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Complete List of Books Read in the Months of October, November, and December 
31st-Dec-2006 11:46 pm
*305) Coetzee, J. M. Disgrace. (10/1/2006)
306) Cheever, John. Oh What a Paradise It Seems. (10/2/2006)
307) Ekuni, Kaori. Twinkle Twinkle. (10/3/2006)
308) Leroux, Gaston. The Phantom of the Opera. (10/5/2006)
309) Pratchett, Terry. Hogfather. (10/11/2006)
310) Jourdan, Eric. Wicked Angels. (10/12/2006)
311) Snicket, Lemony. The End. (10/13/2006)
312) Fforde, Jasper. The Big Over Easy. (10/16/2006)
*313) Greene, Harlan. What the Dead Remember. (10/16/2006)
314) Winterson, Jeanette. Written on the Body. (10/16/2006)
315) Burch, Christian. The Manny Files. (10/17/2006)
316) Chatwin, Bruce. On the Black Hill. (10/18/2006)
317) Isherwood, Christopher. Mr Norris Changes Trains. (10/18/2006)
318) Isherwood, Christopher. Goodbye to Berlin. (10/19/2006)
319) Frankfurt, Harry G. On Bullshit. (11/20/2006)
320) Greene, Harlan. The German Officer's Boy. (11/26/2006)
321) Woolf, Virginia. Orlando: A Biography. (11/27/2006)
*322) Frankfurt, Harry G. On Truth. (11/28/2006)
323) Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle. (11/30/2006)
324) Miller, Isabel. Patience & Sarah. (12/1/2006)
325) Konohara, Narise. The Man Who Doesn't Take Off His Clothes. Vol. 1. (12/3/2006)
326) Konohara, Narise. Cold Sleep. (12/3/2006)
*327) Buruma, Ian and Avishai Margalit. Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies. (12/3/2006)
328) Buruma, Ian. Inventing Japan 1853-1964. (12/4/2006)
329) Pratchett, Terry. Reaper Man. (12/10/2006)
330) Leavitt, David. Florence, A Delicate Case. (12/11/2006)
331) Rich, Frank. The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina. (12/13/2006)
332) Pratchett, Terry. Wyrd Sisters. (12/15/2006)
333) Sacks, Oliver. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Stories. (12/16/2006)
*334) McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. (12/18/2006)
335) Cain, James M. The Postman Always Rings Twice. (12/18/2006)
*336) Cain, James M. Double Indemnity. (12/19/2006)
337) Spark, Muriel. The Only Problem. (12/19/2006)
338) Barker, Pat. The Eye in the Door. (12/22/2006)
339) Barker, Pat. The Ghost Road. (12/23/2006)
340) Kannagi, Satoru. Only the Ring Finger Knows Vol. 3: The Ring Finger Falls Silent. (12/27/2006)
341) Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. (12/30/2006)
*best books of the month

For reviews of the books listed above, go here. Watch out for spoilers!

If you have any recommendations for me on the basis of this list, by all means drop me a line! I'm always looking for suggestions. My 2006 New Year's Resolution was to read at least 200 books, which I completed easily. For 2007, I resolve to read 365 books (one per day) Let's see if I can do it!

YEARLY TOTAL (final): 341

So much for 400 books. *shoots self in face* Just kidding. Ah, well. November was a hellish month in every respect, and I spent much of the end of October preparing for it (shouldn't have bothered) and much of the entirety of December recuperating from it. Hate to say it, but my health still isn't what it was. I felt, at least for awhile, like I'd aged ten years.

Reading-wise, the last three months of the year have been quite the mixed bag. I read a few more important gay/lesbian novels and indulged in some random sci-fi/fantasy and young adult titles. The Japanese books, both "serious" literature and light novels, were pretty disappointing all around. Perhaps the most remarkable oddity was the amount of non-fiction that I read in December. For some reason, I was in the mood to be informed. Alas, nothing I've read these past three months has genuinely knocked my socks off. But so it goes. Hopefully, I'll be able to make more rewarding reading decisions next year.
2nd-Jan-2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, I think I read about 25 books in 2006. I did a unofficial count in mid November and, off the top of my head, came up with 21. Frankly, I don't think there were many more than that. So 341 looks like an amazing feat to me. That's just about a book a day! As the late *(and arguably great) Steve Irwin might've said - Crikey.
2nd-Jan-2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, as far as recs...you already know that I am still urging you to put Barry McCrea's THE FIRST VERSE nearer the top of your pile. As far as other LGBT stuff, JEREMY THRANE by Kate Christensen was pretty cool (you might hate it though - with you it could go either way) and Hugh Fleetwood's THE DARK PAINTINGS. Although I've not yet read it (only excerpts), HOGG by Samuel Delaney too. That is, if you can stomach it.

And, last but hardly least, I am currently working on JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL by Susanna Clarke. What an amazing book!!!! I would recommend this to almost anyone. I'd only advise people who were daunted by the 780 pages to stay away. Have you read it already? If not, please please do.
Happy New Year!!!
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