A Random List: Books I’ve Read on May 28

Do you keep a book journal?   If so, you know what you’ve read on May 28 each year for the last decade (2010-now).

It is a very odd list:  I’ve included links to posts at my old blog, Mirabile Dictu, where relevant.

MAY 28, 2010: The Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante  (my favorite book by Ferrante)

MAY 28, 2011: The Needle’s Eye, by Margaret Drabble

MAY 28, 2012: Doctors and Women, by Susan Cheever

MAY 28, 2013: Ursule Mirouet, by Balzac

MAY 28, 2014: Off Course, by Michele Hunevan

MAY 28, 2015: The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

MAY 28, 2016: Uncle Silas, by Sheridan le Fanu

MAY 28, 2017: Golden Days, by Carolyn See

MAY 28, 2018: Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford

MAY 28, 2019: Franny and Zooey, by J. D. Salinger

Does this list have meaning?  Well, it’s a random date, and I’m disappointed by the results.  If I’d included 2009, the title would have been Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which would have added flair.  But these are good titles, all thoroughly enjoyable, more or less classics, with the exception of Susan Cheever’s clever novel, which is long forgotten  and out-of-print ( hence not a classic) but worth reading if you can find a copy.

4 thoughts on “A Random List: Books I’ve Read on May 28”

  1. You remind me that I should really get round to reading Ferrante. I shall add her to the list of authors I am not reading and really ought to be.

    1. Ha ha! She IS stunning, though I’m not quite as big a fan of her Naples quartet as most of the world is.

  2. I do keep a booklog but now that I’ve switched to an electronic record I no longer record the specific date only the month. Which is fine for me. I think I find it more interesting to see what other books I was reading around the same time (because I’m a multi-stack reader) rather than the exact date of beginning or finishing. But, then, when others draw attention to a specific date, as you’ve done here, it does seem like fun.

    1. Yes, I, too, like to look at a month’s reading! But I do enjoy having the specific date of what Goodeads would call “finished.” It makes me feel like a librarian. 🙂

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