Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reading Check-up

So, we’re sitting two-thirds of the way through 2012. It’s time to revisit our reading resolutions. You can find mine here. And here’s what I’ve read so far this year:

  1. The View from Castle Rock, Alice Munro 
  2. A Bell for Adano, John Hersey 
  3. Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta 
  4. Wasatch, Douglas Thayer 
  5. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James 
  6. Curtain, Agatha Christie  
  7. Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust  
  8. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte  
  9. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte   
  10. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan 
  11. The Vegetable, F. Scott Fitzgerald  
  12. The Fifth Column & Four Unpublished Stories of the Spanish Civil War, Ernest Hemingway  
  13. The Death of a Disco Dancer, David Clark   
  14. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett 
  15. The Dead, James Joyce 
  16. Blue Nights, Joan Didion
  17. Swamplandia, Karen Russell 
  18. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  19. Home, Toni Morrison
  20. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  21. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  22. The Human Comedy, William Saroyan
  23. Train Dreams, Denis Johnson
  24. The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides   
  25. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern  
  26. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
  27. Moby Dick, Herman Melville

And currently vying for attention on my nightstand are:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon
Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer

That’s 14 women and 15 men (with one gentleman showing up twice). But what really blows me away is that 24 of these authors were brand-spanking new to me. I feel like I’m tearing through new authors like they’re going out of style (some of them are!), and I’m still  only scratching the surface.

But back to my goals. I’m clearly reading more women, I’ve knocked off an Agatha Christie, and all I need to do in the next four months is read a foreign language book in the original. Not too shabby.

What about you? How is your reading year coming along?

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