On Books: It’s Time to Revisit the Ol’ TBR List of the Month (November Edition)

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Saturday, November 6, 2021. It’s a cold day – by Florida standards, anyway – but at least it’s not raining today. Currently, the temperature is 61˚F (16˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the northwest at 12 MPH (18 KM/H) and humidity at 88%, the feels-like temperature is 60˚F (16˚C). Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies. The high will be 65˚F (18˚C). Tonight, skies will be clear. The low will be 51˚F (10˚C).

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I love to read. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, even though lately I have a hard time carving time to read on a regular basis. So although I’ve bought some new books in 2021 – the latest being the third edition of DK Books’ Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual History, which was published earlier this week and I preordered in April – I have only finished one or two of them.

As you can imagine, my To Be Read (TBR) pile for November 2021 is…substantial, to say the least. I still have not made a dent on October’s list, plus I added one new title – the aforementioned new edition of Star Wars Year by Year – because I’m obviously reading stuff in miserly dribs and drabs. I’ll start reading, say, The Odyssey of Star Wars, get to a certain point in the narrative, then pick another book from the stack and read a few pages here and there.

(C) 2021 DK Books and Lucasfilm Ltd.

The last book that I can honestly say I’ve read from cover to cover is Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker’s I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year. The events of Trump’s last 12 months as President are so strange, so infuriating that it was like watching a car accident scene – I don’t want to look, but I can’t help but scrutinize the proceedings. And because the authors’ previous Trump book – A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America – was written in that same no-wasted-word style I learned in journalism classes eons ago, I almost read that book cover to cover as well.

(C) 2021 Penguin Press/Penguin Random House

Aside from that, my TBR list for November looks a heck of a lot like the one I had last month.

As of November 6, 2021, this is what my reading list looks like:

  1. Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual History
  2. The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem
  3. And the Last Trump Shall Sound: A Future History of America
  4. The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War

As you can see, I still have not finished three of the books from previous TBR lists, plus I added the new edition of Star Wars Year by Year.

I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time reading for pleasure this year. Maybe it’s the sameness of my routine; since the pandemic started in early 2020, I have not done anything exciting, either in the house or outside it. I don’t have a relationship anymore, so that, too, is a huge contributing factor. And my room is not ideal for reading; the futon that I have here is not comfortable enough to sit and read on for long spells. And the lighting….ugh. The people I live with are not readers, so none of the rooms here are laid out with comfy reading chairs or lit properly for a good reading environment.

Still, I get at least 10 new books a year, cos that’s the way I am wired. I love the feeling I get when I get a new title from Amazon – more so, in fact, than when I get a new 2K or 4K Blu-ray for my movie collection.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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