Fittingly got through 22 books in '22. Lots of great stuff. Aiming for a good few more reads in 2023, and definitely a lot more non-fiction.
A roughly ranked top 10: 1. Beloved, Toni Morrison 2. Outline, Rachel Cusk 3. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara (I actually have some big problems with this book, and can fully understand why some hate it, but it might have been the most powerful reading experience I've ever had, so that's gotta count for something) 4. Slaughter-House Five, Kurt Vonnegut 5. Jamaica Inn, Daphne du Maurier 6. The Power of the Dog, Thomas Savage 7. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr 8. Young Mungo, Douglas Stuart 9. Amongst Women, John McGahern 10. The Gathering, Anne Enright
A pretty big disappointment for me was Donna Tartt's The Secret History - a reasonably interesting 300-page book inflated to a 600-page slog.
Just about 60 books read in '22, more than my usual avg. Lots of story collections, autobios, Westerns....
01. Moby Dick - Herman Melville 02. Zero Gravity - Woody Allen 03. Quite Early One Morning: Stories - Dylan Thomas 04. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog - Dylan Thomas 05. The Sundial - Shirley Jackson
06. The Shake of the Bag: Stories - Lynn Doyle 07. Letters from a Lost Uncle - Mervyn Peake 08. Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories - Raymond Carver 09. The Ballad of Dingus Magee - David Markson 10. The Log of a Cowboy - Andy Adams
11. Fun: Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords - Paolo Bacilieri 12. Toad Oil - Akira Kurosawa
16 in all. top 6-7 are masterpiece level and liked/loved the bottom 3
1. The Road - Cormac McCarthy 2. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 3. From Hell - Alan Moore 4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - JRR Tolkien 5. White Noise - Don DeLillo 6. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess 7. Heat 2 - Michael Mann & Meg Gardiner 8. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler 9. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson 10. The Troop - Nick Cutter
Post by themoviesinner on Jan 4, 2023 19:54:20 GMT
The only books I read in 2022 were all twelve volumes of Christopher Tolkien's The History Of Middle-Earth. Some really interesting stuff in them, but they have more literary and textual value and are definitely not suited for light reading (although they contain many J.R.R. Tolkien's texts that cannot be found anywhere else).
"You'll soon bleed to death, so reflect on your life."
Klara and the Sun - Ishiguro (My favorite thing I've read in years tbh) Liberation Day - Saunders Lavinia, The Lathe of Heaven - Le Guin The Secret History - Tartt Pride and Prejudice - Austen Love in the Time of Cholera - Marquez Butcher's Crossing, Stoner - Williams Heat 2 - Mann, Gardiner
My disappointment was Blonde - a reasonably interesting 30-page story or even 80-page novella inflated to a 750-page slog. I still haven't watched the movie lol.
A Gambling Man by David Baldacci The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens XO by Jeffery Deaver Drop Shot by Harlan Coben The Cuckoos Calling by JK Rowling Winter Kill by C.J Box Open Season by C.J Box The Match by Harlan Coben The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Last year was the first time I've read more than a couple of books in a single year in a while. I feel like I rediscovered reading and it's been amazing. Been focusing on Stephen King (and Joe Hill), but some read some other stuff too, mostly horror. Here's a rough top 15:
1. The Waste Lands by Stephen King 2. Salem's Lot by Stephen King 3. Locke & Key by Joe Hill (complete series) 4. 1984 by George Orwell 5. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King 6. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 8. Full Throttle by Joe Hill 9. Carrie by Stephen King 10. Dracula by Bram Stoker 11. The Gunslinger by Stephen King 12. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay 13. Strange Weather by Joe Hill 14. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward 15. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
01. The Shadow of the Wind 02. The Road 03. The Big Sleep 04. Little Fires Everywhere 05. Under the Banner of Heaven 06. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 07. Rock Paper Scissors 08. Smiley's People 09. The Good Nurse 10. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Loved Dracula as well but the FFC's movie absolutely trumps the book imo.