Last year I set out to read 100 books, but I ran out of time and only read 75. So this year, I will read one hundred books. And you're my witness :) The only thing stopping me this year is 9 seasons' worth of Seinfeld episodes- wish me luck!
10 books out of the 101 that stood out for me for some reason.... how they portray different family, cultural values, relationships, etc. The following 10 books had some impact on me greater than the others for as yet unidentified reasons:
Peony in Love 100 Years of Solitude
Mapy of Love
Everything is Illuminated
Language of Baklava
Friday Night Lights
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
I'm both happy and sad to say that my year of reading is over. I finished it off with another novel by Lisa See-Shanghai Girls. I was going to read Catcher and the Rye and end my year with a "classic" novel, but when i started to read it, i realized that i read it a long time ago (and really didn't like it the first time. although, if heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad is any indication that reading a book more than once *3 1/2 times, actually* will make you respect and like a book more, than i should pick it up again..... but not this year!) Shanghai Girls was pretty sad, actually, like Peony in Love, but not as ethereal. I wonder how Snow Flower and Secret Fan or whatever it is called is like....
And, since that book was such a bummer, I read a Christmas gift from my uncle for an accidental bonus 101st book! Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris was a sick little book of animal stories. some of them had morals, most of them were just a little disturbing and all of them made me laugh a little and then feel horrible for laughing. like the one about the cow that picked the turkey for secret santa because she knew the turkey was Christmas Eve dinner and therefore wouldn't need a present. sick and wrong.... but i kinda liked it. it is an updated James Thurber, as far as i'm concerned, and its good to see that current move forward. I like animal stories that are funny. especially dog ones, because i love dogs. but you already knew that.
so i'm wondering what i should do as my goal for this year that began today..... knit 100 scarves? cook 50 new recipes, a la julie and julia? i first need to re-teach myself how to read like a normal person, I went a little nutso with my reading skills this year and in turn, i now do not put a book down until i have read 100 pages because i am used to a deadline, damnit! it'll be nice to pick up a book at leisure and read those big, thick terribly long novels that take me weeks to finish.
i can't believe i'm so close! and with one week left. there is something about the book that i read, The Hazards of Good Breeding by Jessica Shattuck that really reminded me how important beginnings are, but even more so, how important endings are. and here we are, nearly at the end. this book was funny in a not funny sort of way- i enjoyed how thought-provoking it was nonetheless.