January 2019 Reads

After exceeding a book-per-week pace in 2018, I set 48 books as my 2019 goal knowing I’d be tackling larger works, such as James Joyce’s Ulysses. The new goal looks to already be an underestimation, as I read the following 10 books in January:

My favorite of the bunch was Solstad’s Shyness & Dignity. The novel is the second I’ve read written by the Norwegian author. A darker tale potentially not best-recommended for the middle of dark and frigid winter, the story nevertheless fit my mood. I found Solstad captured well what must be the common angst of 50-year-olds lamenting the failure to impact the community or country as hoped as an idealist college youth. The book also explores why none of us really want to complete life as just a secondary character.

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