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What I’m Watching/Reading 2021

As of October 2011, I created an index of books I reviewed here. I will continue to list books I am currently reading here, but I will not attempt to write capsule reviews or even to link to them. For that you should check the index of books I reviewed. Movie Reviews will continue to be listed and annotated as before. See also my 2020 reading list,  my 2019 reading list2018 reading list,  2017 reading list,  2016 Reading/Watching List, my 2014 Reading/Watching List, my 2013 Reading/Watching List2012 Reading/Watching List, 2011 Reading/Watching List,  2010 Reading/Watching List2009 Reading/Watching List2008 Reading/Watching List , 2007 Reading/Watching List my previous Sept 2004 to Oct 2005 reading list or my Nov 2005 to Nov 2006 Reading List , so definitely check that out as well. See also my Best of 2006 for a scoop about favorites. See also Writers who have Changed Me. A few remarks. I’m reading several books at a time, and to be honest, sometimes I don’t read all of them depending on the content or my interest. Usually however, it’s been a matter of attention span and what other projects I’ve been doing. Also, you might want to check my favorite novels, and my Amazon.com wishlist. Also here’s an annotated photo of my bookshelf Also, I haven’t read most of these books, but I’ve been setting up Amazon lists of classic Texas novels (100 novels and counting). You also might enjoy reading my Amazon list of Unforgettable Forgettable Novels. Also see my Best of 2017 list. I’ve also started adding my book inventory to librarything.com. At the bottom of this page you will find a list of movies I’ve been watching.

Starting in late 2018 I started writing a weekly Robert’s Roundup column of ebook deals. This actually gives you a better idea of what I’ve been reading.


  1. Levee by Paul Otremba. Poems by a Houston poet who died young.
  2. Various things by Clay Reynolds. Sandhill County Lines, Tentmaker,
  3. Seinfeld. Is this Something?
  4. Arguments for Stillness by Erik Campbell. Poetry collection by single unknown poet.
  5. Pre-Rafaelites in Love by Gay Daly
  6. No word of farewell: Selected poems 1970-2000 by R.S. Gwynn
  7. Selena with Love by Chris Perez
  8. Calculated Risk by Gerd Gigerenzer
  9. Beatles: All these Years Vol 1 Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
  10. Safe Delivery by Jim Sanderson
  11. Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
  12. Journey to the End of the Night by Celine (Finally!)
  13. Persistence of Memory and Other Stories by Jan Maher
  14. Gentle Degenerates by Marco Vassi. For my Vassi critical bio. (This one is somewhat middling).
  15. Newsletter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque
  16. Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku. Kaku has written a lot of popular science books. I’ll be reading more of these.
  17. Hyberbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.
  18. Arguments for Stillness by Erick Campbell. Have I already raved about this guy’s poetry yet?
  19. Theory of Literature by Rene Wellek.
  20. Apropos of Literature by Woody Allen
  21. Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel


  1. Elizabeth is Missing, starring Glenda Jackson
  2. Angel (rewatching, sort of)
  3. Bob Newhart show. Season 6
  4. Upload. Outstanding sci fi comedy about being uploaded to a videogame after your death. Wow, what happens if your loved one forgets to pay the bill to the videogame service? That’s a lot of existential fright!
  5. Syriana. Incomprehensible
  6. Call My Agent. Netflix French celebrity comedy.
  7. Community (binge-watching a second time)
  8. Love, a Netflix TV series, By Paul Rust and Judd Apatow, outstanding performances by Gilian Jacobs. Awkward dramedy with lots of funny moments.
  9. White Tiger. Great adaptation of a novel.
  10. One Night in Miami
  11. Newhart Season 1
  12. Aretha: Genius. Mediocre music bio pic. Yes, the show had a lot of incidents, so I guess it justified the series.