Friday, January 22, 2010

Best Let the Record Show

These are the books I read in 2009. Many were addressed in posts of their own, but I wanted the final record to be had:
  • Wise Guy by Nicolas Pileggi, 2/14 (I found this in a stack of paperbacks headed to the trash, I read the entire thing shaking my head, thinking it was too much like a movie before finding out it was what Goodfellas was based on.)
  • Press On by Joseph Wirthlin, 2/20
  • Disquiet Please, 2/21 (this is the second collection of humor writing from the New Yorker. My sister Emily gave it to me, it was the second collection of humor writing from the New Yorker Emily has given me. I read it cover to cover in order instead of jumping around to what looked interesting...I didn't finish any books in January of 2009 because I was reading these three simultaneously)
  • Dubliners by James Joyce, 3/1 (read in preparation for Ulysses, didn't feel like reading A Portrait, though)
  • Vicente Fox Autobiography, 3/11
  • White Tiger, 3/14 (Maria: I should return this to you before the one year anniversary of borrowing, yes?)
  • The Autobiography of Parley P Pratt, 3/25 (Epic. 2009 was a great year for great big books and this one was brilliant)
  • Slaughterhouse 5, 5/28 (Wait? No books read in April? Or May [pracitcally]? How could that be?)
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 6/11 (OH, that's why. Best Book I Read in 2009 that I Hadn't Read Before and just the other day I was making a mental argument to myself for this perhaps being the best book I've read...but I'm not making that an official conclusion though, I was just structuring the argument)
  • Born Standing Up by Steve Martin, 6/12 (Huh, a lot more memoirs and autobiographies in 2009 than I realized. This one is good, it is focused and it is under control. An example to all would be memoirists)
  • Cat Out of the Bag by What's-His-Face Brown, 7/4
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale (not Dan, right?) Carnegie, 8/1 (How? Don't insult people at their own dinner parties, for starters.)
  • The Art of War by Famous Old Chinese Guy, 8/3 (yawners. for nerds.)
  • Ulysses by James Joyce, 9/2 (So excellent in some ways, but my second reading of this possible greatest book ever written was a little bit of a let down in some ways.)
  • Teddy Roosevelt's Letters to His Children, 9/5 (Wait! Maybe this was the best book of 2009 that I had never read before? It's definitely the book from 2009 that I most need to buy myself, or for you, for your birthday. Shhhh, it's a surprise!)
  • Pirates! in an Adventure With Napoleon by Gideon DeFoe, 9/9 (So good to have a laugh or two)
  • Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon, 10/10 (Not what I had hoped for...maybe maybe maybe I'll have to give it another shot in 2010 as it wasn't very, probably not.)
  • Book of Mormon, 10/16 (Every day, fool. That's what you've go to do.)
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 11/1 (Boom! Another great book I had never read before. 2009, you were great!)
  • The Momofuku Cookbook by Peter Meehan, 11/11 (Cover to cover on the Subway, an awkward setting for a largish hardcover book, but a great great read.)
  • Twilight by Sister Meyer, 11/16 (What? I haven't told you the story about how this happened yet?)
And what about 11/16 through the rest of the year (and into January)? I was reading another superlong postmodern masterpiece (note: Ulysses is not a postmodern masterpiece, it's a masterpiece of modernism). Maybe I'll post about it soon, maybe I'll post about it at the beginning of 2011. Anything's possible. And I finished another great book on the airplane back to New York. I've got a good playlist of books lined up for myself, Twenty Ten, you're going to be great on the fingers and eyes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What? No Looming Tower? Tisk, tisk. Particularly for a NY resident.