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2010 Reading List Update #4

10 October 2010

This week has been especially draining, and the weekend has been suitably relaxing to make up for it. I spent most of yesterday morning reading, most of yesterday afternoon watching movies, and most of this morning writing. All the reading inspired me to revisit my 2010 Reading List. I have come to accept that I will probably not read everything on my list. I am still going to try for as many as possible, and be happy with what I do read. Next year I’ll start my list in January instead of waiting until March. Here’s what my updated list looks like:

  • 1 biography
  • 1 memoir
  • 1 nonfiction
  • 1 how-to book
  • 3 short story collections
    • The theory of light and matter by Andrew Porter
    • Ford County by John Grisham
  • 2 books on craft
    • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
    • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
  • 1 historical novel
  • 2 books by authors I’ve never read
    • We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates (read 3/4, didn’t hold my interest)
    • Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  • 2 books in a new discipline/field of interest (Eastern philos.)
  • 2 children’s books
  • 2 classics
  • 2 re-reads (Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things)
  • 2 books by international authors (Alaa Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building)
  • 1 book of great heft (something daunting) (Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged)
  • 12 books of poetry
    • Bluets by Maggie Nelson
    • School of the Arts by Mark Doty
    • Source by Mark Doty
    • Telling a Hawk from a Handsaw by Chris Wallace-Crabbe
    • Mystery, So Long by Stephen Dobyns
  • 3 literary journals
    • Meanjin Vol. 69 No. 1, 2010
    • jubilat 17, 2009-2010
  • 1 literary journalism/creative nonfiction book
  • 1 book of travel writing
    • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • 1 humorous book
  • 12 issues of The Sun magazine
    • have read issues Jan-October (10 issues)
One Comment leave one →
  1. 4 November 2010 02:46

    I always love the novels of John Grisham, they are full of suspense and surprises “”

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