My final update of Books read here. (There is a possibility I’ve missed out a book or two; I haven’t been very good at record-keeping recently).
Book reading has certainly fallen apart this year – in fact the last two years (56 and 61 books respectively, as opposed to 88 and 100 in the two years previous) – and I’m not entirely sure why. Certainly I’ve watched a lot more films – that might have something to do with it – and I shall try to redress the balance next year. But I feel all the same a certain restlessness has entered into me with books, with fiction in particular; – non-fiction I don’t have any trouble with, but I find it harder and harder to sit down and concentrate on fiction any longer, to take much interest in these made-up lives.
I lean more these days towards plays, and I see this increasing next year. My liking for plays (going along with Aristotle and Poe) stems I think from the fact that they can be read in one sitting; that you get from them a complete, packaged artistic experience (novellas, of course, manage the same too), and I find this more pleasing. I don’t like going back to things I’ve already put down – not unless they’re good enough to deserve it.
I admit, I gave up finishing books in December, and have been deliberately back-logging them so I can a nice big figure for books completed for the start of next year. I’ve even resorted to getting on with Ulysses (which has impressively been on my Current Reading list now for over a year); and am in particular at the moment enjoying The Story of the Stone, which considering its length is probably just as well.
(Films Seen I will adjust at year-end, since I will no doubt watch some more before then. Also, will write a review of the year in early Jan hopefully).