I Read A Thousand Books This Year

Matthew Donnellon

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So the end of the year is nigh.

And this means that people like to show off the number of books they read.

For many book fans it’s a chance to show what books they’ve read and to maybe give some attention to their favorite authors. Far more people tend to use it as a intellectual showcase to make sure their peers know they read all the important books.

I suppose the practice has been going on for some time.

The first time I remember hearing about it was when then President Barack Obama released his list.

He continues to do so, including this year.

This prompted many people to do something similar and now it’s a bit in vogue to release a long list of books that would bring a tear to a sociology professor’s eye.

I have no doubt Mr. Obama’s list, a well read intellectual Harvard trained lawyer, is genuine.

However, I doubt many of the other lists.

I’m not the only one.


Source: via Twitter

So I thought I’d share the list of books I read this year.

There are a lot so it may take a while.

I love reading and this year I really unlocked my inner English major.

In early 2020 I thought I’d tackle a little light reading so i started with a couple page turners. I’m sure you’ve heard of them.

War and Peace

It dragged a little, but I got though. Took me a couple nights though. But man, once you get into it time just flies by.

The Brothers Karamazov

I thought it best to add another Russian doorstopper. I’m once you get started it gets hard to stop. Some people find Dostoevsky a little boring but man I thought it really flew by.

After that I thought I’d change it up a little so I went with a classic.

Infinite Jest

I know, I know, I followed up those classics with a little light reading, but it was the weekend.

After a while it was getting individual was slowing me down. So I downloaded the Harvard Classics Collection on my Kindle.

It had some of the basics. Plato Marcus Aurelius, Grim, Aesop, people I’m sure you’ve already read.

Also, it had 51 books in into between collections of poetry, and prose.

Paradise Lost

More like Paradise Found amirite?

Such a good book. This was actually the second time I read it. I love it so much.

Of course the natural step after Milton was the Bard.

I read all the plays before but I went through them again. I mean who hasn’t.

But each play was in a book so I counted them, and I found another with all 154 sonnets.

I was getting a little bored with English so I made the jump to Victor Hugo.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables

In the original French of course. I mean it just ruins the atmosphere if you don’t.

I found another little book too.

It’s called The OldTestament.

Apparently, it was all the rage 2,000 years ago. I just love the classics. It was on the Judea Times Best Seller list.

I guess there’s a sequel too. I might read that next year. Sequels are always hit or miss for me.

Then I wanted to finish off some authors that I’ve always admired so I ran through the collected works of Stan and Jan Berenstain as well finishing off all the work of Dr. Seuss.

The good doctors provided tons of entertainment. I mean one foot, two foot. Just genius.

There was of course about 500 more books, but I couldn’t keep track of them all.

That would just make me look pretentious.

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Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories

Detroit, MI

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