December Bibliolust

You’d think with Christmas coming this list would be packed. Thing is, books aren’t Christmas presents for me. They are a daily necessity of life. Thus, books rarely, if ever, make it on my Christmas wish list. As you’ll see, the books this month aren’t really Christmassy either. Hopefully, it’s not indicative of less daily light meaning darker reads.

After the Apocalypse: Stories, Maureen F. McHugh — Anyone who reads this blog semi-regularly knows apocalyptic literature is something I enjoy. Great reviews of this collection of short stories will likely have it end up on my Nook.

Eva Braun: Life with Hitler, Heike B. Gortemaker — Eva Braun is a person I’ve long wondered about. I mean, what type of woman falls in love with Adolph Hitler? Although its received mixed reviews, I evidently am not alone. There is a waiting list for the book at the library.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr, Michael Deakin — I recently watched a movie in which Hypatia was the main character. I was surprised to learn after watching it that Hypatia was a real person. While I know fiction doesn’t often reflect reality, she intrigued me enough to make me want to read a biography of her.

The Third Reich: A Novel, Roberto Bolaño — I run real hot and cold on Bolaño. Yet the temperature always seems to remain warm enough to intrigue me when one of his books is released. This one, discovered amongst his papers after his death in 2003, is coming to the library so I jumped on the reserve list.

11/22/63, Stephen King — I don’t really need to add another 800+ page book to my reading list but… First, I’m a fan of alternate history and, second, the book has been making a lot of the year’s “best of” lists. This might be a Christmas holidays read.

Report Card:

Year to Date (January-November 2011)

Total Bibliolust books: 48

Number read: 37 (77%)

Started but did not finish: 5 (10.4%)

Cumulative (September 2008-November 2011)

Total Bibliolust books: 198

Number read: 155 (78.3%)

Started but did not finish: 14 (7%)

Man reading should be man intensely alive.

Ezra Pound, Guide to Kulchur

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