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    Top Books First Read in 2021

    What are you reading this year? Here's my list. Been sorta laxing on story driven stuff, most of the time my head has been buried in D&D 5e books. I regret nothing. But otherwise:

    Currently Reading
    • Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
    • Caste: The Origin of our Discontents (Isabel Wilkerson)
    • Instant Influence (Michael Pantalon)


    In the Queue
    • East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
    • The Crossing (Cormac McCarthy)
    • Start With Why (Simon Sinek)
    • Raybearer (Jordan Ifueko)
    Losing is like fertilizer: it stinks for a while, then you get used to it. (Tony, Hibbing)

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    Novels:
    • Little Dorrit (Charles Dickens, 1855-57)
    • Lord Jim (Joseph Conrad, 1899-1900)
    • Enemies, a Love Story (Isaac Bashevis Singer, trans. Aliza Shevrin and Elizabeth Shrub, 1966)


    Poetry:
    • Theogony, Works and Days, and Elegies (Hesiod and Theognis, trans. Dorothea Wender, c.700-490 BCE)
    Just because...
    Beautiful City (Asghar Farhadi, 2004) warm
    Our Neighbour, Miss Yae (Shimazu Yasujiro, 1934) mild
    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Noah Baumbach, 2017) warm

    The last book I read was...
    Purity by Jonathan Franzen


    The (New) World

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    1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
    2. Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking (Rocky Lang)
    3. Conversations with Scorsese (Richard Schickel)

    Currently Reading:
    1. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
    2. The Sopranos Sessions (Matt Zoller Seitz) < This is going to take a long while, because I'm reading it along with watching the show.
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    I haven't updated on the first set of books I've read. Will share what I've completed...

    But, CURRENTLY reading:
    Ari Folman's graphic adaptation of Anne Frank's Diary, which is actually quite splendid. Creative animated panels that perfectly compliment the actual diary.

    Also reading The Only Good Indians, which... I'm waiting for it to get moving. Seems like the potential is there, but I'm almost at 100 pages and haven't been fully enthrolled.

    The Big Boss - ***
    Three Outlaw Samurai - ***
    Fanny and Alexander - ****


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    1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
    2. My Sweet Orange Tree (Josť Mauro de Vasconcelos)
    3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

    4. Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking (Rocky Lang)
    5. Conversations with Scorsese (Richard Schickel)
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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