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Books I Should Maybe Actually Plan to Finish This Year

In tribute to this post about the horribleness/kickassness of having too many books to read and TOO SHORT A LIFESPAN (meanwhile you watch rerun after rerun of South Park instead of actually making headway in that area and what are you DOING Alice), I'm gonna pick a few books to genuinely, genuinely try to finish by the end of the year.

1. Sarah Waters's The Night Watch. I've owned it for about a year, but it was forced into my reading lens because a friend started yelling at me to watch the miniseries so we can DISCUSS and I am nothing if not a peer pressure caver inner. I've avoided it because I love Sarah Waters's Victorian shenaniganery, and I was dismayed that all her most recent books have taken place in the 20th century. Oh, electricity is commonplace? Then BEGONE FROM MY SIGHT, BOOK.

But it's good. Really...really good.

2. From the Closet to the Altar. This is an eGalley, or whatever on earth they're calling them. It's already slightly out of date, which is the nature of the game on gay marriage right now because STUFF IS HAPPENING EVERY DAY IT'S VERY EXCITING DO NOT PANIC. So unless the author revises it, it's not going to have the dramatic popular vote turnaround from this November that changed the record in one election from 32-0 to 32-4.

BUT. The first 50 or so pages give a comprehensive history of the movement, and it's well-written and informative and I'm liking it muchly. I've highlighted most of it, but here's a fun statistic for y'all:

Opinion polls conducted around 1990 showed support for gay marriage between 11 percent to 23 percent.

LIKE THE SPEED OF LIGHTNING. (if lightning took 20 years to happen)

3. A Walk in the Woods. Imma be honest. I don't even know where this book is right now. I switch bags a LOT. But I think I'm halfway through...I think. And I do really like it, so...gonna try to finish this up.

And I think three's enough for now, quite frankly.


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