This day marks the first anniversary of this blog! To mark the occasion I have listed all books that I have read in this past year in a table with some additional information like genre and number of pages and with a rating in the form of X/10 points. These were the books that appeared in the “Current Literature” section in the right sidebar on the post pages throughout the year.
It should be noted that I read these books voluntarily, so all literature for my university classes – with the notable exceptions of Japanese Society (which I read in private last year and which later incidentally appeared as a mandatory reading in my Anthropology class) and 東京原発 (no reason) –, like textbooks and short stories, is not included. Furthermore, the following kinds of readings are not included in this table: photo-books (Brassaï, Escher etc.); reference books (Programming in Scala); and all books I only read parts of (Adorno’s Musikalische Schriften, Hofstadter’s Le Ton Beau de Marot etc. etc.).
I have to concede that I did not read as much as I expected. But, then again, I had a lot of university readings to do with up to 80 pages of short stories a week in my literature class plus innumerable other pages in textbooks and papers for other seminars. And, somewhat unexpectedly, I did not read as much as I’d hoped while traveling. I must have been busy looking at the scenery and taking photographs…
All of that did not prevent me at all, however, from letting my book-collecting addiction do its work (as was mentioned – in German and Japanese – here…). So I bought (roughly) between 40 and 50 books (plus one and a half months of uncounted books I bought back in Germany) of which around 25 decorate my desk at the moment. But, as always: Everything at the proper time.
Now, by providing this table, I want to give you a small glimpse of my literary taste and I hope that maybe you’ll find some interest in one of the works mentioned. Thus: Happy reading!
|Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo||Christiane F., Kai Hermann, Horst Rieck||Autobiography||333||10/10|
|Lila: An Inquiry into Morals||Robert M. Pirsig||Philosophy||480||9/10|
|Waiting for Godot||Samuel Beckett||Play||245||10/10|
|Japanese Society||Nakane Chie||Sociology, Japanese studies||162||10/10|
|Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society||Daniel Barenboim & Edward W. Said||Music, Art, Politics||208||10/10|
|Back to Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch||George Bernard Shaw||Play||300||9/10|
|Niedertracht und Ewigkeit||Jorge Luis Borges||Contemporary literature, Short stories, Essays||240||9/10|
|東京原発||山川元||Contemporary literature, Satire||261||6/10|
|The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition||Oscar Wilde||Classic||304||10/10|
|Der Vorleser||Bernhard Schlink||Contemporary literature||207||9/10|
|The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos||Editor: John Brockman||Physics, Cosmology, Philosophy||400||10/10|
|Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence||Karen Armstrong||History, Religious studies||521||10/10|
|Jazz Poems||Editor: Kevin Young||Poetry||256||9/10|
|Surface Structure and Interpretation||Mark Steedman||Linguistics, Syntax||144||8/10|
|Spiegel und Maske||Jorge Luis Borges||Contemporary literature, Short stories||256||8/10|
|Die Verwandlung||Franz Kafka||Classic||80||9/10|
|A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man||James Joyce||Classic||320||10/10|
|Dialog in Leticia||Ernst Tugendhat||Philosophy||143||10/10|
|Narziß und Goldmund||Hermann Hesse||Classic||320||6/10|
|日本人の知らない日本語 2||蛇蔵＆海野凪子||Language, Manga||159||9/10|
|日本人の知らない日本語 3||蛇蔵＆海野凪子||Language, Manga||159||8/10|
|Inherent Vice||Thomas Pynchon||Contemporary literature, Crime fiction||371||10/10|
|Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science||Editor: Steve Paulson||Science, Religion, Philosophy||312||10/10|
|Entlausung in Tokio: Ein Liederbuch für Weitermarschierer||Miles Bramarbas||Satire||51||7/10|
|Japanese Literature: An Introduction for Western Readers||Donald Keene||Literary science||117||8/10|
|Watchmen: The Deluxe Edition||Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons||Comic book, Classic||448||10/10|
|The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat and Other Clinical Tales||Oliver Sacks||Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Philosophy||256||10/10|