jan 2

My Year As...

There are now 35 books in my Amazon list "My year as..." which collects all the books in which people do one thing for a year. THIS. TREND. WILL. NOT. DIE.


#34 is a repeat of #4, one linking to the hardcover while the other linking to the paperback.

posted by mkamdar at 1:23 AM on January 3, 2010

Thanks, removed it.

posted by Rex at 1:24 AM on January 3, 2010

It's because everyone was buying them 18 months ago! Rest assured, if this crop fails you won't see any more. Until 5 years into the future when someone will take a flyer on one trying to recapture the magic of (by then) 7 years ago, and if that one succeeds there will be an infinite number again. What drives me nuts about them is that they're all pitched because of the friendliness to the media cycle (so NPR friendly!) and not really because of any inherent worth.

posted by Dara at 11:50 AM on January 3, 2010

Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking" doesn't really fit this theme, as it isn't about her doing one thing for a year. It is about death and coping... Also, it just seems mean to put such an esteemed author into such a craptastic trend-list.

posted by Heather at 1:10 PM on January 3, 2010

Are you going to add: "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"?


posted by Lisa at 1:21 PM on January 3, 2010

Tragically out of print: Brian Eno's A Year with Swollen Appendices.

posted by J. at 1:31 PM on January 3, 2010

Dave Holmes, former MTV VJ, is doing a thing where he reads one of these books every week for a year.

My Year of Everything

It's actually pretty funny and insightful.

posted by mokin at 2:04 PM on January 3, 2010

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