One of my new years resolutions for 2010 was to read a book a week. HAHAHA! Yeah, right! That didn’t happen. In 2011, I’m aiming for a books every two weeks, 26. In 2010 I read 24 books and some of them were awesome! Here are my ten favorites:
- All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy – I don’t know how many times I’ve read this book but it is still one of my all-time favorites. The movie adaptation is great too.
- Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin – I thought I knew a lot about animal behavior but this really brought a unique perspective. If you don’t want to read the whole book, at least read the first chapter and any chapter about a species that you have a great deal of interest in. Also Temple Grandin is AWESOME!
- Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins – I’ve never read anything by Tom Robbins before even though friends always told me I should. You gotta love a book that begins like this: “The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”
- Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde – Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors. This is a new series of his. I’m definitely reading the next in the series, whenever it arrives.
- The Economics of Food: How Feeding and Fueling the Planet Affects Food Prices by Patrick Westhoff – After reading this book, every time I hear someone in the media declare that food prices are “a simple matter of supply and demand”, I want to puke. The world is no longer a simple place, including supply and demand. It is mainly about food and commodity prices in 2008 but it is an excellent primer for non-economists, such as myself, on this topic.
- Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress by Candacy A. Taylor – This book made me cry, I can’t say that about very many books. A beautiful book about women who work very hard.
- Varieties of Disturbance by Lydia Davis – These stories, some very short, alternate between silly and moving.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson – Read the book before you see the movie. It is much better, also, you’ll be lest confused.
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Another great one by Cormac McCarthy. I’ve yet to see the movie.
- The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larrson – See #8
As of today, I’ve only finished three books this year. Getting through 26 may be a challenge.