Wednesday, December 22, 2010

TBR time again and resolutions

I've read about 80 books this year (and the year isn't over yet).... On the TBR list, I've read 14 out the 36 books I wanted to read this year, and I'm working on "Physics of the Impossible" which I'll finish this week. So what am I going to do for this year....

I'm going from Left to Right for my Primary List:
1. Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
2. Post-War Laos by Vatthana Pholsena
3. To What End by War Just
4. Buddha by Karen Armstrong
5. A Brief History of the Human Race by Michael Cook
6. To Live Again by Robert Silverberg
7. The Granta Book of India
8. Shadows on the Hudson by Isaac Bashevis Singer
9. Spook Country by William Gibson
10. Life and Death are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan
11. Hotel of the Saints by Ursula Hegi
I'll skip the Thai-English dictionary which is next along the line
12. Invisible Nation by Quil Lawrence

My Alternative List (continued from 2010)
1. A War of Nerves by Ben Shephard (I think this is the third year. It's really interesting. I don't know why I haven't finished it, well, other than the subject content is so heavy)
2. Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen (slow reading but good for the soul)
3. What I talk about When I talk about running by Murakami
4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
5. The World without Us by Alan Weisman
6. 2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolano
7. A Grand Delusion by Robert Mann
8. BuddhaDa by Anne Donovan
9. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
10. The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
11. I am a Cat by Soseki Natsume
12. Slan by A.E. Van Vogt

1. Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
2. Await your Reply by Dan Chaon
3. Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
4. Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
5. Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
6. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
7. Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
8. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
9. Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shanga, Ifa Bayeza
10. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
11. Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
12. The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee

Let's see how it goes this year! TBR is stimulated by "The Reader Challenges" blog, which seems not to want to load right now. Addendum: Here's the link!

My other resolutions this year? Try to enjoy working part time and not take on extra work (even though what I do for my consulting is only what interests me), try to get back into my writing habit. Exercise every day and take care of my health. Don't procrastinate (ha! see how long that lasts...)