||[Feb. 16th, 2015|01:09 pm]
I forgot to post my reading log...
I planned to read a higher proportion of historically important stuff in 2014, and I started off pretty OK. Then I discovered Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole series, and didn't read anything else for a good long while.
The disappointments outnumbered the revelations in 2014. Roadside Picnic, When Gravity Fails, and The Children of Men are all books I've heard talked up for years in SF circles, and in all three cases, I wish I could have my time back. Delillo and Vonnegut are both amazing authors, but the books I read by them last year displayed their vices more than their virtues.
Silas Marner was a revelation-- it was funnier than I expected, and a pleasure to read.
And I finished the year strong. I've never read any Graham Greene, but I've gone and bought a bunch of his books after reading The Third Man. And Haddon's novel, told from the perspective of an autistic teen, was so engaging that I canceled existing plans so I could spend the time reading it.
In looking back over this list, it's clear that I need to start keeping some notes on books as I read them. I can barely remember most of these. Either I'm not investing as much when I read, or my memory is going. Either way, sad!
Eliot, Silas Marner
Goldman, The Princess Bride
Tolstoy, Death of Ivan Ilyich
The Strugatsky Brothers, Roadside Picnic
Pohl, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
Pratchett & Gaiman, Good Omens
Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Goldman, Marathon Man
Effinger, When Gravity Fails
Steinbeck, The Pearl
Kay, Poor Man's Fight
Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4
Townsend, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
Townsend, The True Confessions of Adrian Mole
Townsend, Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years
Townsend, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years
Townsend, Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction
Townsend, Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
James, Children of Men
Camus, The Fall
DeLillo, End Zone
Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus
Greene, The Third Man
Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV
Moliere, The Bourgeois Gentleman
Styron, Darkness Visible