Thursday, December 30, 2010

For the last four years I have kept track of every book I read. Here is a picture of a pond with swans near my aunt's house and then all the books I read in twenty ten.

“This Won’t Take But A Minute, Honey” – Steve Almond

“Indiana” – George Sand

“Darkness at Noon” Arthur Koestler

“The Unbearable Lightness of Being” – Milan Kundera

“Madame Bovary” – Gustav Flaubert

“The Genesis of Gaudian Architecture” – Juan-Eduardo Cirlot

“White Oleander” – Janet Fitch

“Christ In Concrete” – Pietro Di Donato

“No Exit” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“Waiting for Godot” – Samuel Beckett

“The Maids” – Jean Genet

“Chess Story” – Stefan Zweig

“Epitaph of A Small Winner” – Machado De Assis

“Here I Stand” – Paul Robeson

“Philosophy in the Boudoir” – Marquis De Sade

“Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality” – John Boswell

“Tales of Love and Loss” – Knut Hamsun

“Housekeeping” – Marilynne Robinson

“Where the Money Went” – Kevin Canty

“One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisoyvich” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Tinkers” – Paul Harding

“The Wreath” – Sigrid Undset

“Beowulf”- Unknown (Translated by Seamus Heaney)

“The Country Wife” – William Wycherley

“Sir Gawain and The Green Knight” – Unknown

“The Rover; or, The Banished Cavaliers” – Aphra Behn

“The Relapse; or Virtue in Danger, Being the Sequel of The Fool in Fashion” – John Vanbrugh

“Walden” – Henry David Thoreau

“Desert Solitaire” – Edward Abbey

“The Way of the World” – William Congreve

“Beaux Stratagem” – George Farquhar

“Roxana” – Daniel Defoe

“Refuge” – Terry Tempest Williams

“My Year of Meats” – Ruth Ozeki

“The Beggar’s Opera” – John Gay

“White Noise” – Don Delillo

“Confusion: The Private Papers of Privy Councilor R. Von D.” – Stefan Zweig

37 in total: 13 American, 5 French, 11 British, 2 Swiss, 2 Norwegian, 1 Russian, 1 Czech, 1 Brazilian and 1 Spanish.

The best in no particular order:

"The Wreath" - Sigrid Undset

"Housekeeping" - Marilynne Robinson

"Epitaph of a Small Winner" - Machado De Assis