What’s going on

I can’t add anything to what  has written about the current awfulness. I am appalled. (This of course was what prompted my post on identity a few days back.)

To change the subject back to where it ought to have been, in the spirit of , I’ve done a backwards audit of my bookblogging since 2004 (the first full year that I blogged every book I read). My PoC authors percentage is not very impressive – 26/1088, 2.4%, with last year being particularly poor (thanks in part to my consumption of all-white Doctor Who novelisations and Shakespeare plays). The relevant books are:

2004 (3/146 books total, 2.1%)
Fermat’s Last Theorem
Persepolis I
Wild Seed

2005 (4/137 books total, 2.9%)
A Personal Matter
The Jewel-Hinged Jaw
Macedonia: The Bradt Travel Guide

2006 (8/207 books total, 3.9%)
The Kite Runner
The God of Small Things

Things Fall Apart
The Color Purple
Never Let Me Go
The Einstein Intersection

2007 (6/235 books total, 2.6%)
The Art of War
The Satanic Verses
Wild Swans
Palace Walk

2008 (5/363 books total, 1.4%)
A House for Mr Biswas
A History of the Arab Peoples
Freedom From Fear
The River of Lost Footsteps

Contested Lands

none so far (of 52).

I should be able to do better than that. At present I have the following on my unread list:


  • Reading Lolita in Tehran (Nafisi)
  • A Universal History of Numbers (Ifrah)
  • Search for a New Somali Identity (Hussein Ali Dualeh)
  • Kindred (Butler)
  • Black Juice (Lanagan)
  • Cities of Salt (Munif)
  • So Long Been Dreaming (Hopkinson)
  • Persepolis II (Satrapi)
  • With The Light (Tobe)
That’s a total of nine. I think I can reasonably aim to read all of them, and that same number again, in the rest of this year.

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1 thought on “What’s going on

  1. For me, aunt/flaunt wouldn’t rhyme but ant/plant do. (Aunt and ant are usually different)

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