There is no theme here. Just a sort of diary of interests, kept for no good reason.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Year of the Snake
I managed to read thirtythree (33) books this year, surprising for someone so slow. Two authors made their way into my life twice this year--John Irving and Haruki Murakami. These are not quite in order. There are only three nonfiction titles (*), and a couple short-story collections (%)
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Forgotten Country, by Catherine Chung
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
Under the Black Flag, David Cordingly *
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D James
The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst
Westsiders, Tom Finn %
The Risk Pool, Richard Russo
The Cat's Table, Michael Ontaatje
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
The 158-Pound Marriage, John Irving
The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
Sacre Bleu, A Comedy d'Art, Christopher Moore
In One Person, John Irving
The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Enduring Love, Ian McEwan
Fishing the Sloe-Black River, Colum McCann %
What I Talk about When I Talk about Running, Haruki Murakami *
Ape House, Sara Gruen
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
Pope Joan, Donna Woolfolk Cross
Out Stealing Horses, Per Peterson
1Q84, Haruki Murakami
A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night (#2, All Souls Trilogy) Deborah Harkness
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock
Room, Emma Donoghue
Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive SCRABBLE Player, Stefan Fatsis *
Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6), Terry Pratchett
Swamplandia! Karen Russell
I enjoyed a lot of music this year, and thought that the group Train seemed to record more than its share of catchy tunes, including 50 Ways to Say Goodbye. (I was wondering if they were inspired by 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, by Paul Simon, and it turns out that yes, they were. I googled that.)
The Decemberists, Mumford & Sons, The Shins, Devotchka, Matchbox Twenty, Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men...they all caught my ear this year, and Amazon has me very well profiled.
Pinterest also called to me, but I'm proud to say that I do not spend too much time over there, and I'm one of those people on Facebook who tend to LIKE everything but don't have much to say. Without FB, I wouldn't know what my sisters were up to.
Ah, 2013, a brand new year. This time, I going to be smart and take off the day after the super bowl. Because I can. And we'll have a late night, with a bunch of guests, and it'll be nice to have a quiet day off afterwards. Wish me luck...it's not likely that anyone has beaten me to the punch.
And speaking of drinking beer, we discovered a few mighty fine brews this year--Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Troegs Perpetual IPA, and DuClaw Naked Fish, to name three.
So, on with my frivolous life. I heard on a radio show today that extroverts tend to be happier, but I think they are just better at acting happy sometimes. Clearly, one of the keys to being happy any year is avoiding lofty New Years resolutions, and especially the telling people about said lofty resolutions, ifyou must. I'm not going to stop listening to the radio, though.
And now, since it's Thursday, I really do need to get off my butt and make dinner.