Hooray, I’m back from my exile in sunny Spain (25 degrees in the shade, 43 in the sun – and not a cloud in the sky all the time I was there).
December wasn’t much of a month for reading books: I seem to have read 2, bringing my total for the year to 88 (a poor result, but acknowledging perhaps that I occasionally have other things to do). Since they came first and second in the Obooki Prize, I shan’t say any more about them. Reviews here.
It was a much better month for films, however: I watched 16 – maybe more, they were coming so thick and fast during the Christmas period. Anything in cartoon format doesn’t seem to have done very well. Very brief, ill-thought reviews here.
Preview of 2012
The whole first half of 2012 will be devoted to books that have been hanging around in my book collection unread for the past 3 years or more. (I’ve started already with Dostoevsky’s The Devils – I fancied a bit of light holiday reading). I am continuing with my Nouveau Roman books; and reading a monthly Latin American classic (Paradiso, by José Lezama Lima is first up). I’m also going to allow myself to read “books bought for me by people for Christmas” which, for some reason only known to my father, will largely consist of popular science books. – I’m going to try and limit my book buying this year, and have put up a little counter in the left-hand margin. So far, I am pleased with myself since I have bought ZERO books in this calendar year (although it’s true, I’ve only been in a country likely to sell books in the English language for a couple of hours).