i've not posted much here yet, but i've been reading stuff on here a fair bit and this thread came up while i was searching for something else. i'm in, with the caveats that a) i'm going to do 50 books across all categories, b) i'm counting the books i've already started, and c) audio books count. ( if they're unabridged, i hate abridgments) and d) rereading counts, especially old books in new translations.
i tend to read more than one thing at a time, so the first batch includes
On Food and Cooking and The Curious Cook by Harold McGee. a long time before 'molecular cuisine became trendy, McGee dropped some science on the kitchen. a lot of science. (started 2011)
Serve it Forth by MFK Fisher. it's a book about food and cooking but like McGee's it's not a cookbook. unlike McGee it doesn't focus on chemistry.
The Gate by Francois Bizot. Bizot was captured by the notorious Comrade Duch well before Duch became head of the notorious Khmer Rouge prison, S21.
Beowulf the epic poem as translated by Seamus Heaney.
and i'm listening to American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin. (started 2011). J. Robert Oppenheimer, the atomic bomb, and his downfall during the communist witch hunts of the 50s.
i'll be throwing some fiction in there at some point (probably some Elmore Leonard) but these ought to keep me busy for a while. eventually i may take on Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a very, very long Chinese classic that's split into four very, very long volumes.
Edited by zeusbheld - 1/1/12 at 4:02am