July 2016




The books I plan to read in July, 2016:


Don DeLillo, Zero K, Pan MacMillan, 2016. [Pan Macmillan]

Therese Osborne and Julie Simpkin (eds.) Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum, National Museum of Australia Press, 2015. [National Museum Australia]

Jo Baker, A Country Road, A Tree, Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. [Knopf]

Sean O’Brien, The Beautiful Librarians, Picador, 2015. [Picador]

Nadezhda Tolonkonnikova and Slavoj Zizek, tr. Ian Drieblatt, Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj, Verso, 2014. [Verso]

Danielle Dutton, Margaret the First, Catapult, 2016. [Catapult]


Reading My Own Books


“I’ll get around to reading it one day.”

Yeah, right.

I’ve accumulated a lot of books in recent years. I used to own a couple of boxes of books, but when we decided to buy a house and settle down, the book shelves kept multiplying, and multiplying.

Anyway, I’ve decided it’s time to read my own books, or else. I have come up with a plan, and this website is part of it. At the end of each month, I intend compiling and posting a list of the books I want to read during the next month, and come hell or high water, I plan on sticking to reading ONLY those books.

I know I can do this, but I need to set myself some concrete goals and challenges in order for my stubborn streak to kick in. As an INTJ personality, I’m pretty much goal-oriented, and having made my goals public, I’m more likely to try hard to achieve them. (Oh yes, my fiendish monkey mind, I know what makes you tick.)

I haven’t missed writing posts that much since I deleted my old blog, and I don’t know how much time I’ll have to write about what I read. Life is kind of weird and busy right now, and time seems to be galloping away from me. I guess that’s the main reason I’m getting tough with myself and making myself read my own damn books, because time is finite and it’s a certainty that I’m going to run out of it. I have so many great books I want to read first, though, so I intend making reading a priority in my life again, and getting serious about reading in a way that I haven’t been for the past few years.

That’s the plan. It really is time to get tough with myself and do this thing.