Book Progress for March 2020

Remember when I told you I read lots of books at once? Well, here you go, the latest update! I’m not having problems with losing the plot or getting behind on any of them so far.
I would like to say that a lot of these books are really good so far. I put stars by all the books that I would rate as excellent so far. I can’t believe how good some of these books are!
Last month:
Made progress on:
Fiction (9):
Abraham Verghese, “Cutting for Stone” * and “The Tennis Partner.” *
Pat Conroy, “Beach Music” * and “Prince of Tides.” *
Anita Amirrezavni, “Blood of Flowers.”
Richard Russo, “Empire Falls.”
Marguerite Poland, “Shades.” *
Joanne Harris, “Coastliners.” *
Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations.” (reread) *
Non-fiction (4):
Isaiah Berlin, “Karl Marx.” *
Eileen McNamara, Breakdown: Sex, Suicide, and the Harvard Psychiatrist.”
Malcolm Gladwell, “Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking.” *
Frederick Nietzsche, “Twilight of the Idols.” * (1888)
Started:
Fiction (46):
Sam Lipsyte: “The Subject Steve.” *
Budd Schulberg, “The Disenchanted.” *
Jeremy Leven, “Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J. S. P. S.” *
Tom Robbins, “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.” (reread) * (1978)
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. “Welcome to the Monkeyhouse.” (reread) *
Clare Messud, “The Emperor’s Children.”
Herman Melville, “Billy Budd.” *
Frank Norris, “The Octopus: A Story of California.” *
Emily Bronte, “Wuthering Heights.” *
Tom De Haven: “Funny Papers.” *
Joseph Hirsch: “Veterans Affairs.”
John Nichols, “The Magic Journey.” * (1973)
Frederic Tuten: “The Green Hour.”
Gore Vidal, “Creation.” *
Anita Shreve, “The Weight of Water.” *
Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “August 1914.”*
Herman Wouk, “A Hole in Texas.”
Gail Godwin: “A Southern Family.”
Carlos Fuentes: “The Old Gringo.”*
James M. Cain, “Death before Dishonor.”
Joseph Conrad, “Heart of Darkness.” (reread) * (1900)
Marilynne Robinson, “Gilead.”*
Jean Rhys, “Wide Sargasso Sea.”*
Irina Reyn: “What Happened to Anna K.”*
Colm Toibin, “The Blackwater Lightship.”*
E. L. Doctorow: “World’s Fair.”*
Don DeLillo: “Underworld.”*
Doris Lessing, “The Sweetest Hour” * and “Briefing for a Descent into Hell.” *
Ian McEwan, “Saturday.”*
Paul Auster, “Travels in the Scriptorium.”*
Per Petterson, “To Siberia.”*
Yukio Mishima: “Spring Snow.”*
Peter Carey, “Jack Maggs.”*
Philip Hensher, “The Northern Clemency” and “The Mulberry Empire.” *
Annie Proulx, “The Shipping News.”*
Sandor Marai, “Portrait of a Marriage.”*
Norman Mailer, “Harlot’s Ghost.”*
Naguib Mahfouz: “The Harafish” * and “Arabian Days and Nights.” *
Salman Rushdie, “The Enchantress of Florence.”*
Thomas Babington MacAulay: “The Lays of Ancient Rome.”* (1846)
Anita Shreve, “The Weight of Water.”*
Kent Haruf, “Plainsong.” *
Isaac Asimov: “The Foundation.” *
Non-fiction (9):
Tal Ben-Shahar: “Happier: Learn the Secrets of Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment.”
Wavy Gravy: “Something Good for a Change: Random Notes on Peace through Living.”
Victor E. Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning.”
Alice Walker, “The Same River Twice.”
Paul Brenner, “Buddha in the Waiting Room: Simple Truths about Health, Illness, and Healing.”
Helen A. Guerber: “Myths of Greece and Rome.” *
John N. MacLean: “Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the Canyon Fire.”
Roland Marullo: “Breakfast With Buddha.”
Slawomir Rawicz: “The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom.
Total: 68 
Last month, I was reading 68 books. Crazy! This is what I do. I pick up a great book, read 10, 15, 20 pages and put it down. Pick up another great book, read another ~15 pages and put it down. There were a couple of books that I read more of last month. I’m 533 pages into one, 133 pages into the other, and 158 pages into the 3rd.
Maybe it’s not so impressive if you sit down and think about it. All in all, there’s probably only 810 pages in a month there, and that is not so special after all.
I actually really enjoy reading like this, though it is pretty weird to have plots from 55 different novels going in your head all at once.
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3 thoughts on “Book Progress for March 2020”

  1. I hate fiction – as in reading it in a book, unless of course it’s erotic fiction!

    I’m into non-fiction and can read it for hours! The bookstore, in fact, is one my favorite places to hang out for hours.

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