The New York Times Top 10 Books of 2005.

Murakami's Kafka on the Shore is listed first, though I'm not sure it's meant to be "#1".

I spent last night piling up boxes in my basement. I have a sore back. But I packed 4 boxes of books, and determined that the bookshelves in the room should take up another 10 at most. After what's in the living room and what's in my bedroom, I think I have gone from over 30 boxes to around 25. This is about 1.5 bx per shelf, with the exception of art books, which are more like 2 bx per shelf because they are oversized.

I have also managed to flatten nearly every book that was bowed because my terrible movers packed it on two different levels. (That is, you place a book so that half of it is part of one stack of books, and the other half is atop a stack that is slightly shorter. You then pile other books on top of it. When you unpack the victim, if it's been more than a couple of days, it will be both bloodied and bowed. This is "funny" when it's paperback Anne Rice, and not so funny when it's a large hardcover book about notable photography of the 20th century.)

I'm cold because we've adopted the new household temperature for the winter. Much colder than the summer household temperature. Requires socks at all times, even if slippers are also worn. I drink hot cocoa, hot cider, and hot tea, all the time.
It being nigh-on December, the Best Books of 2005 lists are starting to come out. They're posting them at Bookslut as they find them, and I'm going to compile 'em right here.

Book that seems to pop up often or most (but that wasn't one of the Booker nominees) is Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black... it's on my "to read" list but quite a lot is ahead of it. Maybe I should bump it higher on the list. Also want to read Barnes's Arthur and George.

The New York Times Notables

London Times

The Guardian *

Christian Science Monitor

* note annoying pretentiousness of Chuck Palahniuk contribution. I Am Jack's Complete Lack of Surprise.



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