Last year's reading
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 10:28:51 AM
It seems I managed to finish 27 books during 2012. I don't know how this seems to others, but to me this seems a depressingly low number (especially considering how few years of life are left to me, and how many books I want to read). It's only infinitesimally over one book a fortnight. It's true that I started a number of books I did not finish. Some of them I may never finish; some of them I probably will. This reading doesn't show up on my list, and includes such things as Kraken, by China Miéville, The Prisoner, by Thomas Disch, and The Hour of the Star, by Clarice Lispector. (I'm not going to list all the books I started and haven't finished.) I had high hopes for The Hour of the Star, but based on the ten or so pages I managed to slog my way through, it is possibly the worst book that I have encountered in the past year.
I do think that my lack of leisure reading in 2012 is some indication of how suffocatingly busy I have been. It's also true that I'm generally an entishly slow person at just about everything. I don't know whether to continue keeping track of my leisure reading... I don't want to depress myself further. I started reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in the last few days, hoping to raise my average just slightly by finishing it before the new year, but I have failed. I'm about twenty pages from the end now. But I suppose that's no way to read books... or is it?
Well, I must have breakfast now. Talk to you later, no doubt.