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It’s almost June. If you worry you have accomplished little in 2011 so far, do not read any of the following, more or less recently published:

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

The Year of Living Like Jesus: My Journey of Discovering What Jesus Would Really Do

Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk

365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy

A Year of Blind Dates: A Single Girl’s Search for ‘The One’

Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan’s Most Rigorous Zen Temple

The Calculus Diaries: A Year Discovering How Maths Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

An Afternoon in Summer: My Year on a South Sea Island, Doing Nothing, Gaining Everything, and Finally Falling in Love

My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

How I Lived a Year on Just a Pound a Day

Give It Up! My Year of Learning to Live Better

Not Buying It: My Year without Shopping

A Year without ‘Made in China’: One Family’s True Life Adventure in the Global Economy

A Life Stripped Bare: My Year of Trying to Live Ethically

A Year Without Underwear: Exploring the World on a Bicycle

Talking to Zeus: My Year in a Greek Garden

365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

The Beauty Experiment: How I Skipped the Lipstick, Cut My Hair, Forgot Fashion, and Faced the World without Concealer for a Year… and Made Over My Life

The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison

Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously

Comments on “Books of the Year”

  1. cappio says:

    However could you have missed Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year Without Sex?

  2. alex says:

    Addendum:
    Andy McBean, A Year on the Bog: 1 man, 1 stopwatch, 12 months, 273 toilets (Southbank Publishing)

  3. Bob Beck says:

    “Meta, or, My Year of Years: My Year Spent Reading All The ‘My Year Spent…’ Books.”

  4. cappio says:

    Actually, that was a blog: http://myyearofeverything.tumblr.com/.
    Evidently Chastened finished the poor guy off.

    • Bob Beck says:

      … well, I’ll be jiggered (as someone said in the latest LRB). Another reminder, as if I needed it, that it’s as hard to produce satire as to have an original idea.

      In truth I hadn’t realized “Chastened” was a real book. I’d taken that title for a joke, and a good one at that.

      • cappio says:

        I only know about these books because I once thought about writing one–about reading all of Shakespeare in a year. When I realized how overdone–and silly–the genre is, as this post demonstrates, I decided just to
        blog
        about Shakespeare.

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