[Edit 2011: Stopped updating over time, sorry]
I’ve always been a big fan of reading as a hobby – in my pre-high school years, in particular, I remember being a very avid reader. However, once school started requiring more academic reading and I became more involved in after-school activities, my casual reading habits fell by the wayside. Even after graduating from college, I still didn’t read as much as you’d think; I just couldn’t seem to focus and/or make the time to re-instate reading as a regular hobby.
After moving to San Francisco and spending an hour a day on BART commuting to and from Berkeley, however, I’ve fully re-embraced the reading bug. I now find time even when I’m not on BART to tear through some really great books.
After a suggestion from a friend, I’ve decided to compile the following list of books read thus far in 2009, which I’ll update as I go along. I have several books on my shelf to tackle next, although I’d like to make a goal of incorporating more non-fiction into the mix, as well as more female authors.
Books read in 2009 (not necessarily in chronological order) –
- ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ by Jonathan Lethem
- ‘You Don’t Love Me Yet,’ by Jonathan Lethem
- ‘The Road,’ by Cormac McCarthy
- ‘Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time,’ by Rob Sheffield
- ‘The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus,’ by Margaret Atwood
- ‘Cash: the Autobiography,’ by Johnny Cash
- ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,’ by Junot Diaz
- ‘Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name,’ by Vendela Vida
- ‘Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story,’ by Chuck Klosterman
- ‘Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto,’ by Chuck Klosterman
- ‘Choke,’ by Chuck Palahniuk
- ‘Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent,’ by Anthony Rapp
- ‘JPod,’ by Douglas Coupland
- ‘My Years of Meats,’ by Ruth L. Ozeki
- ‘And Now You Can Go,’ by Vendela Vida
- ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,’ by Dave Eggers (re-read)
Currently reading –
‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ by Margaret Atwood (re-reading – the last time I read it was in high school, and I loved it)
I’d recommend any of the books listed above, although ‘The Road’ has definitely been my favorite thus far.