Happy New Year friends!
Is it? It’s -34 degrees here in Toronto. I looked around the subway this morning, all I saw was misery.
Shut up inner BreezyK voice!! IT’S NOT YOUR TIME
Annnyway, I know I’ve fallen off the face of the earth for the past couple of months, and while I’d like to say I spent this time cavorting around town, attending fancy parties and you know, engaging with real-life humans, the truth is, I spent most of it with my nose buried in a book.
Remember when I said I was going to read 52 Books in 52 Weeks?
Yeah… whoever thought that was a good idea?
Somehow, I managed to stay pretty much on track for the first half of the year, but after slacking off considerably during the summer and fall, I left myself with a serious mountain to climb at the end of the year.
With extreme hesitation, I was forced to say goodbye to my online shopping (ok, browsing) addiction and nightly wine-infused reality TV marathons and get my head in the game.
Between November 15 and December 31, I read 11 books. ELEVEN. There were times when I thought I was going completely insane, and craved the warmth of human contact.
By the time I got to the last book on my list, I was like:
But alas- I did it! Read em’ and weep kids, here in random order (did that make anyone else just think of America’s Funniest Home Videos?) are the 52 books I read in 2013:
- The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- My Boyfriend Wrote A Book About Me by Hilary Winston
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- Bridget Jones- Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
- Iris Has Free Time by Iris Smyles
- A Hologram For the King by Dave Eggers
- One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
- Quiet- The power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- The Love Song Of Johnny Valentine by Teddy Wayne
- So Damn Lucky by Deborah Coontz
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
- The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich
- Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
- The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
- 10th of December by George Saunders
- Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar by Kelly Oxford
- The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thomson
- Candide- Voltaire
- The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- I Found This Funny by Judd Apatow
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
- On The Road by Jack Kerouac
- Contagious by Jonah Berger
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- The Fall by Albert Camus
- The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
- The Lowland by Jumpha Lahiri
- I Feel Bad About My Neck (and other thoughts on being a woman) by Norah Ephron
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- Night Terrors: Sex, Puberty and Other Alarming Things by Ashley Cardiff
- Howard’s End by E.M. Forrester
- Dear Life by Alice Munro
- Empire Falls by Richard Russo
- Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
- Revenge Wears Prada- Lauren
- Stories From the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
- How Should A person Be? by Sheila Heti
- No plot? No problem by Chris Baty
- Dear Girls Above Me by Charlie McDowell
- The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
- Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman
- An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield
- Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Woot Woot! Can I get a little 80’s Paul Rudd dancing up in here?
Lest you worry I am becoming too cultured and civilized, I should assure you that upon finishing the last page of book #52, I immediately parked my a$$ in front of the TV, where I have remained in a state of vegetative bliss for the past 7 days.
One word, guys: JUAN-uary
I have much more to say about my ambitious/extremely misguided goal of reading 52 books in one year, including some of the best (hits) and worst (misses) of the year. I’ll also be providing some tips as to how you can achieve this goal yourself- so stay tuned if you’re a masochistic freak like I am!