Hey guys, I'd like in on this if you'll take a latecomer. Good way to track my reading, which I mean to ratchet up this year after severely lagging last year (Probably 20-25, when I usually end up more on the 50-end), and love reading the responses from last year. So far I have read: 1) Backslider by Levi Peterson - Probably not well-known outside of Mormon intellectual circles, where it is noted as probably the best Mormon fiction around, in that it details faith in an honest way, warts and all. Really a great book about a 20-year old named Frank in rural south central Utah during the mid-20th century who constantly backslides into drinking, masturbating, cursing and sex while having inner turmoil and trying to come to grips with his faith and at peace with God. A very good book, especially for someone who grew up in Utah, in the faith. Many of the scenes were familiar to me in the sense that they were the stories I heard from my Grandpa who grew up in rural Utah much in the same way. 2) The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami - This was a gift years ago from a co-worker that I finally got around to reading. Now that I finished, don't know what took so long. My first encounter with Murakami and his fascination with U.S. culture -- the plot has strong, twisted echoes of Raymond Chandler. Basically, a guy whose wife leaves him abruptly and without saying why. He tries to track her down and meets many characters and obstacles along the way while confronting a blurring line between dream and reality. Fantastic and highly recommended. Music and fashion play a big part in the story, setting the scene, informing us of characters rather than in an ironic, brand-name dropping way to beat us over the head that consumerism rules our lives, as is more common nowadays. 3) The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach A big story last year, almost more around the hype of the book than the book itself (Harbach received something like 500 grand for this first novel after a bidding war. A very good book, a meditation on people having singular passion, others being adrift from purpose and trying to find it again. Part campus novel, part a sort of dysfunctional family book, with some great writing about baseball in between. Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more from Harbach. I suppose I'm behind for the year so far, but WInd-Up was lengthy and I'm 550 or so pages into an 800 page non-fiction right now. After that, I plan on catching up on some of the backlog DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy I've been wanting to read, along with finally cracking The Pale King, which I've been holding off on because it grieves me to know it will be the last David Foster Wallace I'll get to read. Also on the list of probably's -- the old Gravity's Rainbow, which I've started twice before, really enjoyed, but gotten to bogged down into looking up all the early 20th century references Pynchon drops. This time around, I'll just read to enjoy it because damn, Pynchon can drop my jaw with creativity and wit.