I am going to do several posts looking back on 2010. I read and posted on just over 100 book (so far, I have a few more to post) in 2010 and around 170 short stories and essays. Among the books, 25 or so are Japanese novels, 15 are works of non-fiction and the rest are by novelists from all over the world. I think now in addition to this post on non-fiction, I will do one on short stories, one on Japanese works and one on the other works I have read this year. I do enjoy looking back at my reading year. I think and hope people just "getting started" in the reading life who as a result of blogs end up with life time records of their reading will find it incredibly gratifying to have such a history available. Long term this might be the one of the best benefits of having a book blog.
As I did not read that much non-fiction in 2010 I will just list the books I did read along with a brief comment on them. If you have read any of these works please leave a comment on your feelings on the book.
They are listed in order read.
- The Yellow Light Bookstore by Lewis Buzbee. This is an account of the author's work in book stores and his life time love of reading. I would say it is kind of interesting but see no urgent reason others should read it right away.
- The Journal of a Tour to The Hebrides by James Boswell-A canon status (OK my canon!) travel book that is sort of a pre-read getting us ready for the world's best biography.
- Pinay:Autobiographical Writings of Women 1926 to 1998 by Cristina Hidalgo-If the topic interests you then this is a very good well done collection of articles by highly intelligent women.
- Songs of Ourselves: Writings by Filipino Women edited and introduced by Edna Manlapaz-more of a literary work than selection 3 but very worth reading
- The Broken Tower: The Life of Hart Crane by Paul Mariani-First rate literary biography-I recommend it highly to anyone interested in the subject.
- Living with the Enemy: A Diary of the Japanese Occupation by Pacita Pestano-Jacinto-this diary my a doctor's wife set in Manila during WWII is required reading at the University of the Philippines and should be read by anyone interested in WWII in Asia.
- The Tobacco Monopoly in the Philippines 1766 to 1880 by Edilberto C de Jesus-the very model of a post colonial work of history of the Philippines
- Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee-just a great biography period.
- Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life by Claire Tomalin-a good book but not the best biography of Mansfield
- Vita-A life of Vita Sackville-West by Victoria Glendinning-a very interesting biography about the woman who was the model for the lead Character in Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- Leonard Woolf -A Life by Victoria Glendinning-a must read for those interested in Virginia Woolf and her circle-about a man who was more than Mr Virginia Woolf
- Mrs. Woolf and the Servants by Alison Lively-a very entertaining and informative book
- The March of Literature by Ford Madox Ford-a magisterial history of literature-a great resource-a quirky work by a genius
- Lytton Strachey, Michael Holroyd- if you have a serious interest in Bloomsbury then this book is a must read. It is also very entertaining.
- Katherine Mansfield: The Story Teller by Kathleen Jones-a MUST read for anyone into Katherine Mansfield-