Happy first day of 2017, dear readers! For the past 2 years I’ve had a goal to read 2 books per month (although this year I was hoping to get to 3/month, but alas, I fell short). While I didn’t read as much in 2016 as I did in 2015, I surpassed my goal and good fun was had by all. Here’s what I read this year, for my records as much as my innate desire to overshare my life with strangers on the internet (this may or may not be the order I read them, I can’t remember):
- Program or be Programmed, Douglas Rushkoff
- Waiting for the Barbarians, J. M. Coetzee
- Citizen, Claudia Rankine
- Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolfe
- Wizard’s First Rule, Terry Goodkind
- Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson
- Lord Brocktree, Brian Jaques
- The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
- Slow Man, J. M. Coetzee
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
- What Work Is, Philip Levine
- The Familiar, Vol. 2, Mark Z. Danielewski
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling
- Stone of Tears, Terry Goodkind
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling
- Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling
- Wrestling Li Po for the Remote, Kevin Stein
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling
- Serendipities, Umberto Eco
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling
- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolfe
- Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice
- The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
So things I’ve learned upon reflecting on this list–despite my efforts to reduce the amount of white men I read I still read mostly white men, it’s really hard to break that pattern unless you start putting some serious effort into it; Harry Potter is still the bomb dot tech, and I will probably re-read it again in 2017 because why not; I have a pretty good balance of broader genre, having read a few books of poetry, a book of essays, a few other non-fiction books, and a play or two (ok, seems like just the one this year). I can do even better this year, though. This blog will help keep me more actively accountable.
The honorable mentions, books I’d started but haven’t finished (yet, I still reserve the right to knock these out in 2017):
- Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
This book was pretty entertaining, but I lost interest around the middle the book. After reading Rushkoff Aziz’s book just seemed to be confirming a lot of the phenomenon Rushkoff describes in his books, so the impact of his findings wasn’t quite there.
2. Ulysses, James Joyce
This was a re-read, and I’ll probably try to finish this in 2017.
3. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Can’t get into Austen, but if this were assigned in a book club or similar situation I’d happily give it the time it deserves. Just hard for me to self-motivate my way through this.
4. The Life and Times of Michael K, J. M. Coetzee
This is the first book of Coetzee’s that I’m having trouble getting into. Maybe it was too much to try this after Virginia Woolfe, and I’ll finish it sometime in early 2017 while I still know mostly what’s going on. But this book is far from his best, in my humble opinion. Slow Man is great, though.
So yea, those are the books. More on the books I read as I finish them. I can’t tell if they’ll get their own categories or not, I may just discuss the books as part of my musical impressions. This two posts in a single day thing is going to try my patience, for sure. And who needs that kind of negativity going into a new year? Not I, said my pie. It was a weird morning.