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A quick word about my reading list

Going through my reading lists for the past three years, I realise how much I remember of the year just by reminding myself which books I read. Each title (or at least most of them) bringing up feelings, not necessarily connected with the actual work. I’ve been reading some book by Murakami every year except last year. I didn’t read all that much in 2012. Too busy. Plus I got an ipad (sigh). Also, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I read Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem. It’s a little funny how I really like two of the Jonathans (Lethem and Safran Foer) and couldn’t even get though Corrections (by the third Jonathan (Franzen)). (By the way, I remember telling a teacher colleague a couple of years ago that Everything Is Illuminated made me cry and she just looked at me like I was off my rocker. I honestly don’t think she could have read more than the first chapter or so (the funny bit; which was also included in the textbook she edited) because the last chapters of Everything Is Illuminated are not funny in the least.)

If I have any reading goals at all for the coming year it is to keep my hands off the gadgets and get my nose back in the books.

1 comment to A quick word about my reading list

  • Funny you mention Murakami. I was out running errands today and needed a break, so I stopped and sat down inside a favorite branch library, took 1Q84 off the shelf, and read the first chapter. I’m intrigued. I’ll be back for more.

    I like your idea of less gadget time and more book time.

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