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I was looking at the end of the year meme some folks are doing and began to wonder: what kind of resolutions do I want for next year? Specifically: what books should I resolve to read? So to answer that question, I'll ask:

If you were resolving to read, say, two-four books next year, what books would they be, and why? I think my resolutions will probably be based on reading books (even though my very low "read two more Faulkner books" resolution was a failure, I did read the two Steinbecks I set as my easy-to-achieve goal), and I'd like to get some inspiration, even if it's just for the more general shared pleaure of reading, and not necessarily because I think people will recommend books I'm interested in.

Otherwise, work totally exhausted me today, but truly I showed up exhausted. I left a little early to go to Pilates, and I'm a bit stressed that my boss will look upon me poorly as I did not stay to mop up all of today's problems. But really, truth be told, I could have stayed all night and not solved these issues - they are problems the developers need to fix. It's quite frustrating. I did like Pilates but I was a zombie for the whole class.

Meanwhile, in Remembrance of Things Past, the narrator is talking about dealing with boring people at parties, and I'm finding it all very amusing.


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Dec. 11th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Anybody asks me for a recommendation these days, I usually just say read "The Master and Margerita" by Bulgakov. But you should also read Denton Welch, if you're into guys who remember every detail of their lives. "A Voice Through A Cloud" is the one, but "In Youth Is Pleasure" is also great.
Dec. 11th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Catherynne Valente's "The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden". I'm halfway through it now and I am completely in love; it's one of the best fiction books I've read in years. It's a modern Arabian Nights, and she's brilliant and inventive and I swear she has a taproot straight to Faery pulling up the stories. If she keeps on writing like this, she'll make me revise my "I don't like much American literature" stance. I know I'm going to reread it, and send copies to friends.

Books I haven't read that I'd like to -- one young adult level book in either Irish or Japanese. No manga or graphic novels, actual story.
Dec. 11th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
If you're so inclined towards (gasp) nonfiction, I really got a lot out of Jarad Diamond's Collapse. Fascinating study into why some ancient (and not so ancient) cultures collapsed, yet others in perhaps similar circumstances survived & thrived. Relevent to todays's world? Perhaps.

Neat stuff.
Dec. 12th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
I strongly recommend Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai. It bears no relation to the Tom Cruise movie, and has not much to do with Japan; at the beginning, at least, it's about a young American expat doing what she can to stay in London.
Dec. 12th, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
Ooh! How keen!
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