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    Books You Plan to Read in 2014

    So I thought this was an interesting experiment from last year, and I want to see if I hold myself to it more throughout the year. While I let spontaneity direct my reading tastes, these are the books that I'd like to finish, if everything goes right.

    1. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest
    2. J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories
    3. Philip Roth's The Human Stain
    4. Zadie Smith's On Beauty
    5. Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending
    6. John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces
    7. Craig Thompson's Habibi
    8. Herman Meville's Moby Dick
    9. Younghill Kang's East Goes West: The Making of an Oriental Yankee
    10. Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    Short story collections:
    • Flappers and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories (F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1920-40)
    • Labyrinths (Jorge Luis Borges, 1962)
    • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour—An Introduction (J.D. Salinger, 1963)
    • The Complete Cosmicomics (Italo Calvino, 1965-84)
    • Girls at War and Other Stories (Chinua Achebe, 1973)

    19th century novels:
    • The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper, 1826)
    • The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850)
    • War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy, 1869)
    • The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1880)
    • The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy, 1886)

    20th century novels:
    • Lord Jim (Joseph Conrad, 1900)
    • The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner, 1929)
    • Suttree (Cormac McCarthy, 1979)
    • Beloved (Toni Morrison, 1987)
    • Underworld (Don DeLillo, 1998)

    21st century novels:
    • 2666 (Roberto Bolaņo, 2004)
    • Brothers (Yu Hua, 2005)
    Just because...
    Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen, 2017) mild
    Before We Vanish (Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2017) warm
    Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron, 2009) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins


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    A book I hope to read (if it comes out):

    The Scarlet Gospels, by Clive Barker

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    Some of the books I own but haven't read yet:

    The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay
    the rest of The Bible
    A Canticle for Liebowitz
    the rest of The Divine Comedy
    Lord Jim

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    After reading nothing but 1000 page books this year I am ready for some short ones:

    The Art of War - Sun Tzu
    Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pynchon
    Dusk and Other Stories - James Salter
    The Silent Cry - Kenzaburo Oe
    The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett

    I also plan on reading some books on financial literacy, in particular those dealing with the fixed income market. I am trying to treat my finances and investments like a second job. Lots to learn.
    Now reading: The Master Switch by Tim Wu

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    Just an aside - do people really care what year a book was published?
    Now reading: The Master Switch by Tim Wu

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    Just an aside - do people really care what year a book was published?
    Maybe it's not necessary to know the exact year when a book was published, but knowing that Gravity's Rainbow was published in the early '70s (as opposed to 1945-46, when the action is principally set) helps one to situate the novel historically.
    Just because...
    Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen, 2017) mild
    Before We Vanish (Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2017) warm
    Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron, 2009) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins


    The (New) World

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    Quote Quoting Benny Profane (view post)
    Just an aside - do people really care what year a book was published?
    I like to know - helps me contextual the political and social context it was written in. This is especially true for science fiction which is highly concerned with those things.

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    Quote Quoting Benny Profane (view post)
    Just an aside - do people really care what year a book was published?
    Just reviewers.

    The Circus (1928) - ***
    Black Narcissus - ****
    Come and See - ****


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