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New year’s resolutions

This is my only resolution for 2011. Of course, this BIG resolution has a myriad small ones embedded into it, but I don’t want to set myself very precise goals. 2010 wasn’t a good year at all, even if it included some really good things, and the only thing I really want out of 2011 is for it to be better. 
I want to get over things, find out where my stability went and focus on the things and people who make me happy. I want to make the most of what I have while I have it and stop worrying about a million stupid things that lead me nowhere. I want to focus on my studies and write an awesome thesis. I want to travel. I want to keep on doing creative stuff. 
Ok, I lied. I have another resolution. To visit 3 places I’ve never been to before. This is a resolution that I’ve made every year for the past three years or so, and I find that it is very easy to keep and always ends up giving way to some of the highlights of the year. 
Have you made any resolutions or do you think they’re a waste of time?

2010: What I Read

I hardly ever post book reviews, you know why? Because I am too busy reading them.
Ackroyd, Peter – The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde
Ackroyd, Peter – Venice. Pure City
Alexander, Paul – James Dean. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Appignanesi, Lisa – Mad, Bad and Sad. A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800
Atwood, Margaret – The Handmaid’s Tale
Auster, Paul – The New York Triology
Ballard, J. G. – Empire of the Sun
Barbery, Muriel – The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Bentley, Peter – The PhD Application Handbook
Brampton, Sally – Shoot the Damn Dog
Buten, Howard – When I was Five I Killed Myself
Doyle, Roddy – Chicago Blues
Ellis, Bret Easton – The Informers
Fante, John – Wait Until Spring, Bandini
Freeman, Daniel – Use Your Head: The Inside Track on the Way We Think
García Márquez, Gabriel – 100 Años de Soledad
Gayle, Mike – The to-do List
Goodman, Susan – Children of War
Gottfried, Martin – Arthur Miller. A Life.
Heller, Zoë – Notes on a Scandal

Hornby, Nick – Juliet, Naked

Ishiguro, Kazuo – Never Let Me Go
Ishiguro, Kazuo – Nocturnes
J. Sender, Ramón – La Tesis de Nancy

Kafka, Franz – The Trial
Kafka, Franz – Metamorphosis
Kureishi, Hanif – Something to Tell You
Lessing, Doris – The Good Terrorist
Leroux, Gaston – The Phantom of the Opera
Pendakur, Manjunath – Indian Popular Cinema
Loe, Erlend – Naive. Super
Manegat, Julio – Spanish Show
Mercer, Jeremy – Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs. The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co.
Murakami, Haruki – Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Murakami, Haruki – A Wild Sheep Chase
Nemirovsky, Irene – Suite Française
Nicholls, David – One Day
Parsons, Tony – Starting Over
Paxman, Jeremy – The English
Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar
Richardson, Nigel – Dog Days in Soho
Robb, Graham – The Discovery of France
Robinson, Jane – Bluestockings. The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education
Rutherfurd, Edward – New York
Sagan, Françoise – Hello Sadness
Sartre, Jean-Paul – The Age of Reason 
Shakespeare, William – The Merchant of Venice
Smith, Betty – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Zadie – On Beauty
Spencer, Amy – DIY. The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture
Spoto, Donald – Spellbound by Beauty. Alfred Hitchcock and his Leading Ladies
Tearne, Roma – Brixton Beach
Torrente Ballester, Gonzalo – El Señor Llega
Torrente Ballester, Gonzalo – Donde Da la Vuelta el Aire
Torrente Ballester, Gonzalo – La Pascua Triste
Townsend, Sue – The Queen and I

Turner, Graeme – British Cultural Studies. An Introduction
Vonnegut, Kurt – Slaughterhouse Five
Waters, Sarah – Fingersmith
Waters, Sarah – Tipping the Velvet
Williams, Tennessee – A Streetcar Named Desire
Wolpert, Lewis – Malignant Sadness. The Anatomy of Depression
Woodruff, William – Shadows of Glory
Wurtzel, Elizabeth – Prozac Nation
So these are the books I finished in 2010. There are others I started and left because I couldn’t handle them, like Kafka’s castle, and others that I’m still reading, like Portrait of a Lady. Then there are the books that I’ve been reading for years, like Sylvia Plath’s diaries. I read half a book in German and half a book in Italian, which I consider to be a massive achievement.
I read Sartre in Paris, Kafka in Prague and The Merchant of Venice in Venice. Yes, I am that pretentious.
The list contains pieces of crap and amazing works. Things that I had meant to read for years and airport impulse buys. I wonder what a psychologist would say about my reading patterns. I don’t want to review each book, so the ones I particularly enjoyed & recommend are marked in grey.

2010 film resolution

I had totally forgotten about my 2010 film resolution. Below is my progress so far. I’m not doing too well, but I can’t help it. I’ve been putting off watching those films for way too long! What are some must-see films that you’ve never seen? (I need to feel better about this).

  1. The Godfather
  2. Star Wars
  3. The Shawshank Redemption
  4. Chinatown
  5. Taxi Driver
  6. Alien
  7. Star Trek
  8. Goodfellas
  9. City of God
  10. Requiem for a Dream
  11. A Clockwork Orange
  12. Blade Runner
  13. Brazil
  14. Se7en
  15. Terminator
  16. Kill Bill
  17. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  18. Down By Law
  19. The Dark Knight
  20. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  21. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  22. Reservoir Dogs
  23. Superman
  24. Untouchables
  25. Lèon

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