Monday, December 31, 2012

My Year in Reading, Again

Since 2007 I have kept track of every book I read.  Here is this year’s list.  By far this is the most I’ve read in a single year.  Not being in school is good for something, I guess.  Also, I read really, really good books this year.   

“Middlesex” – Jeffrey Eugenides
“We Have Never Been Modern” – Bruno Latour
“Slouching Towards Bethlehem” – Joan Didion
“The White Album” – Joan Didion
“Revolutionary Road” – Richard Yates
“All-American Poem” – Matthew Dickman
“A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat” – Arthur Rimbaud
“The End of The West” – Michael Dickman
“Eros And Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud” – Herbert Marcuse
“Wise Blood” – Flannery O’Connor
“The Age of Innocence” - Edith Wharton
“The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge” - Rainer Maria Rilke
“Wuthering Heights” - Emily Bronte
“Iceland’s Bell” - Haldor Laxness
“Letters From People Who Hate Me” - Steve Almond
“Open City” - Teju Cole
“Field Work” - Seamus Heaney
“The Trial” – Franz Kafka
“The Sorrows of an American” - Siri Hustvedt
“How Fiction Works” - James Wood
“The Liberal Imagination” - Lionel Trilling
“The Morning of the Poem” – James Schuyler
“Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” – John Ashbery
“The Tennis Court Oath” – John Ashbery
“Selected Poems” – Frank O’Hara
“Blood Meridian” – Cormac McCarthy
“The Sheltering Sky” – Paul Bowles
“2666” – Roberto Bolano
“A Man in Full” – Tom Wolfe
“My Struggle” – Karl Ove Knausgaard
“Ficciones” – Jorge Luis Borges
“Sincerity & Authenticity” – Lionel Trilling
“The Dwarf” – Par Lagerkvist
“Disturbing The Peace” – Richard Yates
“The Varieties of Religious Experience” – William James
“For The Sleepwalkers” – Edward Hirsch
“Aeschylus II: The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, and Prometheus Bound” – Aeschylus
“Birds of America” – Lorrie Moore
“Mythologies” – Roland Barthes
“Illuminations” – Walter Benjamin
“Alfred and Guinevere” – James Schuyler
“Nine Stories” – J.D. Salinger
“The Lacuna” – Barbara Kingsolver
“The Opposing Self” – Lionel Trilling
“Anna Karenina” – Leo Tolstoy
“Antwerp” – Roberto Bolano
“Barabbas” – Par Lagerkvist
“Play It As It Lays” – Joan Didion
“Gisli Sursson’s Saga” – Anonymous
“Full Tilt: A Memoir” – Paul Santoro
“The End of The Affair” – Graham Greene

Fiction: 29
            Novels: 24
            Short Stories: 4
            Plays: 1
Poetry: 9
Nonfiction: 13
            Essays: 2
            Memoirs: 2
            Pilosophy/Literary Criticism/Etc: 9
American: 31
Irish: 1
English: 2
Icelandic: 2
Swedish: 2
Norwegian: 1
Russian: 1
Chilean: 2
Argentinean: 1
Greek: 1
French:  3
German: 4 (I included Rilke and Kafka here because they wrote in German even though they were Austrian and Czech, respectively)
Total: 51

Favorites in no order: The End of the Affair, 2666, Anna Karenina, My Struggle, Barrabas, The Liberal Imagination, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The Age of Innocence.

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