Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy 2011! Ryan fell asleep long before midnight, and I was reading Winter World: the Ingenuity of Animal Survival as the clock quietly ticked over. We shared an Alaskan Amber, which is a sweet selection, given how many we shared on our honeymoon. Ryan's brother brought a case back for us from Colorado.

Every year, a list of a few favorite things I encountered during the year. I read a lot of books, but somehow, not a great many of good ones. Last year's goal had been to gather a dramatic number, and 228 is the largest by far, and this year, I hope to look at my list and feel as if I'd read a great many good books, books that I savored. For now, here are a few good things I read or watched in 2010:

Books, Fiction
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (re-read)
- Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport
- Push by Sapphire
- Housekeeping by Marilynne Robi
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (re-read)
- Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger

Books, Nonfiction
- This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich

Books, Poetry / Books on Poetry
- Cooling Time by C.D. Wright
- My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Alfred Habeggger
- School of the Arts: Poems by Mark Doty
- The Last Clear Narrative: Poems by Rachel Zucker
- The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep: Poems by Linda Gregerson
- Bird Eating Bird: Poems by Kristin Naca
- Juvenilia: Poems by Ken Chen
- Face: Poems by Sherman Alexie
- The Country Between Us: Poems by Carolyn Forche (re-read)
- Little Boat: Poems by Jean Valentine
- Compulsions of Silkworms & Bees: Poems by Julianna Baggott

- (500) Days of Summer
- The Girl in the Cafe
I've Loved You So Long
- Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
The Boys Are Back
- La Moustache
- The Big Question
- Babies
- Under the Same Moon
Facing Windows

Television: We don't have cable or any reception at all, for that matter, so we rely on Netflix, and I went through The L Word and enjoyed it; we also discovered the charm of Eureka and had an oddly transfixed time watching Discovery Channel's Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment.
2010 held a brief bout with cable, and we crushed on Ace of Cakes as well as Life.


Kerstin Svendsen said...

hi molly,
i just read gilead and loved it, and was thinking of checking out housekeeping because of that. since it's on your good list, now i definitely will. have you read gilead?
rec'd your chapbook the other day in the mail and promptly set about reading and crying in my food at the table. it's so good. thank you for sharing such tender memories and beautiful poems. said...

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