49 books down, three to go. Should be 50, but Amanda nixed another book I’d tried to count. Here’s what I did in September:
Here are the books in my book journal that weren’t complete as of 1 September 2017:
- John Dryden (translator) Plutarch’s Lives, Vol I (started 6 Jan 2017)
- Võ Nguyên Giáp’s People’s War People’s Army (started 11 Feb 2017)
- Rebecca Skloot (editor) The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2015 (started 19 Feb 2017)
- William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch (started 19 March 2017)
- Phong Nguyen’s Pages from the Textbook of Alternative History (started 19 May 2017)
- J. David Archibald’s Extinction and Radiation (started 6 Sept 2017)
- Haruki Murakami’s Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (started 22 Sept 2017)
Murakami’s Underground is turning out to be tougher to get though than I anticipated. The thirty-something interviews overlap so much that the repetition is starting to make each account blur into the others. I feel like this is an important book and that Murakami will pull all the interviews together at some point toward the end, but it has been difficult staying interested.
In the meantime, TNC’s latest book should be arriving this week. Also, I ordered a copy of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation just on the strength of the trailer for the movie adaption coming out next year. The book’s only 200 pages, so it should be a quick read, right? And then after that? Moby Dick!