As I did last year, here’s a list of the books I read for the first time in 2010. Just fiction; no criticism, theory, journals, etc.
- Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake.
- Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange.
- Camus, Albert. The Plague.
- Capek, Karel. R.U.R.
- Davis, Kathryn. The Thin Place.
- Donoghue, Emma. Room.
- Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
- Gilb, Dagoberto. The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña.
- Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. (OK, I read this in high school, but that doesn’t count. Ditto Animal Farm, which I also reread this year, though I’m reluctant to cop to it.)
- Johnson, B.S. Albert Angelo.
- Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. (An exception here; a serious reread for the book manuscript.)
- Lee, Andrea. Lost Hearts in Italy.
- Mantel, Hilary. Wolf Hall.
- Markson, David. Wittgenstein’s Mistress.
- Millet, Lydia. Everyone’s Pretty.
- Mitchell, David. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.
- Peace, David. Occupied City.
- Petterson, Per. I Curse the River of Time.
- Powell, Padgett. The Interrogative Mood.
- Russo, Richard. Straight Man.
- Saro-Wiwa, Ken. Sozaboy.
- Williams, Joy. The Quick and the Dead.
- Yu, Charles. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.
Oh, and I’m in the middle of Adrian Johns’ Piracy, which isn’t fiction, but which I’m totally reading for the plot. Does that count?
Read bits of a few others (Parrot and Olivier in America, Super Sad True Love Story, The Pregnant Widow, Death of the Adversary) to which I hope to return.
Should post some thoughts on these eventually. Or maybe something more formal for the new Post45 journal. We shall see.
First up in 2011: Alexander Theroux or Péter Esterházy, I think.
Finally and unrelated: I have awesome maps of nineteenth-century American fiction. More to come.