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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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217
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McNally Jackson Booksellers
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New York, New York 10012
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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
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"fucking brilliant."
Published by: Picador USA
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780312427481)


"Little known classic of American literature in which every sentence swells the chest and shivers the spine. Highly recommended."
Published by: Picador USA
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."
Published by: Penguin Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780143038962)


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


"Stunning collection of stories, in particular "Sweethearts of The Rodeo"."
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."
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."
Published by: Broadway Books
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780767908177)


"Quirky without sacrificing intelligence."
Published by: Akashic Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781888451863)


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


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



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