I read 8 books for this month. It wasn’t quite ebook only, but it was close. I only read two books in print.
In ebooks, I read the “graphic novel” that was the source for the movie Atomic Blonde in ebook. It was a very thin story and the movie is clearly more of an actual narrative and even makes more sense, minus the action girl aspect. I also read a YA story called The Green Futures of Tycho, which was similarly thin, but at least had the excuse of being written for preteens. I read Alt-Hero #5, which continued to be ok for a comic, and thus way better than comics are these days. My last round of ebooks was a trilogy called “The Hidden Truth”, an immensely dorky alt-history technothriller series and one that is quite cute if you’re familiar with 1990s internet culture.
As for print, I read a collection of Robert Louis Stevenson short fiction that included finally reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. What was striking about that novella was that there were, functionally, no women in it at all and that was not at all the context I had from its numerous pop culture permutations. The other short stories were interesting and very suggestive of where such a talent as Stevenson’s might have gone if his candle hadn’t been snuffed out before age 45.
I also read the first volume of Tom Jones. I don’t know Latin, so it was slow going having to check the glossary, but 95% of it isn’t Latin and was hilarious. Anyone who thinks that “feminism” or “birth control” is what makes people act scandalously has clearly skipped reading Tom Jones. One of the most surreal things about reading Tom Jones is how modern it feels even though massive portions of everyone’s lives are alien to modern sensibilities. There isn’t much new under the sun, as ever. Looking forward to knocking out the second half in the new year.
According to my calculations, I read 102 of 100 books this year. However, I ended up skipping a bunch of planned nonfiction to read “easy” ebooks of authors I’d wanted to get around to reading various books of, so I didn’t really read the 100 books I wanted to. I don’t know if I’ll set a goal for 2019. It seems to be inhibitive past 50 books.
Perhaps there’s the rub, never plan more than a book a week and count any extra chances to finish a book as bonus. Worth a shot. Happy New Year!