Saturday, December 31, 2011

Books Read, 2011 Edition

Michelle Davidson Argyle Thirds
Michael Bond Paddington Helps Out
Kate Bernheimer (ed.) My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me
Hannah Pittard The Fates Will Find Their Way
Jaimy Gordon Lord of Misrule
Samuel Beckett Molloy
Samuel Beckett Malone Dies
Antonia Byatt Possession
Albert Camus The Stranger
Agatha Christie The Murder on the Links
Phillip Morledge The Technique of the Mystery Story
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
Louise & Yuan Hsi Kuo Chinese Folk Tales
Louis de Bernieres Birds Without Wings
Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway
David Mamet Writing In Restaurants
David Kyvig Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940
Cleveland Amory Who Killed Society?
Graham Swift Waterland
Theodora Kroeber The Inland Whale
E.M. Forster Aspects of the Novel
Davin Malasarn The Wild Grass
Albert Hourani A History of the Arab Peoples
Henry James The Ambassadors
William Mumford Africans Learn to Be French
Anton Chekhov Forty Stories
Alfred Jarry The Ubu Plays
William Shakespeare Macbeth
Troy Nethercott How To Disappear Completely
Anton Chekhov Tales of Chekhov, Volume 1
Haruki Murakami The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Anton Chekhov Tales of Chekhov, Volume 2
Tara Maya Conmergence
Agatha Christie The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Anton Chekhov Tales of Chekhov, Volume 3
Alina Bronsky The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
Dashiell Hammett The Thin Man
Apuleius The Golden Ass
Anton Chekhov Tales of Chekhov, Volume 4
Peter Carey Oscar and Lucinda
Jose Maria de Eca de Quieros The Illustrious House of Ramires
Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber
JRR Tolkien The Hobbit
Thomas Mann Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories
Victor Pelevin The Life of Insects
Charles Portis True Grit
Kate Chopin The Awakening
G.K. Chesterton The Man Who Was Thursday
William Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra
Paul Auster The New York Trilogy
Vladimir Nabokov Pale Fire
Samuel Beckett The Unnamable
Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird

Plus a bunch of nonfiction that I just don't keep track of properly, mostly read as research for the novels I've been writing and I'll spare you all of that, mercifully. In 2012, my aim is to read a bunch more Chekhov, a bunch of Nabokov and Camus and Faulkner and O'Connor, a bunch more Shakespeare than I managed to fit in during 2011, and I will continue to look for living American authors that I enjoy as much as I enjoy dead European authors. Competition has not been exactly fierce. I also would like to read more from Jose Maria de Eca de Quieros (another dead European), who was one of this year's glorious new finds. Possibly there will be some Joyce and Melville and Stendahl on the list as well; who knows?


  1. That's an impressive list! Mine is ridiculously shorter - one reason I haven't even thought about posting it.

  2. I hope you have more time in 2012 to read! And I mean read for pleasure, not read MSS to critique!