Dear Friends,
Are you, as I am, reading less these days? In my youth, I read everything. And I mean hard cover books, full price – dozens a year. Maybe 1,000 total!
I’m ashamed to say that this year, if I’ve read maybe 15 books, (with half on audiobooks, to make my commute bearable (before I got laid off in April, leaving more time to not read.)

Once, I wandered in wonder with words

In happier times – I wandered in wonder with words

What am I doing instead? Oh, casting spells on enemies, burning furniture for firewood to cut down on utility costs and culling my diet to 2 children’s milkshakes a day at Steak N Shake. Under $10 and 10,000 calories a day.

Otherwise I sleep alarming amounts of time – a record of 17 hours straight – once with the flu and once with a post-Halloween Hangover.
In my spare time – I look at things that are broke and wonder how to fix them or how to find a man to fix them. Last summer, every light in my house went out at the same time. I had an incomprehensible “main blue line” break (wasn’t that Lou Reed’s first solo album?) that flooded my street until a line of neighbors armed with pitchforks and torches rammed through my door, demanding repair.
And then there’s the Internet. Facebook and a new grandchild every day. Shocking Twitter pornography and football fans. Kim Kardashian’s butt and dyed-blonde eyebrows.
All this has severely cut down on my reading time. Not to mention writing. I’m supposed to be a writer? HAHAHAHAHA. LOL. LMAO. ETC., IBID, Et al!! I am but a shadow of my former erudite, pretentious self.
I’m tired of days with no accomplishments beyond blaming my ex-husbands and sons for their atrocities. Enough is enough.
I am going to read every damn book on this list – even the ones I’ve ALREADY read. AND I’m doing within this year.  Will someone, anyone, please join me? It’s a huge commitment, I know. But are we not men? What else do we unemployed bums have to do? See the list, in alphabetical order.

I want to thank my one follower in Azerbaijan, yes Azerbaijan! I’m sure you’ll join us. I am exempting myself only from “Infinite Jest,” as I’ve read it cover to cover and it took me from July to December. And that was my old voraciously reading self.
 I’m starting  alphabetically, tonight with Saul Bellow’s “The Adventures of Augie March”

The author Phillippa Gregory said “don’t read popular genres and say ‘I can do better than that – read the best of the best and try to do better!”
Leave your name in the comment section, and we’ll compare notes.

Georgia Lee
December 5, 2014.

About georgialeesays

Award-winning journalist, editor and writer of multiple genres. Former Bureau Chief, Womens Wear Daily and W magazine. Past director, Ivy Hall, The SCAD Atlanta writing center. Vice President, programming for Atlanta Writers Club. Freelance writer/editor of every subject in the known universe. Lover of clean, clear writing -"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book." - Nietzsche. I teach yoga, meditation, in retreat settings. Seeker of truth and transcendence. Reincarnation of Edgar Allen Poe. "Life is but a dream within a dream within a dream" Write. Create. Learn. Dance. Yoga. Sleep. Dream.
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  1. craig says:

    Portnoy’s Complaint? Really??


  2. Reblogged this on georgialeesays and commented:

    Let’s get smarter in 2015! RETURN TO READING!


  3. HappyApathy says:

    I can’t believe how few of those I have read. I can’t believe some of the omissions that they made.

    I do most of my reading online. Yeah. That’s it.

    Actually, I have two books going right now. Really it’s five.

    Really, though . . . No Richard Ford? No Cormac McCarthy?


    • Good question – I’m currently reading Richard Ford’s “Let me be Frank with you” highly recommend it – I’ve read everything he’s written and spent an entire day with him! As for McCarthy – hot and cold on him, but read “Blood Meridian” this year, and along w/ The Goldfinch, was THE BEST BOOK I read. The Time list is a bit predictable and incomplete. I’m plowing through “Adventures of Augie March” and re-reading “All the King’s Men” – if you haven’t read that one – I implore you, you must! A five star book.
      What are your two books now?

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      • HappyApathy says:

        You spent the day with him? What was that like?

        Right now I’m reading “And a Hard Rain Fell,” by John Ketwig; and “Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War,” by Peter Maass. Those were given to me a while ago, and I’ve been meaning to read them. Now that I’m unemployed, I have the time. I also have “Truck: A Love Story,” by Michael Perry, ready to go. I guess none of those would make it onto Time’s list, but . . .

        I received “Let me be Frank with you” for an early Christmas present. I can’t wait to get started on it. “Independence Day” was terrific.


      • Not familiar with your readings, but the titles themselves are compelling. Truck: A Love Story.
        Richard Ford was serious, intimidating and wonderful. I directed a writing center and he spent the day
        there. We had a one-on-one lunch. I thought I was dreaming. Beyond his writing (and I LOVED Independence Day too, I’ve had a crush on him forever. Sigh. Let me know what you think of his new one. It’s VERY funny. Happy Apathy Holidays!

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      • HappyApathy says:

        Thanks, I will. Happy Happy Holidays!


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