reading

For the last three years, I have made a January 1, one-page list of all the books I think I want to read for the coming year. I inevitably don’t even get through half of the list, less because I don’t want to read them and more because other books come along. It’s sort of a fun experiment; comparing that original list to the list of the books I actually read is like an extremely simple literary map of my brain.

January 1, 2015 Reading Goals

A People’s History of the United States, howard inn
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, junot diaz
Development As Freedom, amartya sen
The Circle, dave eggers
Swann’s Way, marcel proust
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, dave eggers
The Secret History, donna tartt
We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, philip gourevitch
Just Kids, patti smith
Brothers Karamazov, fyodor dostoyevsky
East of Eden, john steinbeck
Swamplandia, karen russell
Another Man’s War, sam childers
Citizen: An American Lyric, claudia rankine
The Splendid Things We Planned, blake bailey
California: A Novel, edan lepucki
Gilead, marilynne robinson
Dog Whistle Politics, ian haney lópez
2666, roberto bolaño
The Imperfectionists, tom rachman
Birds of America, lorrie moore
Shantaram, gregory david roberts
The Virgin Suicides, jeffrey eugenides

Books Actually Read in 2015

High Fidelity, nick hornby
Lucy: A Novel, jamaica kincaid
We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, philip gourevitch
The Secret History, donna tartt
The Imperfectionists, tom rachman
The Circle, dave eggers
Love Will Steer Me True, ellen & jane knuth
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, junot diaz
Fahrenheit 451, ray bradbury
Let the Great World Spin, colum mccann
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, jonathan safran foer
The Bean Trees, barbara kingsolver
Strength In What Remains, tracy kidder
Surfacing, margaret atwood
The Age of Miracles, karen thompson walker
Choke, chuck palahniuk
Magical Thinking, augusten burroughs
Lolita, vladimir nabakov
Astonish Me, maggie shipstead
Cutting for Stone, abraham verghese
Seating Arrangements, maggie shipstead
The Heart and the Fist, eric greitens
The Reader, bernhard schlink
The Corrections, jonathan franzen
Speedboat, renata adler
The Virgin Suicides, jeffrey eugenides
Bluets, maggie nelson
The Handmaid’s Tale, margaret atwood
Autobiography of Red, anne carson
Telegraph Avenue, michael chabon
The Master and Margarita, mikhail bulgakov
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, haruki murakami
Drown, junot diaz

Currently reading:

A Brief History of Seven Killings, marlon james
Yes Please, amy poehler
The Sex Lives of Cannibals, j. maarten troost

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