This is my last blog post.
Of 2017. 😉
You’ll not get that lucky, my friends; Tom still has many things to say.
Is there still an idiot president? Then I have things to say!
Are the Rams still in the NFL? Then I have things to say!
Am I married to Mrs C? Do I have the best group of peeps on the planet? Are golden retrievers still cute? Is there still beer? Then I have things to say!
But, for 2017, I’m about to hang it up. I’ll have another raucous weekend, then that’s it. Pfft, she’s gone. The two-thousand and seventeenth revolution around the sun, in the common era, is over.
I will miss it.
I’ll miss the last year I wasn’t 50. I’ll miss watching my football team climb back into the playoffs after a long drought. I will even miss listening to people defending Donald Trump in his appalling first year in the White House. But we must move on. Another revolution must begin. The wheel in the sky keeps on turning.
But I didn’t come here to take one last poke at the cretin-in-chief before 2018. I didn’t start this posting with the intention of doing yet another recap, and I didn’t sign on to lament the ending of my 5th decade on Earth. I am here to fulfill a promise. A promise I made to you.
I am here to reveal my Very Important 2018 Selected Reading List.
Many of you played a hand in this. This list is so much more comprehensive, and exciting, than it would have been without you. I want to thank you all.
A couple of quick notes, then, before we go to the list…
- I chose 20 books, instead of 12, because 12 books/year is the American average, and I am not an average American. It’s also because I couldn’t decide on any more to cut.
- I calculated 7387 pages combined in these 20 books, and when I divided 7387 by 365 I came up with roughly 20 ¼. So, I must read 20 ¼ pages each day to complete them all. Combining mathematics and goal-setting is how things get done, folks.
- I will almost always have at least one book going on the side, as well, unrelated to the current book. This feeds my ADD.
- And, finally, after trying many different approaches to attempting to prioritize an order to my reading – including a breakdown of monthly and seasonal metaphorical meanings in congruence with the tomes in question – I abandoned every approach and decided to read them in alphabetical order. By author’s last name. There is absolutely no more significance to the arrangement than that. At all.
Okay, you’ve waited long enough. You’ve been patient. You’ve waded through my inane commentary and gratuitous pokes at lunatic demagogues, so there will be no further adieu.
I present to you, my 2018 Reading List:
- The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
- The Alienist: A Novel by Caleb Carr
- Failed States by Noam Chomsky
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
- The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt
- The End of Faith by Sam Harris
- Tribe by Sebastian Junger
- Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Conspiracy against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Great Divide by Joseph Stiglitz
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- The Global Minotaur by Yanis Varoufakis
- When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I was going to take a moment to deliver you a brief synopsis of each tome, and perhaps some reasoning why each was chosen, but I didn’t. I read once that the perfect length of a blog post was 600 words, which is enough to make a point without losing your audience. This is at 666 words right now.
So I will let the list stand as is.
And I will thank you, once again, for your incredible suggestions and participation in making this list complete. And I will thank you, as well, for making 2017 another incredible year in the life of Tom.
2018 will be even better. This I know. I know this because I have all of you.
So happy new year, brothers and sisters. Be safe, be kind, and – most of all – be you.
You are what this world needs, most of all.