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
(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



"Sex shouldn't be this boring. Less an exploration of healthy, unabashed sexuality and more a dead-pan documentary of perversion (though nothing all that shocking) - not what I had expected from Anais Nin."
Anais Nin
Published by: Mariner Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780156029049)


"I guess I can understand why a 14-year-old can gets into this when it's assigned for English class, but I kind of hate Holden Caufield and the sort of emotional deadening this book represents and glorifies."
J.D. Salinger
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Edition: Mass Market Paperback (ISBN #9780316769488)


"I would have loved to have read this as a teenager, but adults probably shouldn't read novels about punk high school kids. Not nearly as poignant as The Boy Detective Fails."
Joe Meno
Published by: Akashic Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781888451702)


"Pretty much a suck-fest. I don't get why everyone loves Amy Bender. A few good stories, but most were trite and underdeveloped. So many people do magic surrealist modern-day fairy tales so much better."
Aimee Bender
Published by: Anchor
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780385720977)


"Utterly disappointing, excluding Shelley Jackson's stunner and a few others that were alright. I enjoyed reading the author blurbs about how Sonic Youth inspired the writers better than most of the stories."
45) Noise
Peter Wild
Published by: Harper Perennial
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780061669293)


"Not my bag, but an alright read."
Sue Monk Kidd
Published by: Penguin Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780143114550)


"Augusten Burroughs is a hack, it seems. Some of the prose was decent, but nothing of note occurs in this "memoir", most of which is probably made up."
Augusten Burroughs
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780312342029)


"I can't deny Sebold's vision or her ability to explore the way a family deals with grief. I don't, however, believe that her writing style is anything but mediocre at best. Panders to those obsessed with tragedy or crime drama. AKA all of America."
Alice Sebold
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780316666343)


"READING THIS BOOK IS A PAIN IN THE ASS. Some of the prose was great, but the format is senseless so it is pretty much unreadable. Plus the author switches narrators without warning or varying the voices. Needs to be scaled back by about 300 pages."
Antonio Lobo Antunes; Gregory Rabassa
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780393329483)


"Possibly a bad translation, but these stories were really annoying and not very well-written."
Can Xue; Karen Gernant; Chen Zeping
Published by: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780811216487)



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