Books I Read in 2012

As in past years, here’s a list of the new (to me) fiction I read this year. Criticism and rereads are excluded.

  • Döblin, Alfred. Berlin Alexanderplatz. (1929) Feel like I should have gotten more from this.
  • Farrell, J.G. Troubles. (1970) Not a fan.
  • Gass, William H. The Tunnel. (1995) Equal parts intriguing and frustrating.
  • Hamid, Mohsin. The Reluctant Fundamentalist. (2007) Of some professional interest re: memoir-like fiction.
  • Dyer, Geoff. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi. (2009)
  • Houellebecq, Michel. The Map and the Territory. (2010)
  • Banks, Russell. Lost Memory of Skin. (2011)
  • Phillips, Arthur. The Tragedy of Arthur. (2011) I like Phillips a lot, but my interest waned.
  • Russell, Karen. Swamplandia! (2011) Taught this; an interesting failure, I think.
  • Whitehead, Colson. Zone One. (2011) Taught this, too. Liked it even more after reading Andy Hoberek’s piece on it in CL.
  • Johnson, Adam. The Orphan Master’s Son. (2012) Liked this.
  • Marcus, Ben. The Flame Alphabet. (2012) Didn’t do much for me; too precious by half.
  • Miller, Madeline. The Song of Achilles. (2012) Am liking this a lot.
  • Stein, Leigh. The Fallback Plan. (2012)

An enjoyable year, as always. I particularly liked Zone One and Song of Achilles (the latter of which I’m still working on). Not sure where I’ll start in 2013; I’m a couple of chapters into The Book of Happenstance by Ingrid Winterbach (which I like so far) and I have a handful of others waiting on my Kindle.

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