50 in 2009

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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My favorite bookstores:

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217
(718) 246-0200
http://www.greenlightbookstore.com

McNally Jackson Booksellers
52 Prince Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 274-1160
http://www.mcnallyjackson.com

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, New York 10012
212-334-3324
http://housingworks.org/bookstore



"Filled with cute anecdotes that all ring very true; I'd give this as a gift to teenagers who were a little quirky to inspire them to do something about it."
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780805078633)


"Surreal and captivating."
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"Less developed than Murakami's novels but often as obtuse, some of the stories suffer from their shorter format. But many still hold that mystical element that makes his work so compelling."
Published by: Vintage Books USA
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781400096084)


"Weird in all the best ways."
Published by: Harper Perennial
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780060913076)


"These stories possess a quiet beauty tinged with sadness."
Published by: Random House
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781400063123)


"Anyone know where I can get a copy of The Destructors?"
Published by: Penguin Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780140185331)


"Definitely strange, at turns funny and sometimes infuriating. Tao Lin probably deserves the hype, but the jury is still out."
Published by: Melville House Publishing
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781933633251)


"My first Vonnegut! How a life-long reader makes it to the age of 26 without having read one of his novels is baffling, but that's what happened."
Published by: Dell Publishing Company
Edition: Mass Market Paperback (ISBN #9780440111498)


"Narrated in turns by a poor black refugee and a rich, snobby white woman. The former was visionary. I hated reading the bits by the latter."
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781416589631)


"Hurston's talent for prose and illustrative dialogue goes beyond whatever politics her writing may contain; that this is brave and beautiful prose cannot be denied."
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