News | 2006 | What Have You Been Reading?

At the end of last year, one of my writing instructors suggested I keep track of all the books I read. I tried it, and it's been kind of enlightening. Not only can I go back and see what authors were influencing me during the year, but I've also been keeping count. On Boxing Day I did a total and found out I've read 64 books this year. Holy crap, that's a lot. In fact, it's the same as my old football jersey number.

However, being the type of person I am, I wondered if I could make it to 70 books by the end of the year. I figured, why not? So, in trying to make this goal, I started reading in earnest. On Tuesday, I read The Catcher in the Rye. I really enjoyed it, and was amazed that I'd never read it before. Yesterday, I decided to kick it in to high gear: I read John Grisham's Bleachers, Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer, and David Gilmour's A Perfect Night to Go to China. That's three books in one day. A personal best. I've never read so much before. Okay, granted, I threw my back out on Christmas so I can't do much else but read, but still, I feel kind of amazed that I did it. Millhauser's book was a lot of fun (even if it does go a little over the top near the end) and Gilmour's was heart-rending (the story opens with the main character's son disappearing). Grisham's, I'm afraid, wasn't one of his best (in fact, I was disappointed to see some sloppy errors from the middle on).

The Time in Between by David Bergen
A Perfect Night to Go to China by David Gilmour
Bleachers by John Grisham
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Next off the shelf is David Bergen's The Time in Between. Even if I don't make it to 70, it's been fun reading so much in such a short period of time. I'm finding that the structure of each book becomes clear with such close comparison.

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