Last year’s books and next year’s plans

Well, it’s a new year, and although I usually make kind of half-assed, unspoken resolutions (except for the time I resolved to floss every day, which is also the only resolution I’ve ever kept for a full year), this year I’m going to lay out some specific goals for the blog—because I’m just sick of writing blog posts a year after reading the book (or, ok, two years at this point, which is just objectively ridiculous)—and I’m letting you know about it because if I manage to follow through, there will be a serious uptick in e-mail notifications and I don’t want anyone to be annoyed (at least not without being forewarned).

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Quite a few people have asked me how I made my list, so I want to write a little bit about it (a task that took several months and which I found immensely enjoyable, possibly more so than actually reading the books). Fellow book geeks and lovers of lists, read on for a (probably overly detailed) insight into my process. Continue reading

The Complete List

No new reviews today, but I have managed to hammer out the complete list of 2,108 books and it is available for your perusal. It is very much a work in progress, so if you’re browsing through it and you feel I’ve missed an important book–or conversely, if you see something that makes you think “what the hell is that doing there?”–let me know in the comments!

Reading, not traveling

Last year, when we began the process of applying for my husband’s green card and I realized that, after eight years of living abroad, I would finally be moving back to America, I was surprisingly (to me) anxious about it. It’s not the prospect of America that concerns me (though this may change if Jeb Bush manages to get elected president), but rather the prospect of settling down.

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