Time again for the quarterly catalogue (with varying degrees of commentary) of reading I’ve been up to. It’s not really what I’ve been up to, because I didn’t finish a single book in September. I was busy doing who knows what. School work? Unlikely.
- Fun Home/Alison Bechdel•
- Dark Water/Koji Suzuki•
- Lucille/Ludovic Debeurne
- In the Floyd Archives: a Psycho-Bestiary/Sarah Boxer
- The Woman in Black/Susan Hill
- Curtain/Agatha Christie
- Elephants Can Remember/Agatha Christie
- Anatomy for Interior Designers/Julius Panero•
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd/Agatha Christie
- Stories from Best Japanese Science Fiction: Cardboard Box/Ryo Hanmura•; The Flood/Kobe Abe; The Road to the Sea/Takashi Ishikawa; He-y, Come On Ou-t!/Shuichi Hoshi
- Maybe the SLC course catalogue?
- I definitely did most of my reading assignments ahead of time
- Every single DListed entry tagged ‘Gwyneth Paltrow’•
I put black dots next to my favorite ones.
Dark Water is a series of short stories, and as with any series of short stories, it can be kind of hit and miss, but the good ones are SO GOOD. And what’s interesting is that in 2004 or 2005, when there was a big surge of American remakes of Asian horror movies, the first story in Dark Water, which had been a movie in Japan, got remade in the US. I remember I was in summer camp at the time, and we saw it on movie day. My friend and I were genuinely scared during the movie, but we also laid it on a bit thick because we were tag-team flirting (which is a bizarre phenomenon) with the boy in the row ahead of us. Looking back, Dark Water was a pretty average, acceptable horror movie, certainly not earthshaking. From what I do remember, it is like the least structurally racist of the American remakes I’ve seen of Asian horror movies (which amounts to about four total I think? not a great sample size). So kudos, Dark Water remake!
The time has come again to do my quarterly catalogue. I didn’t do one last quarter because I quite embarrassingly read only one book in three months, and that was in January. I don’t generally count the books I read for school because who pays attention to those? I did actually read some good books for school though, but I never quite finished any of them.
- The Two Towers/JRR Tolkien
- Bridget Jones’s Diary/Helen Fielding
- PS: Longer Letter Later/Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
- Amy #7/Marilyn Kaye
- The Story of Her Holding an Orange/Milos Bogetic
- Of Lamb/Matthea Harvey
- Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life/Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls/David Sedaris
- Scott Pilgrim v. The World/Bryan Lee O’Malley
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle/Shirley Jackson
- Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness/Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together/Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Scott Pilgrim v. They Universe/Bryan Lee O’Malley
- The Planiverse/AK Dewdney
- Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour/Bryan Lee O’Malley
- A Handmaid’s Tale/Margaret Atwood
- Wilson/Daniel Clowes
- Mr. Wonderful/Daniel Clowes
- The Death Ray/Daniel Clowes
- Quicksand/Nella Larson
- David Boring/Daniel Clowes
June I started full time at library, which opened a lot of free time for reading. Even if you didn’t count the nine graphic novels, five books is quite a lot. It’s so great to be able to read all the time!
I bolded my favorites. The Planiverse is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. It takes the premise of Flatland and expands on it and makes the life of the 2D universe so much richer and ugggghhh.
Shirley Jackson went to my high school and she wrote spooky novels that make me want to write spooky novels.
I wasn’t hugely impressed by Scott Pilgrim, and I was quite annoyed by the Daniel Clowes books.
Again, it’s time to review the books I’ve read in the past quarter. October through December is the thick of the academic semester, so I think it’s telling that my list, which I try to reserve only for books I’ve read thoroughly and could have a conversation about (and would have a conversation about), only includes two books that I read for school.
- Thin/Lauren Greenfield
- Ghost World/Daniel Clowes
- Because I’m Worth it: a Gossip Girl Novel/Cecily Von Viegesar
- Healthcare Reform/Jonathan Gruber
- The Best Little Girl in the World/Steven Levenkron
- The Haunting of Hill House/Shirley Jackson
- The Call of Cthulu/HP Lovecraft (re-read)
- Pink Ribbons, Inc/Samantha King
- Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch/BJ Daniels
- The Golden Ratio/Mario Livio
The catalogue is not for commentary, but let me just say something about Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch: I found it in the dining hall a year or so ago. The back cover advertised it as an erotic cowboy murder mystery, and it took like 100 pages for Hud and Dana to even kiss. Also his name was Hud. I wanted to read some really atrocious sex scenes, and there was barely one. Plus, the murder mystery didn’t make any sense.
I would read the rest of the Gossip Girl novels, though.
And I like Mario Livio a lot. He writes about math for laypeople, and he is always very courteous about his unrelated anecdotes. He also visits the homes of famous mathematicians as ‘research’ for his work, but it only ever seems to result in a story about trying to communicate with the current residents through the language barrier.
The summer quarter has come and gone and it’s time again to make a list of what I’ve read with no additional commentary. I wasn’t a very good reader this summer, and I’ll pretend it was because I had a job.
- Hard Boiled and Hard Luck/Banana Yoshimoto (re-read)
- The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip/George Saunders
- Various short fiction and nonfiction/David Foster Wallace (some re-read)
- Jazz/Toni Morrison
- The Fellowship of the Ring/JRR Tolkien
- Uglies/Scott Westerfeld
The quarter is up and it’s time to reflect in the most superficial way on the book-learning I’ve done. At least, I’ve resolved not to buy anymore books until I read at least five of the ones I already have. It’s not gonna work out that way.
- Goodbye, Tsugumi/Banana Yoshimoto
- Fat Girl/Judith Moore
- Naked/David Sedaris (re-read)
- Barrel Fever/David Sedaris (re-read)
- When You Are Engulfed in Flames/David Sedaris (re-read)
- Lolita/Vladimir Nabokov (re-read)
- The Equation that Couldn’t be Solved/ Mario Livio
I thought when I started a blog I’d do a better job of writing about books and stories I’ve finished reading, but then I found that in order to address most of them properly, I’d have to venture into the crawlspace of Sleeping Dogs We Let Lie. And I got lazy. But I still want to have some documentation.
The list is only of books read thoroughly, so pretty much nothing I’ve read for school.
- Hardboiled and Hard Luck/Banana Yoshimoto
- Three Bags Full/Leonie Swann
- The Face/Dan McNeill
- Night of the Milky Way Railway/Kenji Miyazawa
- The Wide Window/Lemony Snicket (re-read)
- The Ersatz Elevator/Lemony Snicket (re-read)
- Naked/David Sedaris (re-read)
- Barrel Fever/David Sedaris (re-read)
- Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays/Zadie Smith (re-read)
- The Call of Cthulu/HP Lovecraft
- Language, Truth and Logic/Alfred J Ayer
- The Protagoras/Plato
- Sula/Toni Morrison
- Kindred/Octavia E. Butler