March was a crazy month for reading. I burned through three books in the first five days, then settled in and completed several thousands of pages of graphic novels. Then I finished Don Quixote. By March 19th, I was at 29 books for the year. Then I started William S. Burroughs‘s Naked Lunch, and now I’m stuck.
Actually, I’ve been stuck at about a quarter of the way through Naked Lunch ever since the 22nd or 23rd. I started reading it because a friend is reading a biography on Burroughs, and it seemed like a book I might like. But once I started reading it, I just couldn’t get excited for it. It’s weird and all, and I like weird, but, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll finish it later. Maybe.
In the meantime, it pretty much arrested any interest I had in reading for a little while. If I were planning this to be one book a week, I’m right now somewhere safely in July in terms of scheduling. So I think I can take a little time off. I did start Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge on Friday, but that was because I didn’t have anything on the internet I was interested in reading. We’ll see what happens there.
Here’s what I finished in March:
- Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams
- Yoko Ogawa’s The Diving Pool
- Han Kang’s The Vegetarian
- Art Spiegelman’s Maus I & II
- Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (vols 1 – 6)
- Miguel de Cervantes‘ Don Quixote
- Don Quixote Spark Notes
- Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé
Here are the books in my book journal that weren’t complete as of 1 April 2017:
- John Dryden (translator) Plutarch’s Lives, Vol I (started 6 Jan 2017)
- Võ Nguyên Giáp’s People’s War People’s Army
- Rebecca Skloot (editor) The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2015
- William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch
- Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge
- Whatever, man.