Posts Tagged ‘cormac mccarthy’

Shuffle Says: “Tear in Your Hand” Tori Amos, Tales of a Librarian

I’m not going to do a whole 52. As you may notice some of these are carry overs from last year’s. Some because they still need to be finished others need to be reread.

For those just tuning in, last year I was inspired by Sasha Grey when she claimed to read a book a week, so I came up with a list of 52 books I wanted to read by then end of the year.

I didn’t get to them all, but that’s OK. Something that I noticed is that what you set out to read at the beginning of the year doesn’t always coincide with what you want to read in say July, or even March. In 2011 read about 35 books – only about two thirds were on the list – and I’m cool with that. I’ll shoot for more this year. However, I’m not going to try and come up with 53 for the year. Instead, I filled one notebook page with books to read which seems like enough for now. At the very least I’ll revisit it in June if not sooner.

So with out any more Gilding the Lilly and with no more ado what so ever, here it is, the books of 2012 are:

Cities of the Plain Cormac McCarthy

Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

T-Zer0 Italo Calvino

Sandman: World’s End Neil Gaiman

Sandman: The Kindly Ones Neil Gaiman

Sandman: The Wake Neil Gaiman

Stardust Neil Gaiman

House of Mystery: The Space Between Matthew Sturges

Making Comics Scot McCloud

Reinventing Comics Scot McCloud

To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee

The Rum Diaries Hunter S Thomson

The Garden of Eden Ernest Hemmingway

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman Haruki Murakami

The Wind Up Bird Chronicles Haruki Murakami

Peter Pan JM Barry

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay  Michael Chabon

The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey

The Malteese Falcon Dashell Hammet

The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler

The Call of Cthulu and Other Stories HP Lovecraft

The Body Artist Don Delillo

The Best New American Voices

The Story Behind the Story

The Anchor Book of Non Required Reading

The Portable Beat Reader

Art By Committee Charna Halpern

Persopolis Marjane Satrapi


Shuffle says: “Feel Me, Touch Me”, Fastway, Fastway

Today’s post is sponsored Chicago PRIDE day, whose fairly entertaining mess I just got to walk though on my way home (again you’ll notice how this will probably not end up being posted when I write it). That and Neil Gaiman who just seems to be everywhere with this post.

Today is Yoga day! This is in accordance with the Neil Gaiman workout plan as I am calling it, which I spoke of sometime last week or so (though it really has very little to do with him, but the yoga today is reminding me of this picture he had posted on his wall a while back) for which I have been reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing which at the rate it’s going might rival No Country for my favorite of his so far. Today, however I took a little break, because Yoga runs about an hour and a half and instead of just doubling the amount of McCarthy I read, I listened to Kevin Smith interview Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer on his podcast Starfucking.

I ended up reading about because I had been checking out something about his 10th anniversary edition of American Gods (I did not end up auditioning for the Audio cast, by the by. Turns out, I hate the sound of my own voice) which has been expanded by about 12,000 words. After hearing the announcement I ended up reading about a quarter of the 600 page road trip epic before forcing myself to stop for fear of ruining my appetite for the new edition.

Understandably the new cast recording of the book will probably make its way onto my stack of audio to reads.