Yet another month interrupted by a sudden trip to the hospital to recover from my annual bout of pneumonia and again they caught it just in time. I don’t totally understand: I had been coughing and there was an ache in my upper chest for the last day or so, but I ws feeling fine: strong and active. But then I lay down for a short nap and couldn’t get up two hours later.
I was weak and feverish so I was shoved into an ambulance and rushed into the hospital emergency room where I lay on a gurney for two days since the hospital was overbooked. Then several days of antibiotics and I was well enough to send home with a two-inch thick collection of papers telling me what to do and what not to do.
Unfortunately I was out of the groove as far as reading was concerned and spent the next couple of weeks bingeing on Netflix and HBO on the computer. I always feel guilty when I’m watching the monitor instead of reading on the iPad but I have to admit I watched some decent, engaging fare on Netflix and even a good movie or two on HBO.
But I never gave my February reading list a chance so you may notice that I slid a few February titles ahead into March.
Here is the reading pool that will hopefully get me out of bingeing on Netflix and resume reading for fun and intellectual stimulation.
- Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination — Peter Ackroyd
- The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
- God: A Human History — Reza Aslan
- Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
- Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
- The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World — Steve Brusatta
- Love Is a Dog From Hell — Charles Bukowski
- Slow Boat — Hideo Furukawa
- Zero History — William Gibson
- The Calcutta Chromosome — Amitav Ghosh
- The Atheist’s Bible — Joan Konner
- The Incendiaries — R. O. Kwan
- Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
- The Big Blowdown — George Pelecanos
- Houses — Borislav Pekic
- Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free — Charles P.. Pierce
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
- The Locusts Have No King — Dawn Powell
- A Man’s Head — Georges Simenon
- Death of a Red Heroine — Qiu Xiaolong