Books I Read in 2010

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.

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