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    Top Books First Read in 2023

    For another year of keeping track.
    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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    1. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
    2. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
    3. Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)
    4. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (John le Carré)
    5. The Island of Dr. Moreau (H.G. Wells)
    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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    Novels:
    • Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (Joseph Conrad, 1904)
    • The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishima Yukio, trans. Ivan Morris, 1956)
    • Zero K (Don DeLillo, 2016)


    Non-fiction:
    • Naïve and Sentimental Poetry, and On the Sublime: Two Essays (Friedrich von Schiller, trans. Julias A. Elias, 1795-1801)
    • German for Reading (Karl C. Sandberg/John R. Wendel, 1973)*
    • Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars (ed. Jane Gaines, 1992)


    *Started August 2022.
    Just because...
    The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg, 2022) mild
    Petite maman (Céline Sciamma, 2021) mild
    The Banshees of Inisherin (Martin McDonagh, 2022) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Complete Short Stories by Mark Twain


    The (New) World

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    Novels:
    • Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (Joseph Conrad, 1904)
    • The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishima Yukio, trans. Ivan Morris, 1956)
    • Zero K (Don DeLillo, 2016)


    Non-fiction:
    • Naïve and Sentimental Poetry, and On the Sublime: Two Essays (Friedrich von Schiller, trans. Julias A. Elias, 1795-1801)
    • German for Reading (Karl C. Sandberg/John R. Wendel, 1973)*
    • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Michel Foucault, trans. Alan Sheridan, 1975)
    • Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars (ed. Jane Gaines, 1992)
    • Britton on Film: The Complete Film Criticism of Andrew Britton (ed. Barry Keith Grant, 2009)
    • Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Caroline Levine, 2015)


    *Started August 2022.
    Just because...
    The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg, 2022) mild
    Petite maman (Céline Sciamma, 2021) mild
    The Banshees of Inisherin (Martin McDonagh, 2022) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Complete Short Stories by Mark Twain


    The (New) World

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    Novels:
    • Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (Joseph Conrad, 1904)
    • The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishima Yukio, trans. Ivan Morris, 1956)
    • Zero K (Don DeLillo, 2016)


    Non-fiction:
    • Naïve and Sentimental Poetry, and On the Sublime: Two Essays (Friedrich von Schiller, trans. Julias A. Elias, 1795-1801)
    • German for Reading (Karl C. Sandberg/John R. Wendel, 1973)*
    • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Michel Foucault, trans. Alan Sheridan, 1975)
    • Aesthetics and Politics (ed. Ronald Taylor, trans. Anya Bostock et al., 1977)
    • The Velvet Prison: Artists Under State Socialism (Miklós Haraszti, trans. Katalin and Stephen Landesmann and Steve Wasserman, 1983)
    • Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars (ed. Jane Gaines, 1992)
    • Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion (eds. Carl Plantinga and Greg M. Smith, 1999)
    • Britton on Film: The Complete Film Criticism of Andrew Britton (ed. Barry Keith Grant, 2009)
    • Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Caroline Levine, 2015)


    *Started August 2022.
    Just because...
    The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg, 2022) mild
    Petite maman (Céline Sciamma, 2021) mild
    The Banshees of Inisherin (Martin McDonagh, 2022) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Complete Short Stories by Mark Twain


    The (New) World

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    Novels:
    • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Laurence Sterne, 1759-67)
    • Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (Joseph Conrad, 1904)
    • The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishima Yukio, trans. Ivan Morris, 1956)
    • Zero K (Don DeLillo, 2016)


    Non-fiction:
    • Naïve and Sentimental Poetry, and On the Sublime: Two Essays (Friedrich von Schiller, trans. Julias A. Elias, 1795-1801)
    • Aesthetic Function, Norm and Value as Social Facts (Jan Mukařovský, trans. Mark E. Suino, 1936)
    • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Michel Foucault, trans. Alan Sheridan, 1975)
    • Aesthetics and Politics (ed. Ronald Taylor, trans. Anya Bostock et al., 1977)
    • The Velvet Prison: Artists Under State Socialism (Miklós Haraszti, trans. Katalin and Stephen Landesmann and Steve Wasserman, 1983)
    • Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars (ed. Jane Gaines, 1992)
    • Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order: Understanding American Avant-Garde Cinema (James Peterson, 1994)
    • Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion (eds. Carl Plantinga and Greg M. Smith, 1999)
    • Britton on Film: The Complete Film Criticism of Andrew Britton (ed. Barry Keith Grant, 2009)
    • Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Caroline Levine, 2015)


    Deutsch als Fremdsprache:
    • German for Reading (Karl C. Sandberg/John R. Wendel, 1973)*


    *Started August 2022.
    Just because...
    The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg, 2022) mild
    Petite maman (Céline Sciamma, 2021) mild
    The Banshees of Inisherin (Martin McDonagh, 2022) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Complete Short Stories by Mark Twain


    The (New) World

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    1. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
    2. A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
    3. Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears (Michael Schulman)
    4. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
    5. Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)
    6. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (John le Carré)
    7. The Terror (Dan Simmons)
    8. The Looking Glass War (John le Carré)
    9. Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
    10. The Secret Adversary (Agatha Christie)*

    11. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Suzanne Collins)

    12. The Island of Dr. Moreau (H.G. Wells)
    13. Little Lord Fauntleroy (Frances Hodgson Burnett)*

    *=reread
    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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    Novels:
    • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Laurence Sterne, 1759-67)
    • The Bostonians (Henry James, 1885-86)
    • Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (Joseph Conrad, 1904)
    • The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishima Yukio, trans. Ivan Morris, 1956)
    • Zero K (Don DeLillo, 2016)


    Non-fiction:
    • Na?ve and Sentimental Poetry, and On the Sublime: Two Essays (Friedrich von Schiller, trans. Julias A. Elias, 1795-1801)
    • In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays (Bertrand Russell, 1935)
    • Aesthetic Function, Norm and Value as Social Facts (Jan Mukařovsk?, trans. Mark E. Suino, 1936)
    • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Michel Foucault, trans. Alan Sheridan, 1975)
    • Aesthetics and Politics (ed. Ronald Taylor, trans. Anya Bostock et al., 1977)
    • Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars (ed. Jane Gaines, 1992)
    • Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order: Understanding American Avant-Garde Cinema (James Peterson, 1994)
    • Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion (eds. Carl Plantinga and Greg M. Smith, 1999)
    • Britton on Film: The Complete Film Criticism of Andrew Britton (ed. Barry Keith Grant, 2009)
    • Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Caroline Levine, 2015)

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    Deutsch als Fremdsprache:
    • German for Reading (Karl C. Sandberg/John R. Wendel, 1973)*
    • Short Stories in German for Beginners (Olly Richards/Alex Rawlings, 2018)


    *Started August 2022.
    Last edited by baby doll; 11-22-2023 at 01:22 AM.
    Just because...
    The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg, 2022) mild
    Petite maman (Céline Sciamma, 2021) mild
    The Banshees of Inisherin (Martin McDonagh, 2022) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Complete Short Stories by Mark Twain


    The (New) World

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    Final update:

    1. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
    2. A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
    3. Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears (Michael Schulman)
    4. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
    5. Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)
    6. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (John le Carre)
    7. The Terror (Dan Simmons)
    8. The Looking Glass War (John le Carre)
    9. Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
    10. Klara and the Sun (Kazuo Ishiguro)

    11. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)*

    12. The Secret Adversary (Agatha Christie)*
    13. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Suzanne Collins)
    14. Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
    15. The Murder on the Links (Agatha Christie)*

    16. The Island of Dr. Moreau (H.G. Wells)
    17. Little Lord Fauntleroy (Frances Hodgson Burnett)*

    *=reread
    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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    Every book I read in 2023:

    1. Look Homeward, Angel (1929, Thomas Wolfe)
    2. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845, Frederick Douglass)
    3. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini (1558, Benvenuto Cellini)
    4. A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1552, Bartolome de las Casas)
    5. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926, Agatha Christie)
    6. The Good Soldier (1915, Ford Madox Ford)
    7. The Phantom of the Opera (1909, Gaston Leroux)
    8. Black Mamba Boy (2010, Nadifa Mohamed)
    9. Gone with the Wind (1936, Margaret Mitchell)
    10. The Castle (1926, Franz Kafka)
    11. Macunaima (1928, Mario de Andrade)
    12. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767, Laurence Sterne)
    13. Ralph 124C 41+ (1911, Hugo Gernsback)

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