Friday, April 15, 2011

Reading List, redux

A long while back, I posted a reading list. I just went and looked at it again, and I realized that I've gotten distracted from the original list. Here's the new one.
If you have any suggestions for my 2011 list, let me know. I like new books a lot.

The Waves, Virginia Woolf  - finished
Kindred, Octavia Butler - finished
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison - finished
What are People For? Wendell Berry - have read bits and pieces (it's a book of essays)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin - finished
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon - finished
The Salt Eaters, Toni Cade Bambara - um, started but then stopped. I'm not sure why I stopped.
My Invented Country, Isabelle Allende
The Cure at Troy, Seamus Heaney
Catch-22, Joseph Heller - finished
Under the Net, Iris Murdoch - finished
The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
That Noble Dream, Peter Novick
Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
Looting Africa, Patrick Bond
Chasing Shadows, Lucrecia Guerrero
The Rain God, Arturo Islas
George Washington Gomez, Americo Paredes
The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
Wild Seed, Octavia Butler
Contending Forces, Pauline Hopkins - finished
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel - finished
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler, Italo Calvino - finished
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson - finished
No One Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July - finished
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark - finished
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee - finished
A Mercy, Toni Morrison - finished 
A Disobedient Girl, Ru Freeman - finished
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri  - finished
Burger's Daughter, Nadine Gordimer -finished
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides - finished
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose - reading now

I know there's been more, but I can't quite remember at the moment.


  1. I am currently reading Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. It is taking me a long time because I am bad at making time to read. But it is excellent, so I would expect nothing less from The Satanic Verses, though I haven't read it.

    An excellent book for people who like crazy mythologies, and stories about stories, and Byzantine and early Christian history is "The Habitation of the Blessed" by Catherynne Valente. Except for the fact that it's the first in a series (trilogy maybe?), and really seems only to be the beginning of a much larger story, and the other books haven't come out yet, so I can't speak to the quality of the entire cycle.

    Anyway, you make me look bad, you voracious reader you.

  2. Less voracious than I used to be, unfortunately. I'm somewhat ashamed of that.

    Thanks for the recommendations. I've heard good things about Midnight's Children. Have not heard anything about Valente, but I'll add her to my list...