Here's a list of what I read last year with a brief rating of each book. At the bottom of the list are some reflections the reading year.
The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain. 4/5
Metamorphoses by Ovid (Charles Martin translation) 4.5/5
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 4/5
Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain. 4.5/5
How To Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Forester. 4/5
Candide by Voltaire (Translated by Robert
R.I.P Vanilla, a beloved pet rat
Vanilla was an albino rat, a "fancy rat" her tag in the pet store called her. We purchased her and her fellow female friend, later named Smokey, almost one year ago.
Vanilla, being an albino, couldn't see that well. And I could recognize this trait in her. As she crawled on my lap or on the arm of the Lazy-boy recliner that I was on, she'd extend her nose along the edges to test by feel and by smell whether there was anymore
I'm nearly finished with Charles' Dickens' Hard Times -- quite an accomplishment for me. I hate Dickens. But I try to read him every year because, somehow, I feel that by not liking him (at least a little), then he wins. And I like to win. A very much lot, I do.
And here's the thing: I love Hard Times. If only I had tried to read this before Little Dorritt or A Tale of Two Cities then maybe I could have defeated my anti-Dickensian-ness much earlier. And I would have spared me from
Note: This review was also posted on the forum. . . .
On the first day of a graduate seminar in literature, our professors would often tells us about their creation of the syllabus. We'd hear the rationale for the course, the course objectives, the student responsibilities (all pretty bland and standard stuff). And then we'd hear the most interesting part: what books/authors were left out. . . .the just didn't make the cut list. I took notes like hell during this part. Those were
Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham -- 4/5
Selected Poems by Paul Verlaine (Martin Sorrell translator) -- 3/5
Weiland by Charles Brocken Brown -- 3.8/5
B.P.R.D: Plague of Frogs by Mignola & Others -- 4/5
Beowulf (Heaney translation) -- 5/5
Grendel by John Gardner 4/5
Selected Poems by Giacomo Leopardi (Eamon Grennan, translator) -- 4/5
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum. 3/5