While employed in that job I hated, I bought a lot of books to make myself feel better. (Books you will never have time to read, as a perceptive friend helpfully reminded me). Tonight, I had the smart idea of gathering all these books together and making a to-read list for 2014. This list has become a rather daunting beast, which I've included below as a sort of public promise/way to keep track.
I am also hoping 2014 is the year I actually read some Steinbeck, Woolf, and Faulkner (despite not owning anything by the latter two authors, so if anyone has anything to recommend by them - please let me know!). Though, probably, my to-read list is overly ambitious already (especially the nonfiction part, but would you believe me if I said the books with asteriks by them probably represent less than a third of the books I have pdfs of??? btw, the books with an asterik by them are books I have a pdf of, and you're more than welcome to a copy if you like.)
I'm also looking for fiction, contemporary poetry, plays (I can't believe I don't have a single play on my to-read list!), and graphic novel recommendations. Let me know if there's anything I should add to the list! My taste is pretty eclectic, but for fiction especially, I'm looking for lighter fare, considering what the rest of my to-read looks like.
I just recently finished The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander, which I've been meaning to read for quite some time (and which I have a pdf of, should anyone want a copy). It was a surprisingly quick read, and absolutely soul-crushing. Alexander's basic premise is that the drug war and prison system - and the surrounding apparatus of control for felons - have become a new institutionalized form of racist control, replacing Jim Crow and slavery, and which thrives on the liberal fallacy of a colorblind society. It's an extremely compelling, extremely depressing read (and while critics are right to note it includes surprisingly few voices from people affected by this system of control), I recommend it highly. It's an absolutely damning portrait of American public policy and a very important work.
What I'm Currently Reading!
The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - Karen Armstrong
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho - trans Anne Carson
And now for the to-read list: (eta: I counted how many books are in this list, and, magically, it's fifty, which is also my goal for number of books to read next year!)( this got stupidly longCollapse )( and a bonus wishlistCollapse )