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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

100 Books

I was supposed to read 100 books in 2010. An arbitrarily chosen number that sounds impressive. Anyway, I didn't come close to that number so I have nothing to brag about. If you count children's books, maybe, no still far from 100.  I don't know how many I read. I stopped counting when it became clear that I wouldn't hit the mark.

My greatest reading feat was when I read all of August Wilson's plays in one month. That was many years ago. I was a better person then. I remember that guy. I liked him.

I spent way too much time trying to read Midnight, Sister Souljah's boring sequel to the very exciting The Coldest Winter Ever. Good thing I didn't pay for that book. Usually when I stop reading a book, I blame myself and vow to return to it. Not this time. She loads it down with irrelevant and dull detail. It's subtitled a Gangster Love Story. Too much love and not enough Gangster. I suppose there is action at the end, but she lost me. I picked it up for light and fun entertainment to transition me from the hectic spring semester to the summer, but it was like a drag everyday to get into. So I blame missing my goal on Sister Souljah. No, I had long since lost the battle by then.

I started Lolita, but didn't finish it. This one I enjoyed immensely. Still reading it. (I'm counting it for 2011 when I finish it dammit). I suppose the highlight was Alberto Fuguet's Shorts. A collection of stories, some connected, most not. Many were absolutely devastating. Ever have the feeling when reading a book that you picked it up just at the right time? That the things in the book spoke exactly to how you are feeling at that particular moment? There's probably a lot of bullshit in that feeling, but I won't examine it because the feeling is too magical. Fuguet more than made up for my Sister Souljah moment. Reading is saved.

So in 2011, again, I will attempt to read 100 books. I purposely didn't start Michael Thomas's Man Gone Down until Jan. 1. Also, over my break I plan to tackle Young Mandela by David James Smith and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Probaby throw a story collection in there too. Anything I should read? Anything you plan to read? Wish me luck. Will let you know how it's going. Peace.


Rochelle Spencer said...

Looking forward to reading your thoughts on "Man Gone Down." I didn't care for Thomas's statements upon winning the Dublin Literary Award, but I'm curious to read the book. So again, keep us updated.

Rion Amilcar Scott said...

Hi Rochelle,

I didn't read Thomas's statements upon winning the award. Do you have a link to them?

Rion Amilcar Scott said...


Do you mean from the Times article or from his speech upon reception?