For the last two years I’ve kept track of my reading via a stolen piece of cardstock pinned behind the door of my office. And by “kept track” I mean “wrote down books I wouldn’t be embarrassed to admit to reading,” which means I actually read at least 73 books this year but the three missing from this list will be going with me to the grave. Kind of like the details of a certain incident that occurred three years ago when I was alone on the patio of my old apartment. Because the only way that story will ever see the light of day is if something extra mortifying happens to Alex and I need to equalize myself with a dose of delayed onset humiliation.
Anyways. Because I am obsessed with spreadsheets and because I am increasingly convinced I know nothing at all about anything that is, I like to create adorable curriculum for myself to try and learn/understand new things. For 2020, I think I ought to add a “mythical creatures” category.
Here’s what my reading looked like in 2019:
25 Works of Fiction
8 Books re: Feminism/Gender
7 Books that were a bit woo woo but don’t judge me, I have suffered
6 Books about America because WTF is happening
4 Books I found on my bookshelves that are old AF
2 Books re: history that don’t fall under the America category
1 Book of Science
5 Books that didn’t fall into any of these categories
Left Me Delighted and Horrified : The Power by Naomi Alderman
Destroyed Me in A Day: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Could Have Done Without: The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Yikes Learned Some Things I Didn’t Know: How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr
Ramped Up My Home Security After Reading: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Not My Usual But Got Super Into It: The World According to Garp by John Irving
Kept Bothering Alex So I Could Read Excerpts to Him in Bed (sexy!): The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Okay, full list below. If you are so inclined, please drop your favorite reads in the comments– reading by recommendation is my favorite. Especially when it’s something so odd that while I’m reading I can stop and be like “wow what is wrong with this person who recommended this to me.”
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