!!!

by antitrance January 14, 2010

So, I have just finished reading my first book… except it is not one from the list. Which kind of defeats the point of making a list, but hey!

Hence, I am starting a list for books I have read which aren’t from The List:

1. The Glass Demon - Helen Grant.

This book isn’t actually released until May 2010. I managed to get a review copy while I was working at Puffin Books. It’s a teen / adult thriller-y book set in the Eifel region of Germany. It’s got German folklore and murder and intrigue. It’s got loads of Dan-Brown-stylee really short chapters so you get through it really quick. Don’t let the mention of Dan Brown put you off though… it’s actually quite well written if this is your kind of thing and even if it isn’t, it’s still an enjoyable read. The author’s debut novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, won at least one award and I’d quite like to read that one as well…

This isn’t really the kind of thing I’d generally pick up to read but since I had it, I decided to read it and was pleasantly surprised.

_antitrance

2009 / 2010

by antitrance January 8, 2010

I can’t work out if I won or failed in 2009. I’ll go for winning. Here’s how it turned out:

A list for 2009:

In bold, are the ones I have started reading but then stopped for whatever reason. (I tend to read many books at the same time, as you can see…)
The struck out are those I have finished.

A list of books I plan to read in 2009:

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  2. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  3. Status Anxiety - Alain de Botton
  4. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
  5. The Myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus
  6. The Plague - Albert Camus
  7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s - Truman Capote
  8. Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
  10. The Collector - John Fowles
  11. Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
  12. Deep Simplicity - John Gribbin
  13. Chocolat - Joanne Harris
  14. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
  15. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  16. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  17. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  18. Ascent - Jed Mercurio
  19. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
  20. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  21. Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre
  22. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  23. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
  24. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
  25. Old School - Tobias Wolff
  26. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

Random other books (not on the list) which I read:

  1. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
  2. Slumberland - Paul Beatty
  3. Metropole - Ferenc Karinthy
  4. Fup - Jim Dodge
  5. Cards on the Table - Agatha Christie
  6. Pastoralia - George Saunders
  7. The Moving Toyshop - Edmund Crispin
  8. Why Are You Doing This? - Jason
  9. Charlotte’s Web - E. B. White
  10. The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie
  11. After the Funeral - Agatha Christie
  12. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
  13. The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster

So, for 2010, my list is as follows. Some stuff from last years list and some new stuff:

  1. Hindoo Holiday: An Indian Journal - J.R. Ackerley
  2. Henderson the Rain King - Saul Bellow
  3. Six Memos for the Next Millenium - Italo Calvino
  4. The Plague - Albert Camus
  5. Tokyo Cancelled - Rana Dasgupta
  6. Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
  8. The Collector - John Fowles
  9. Black Mass - John Gray
  10. Aleksandar Hemon - The Lazarus Project
  11. Travels with Herodotus - Ryszard Kapuscinski
  12. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  13. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  14. Carson McCullers - The Member of the Wedding
  15. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  16. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
  17. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  18. Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre
  19. Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
  20. Couples - John Updike

Maybe this year I’ll stick to my list and actually finish it!

by somethingmeaningful January 6, 2010
So here was my list for 2009, plus the following:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Sound Design by David Sonnenschein
The Twilights (for a second time… don’t judge…again.)
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff
John Adams by David McCullough

So a funny thing happened, I read some of these, and added others. The following is what actually happened in 2009:
Read:
Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
The Twilights (all four)
Eat Love Pray
Middlesex
The Witch of Portobello
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Autobiography of a Yogi
—-
Currently Reading:
Brave New World
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity 
——-
So overall, not bad a bad year for a slow reader. Those I didn’t get to will get carried over into the new year. I want to thank butterflyeffects for creating a community of readers. I’m not sure I would have stuck to it were it not for this blog- not that I posted reviews after every book- but it still helped me to see each book through. And for that I thank you. Are we continuing this literary journey into 2010???
- somethingmeaningful

So here was my list for 2009, plus the following:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Sound Design by David Sonnenschein

The Twilights (for a second time… don’t judge…again.)

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff

John Adams by David McCullough

So a funny thing happened, I read some of these, and added others. The following is what actually happened in 2009:

Read:

Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green

The Twilights (all four)

Eat Love Pray

Middlesex

The Witch of Portobello

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Autobiography of a Yogi

—-

Currently Reading:

Brave New World

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

——-

So overall, not bad a bad year for a slow reader. Those I didn’t get to will get carried over into the new year. I want to thank butterflyeffects for creating a community of readers. I’m not sure I would have stuck to it were it not for this blog- not that I posted reviews after every book- but it still helped me to see each book through. And for that I thank you. Are we continuing this literary journey into 2010???

- somethingmeaningful

Ahem.

by magicrob January 3, 2010

I mostly failed at this. Thanks to Vanessa for trying to get the ball rolling though. Here’s to 2010!

magicrob

by magicrob November 26, 2009

zwinnick:

Brilliant stop-motion ad by the New Zealand Book Council

You know you love it.
via rectorjay

You know you love it.

via rectorjay

by nansan October 3, 2009
10 of the best: Secondhand bookshops | Books | The Guardian
by jaymediane-deactivated20100806- September 14, 2009
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
P. J. O’Rourke (via blogossauro)
by mabelmoments September 8, 2009

iainbroome:

Claire Armitstead, literary editor of the Guardian, Sarah Crown, editor of guardian.co.uk/books and William Skidelsky, literary editor of the Observer, discuss this year’s shortlist for the Man Booker prize

Summer Reading

by jaymediane-deactivated20100806- September 3, 2009

Perhaps unconventionally, these books are listed in the order read. That is, from right to left (bottom-to-top): Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3) by Richelle Mead, Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1) by Jeaniene Frost, The Dead Girls’ Dance (Morganville Vampires, Book 2) by Rachel Caine, Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1) by Richelle Mead, Storm Born (Dark Swan, Book 1) by Richelle Mead, Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires, Book 3) by Rachel Caine, Fangs for the Memories (The Young Brothers, Book 1) by Kathy Love, Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) by Patricia Briggs, The Immortals: Evermore by Alyson Noel, One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2) by Jeaniene Frost, Betrayed: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels) by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast, Midnight’s Daughter (Dorina Basarab, Dhampir, Book 1) by Karen Chance, Chosen: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels) by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast, At Grave’s End (Night Huntress, Book 3) by Jeaniene Frost, Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book 1) by Karen Chance, Claimed by Shadow (Cassandra Palmer, Book 2) by Karen Chance, Sex and the Single Vampire by Katie Macalister, Untamed (House of Night Novels) by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast, The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part IThe Secret Circle: The Captive Part II and The Power by L. J. Smith, Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, Book 2) by Richelle Mead

sputnik sweetheart

by magicrob August 9, 2009

Like other contributors to this blog I too have fallen (way) behind on my reading targets for this year, but what I have read I have thoroughly enjoyed and considered more than if I’d gone nuts and drank more coffee and read more just to tick the books off my list.

I also like pictures of books because they are simply nice.

I enjoyed reading Murakami’s ‘Sputnik Sweetheart’. It took me out of myself as is his style. But it was a bit soppy and now I’m off to read something about war, because I’m a real boy and I like guns and bruises etc too.

xo

magicrob

by burningfp July 31, 2009

My Progress So Far

by frothyparadise July 20, 2009

So here’s my progress on my book list a little more than halfway through the year. Strikeouts are the ones I’ve finished; bold are the ones I’m currently reading; italics are the ones I tried and had to abandon for various reasons (e.g., subject matter was too upsetting, just didn’t care for it, ran out of time and it was due at the library, whatever). It’s pretty lame how few I’ve finished, but anyway:

1. Dombey and Son, by Charles Dickens (reading this one now, will carry into 2009)
2. The Third Policeman, Flann O’Brien
3. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
4. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, by Alex Ross
5. When Will There be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
6. The Toss of a Lemon, by Padma Viswanathan
7. Super Flat Times, by Matthew Derby
8. Brighton Rock, by Graham Greene (Hi, antitrance!)
9. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
10. Such a Pretty Girl, Laura Wiess
11. For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder that Shocked Chicago, by Simon Baatz
12. Waste, Eugene Marten

13. The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram, by Thomas Blass
14. Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, by Thomas Cathcart
15. Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Underground, 1981-1991, by Michael Azzerad (Hi, outtheother!)
16. Culture Jam, by Kalle Lasn
17. No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court, by Edward Humes
18. The Outsider, by Colin Wilson
19. The Interpretation of Murder, by Jed Rubenfeld
20. The Little Girl and the Cigarette, by Benoit Deteurtre
21. This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, by Daniel J. Levitin
22. A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis, by David M. Friedman
23. The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton
24. You Idiot! — The First Book, by Nate Gangelhoff
25. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
26. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, by Alison Bechdel
27. The Family Mashber, by Der Nister
28. How to Read a French Fry: And Other Intriguing Stories of Kitchen Science, by Russ Parsons
29. Jill, by Philip Larkin
30. Writings on an Ethical Life, by Peter Singer
31. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, by Pierre Bayard
32. True Crime: An American Anthology, by Harold Schechter
33. America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life, by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

And the books I’ve read that weren’t on my list:

1. Stone’s Fall, by Iain Pears
2. Don’t Get Too Comfortable, by David Rakoff
3. Jumped, by Rita Williams-Garcia
4. Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal
5. The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009
6. Little Bee, by Chris Cleve
7. Bluegrass, by William Van Meter
8. Mop Men, by Alan Emmins
9. Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
10. The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout
11. Zen and the Art of Knitting, by Bernadette Murphy
12. Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

(post by frothyparadise)