In the spirit of year-end lists, and for my own future reference, here are the books I read for the first time this year. Most of them, anyway – I didn’t keep a running list and my memory is imperfect. Also: Just primary literature, no scholarship (too many, too complicated, too fragmented).
- John Barth, Giles Goat-Boy
- Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
- Junot Díaz, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
- Dave Eggers, What Is the What?
- Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances
- Dagoberto Gilb, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña
- Ivan Goncharov, Oblomov
- Jonathan Littell, The Kindly Ones
- David Markson, The Last Novel
- Nick Monfort, Book and Volume
- Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics
- Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars
- Emily Short, Bronze
- Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation
- Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road
Picked up and put down Sacred Games, a couple of Jonatham Lethem novels, Let the Great World Spin, and some other things I’m sure I’ve forgotten. Will update as I remember more.
First up in 2010: The Interrogative Mood.