February New Year’s Resolution Recap

My New Year’s Resolution this year was to not buy any books. While I have already failed this resolution, I have been able to vastly cut my book purchasing down. As March dawns, well, who knows – maybe April 1st I’ll have a successful month of not buying any books.

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But … over the course of the month …

Never Let Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
The Comedians by Graham Greene
Dog Day Afternoon by Patrick Mann
What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] by Zoë Heller

The last three I picked up last week during a twenty minute wait for the L2 after jumping off the D6. I knew it was going to be trouble stopping in to Second Story Books but I did it anyway, so I only have myself to blame. The first two I bought because the trailers for both of the films based on the books made me curious about, interestingly enough, not the films, but their source material. The remaining book I bought because I still don’t believe that the screenplay adapted from it deserved to win Best Adapted Screenplay.

Excuses, right? Excuses.

As for reading.

I reread Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (second time), and am only about fifty pages from completing the book’s sequel, The Honourable Schoolboy. I also read three of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels – #8 Persuader (the weakest entry to date), #9 The Enemy (a prequel set when Reacher was still in the Army), and #10 One Shot (which is being adapted by Paramount with short Tom Cruise playing tall Jack Reacher).

March, ‘ho! Upcoming: Smiley’s People, third of the Karla Trilogy by John le Carré.

Meanwhile, come April 1st, I’ll be back into the Fire & Ice sequence with Clash of Kings by George RR Martin.

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