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A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Thoughts and reflections on works of fiction and literature. Pondering of life through pictures and words. Babbling about gay rights. Travelogues and anecdotes.

  • [1] Annie Proulx: Brokeback Mountain
  • [2] Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • [3] Yu Hua: To Live
  • [4] Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty
  • [5] Colm Toibin: The Master
  • [6] Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
  • [7] William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • [8] Charles Higham: The Civilization of Angkor
  • [9] Graham Greene: A Burnt-Out Case
  • [10] Dai Sijie: Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
  • [11] Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming-Pool Library
  • [12] Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
  • [13] Colm Toibin: The Blackwater Lightship
  • [14] Alan Hollinghurst: The Folding Star
  • [15] Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
  • [16] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
  • [17] Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
  • [18] Colm Toibin: The Story of the Night
  • [19] John Banville: Shroud
  • [20] Leo Tolstoy: Resurrection
  • [21] Peter Hessler: River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
  • [22] Ian McEwan: The Atonement
  • [24] Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
  • [25] Ignacio Padilla: Shadow without a Name
  • [26] Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
  • [27] Richard Russo: Straight Man
  • [28] Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
  • [29] Alan Hollinghurst: The Spell
  • [30] Hermann Broch: The Death of Virgil
  • [31] James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room
  • [32] Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • [33] Xingjian Gao: One Man's Bible
  • [34] C. Jay Cox: Latter Days
  • [35] Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • [36] William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew
  • [37] Daniel A. Helminiak: What The Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
  • [38] James Baldwin: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
  • [39] Kenji Yoshino: Covering - The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights
  • [40] Italo Calvino: If, On a Winter's Night A Traveler
  • [41] Arthur Phillips: The Egyptologist
  • [42] George Orwell: 1984
  • [43] Michael Warner: The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life
  • [44] Andrew Sullivan: Virtually Normal
  • [45] Henry James: The Wings of the Dove
  • [46] Jose Saramago: Blindness
  • [47] Umberto Eco: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
  • [48] Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code
  • [49] Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
  • [50] Ken Follett: The Pillars of Earth
  • [51] Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  • [52] Michael Thomas Ford: Alec Baldwin Doesn't Like Me
  • [53] Jonathan Franzen: How To Be Alone
  • [54] Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress of Solitude
  • [55] Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club
  • [56] Zadie Smith: White Teeth
  • [57] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Double
  • [58] Jose Saramago: The Double
  • [59] Andrew Holleran: Dancer from the Dance
  • [60] Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O & Other Stories
  • [61] Andrew Holleran: In September, the Light Changes
  • [62] Tom Perrotta: Little Children
  • December 31, 2006

     

    The Year in Review: Books

    I'm reading E. M. Forster's Maurice, which most likely will conclude the year of 2006 in reading. Since I started this blog back on Janurary 18 this year, a sense of responsibility, which inevitably takes up more of my time and effort, has imbued in me. The immediate effect is that I have read less. But when I looked back on the readings I have done this year, I realize reading less does not necessarily make me less bookish of a reader, who has evolved to become more serious, and cultivate a more eclectic taste. I still read more non-living than living authors, more Penguin classics than airport novels. Here is the year of 2006 in review:

    1. Jan 01-Jan 08 The Civilization of Angkor by Charles Higham (NF)
    2. Jan 10-Jan 19 Literary Theory by Terry Eagleton (NF) (not finished)
    3. Jan 22-Jan 28 Mr Muo's Travelling Couch by Dai Sijin (F)
    4. Jan 30-Feb 07 What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak (NF)
    5. Feb 08-Feb 15 The Atonement by Ian McEwan (F)
    6. Feb 17-Feb 24 The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst (F)
    7. Feb 25-Mar 05 The Egyptologist by Arthur Philips (F)
    8. Mar 07-Mar 09 Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin (F)
    9. Mar 14-Mar 22 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (F) (re-read)
    10. Mar 23-Apr 04 Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone by James Baldwin (F)
    11. Apr 05-Apr 18 Covering: The Hidden Assault of Cicil Rights by Kenji Yoshino (NF)
    12. Apr 19-May 03 The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics and Ethics of Queer Life by Michael Warner (NF)
    13. May 04-May 16 Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality by Andrew Sullivan (NF)
    14. May 17-May 30 The Wings of the Dove by Henry James (F)
    15. Jun 01-Jun 07 The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco (F)
    16. Jun 07-Jun 12 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (F)
    17. Jun 13-Jun 21 The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett (F)
    18. Jun 30-Jul 25 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (F) (re-read)
    19. Jul 26-Aug 01 Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me by Michael Thomas Ford (NF, Essays)
    20. Aug 02-Aug 10 The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (F)
    21. Aug 14-Aug 22 The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (F)
    22. Aug 24-Aug 30 White Teeth by Zadie Smith (F)
    23. Aug 31-Sep 05 The Double by Jose Saramago (F)
    24. Sep 05-Sep 15 In September, The Light Changes by Andrew Holleran (F, SS)
    25. Sep 18-Sep 24 Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran (F)
    26. Sep 25-Oct 09 Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (NF, writing)
    27. Oct 10-Nov 03 The Marquise of O- and Other Stories by Heinrich von Kleist (F, SS)
    28. Nov 05-Nov 20 Arthur and George by Julian Barnes (F)
    29. Nov 24-Nov 29 Runaway (Short Stories) by Alice Munro (F, SS)
    30. Nov 30-Dec 05 Little Children by Tom Perrotta (F)
    31. Dec 07-Dec 30 Stories by Anton Chekov (F, SS)
    32. Dec 13-Dec 18 The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (F)

    33. Dec 19-Dec 25 The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham (F)
    34. Dec 25-Dec 31 Maurice by E. M. Forster (F)

    The titles in boldface are my top 10 picks for the year. In-depth reviews of all the above can be found in this blog. Click over to the sidebar on the left should you're interested. Out of 34 books read this year, 6 are nonfiction and 28 fiction. The breakdown:

    Non-fiction: 6
    Fiction: 28
    Re-read: 2
    Gay-related titles: 11
    Number of journal pages: 147

    Happy New Year!

    8 Comments:

    Blogger Joshua said...

    Happy New Year!
    Enjoy your life!
    Anything can Happen! :)

    12/31/2006 5:19 PM  
    Anonymous danielle said...

    Happy New Year, Matt! I think blogging does take some of my time away from other things I like to do, but I don't think I can stop now! :)

    1/01/2007 8:12 AM  
    Anonymous Chris said...

    Bookworm. Bookworm. You have serious reading taste my friend. :)

    1/01/2007 1:59 PM  
    Anonymous Brad said...

    Love your reading list...but gosh...it will take me a decade to finish what you're reading in a year. Adopted some titles from your list.

    Best wishes for the New Year. xoxo

    1/01/2007 4:03 PM  
    Blogger Greg said...

    Yea! More books to add to my "must read" list. Happy New Year to you!!!

    1/02/2007 10:28 AM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    Wishing you a Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your list of books read. I'm going to have to add some of those titles to my list.

    1/02/2007 11:37 AM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    Seeing the dates along with the book titles made me realize how long I've been reading your blog. Has it really been a year?

    I still need to read "Reading Like A Writer."

    1/02/2007 9:35 PM  
    Blogger wasim said...

    thanks for information

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    11/12/2009 5:46 AM  

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