50 in 2009

I tend to read voraciously, but I've never set an actual goal for myself, and never really thought to do so. Then I became a flight attendant, which was short-lived because it is nowhere near as glamorous as it sounds; I spent a of time sitting in the bowels of JFK waiting for flight assignments. As much as this sucked, it certainly gave me a lot of time for focused reading. A flight attendant I roomed with mentioned that she had set a fifty-book goal for the year for herself, and knowing my tendency to blaze through several titles at a time and then ignore books altogether for what could possibly amount to months I decided I would attempt to accomplish the same. These are the fifty I got through, ranked in order from favorite to least favorite. While some might question the amount of graphic fiction in helping me to reach this goal, I say to you: some of the print in that shit is TINY.

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"fucking brilliant."
Roberto Bolaño; Natasha Wimmer
Published by: Picador
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780312427481)

"Little known classic of American literature in which every sentence swells the chest and shivers the spine. Highly recommended."
Marilynne Robinson
Published by: Picador
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780312424091)

"There are three chapters in the middle of the book that took my breath away entirely. The ending is gruesome and not for the faint of heart."
J. M. Ledgard
Published by: Penguin Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780143038962)

"Absolutely beautiful; I'm surprised this book isn't more well-known."
Indra Sinha
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781416578789)

"Stunning collection of stories, in particular "Sweethearts of The Rodeo"."
Lydia Peelle
Published by: Harper Perennial
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780061724732)

"Like getting a transplant of Lynda Barry's heart; her quirky artistry meets poignant writing in illustrating demons both literal and lingering."
Lynda Barry
Published by: Sasquatch Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781570613371)

"Especially recommended for those who think science is boring... Bryson's delivery is often hilarious and his commentary always interesting."
Bill Bryson
Published by: Broadway Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780767908177)

"Quirky without sacrificing intelligence."
Trinie Dalton; Dennis Cooper
Published by: Akashic Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781888451863)

"Bleak and heart-rending, McCarthy is a master."
Cormac McCarthy
Published by: Vintage
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780307387899)

"A great anthology from one of my favorite quarterlies."
Dave Eggers
Published by: McSweeney's
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781932416336)

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