One of the first things I buy when I go to the States are books. I prefer to read in English rather than in Spanish (with the sole exception of Spanish literature). Furthermore, there is a greater wealth of novels translated into English than into Spanish, and I generally read literature from around the world. Here are my most recent purchases (and gifts) to start off the new year: Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, The Last Song of Dusk; Paul Bowles, The Spider’s House; Amos Oz, Fima; Tahar Ben Jelloun, The Last Friend; Amin Maalouf, Samarkand; Naguib Mahfouz, Midaq Alley; and P.G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves (not appearing in the picture). Of course, I can’t get started on any of these until I finish The Idiot, but luckily I only have about 7.5 hours left if I can stay awake. Oh yeah, and there is the problem of working 12 hours a day and not having free time to read.