2019 was not the best year for me- reading wise and otherwise. That sucks for me but we’ll get over it. But I did read some books I liked and here are they I guess?
1. Logicomix – Apostolos K. Doxiadis
I’m not the Man Booker so you can be sure I’m not going to cause any controversy at all by listing a graphic novel as my favorite book of all of 2019. Actually, I don’t know if this is going to be ranked at all so you don’t need to hold your horses for nothing. Whatever, this graphic novel is about the life of Bertrand Russel and it’s a lovely delightful mathematical philosophical mess and I love it to bits. I also am in love with Wittgenstein thanks for asking. This book is messy and meta but it’s also a confluence of confusion and heart and it is what we need in these troubled times. Wittgenstein ❤ forever.
2. A good man is hard to find by Flannery O’Connor
A friend told me that her stories were delightfully dark and yes I agree, eat my heart out, one of the best ever short story collections to ever exist!!
3. Letters to the lady upstairs by Marcel Proust
Proust is that good. These letters are one sided letters but they still encompass their relationship so well and I love seeing how letter writing is different than our current day communication methods.
4. Antigone by Sophocles
Plays! What a delightful thing! I read 2 versions, the Sophocles one translated by E. F. Watling and the one by Anne Carson one. I loved both but I liked the language in Watling s’ translation more. But overall, just a hard love. (I also read Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw which I also liked very much. I dig plays.)
5. A Single man by Christopher Isherwood
Can we have more books like this? Is that too much to ask? This book is the perfect amount of pages, introspective, observative, interactions with people, societal influence, setting, etc etc. This book is like entering a warm sea, it’s calm while being powerful, you can be in the turbulence without feeling the panic to flee.
7. The lover by Marguerite Duras
Magical and enchanting writing, even if the plot didn’t hold much in. I need to read more of Duras.
8. Raise high the roof beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction – J. D. Salinger
The Carpenters are my favorite fictional family and Salinger is such a pro at making his writing on them so funny but so heart breaking. The first part of this book Raise high the roof beam was amazing but Seymour: An Introduction dragged on but I’ll lap it up, no regrets.
9. A very easy death by Simone De Beaviour
I don’t know how I’m feeling about this on my list but I did like it, maybe just not that much. De Beaviour is so honest, her politics is ever present and she’s often looking in the face of an uncomfortable and unpleasant truth. I admire her for that.
In retrospect, 2018 was a reading year filled with so many favorites that I’m deeply upset I did not incur as many warm and heartful connections this year. It’s very nice feeling, finding a favorite book. I hope you found a few, at least. Tell me about them, if you want?