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More Pages than Ever Before: 2011 Reading Log

I didn't meet my goal for increasing the overall number of books in 2011. I'd set it high, at 65. But I did read one more book than I had in the last two years--52 instead of 51--and this year was also a LARGE book year: the number of pages that goodreads tells me I read in 2011 vastly outnumbers any previous year in which I kept track.

Most of the books on the list that aren't novels are because of grad school. There were also a number of books I am still half way through (a lot of cyberculture and ebook-related things) that I suspect I'll finish in 2012, and two huge novels I just started (Moby Dick and 1Q84).

Anyhow, here's the list! Especially recommended books are starred as usual. Happy 2012!

December 21-29, 2011

  • Read a lot of misc. away-from-school-and-work things:
  • Started Moby Dick
  • Read V for Vendetta
  • Also read all of the first volume of Lynda Barry's Blabber Blabber Blabber
  • and started, in short bursts, Bulfinch's Mythology

December 20, 2011

  • Best American Comics 2011

December 19, 2011

  • Finished Mockingjay. Not sure how I feel about the end.
  • Pre-cataloging zines, finally took a good look at Excitement and Adventure--what an amazing zine--it totally does all the things a zine should: delight you in its construction, provide an avenue for an obsession and share some intriguing info. It has pockets and inserts and trading cards!

December 18, 2011

December 17, 2011

  • Finished Catching Fire, started Mockingjay.

December 16, 2011

  • 1Q84 on the train.
  • Catching Fire at my desk in a moment of what feels like complete and utter demoralization, even after the relief of the semester's end. :(

December 15, 2011

  • Even though the semester, my paper and my prep for the presentation was not 100% done at 7am this morning, I started Hunger Games anyway.
  • It's true what they say about this book. Finished it within 24 hours.

December 14, 2011

  • A bit more 1Q84

December 12-13, 2011

  • Re-reading Scott and Bourdieu for final projects.
  • Started 1Q84 by Murakami last night, just a few pages. Love the Chip Kidd design and the amazing slick paper, but my wrists are already aching from the weight of this thing.

December 11, 2011

  • Re-read parts of McGill, reviews, and prep for another talk.

December 10, 2011

  • A few reviews of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting

December 9, 2011

  • Finished American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting

December 8, 2011

  • More of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting

December 7, 2011

  • Occupy Periodicals, a great blog post by Karen Gisonny
  • More of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853, which I am appreciating for its approach: investigating copyright discourses (surrounding reprinting and international copyright law) in the US instead of deterministically tracing what came to be
  • A few things from a Sandy mailing: People's Libraries and a few other articles