First, my father died. And then corona took over the world. The result? Too much time spent inside. I’m already thirteen books away from my yearly goal. And we’re not even halfway there (are we even going to reach the end of 2020? Who knows).
What have I read? It’s all a blur, but luckily I’ve got goodreads to keep track.
Top 10 reads so far, in chronological order:
When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy: Indian domestic violence.
I’ll Go to Bed before Noon by Gerard Woodward: A British family of alcoholics.
Vi er fem by Matias Faldbakken: Amphetamine and clay.
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara: Children investigating missing children.
Junky by William S. Burroughs: see title
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym: English countryside spinster
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse: Monster hunter
the Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine: Priest goes to Greenland and comes back mad.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: coming out broken
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: black babysitter + white baby = trouble
My 2020-goals are the same as always
- Read 50 books or more (so far thirty-freaking-seven)
- Read 5 non-fiction (60 pages in in the first one)
- Continue travelling the world in books (66 so far)
- Lifelong goals: 1001-books to read before you die (17,9%) and winners of the Nobel Prize of Literature (38/116)
- Continue on my list of 250 books to read before I turn 40 (180 books/1032 days to go)
- Read at least 5 YA books in order to donate more to the school (one so far)
- Read every day / write more (lol)
- January: Alan Moore – Watchmen & Mona Awad – 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (both read)
- February: André Brink – A Dry White Season & Edith Wharton – House of Mirth (both read)
- March: Barbara Pym – Excellent Women & William S. Burroughs – Junky (both read)
- April: Roberto Bolano – 2666 (working on it) & Kim Leine – the Prophets of Eternal Fjord (read)
- May: Horace Walpole – the Castle of Otranto (not started) & Fyodor Dostoevsky – the Karamazov Brothers (just started, like today)
- June & July: Vikram Seth – A Suitable Boy & Milan Kundera – the Book of Laughter and Forgetting
- August: Shusaku Endo – Silence & Thomas Pynchon – Mason & Dixon
- September: Ernest Hemingway – A Farewell to Arms & John Steinbeck – Travels with Charley
- October: Charles Dickens – David Copperfield & Karen Russell – St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
- November & December: Peter Carey – Oscar and Lucinda, Virginia Woolf – Orlando & Doris Lessing – the Grass Is Singing
At least this is something and 400+ words. And a photo as a proof of my existence and coronabangs.