Friday, December 30, 2011

End of Year TBR progress

Here's my final list for the year. I would probably read more books if I went for the shorter and lighter books. But what's the value of that? The books I did read this year were great, and gave me a lot of food for thought. Somehow, I've read more books on my alternate and audio lists than I have on my primary list.

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
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 - started, still working on it
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 - started but I just couldn't finish
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

It's good to have this list available, to remind myself that I really wanted to dust off these books and move them from the piles on my floor to my hands. Thanks to the TBR challenge! Here's the link!
As for 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) - that hasn't worked out too well so far. Took on several consulting jobs this year, but even though I saw some interesting work for June &July, I decided not to send my CV in

Try to get back into my writing habit - wrote 7 out of a possible 31 stories for FW Story a Day Challenge. Unfortunately, I had some road trips and meetings which drained my creative mind. However, in the past two months, I've been on vacation and have been able to do quite a lot of writing. My mind feels more relaxed; however, I'm not sure if, with the demands of work, whether I'll be able to keep it up.

Exercise every day and take care of my health - I've been taking my fold-up bike when I got out to the field. That has been fun - I've been able to do more exploring, which I couldn't do if I was only limited to my feet. Some other days, when we get in late or set off early, have not been too successful. We're in rainy season now, and it seems to start raining around 4 a.m. and not stop until mid-morning and then it picks up again in the afternoon. At least when I'm in Vte, I have access to a gym. Now that it's the cold season and has stopped raining, I've been able to bicycle and plan to try bicycling to work when I'm in Vientiane.

Don't procrastinate (ha! see how long that lasts...) - I've been getting a bit better, particularly at writing up field notes on the days that things happen.

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