2012 was a fair year, at best, for my reading ambitions. I’m a slow reader and was optimistically hoping to read 25 books during the year but fell well short.
- Game of Thrones
- The Library of America collection of Kurt Vonnegut, which includes Cat’s Cradle, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions and several short stories
- The Death of Bunny Munro
- Tropic of Cancer
- Aller Retour New York
- Bicycle Diaries
- Create Dangerously
- This Is How You Lose Her
- An Introduction to Art
- Gravity’s Rainbow
- Black Spring
- The Hobbit
I ended the year partway through two other books: Anathem and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern No. 13. I’ll blame Anathem as part of the reason I haven’t finished reading as many books this year. I’m finding it equal parts fascinating and tedious, so it’s been slow going. I started reading A Clash of Kings but found it boring and gave up.
Several of these books are ones I had read before.
I’m a long time Henry Miller fan, but it had been a while since I’ve read any of his work. I started a project in 2012 to re-read everything and got through three.
I wasn’t planning on re-reading Gravity’s Rainbow, which I’ve read several times. My girlfriend and I often talk books with our local bartender. One night, I brought up the fact that Gravity’s Rainbow is one of my favorite books and our bartender admitted to having started but never finishing it, so we decided that all three of us would read it at the same time and discuss it.
Also, I could resist re-reading The Hobbit since the movies were coming out.
For this year, I’ll again try for 25 books. I want to continue with my Miller project but it’s not a high priority. I’ll get to it when the mood strikes. My main goal for 2013 is to read more contemporary works. I tend to keep going back to books and authors I know I like but I need to make some new discoveries. I’m also curious to read genres I don’t normally read.
Although I’m sure I’ll be able to find plenty of new books that will interest me, I’m also open to suggestions. What upcoming books are people excited about?