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So many books, so little time. So, what the heck am I doing writing this interminable list when I should be READING???
Reading List 2001
23,122 pgs
Reading List 2002
20,767 pgs
Reading List 2003
24,050 pgs
Reading List 2004
21,653 pgs
Reading List 2005
24,846 pgs
Reading List 2006
21,436 pgs
Reading List 2007
22,268 pgs
Reading List 2008
30,900 pgs
Reading List 2009
29.878 pgs
Reading List 2010
23,946 pgs
Reading List 2011
24,133 pgs
Reading List 2012
22,319 pgs
Reading List 2013
22,412 pgs
Reading List 2014
21,248 pgs
Reading List 2015
19,081 pgs
Reading List 2016
14,060 pgs
Reading List 2017
17,801 pgs
Reading List 2018
17,033 pgs
Reading List 2019
12,201 pgs
Reading List 2020
11,685 pgs
Reading List 2021

    If you're curious, or simply nosey, this section is a listing of the books I've been reading lately. My reading habits tend to be all over the map as far as genre, and I also seem to have the retention ability of a screen door with the screens ripped out, and the door held open. So, more to the point, this list helps me to remember what books I've read so I don't end up buying them again. Wow, using the internet to store extra memory, how futuristic can you get?
     Now, enjoy! (Oh, and feel free to send me free books. No pressure, just a suggestion... )
~ 2021 ~

    January 2021
        The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself ~ Daniel J. Boorstin (1983) history (684 pgs) RE-READ
Amazing history of how just about everything was discovered in the world by somebody somewhere at sometime!
        Theft by Finding: Diaries Volume One ~ David Sedaris (2017) essays (551 pgs)
Interesting watching how he slowly became the writer I enjoy so much today. Look forward to the second volume.
        Excavating Kafka ~ James Hawes (2008) biography (234 pgs)
Biography of Kafka that works to dispel some of the "tortured-artist" myths around him. Like the style, too.

    February 2021
        Write More Good ~ The Bureau Chiefs (2011) parody, writing (252 pgs)
Fun parody of guidebooks on how to write for newspapers. The multiple glossary definitions are some of the best parts.
        The Psycho Ex Game ~ Marrill Markoe and Andy Prieboy (2011) (2004) novel (417 pgs)
Interesting idea and format of alternating chapters, but in the end, while not a bad read, just kind of "meh" when it was over.

    March 2021
        The Stories of William Trevor ~ William Trevor (1983) short stories (799 pgs)
Strangely dark little tales of "ordinary" people in England, hard to define, but enjoyable read. Brings together five of his previous collections of stories in one volume, covering several decades of writing.

    April 2021
        Fortysomething ~ Nigel Williams (1999) novel (403pgs)
Another English author, the wacky doings of a man facing mid-life crisis and his strange family. Okay, not as funny as promised.
        Crazy English ~ Richard Lederer (1989) language (211 pgs)
Lederer goes deep into how deeply strange the English language actually is.

    May 2021
        Food: A Love Story ~ Jim Gaffigan (2014) humor (340 pgs)
Gaffigan brings his eye to food across America, and is a fun ride to take with him
        Bed-Nob and Broomstick ~ Mary Norton (1943, 1957) children’s books (189 pgs)
Combines "The Magic Bed-Knob" and "Bonfires and Broomsticks". First one cute, second one quite interesting.

    June 2021
        The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century ~ Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg (eds) (2005) sf short stories (425 pgs)
18 stories over 53 years really show both range of ideas on subject, as well as style of sf writing changing over time.
        Free Agents ~ Max Apple (1984) short stories (197 pgs)
Weird, funny, thoughtful, different short stories. Very good stuff, I’m going to seek out more of his back catalogue.

    July 2021
        The Geographer’s Library ~ Jon Fasman (2005) novel (372 pgs)
Well written, kept me turning the pages, but ending was kind of a "someone just explains it all" disappointing.
        Agent to the Stars ~ John Scalzi (2005) science fiction (385 pgs)
Easy read, some interesting bits, but not really as clever as I was hoping it would be.

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