December 2010 Reads

Ah, goodbye December, and with it, 2010. It was a good month for reading. There were a lot of delicious books, and only a handful of duds. It was a chill kind of month, and I’m thankful. Sure beats being harried as the year comes to a close. I’m optimistic enough to think that this augurs well for an awesome 2011. So. Books read:

  1. Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, by Friedrich Christian Delius; translated by Jamie Bulloch.
  2. An Apology for Idlers, by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  3. On Solitude, by Michel de Montaigne.
  4. Dark Hours, by Conchitina Cruz.
  5. The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen.
  6. Sherlock Holmes Selected Stories, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  7. Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon.
  8. The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell.
  9. Fire in the Blood, by Irène Némirovsky.
  10. Status Anxiety, by Alain de Botton.
  11. Varieties of Disturbance, by Lydia Davis.
  12. The Story Sisters, by Alice Hoffman.
  13. Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things, by Gilbert Sorrentino.

[I particularly love Cruz’s poetry (#04), Franzen’s chunky masterpiece (#05), and fell in love with Némirovsky’s slim novel (#09).] Ah, yes, we ended with a bang.

Next up, a year-ender report, and in there, of course — to appease the perennial dorky list-maker in me — a Best of 2010 list [and, well, a blargh-of-the-year.] And, nope, I can’t limit those to a neat ten, or twelve, or baker’s dozen. I didn’t even dare try, har.


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