Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 5th, 2010

Hello, you. Once again, I've had a drawn out cessation of blogs, but I figured the beginning of the year is as good a time as any to end it. So, here we are. First of all, I'd like to pay homage to my friend Lisa by writing my 2009 book list (I kept track of it because of her 2008 list):

Author Title End Date Pages

Elie Wiesel Dawn 1/5/2009 96
Elie Wiesel The Accident 1/10/2009 128
Chuck Palahniuk Rant 1/12/2009 336
Frances Mayes Under The Tuscan Sun 1/16/2009 304
H. G. Wells The Time Machine 1/17/2009 115
Don Delillo The Body Artist 1/23/2009 128
Lisa Shafer All In The Half-Vampire Family 1/23/2009 150
Mary Shelly Frankenstein 1/26/2009 242
Gore Vidal Inventing A Nation 1/28/2009 208
Gore Vidal Point To Point Navigation 1/30/2009 288
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights 2/20/2009 308
Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God 2/23/2009 256
Mark Twain The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn 2/27/2009 298
Toni Morrison Sula 2/28/2009 174
Mark Spragg An Unfinished Life 3/2/2009 257
Leo Tolstoy The Death Of Ivan Illyich 3/2/2009 134
Stephen King Bag Of Bones 3/12/2009 732
Ray Bradbury R Is For Rocket 3/18/2009 184
Ray Bradbury The October Country 3/18/2009 276
Garrison Keillor Love Me 3/19/2009 272
Geraldine Brooks Year Of Wonders 3/28/2009 336
Stephen King The Tommyknockers 3/29/2009 558
Alice Sebold Lovely Bones 4/2/2009 328
Henry David Thoreau Walden 4/9/2009 246
Jane Austen Emma 4/11/2009 384
Mark Twain The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer 4/15/2009 215
Jane Austen Sense And Sensiblilty 4/17/2009 272
Steve Martin Born Standing Up 4/17/2009 207
Jane Austen Lady Susan 5/2/2009 80
Arthur Miller The Ride Down Mt. Morgan 5/13/2009 128
Jane Austen Persuasion 5/13/2009 224
Paulo Coelho By The River Piedra I sat Down And Wept 5/17/2009 180
Gore Vidal The Golden Age 5/21/2009 467
David Guterson Snow Falling On Cedars 5/29/2009 460
Jane Austen Mansfield Park 5/30/2009 322
Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice 6/3/2009 272
Chuck Palahniuk Survivor 6/7/2009 304
George Orwell Animal Farm 6/7/2009 128
Harlan Coben Promise Me 6/11/2009 489
Harlan Coben Tell No One 6/18/2009 370
Philip Roth Everyman 6/20/2009 182
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The... 6/21/2009 226
Ray Bradbury Wonderful Ice Cream Suit And Other Plays 7/1/2009 161
F. Scott Fitzgerald This Side Of Paradise 7/9/2009 282
Terry Goodkind Wizard's First Rule 7/13/2009 848
Harlan Coben Prayer For Rain 7/16/2009 375
Richard Russo Empire Falls 8/5/2009 483
Dennis Lehane Mystic River 8/7/2009 401
Harlan Coben Gone For Good 8/8/2009 417
Toni Morrison Beloved 8/16/2009 324
John Steinbeck Of Mice And Men 8/19/2009 118
Charles Barkley I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It 8/22/2009 245
Tom Stoppard Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead 8/24/2009 126
John Steinbeck The Grapes Of Wrath 8/25/2009 406
Stephen King Desperation 8/30/2009 690
Richard Bachman The Regulators 9/1/2009 475
Stephen King Thinner 9/5/2009 318
Stephen King Cujo 9/12/2009 304
Chaim Potok I Am The Clay 9/14/2009 241
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh 9/17/2009 144
Henry Miller The Smile At The Foot Of The Ladder 9/17/2009 61
Ian McEwan Atonement 9/21/2009 351
Dan Brown The Lost Symbol 9/26/2009 528
James Joyce Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man 9/29/2009 253
George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four 10/14/2009 312
Victor Hugo Les Miserables 11/8/2009 1488
Mellisa Moore Shattered Silence 11/11/2009 250
Harry Dolan Bad Things Happen 11/13/2009 352
Stephen King Under The Dome 11/22/2009 1088
Kurt Vonngeut Look At The Birdie 11/29/2009 272
Philip Roth The Humbling 12/1/2009 140
Ernest Hemingway Across The River And Into The Trees 12/5/2009 288
Harlan Coben Hold Tight 12/9/2009 496
Henry James Turn Of The Screw 12/9/2009 160
Robert Penn Warren All The King's Men 12/12/2009 438
Kurt Vonngeut Welcome To The Monkey House 12/15/2009 352
John Updike Villages 12/16/2009 336
Ernest Hemingway Farewell To Arms 12/17/2009 336
Don Delillo Cosmopolis 12/18/2009 224

I apologize for the vertigo-inducing lack of synergy, for I have yet to figure out how to edit on this blasted website. I'll try to remedy it at a later date. Anyway, I also thought it a good time to make a small litany of goals for the new year...

First, the cliches...

Get in shape;
Become of sound financial standing;
Eat better

And others...

Get into a real writing schedule again and restart Corkboard Storytellers meetings;
Keep in more consistent touch with the weird web of friends that I manage to maintain;
TRAVEL (2009 had a pathetic lacking of such things);
Read 100 books;
Record 20 songs in studio (did 19 last year);
Play 25 shows;
Significantly increase my income;
Get out more at others' requests (I have a tendency to decline to much of anything that doesn't interest me, even if a good friend just wants me there. For example, I get invited to movies constantly, but find most to be uninteresting and sad, not to mention the fact that they make me very unsettled for the intelligence of the country I live in... So I opt to stay home);
Take a few risks;
More later, perhaps, when my brain decides it...



K.A.R. said...

dude thats a lot of books i wish i had that kind of time just to read but chasing an almost two year old around doesn't leave really any time so that lisa shafer book you should send me details sporty252@yahoo.com seriously. ttyl, love ya.

Samantha Barker said...

Oh, Todd. You used "to" instead of "too". I only bring it up because I know it'd bug you if you found it 5 years from now. Remember the new year's resolution you promised me! :) Love you, babe.

Anonymous said...

Wow. You stuck me on a list with Jane Austen and Mark Twain? Cool.
Obviously I can't stick my usual blog name on here if I'm admitting to my own name, so please forgive that. You know who I am anyway.
But who is K.A.R. who wants my ms? I can't tell from the blog link.