What did you read in 2022?

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This thread is an ILB tradition and always entertaining. Here's last year's version: What did you read in 2021?

It's a few days early, but I think I'll I go ahead and post my list now, even though there's a slender chance I might start and finish one more by the 31st. I always feel good if I can average a book a week for the entire year, but everyone's list, whether short or astoundingly lengthy, is always interesting, personal and illuminating. Thanks everybody for contributing and making ILB such a great nook in the ILX universe.

The 52 Books I read in 2022 in the order I finished them:

** indicates a re-reading

House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
Blues, John Hershey (about fish & fishing)
Paradise Reclaimed, Halldor Laxness
The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin
Soldiers of Salamis, Javier Cercas
**And No Birds Sang, Farley Mowat (WWII memoir)
Riddle of the Sands, Erskine Childers
The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean (popular science)
The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, Michael Lewis
The Light of Day, Eric Ambler
**A Little Yellow Dog, Walter Mosley
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962, Alastair Horne
The Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
**Histories, Herodotus
The Flâneur, Edmund White
A Small Town in Germany, John LeCarre
The Women Troubadours, Meg Bogin
The English Teacher, R. K. Narayan
Planet of Exile, Ursula K. Le Guin
Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall (mediocre geopolitical analysis)
The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan (Dust Bowl history)
Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata
Fatale, Jean-Patrick Manchette
The Origin of Satan, Elaine Pagels (theological history)
No Fond Return of Love, Barbara Pym
Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford
Farewell, My Lovely, Raymond Chandler
The Children of Men, P.D. James
**The Oregon Trail, Francis Parkman
The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
**Treason's Harbor, Patrick O'Brian
Maigret Mystified, Georges Simenon
True Grit, Charles Portis
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, P.K. Dick
Black Wings Has My Angel, Elliot Chaze
Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann (US history/true crime)
The Singing Sands, Josephine Tey
The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand (US history/biography)
The Summer Book, Tove Jansson
Maigret Hesitates, Georges Simenon
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float, Farley Mowat
The Outsider, Albert Camus
Why Religion? , Elaine Pagels (memoir)
Eve's Hollywood, Eve Babitz (memoir/vignettes)
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
Mr. Fortune, Sylvia Townsend Warner (a pair of shorter works)
**Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowat
**The Letter of Marque, Patrick O'Brian
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler
The Gate, Natsume Soseki
**Wild Animals I Have Known, Ernest Thompson Seton (52)

Odds & Sods:

Some short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
**Some essays by Jorge Luis Borges
Some essays by Mark Van Doren on Shakespeare's plays

Notable Fails & Rejections:

Radetzky March, Joseph Roth (a mismatch w/ my mood)

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 02:05 (one year ago) link

I read more during the 10 months up to October than I did any other year than possibly 2003. Though that may have just been a short burst over the summer of that year which would therefore mean ever.
Read about 90+ this year. Then slowed down heavily because of bike repair course meaning lack of time and energy. Was reading in bed for 4 hours each night til then. List is in other room so will write it up later.
I'm still reading 3 books at the same time now. Main focus at moment is Holy Ghost the Albert Ayler biography. Need to read last few chapters of Howard Zinn before end of year too.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 07:16 (one year ago) link

Here's mine, a couple long reads (Karamazov and the Monk bio), some fun genre stuff, some mostly good new fiction, and lots of Didions.

Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Stanislaw Lem - The Cyberiad
Stanislaw Lem - The Star Diaries
Stanislaw Lem - Memoirs Found in a Bathtub
Ben H. Winters - The Last Policeman
Ben H. Winters - Countdown City
Ben H. Winters - World of Trouble
Jennifer Egan - The Candy House
Joan Didion - Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Joan Didion - The White Album
Kate Folk - Out There
Emily Mackay - Bjork - Homogenic (33 ⅓)
Joan Didion - After Henry
Joshua Cohen - The Netanyahus
Joan Didion - Blue Nights
Joan Didion - Let Me Tell You What I Mean
Joan Didion - South and West
Robin D.G. Kelley - Thelonious Monk: The Life & Times of an American Original
Marcel Theroux - The Sorcerer of Pyongyang

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 16:53 (one year ago) link

even though i rarely contribute (beyond this thread) i always appreciate the discussions on ILB, thanks for an enjoyable year. reading this year is another edition of what i'm starting to recognize has become my covid-era routine, mostly switching btw music books, short translated novels & breezy nonfic. only notable abandonment was Dona Barbara by Gallegos, which i was just starting to get really into but lost track of due to life distraction reasons, but would love to try again in 2023.

Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century - Dana Stevens
The Dwarf - Par Lagerkvist
The File on H - Ismail Kadare
Piranesi - Susanna Clarke
Sly & the Family Stone: An Oral History - Joel Selvin
Why the New Deal Matters - Eric Rauchway
Rat Catching - Crispin Hellion Glover
33 1/3: Ode to Billie Joe - Tara Murtha
My Lunches with Orson - Henry Jaglom
The Essential Paradise Lost - John Carey
The Twilight World - Werner Herzog
The Plague - Albert Camus
The Inimitable Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
Respect Yourself: Stax Records & the Soul Explosion - Robert Gordon
The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World - Damon Krukowski
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert
Miles: The Autobiography - Miles Davis
Celebrations of Curious Characters - Ricky Jay
The Friends of Eddie Coyle - George V Higgins
Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History of Jeopardy! - Claire McNear
The Mind's Eye - Oliver Ssacks
Under the Black Flag - David Cordingly
I Caught Flies for Howard Hughes - Ron Kistler
The History of Puerto Rico: From the Spanish Discovery to the American Occupation - Rudolph Adams Van Middeldyk
Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico - Ed Morales
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
The Orchid Thief - Susan Orlean
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God - Carl Sagan
The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid - Lawrence Wright
The Time Machine Did It - John Swartzwelder
Closely Watched Trains - Bohumil Hrabal
The Hardest Job in the World - John Dickerson
All About All About Eve - Sam Staggs

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 17:21 (one year ago) link

In reverse chronological order. This list includes all formats, including audiobooks.

The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate, #1)/Yang, Neon
After the Apocalypse/McHugh, Maureen
Crossfire (Crossfire, #1)/Kress, Nancy
The Lighthouse in the Sky: The Goosefare Chronicles Book 1/Yan, B.Y.
Mouth to Mouth/Wilson, Antoine
The Woods of Fannin County/Ray, Janisse
Nevada: A Novel/Binnie, Imogen
The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War/Gladwell, Malcolm
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared/Jonasson, Jonas
By Gaslight/Price, Steven
Upright Women Wanted/Gailey, Sarah
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)/Carr, Caleb
A Good Little School/Basile, Carole G.
Borne (Borne, #1)/VanderMeer, Jeff
City of Thieves/Benioff, David
Murder at Teal's Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks/Bushman, David
Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical/Bourdain, Anthony
Sea of Tranquility/Mandel, Emily St. John
The Lincoln Highway/Towles, Amor
The Water Lily Pond/Siegel, Michael H.
The Flames of Hope (Wings of Fire, #15)/Sutherland, Tui T.
The Martian/Weir, Andy
Dead Astronauts (Borne, #2)/VanderMeer, Jeff
The Fall of Babel (The Books of Babel, #4)/Bancroft, Josiah
IQ (IQ, #1)/Ide, Joe
The Quiet Man (McGarry Stateside, #3)/McDonnell, Caimh *
Dead Man's Sins (Dublin Trilogy, #4)/McDonnell, Caimh *
Wolf in White Van/Darnielle, John
Skynoise/Lindsey, Ernie
The Psychology of Time Travel/Mascarenhas, Kate
How Beautiful We Were/Mbue, Imbolo
Men Without Women/Murakami, Haruki
Bullet Train/Isaka, Kōtarō
Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us/Klaas, Brian
The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses/Brannen, Peter
The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution/Foner, Eric
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America/Rucker, Philip
Face It/Harry, Debbie

I'll probably finish Marianne Wiggins' The Properties of Thirst before the end of the year. It's probably the best book I've read this year, and in the past several years.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 17:59 (one year ago) link

D'oh. It's just Properties of Thirst. No "The."

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 18:04 (one year ago) link

so just copied the list out of where I had it recorded have left out most of the books I'm part of the way through. have included Howard Zinn since I've read 600 pages of 680 so I think I can count that as this year. May still finish it. Think I may also have Richard Koloda's book on Albert Ayler done over next few days too. but these are the ones I've done so far. i think they were put in as I started them so may not have been completed in this order. I still have a stack of books out of the library taht I am hoping to finish and i have been buying books from charity shops a few times a week which should keep me going next year.

Jane Jacobs The Death & Life of Great American Cities
Ibram X Kendi Stamped From The Very Beginning
Anita Loos Gentlemen Prefer Blondes/
“ “ “ “ But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
bell hooks Sisters of The Yam
Thomas King The Inconvenient Indian
Ian Cobain Cruel Britannia
Nell Irvin Painter History of White People
Kehinde Andrews Back To Black
George Schuyler Black No More
Marlon James A Short History of 7 Killings
Carl Sagan Demon Hauntyed World
Ibram Kendi 400 Souls
Roma Agrawal Built
Carol Anderson White Rage
Pauline Hopkins Of One Blood
Nelson Algren Never Come Morning
Owen Hatherley Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances
Chris Albertson Bessie
Ruby Hamad White Tears/Brown Scars
Audre Lorde Zami : A New Spelling of My Name
Walter Rodney The Groundings With My Brothers
Angela Davis An Autobiography
Emma Dabiri What White People Can Do Next
Koa Beck White Feminism
Walter Rodney The Russian Revolution :A View from the Third World
Emma Dabiri Don’t Touch My Hair
Rafia Zakaria Against White Feminism
Chandra Talpade Moharty Feminist freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics and Hope
Mark Lanegan Sing Backwards and Weep
Jeffrey Boake Musical Truth
Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye
Beverly Daniel Tatum Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria
Nick Estes et al; Red Nation Rising
Vron Ware Beyond The Pale
Brian Klaas Corruptible
Greil Marcus The Shape Of Things To Come
Rafia Zakaria The Upstairs Wife
Thomas King The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative
Peter barry beginning Theory
Paul Gilroy There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack
David Treuer Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee
David Toop Flutter Echo: Living Within Sound
Sue Steward Salsa
bell hooks Teaching To Transgress
Nikole Hannah-Jones 1619 Project
Priyamvada Gopal Insurgent Empire
Shirley Jackson The Haunting Of Hill House
Sutton E Griggs Imperium In Imperio
Susan Cousins Overcoming Everyday Racism
Sonke Neizel Soldaten
Augusto Boal Games For Actors and Non Actors
Will Sergeant Bunnyman a Memoir
bell hooks Feminiust Theory From Margin To Centre
Kate Lister Harlots, Whores and Hackabouts
Howard Mandel Miles, Ornette, Cecil
Elijah Lawal Clapback
Lenny Kaye Lightning Striking
Harry Sword Monolithic Undertow
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
& Dina Gilio-Whitaker. "All the real Indians died off" : and 20 other myths about Native Americans
Nikki Kendall Hood Feminism : notes from the women white feminists forgot
Graham Lock Blutopia: Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the Work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Anthony Braxton
Howard Zinn A People’s History of the United States
Eoin O’Broin Home
Stuart Hall Representation
George Yancy On Race
Glen Matlock I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol
Nancy Fraser Capitalism : a conversation in critical theory
Katrine Marcal Mother of Invention
Ben Shephard After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen
Robert Forster Grant & I
Michael Lewis The Fifth Risk
Eric Klinenberg A Palace For the People
bell hooks Where We Stand: Class Matters
Johanna Katrin Fridriksdottir Valkyrie: the women of the Viking world
David Harvey A Brief History of Neoliberalism
Oein DeBharduin Why The Moon Travels
Vine Deloria Jr God Is Red
Suzanne Simard Finding The Mother Tree: uncovering the wisdom and intelligence of the forest
Robert Hare Without Conscience: the disturbing world of the psychopaths among us
Ryan Walsh Astral Weeks the Secret History of 1968
Steven Connor Paraphernalia : the curious lives of magical things
Barry Adamson Above The City Beneath The Stars
Scott Ellsworth The Ground Breaking: the Tulsa Race Massacre and an American city's search for justice
Tricky Hell Is Round The Corner
Kid Congo Powers Some New Kind of Kick
Niall Ó Dochartaigh Deniable Contact
bell hooks Be Boy Buzz
Neil Gaiman The Wolves In The Walls
Robbie Krieger Set The Night On Fire

I'm about 1/3 of the way into this The five : the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper
Hallie Rubenhold, so hope to get that done.

& a bit less into this A history of the world in seven cheap things : a guide to capitalism, nature, and the future of the planet
Raj Patel,

really want to get into this West of the Revolution : an uncommon history of 1776
Claudio Saunt

Stevolende, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 18:10 (one year ago) link

I collate the books I actually finish here:


bain4z, Tuesday, 27 December 2022 19:16 (one year ago) link

lol nice

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 27 December 2022 20:22 (one year ago) link

* - loved this particularly
+ - book club pick

Earthlings, Sayaka Murata
*Capitães da Areia, Jorge Amado
+Song Of Achilles, Madeline Miller
Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed The World, Billy Bragg
L'Ordre du Jour, Éric Vuillard
Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
Molesworth, Geoffrey Williams & Ronald Searle
All The Marvels, Douglas Wolk
*Jerusalem, Alan Moore
A Will To Kill, RV Raman
33 1/3: ABBA Gold, Elisabeth Vincentelli
Freshwater, Akwaeze Emezi
Os Vivos E Os Outros, José Eduardo Águalusa
Diário de Leituras, Alberto Manguel
*O Susto, Agustina Bessa-Luís
+Light Perpetual, Francis Spufford
*Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan
America Over The Water, Shirley Collins
Unquenchable Thirst, Rachel Pollack
Under The Glacier, Haldor Laxness
The Housing Lark, Sam Selvon
A Bid For Fortune, Guy Boothby
Jogos De Azar, José Cardoso Pires
Tudo Pode Ser Roubado, Giovanna Madalosso
Consumidos Pelo Fogo, Jaume Cabré
Uma Noite Não São Dias, Mário Zambujal
+A Fatal Crossing, Tom Hindle
*O Senhor d'Além, Teresa Veiga
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
+The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
The Awkward Black Man, Walter Mosley
The Plotters, Un-Su Kim
*The Hard Crowd, Rachel Kushner
Hollywood In The 40's, Charles Highham & Joel Greenberg
*No One Is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood

Started but gave up on:
Os Perigos do Imperador, Ruy Castro
Penguin Book Of The British Short Story
The Dawn Of Everything, David Graber & David Wengrow
The Box Man, Kobo Abe

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 12:06 (one year ago) link

2022.01 Virtual Light - William Gibson
2022.02 Idoru - William Gibson
2022.03 All Tomorrow’s Parties - William Gibson
2022.04 Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
2022.05 The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) - Thomas Hardy
2022.06 Wessex Tales (1888) - Thomas Hardy
2022.07 Life’s Little Ironies (1894) - Thomas Hardy
2022.08 Stalingrad - Vasily Grossman
2022.10 Stalingrad - Antony Beevor
2022.09 21 Intros About Charles Dickens
2022.11 The Sight Of You - Holly Miller
2022.12 The Comforts Of Madness - Paul Sawyer
2022.13 Song Of Solomon - Toni Morrison
2022.14 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Attwood
2022.15 Anthem - Ayn Rand
2022.16 The Dispossessed - Ursula K Le Guin
2022.17 A Tale Of Two Cities (Weekly Version) - Charles Dickens
2022.18 Ange Pitou (Short Version) - Dumas
2022.19 Ninety-Three - Hugo
2022.20 Ancestral Night - Elizabeth Bear
2022.21 Love and Rockets Volume 1 - Jaime Hernandez
2022.22 Macbeth - William Shakespeare
2022.23 By The Pricking Of These Thumbs - Agatha Christie
2022.24 Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
2022.25 Seasons 1 Autumn - Ali Smith
2022.26 Seasons 2 Winter - Ali Smith
2022.27 Seasons 3 Spring - Ali Smith
2022.28 Seasons 4 Summer - Ali Smith
2022.29 A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) - Thomas Hardy
2022.30 The Well-Beloved - Thomas Hardy
2022.31 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

(usual mix of public domain books and amazon deals, arranged around rough monthly themes)

koogs, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 13:17 (one year ago) link

Failed to finish a lot of things this year, but read most of these

Checkout 19 - Claire-Louise Bennett
The Last Days of Roger Federer - Geoff Dyer
We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-nehisi Coates
Why Bowie Matters - Will Brooker
Blackstar Theory - Leah Kardos
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
Beautiful World, Where Are You - Sally Rooney
O Pioneers! - Willa Cather
The Ministry for the Future - Kim Stanley Robinson
Pigs Might Fly - Mark Blake
Just Kids - Patti Smith
The Copenhagen Trilogy - Tove Ditlevsen
Lightning Striking - Lenny Kaye
Souvenir - Michael Bracewell
Cosmogony - Lucy Ives
This is Tomorrow - Michael Bird
Disaster Mon Amour - David Thomson
The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society - Andy Miller
Tearing Down the Wall of Sound - Mick Brown
Homogenic - Emily Mackay
A Line in the World - Dorthe Nors

Piedie Gimbel, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 14:28 (one year ago) link

Patrick Leigh Fermor – Between the Woods and the Water
Anthony Hope – The Prisoner of Zenda
Gene Wolfe – Caldé of the Long Sun, Exodus from the Long Sun
Richard Stark – The Sour Lemon Score
William Shakespeare – Hamlet
William G. Lycan – Philosophy of Language
J. R. R. Tolkien – Le seigneur des anneaux (tr. F. Ledoux), The Silmarillion
Thomas Ligotti – Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Grimscribe, My Work Is Not Yet Done, Noctuary, Teatro Grottesco
Ray Russell – Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories
Ellen Datlow ed. – Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror
Michael Moorcock – Elric of Melniboné: The Elric Saga, vol. 1
Marcel Proust – Le Côté de Guermantes II, Sodome et Gomorrhe
Robert Jordan – The Fires of Heaven
Clive Barker – Books of Blood, vol. 1-3
Noël Carroll – The Philosophy of Horror, or Paradoxes of the Heart
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman – Dragons of Spring Dawning
Mervyn Peake – Titus Groan
Stanley Cavell – The World Viewed
Shirley Jackson – The Haunting of Hill House
Richard Moran – Authority and Estrangement
Christopher Prendergast – Living and Dying with Marcel Proust
Eugen Weber – France, Fin de Siècle
Samuel Beckett – Proust
Arthur C. Danto – The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art
Guy Gavriel Kay – The Fionavar Tapestry
Jack Vance – Tales of the Dying Earth

Lots of DNFs that were nevertheless worthwhile. Many of these were books that I didn’t necessarily plan to read in full anyway (academic books, anthologies).

Stanley Cavell – The Claim of Reason, Themes out of School
Kendall Walton – Mimesis as Make-Believe
Mary Mothersill – Beauty Restored
A. D. Smith – Problems of Perception
C. Thi Nguyen – Games: Agency as Art
Arthur Machen – The White People, and Other Weird Stories
Eric S. Rabkin ed. – Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories
M. R. James – Casting the Runes
J. R. R. Tolkien – Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (ed. Humphrey Carpenter)
David G. Hartwell ed. – Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, tr. Ignat Avsey – The Karamazov Brothers

jmm, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 15:21 (one year ago) link

Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian
Don Delillo - White Noise
Charles Dickens - David Copperfield
John Darnielle - Devil House
Herman Melville - Moby Dick
David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Cormac McCarthy - The Road
John Le Carré - The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
John Le Carré - Call For The Dead
John Le Carré - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Philip Roth - Portnoy's Complaint
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fellowship of the Ring
Graham Greene - Our Man In Havana
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita

cajunsunday, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 19:34 (one year ago) link

Great thread, really interesting and eclectic lists

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 19:39 (one year ago) link

i never really go back and think about what i enjoyed or change what i read to match that. i probably should.

from my list casterbridge, two cities, sight of you, and autumn.

is there a new year's resolution thread for reading? everything on mine feels soooo long.

koogs, Thursday, 29 December 2022 02:14 (one year ago) link

I'm mostly a lurker here, but I've really enjoyed reading these lists, and past years' lists, for recommendations. I read more in 2022 than any previous year; finally got into a good daily rhythm of finding time in the evenings, and avoiding getting sucked into watching TV or scrolling Twitter. Books with * are ones I particularly enjoyed.

Charles Willeford - The Burnt Orange Heresy
Aaron Copland - What to Listen for in Music
John le Carré - The Spy Who Came In from the Cold*
Kim Stanley Robinson - New York 2140
Jack Viertel - The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built
Ursula K. Le Guin - A Wizard of Earthsea
Muriel Spark - The Driver's Seat
Henry Jaglom - My Lunches with Orson
Robert Simonson - 3-Ingredient Cocktails: An Opinionated Guide to the Most Enduring Drinks in the Cocktail Canon
George Eliot - Middlemarch*
Patrick Wyman - The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World
Muriel Spark - Symposium
Agatha Christie - A Murder Is Announced

David Graeber & David Wengrow - The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity*
John Franklin Bardin - The Deadly Percheron
Scott Eyman - Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise
P.G. Wodehouse - Something Fresh
Dava Sobel - Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Patrick O'Brian - Master and Commander
Graham Greene - The Comedians
Carlo Ginzburg - The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
John Dickson Carr - The Hollow Man
Joan Didion - Where I Was From
Evelyn Waugh - Scoop
Elmore Leonard - City Primeval

Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Leibowitz
Adam Tooze - The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931
Rex Stout - Where There's a Will
Jeff Tweedy - How to Write One Song
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Tombs of Atuan*
Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
Elmore Leonard - 52 Pickup
Antal Szerb - Journey by Moonlight
Charles Willeford - Sideswipe
George Orwell - Homage to Catalonia
Edith Wharton - The House of Mirth
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Farthest Shore 

Otto Friedrich - City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's
Dave Hutchinson - Europe in Autumn
Elizabeth Taylor - Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
David Graeber - Debt: The First 5,000 Years
Chester Himes - A Rage in Harlem
Ursula K. Le Guin - Tehanu*
Rex Stout - Gambit
Helen DeWitt - Lightning Rods
John Williams - Stoner
Sarah Orne Jewett - The Country of the Pointed Firs
Francis Spufford - Red Plenty*
Barbara Comyns - Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
Elmore Leonard - Glitz
David Grann - Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Dorothy B. Hughes - Ride the Pink Horse
Ned Sublette - Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo*
Patricia Lockwood - No One Is Talking About This
Ursula K. Le Guin - Tales from Earthsea 
John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky - Roadside Picnic*
Bethany C. Morrow - Mem
John Williams - Butcher's Crossing*
Alec Nevala-Lee - Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

Ross Macdonald - The Chill
Greg Milner - Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music
George Eliot - Silas Marner
Philip K. Dick - Time Out of Joint
Jean Rhys - After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie
Simon Garfield - Just My Type: A Book about Fonts
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Other Wind 

Patrick O'Brian - Post Captain*
Seishi Yokomizo - The Honjin Murders 
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing - The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
Agatha Christie - Lord Edgware Dies
Steve Swayne - How Sondheim Found His Sound
Patrick O'Brian - H. M. S. Surprise 
Elmore Leonard - Stick
George R. Stewart - Earth Abides
William Gibson - Pattern Recognition

John McPhee - The Control of Nature
Max Salazar - Mambo Kingdom: Latin Music in New York
Patrick O'Brian - The Mauritius Command
Otto Friedrich - The End of the World: A History
C.V. Wedgwood - The Thirty Years War*
Josephine Tey - Brat Farrar
Helen DeWitt - The Last Samurai

Louise Fitzhugh - Harriet the Spy
Ursula K. Le Guin - Dancing at the Edge of the World
Caroline Criado Pérez - Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
Patrick O'Brian - Desolation Island
David Maurer - The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man
Eliott Chaze - Black Wings Has My Angel*
Eric Hobsbawm - The Age of Revolution, 1789-1848
Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall*
Barbara Pym - Less Than Angels

Ursula Le Guin - Rocannon's World
Jim Thompson - Pop. 1280
Agatha Christie - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Patrick O'Brian - The Fortune of War*
Chester Himes - The Real Cool Killers
Hilary Mantel - Bring Up the Bodies*
Evelyn Waugh - A Handful of Dust
Kim Stanley Robinson - Red Mars
Gary Giddins - Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star, The War Years 1940-1946
Elmore Leonard - Swag
Jim Thompson - The Killer Inside Me
Muriel Spark - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Donald Westlake - The Ax*
Mike Davis - City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Patrick O'Brian - The Surgeon's Mate
Pierre Bayard - Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?: The Mystery Behind the Agatha Christie Mystery
Ursula Le Guin - Planet of Exile
Margaret Millar - Beast in View
Kim Stanley Robinson - Green Mars
John Le Carre - Call for the Dead
Lawrence Block - The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling
Daniel Davies - Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of Our World
Ellen Willis - Out of the Vinyl Deeps: On Rock Music
Stanislaw Lem - The Star Diaries

Elmore Leonard - The Switch
Patrick O'Brian - The Ionian Mission
Donald Westlake - Somebody Owes Me Money
Patricia Highsmith - The Cry of the Owl
Kim Stanley Robinson - Blue Mars*
Ursula Le Guin - City of Illusions
Colson Whitehead - The Nickel Boys*
Lawrence Block - The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza
Dorothy B. Hughes - The Expendable Man
John Le Carre - A Murder of Quality
Edith Wharton - The Age of Innocence

Ari (whenuweremine), Thursday, 29 December 2022 02:17 (one year ago) link

^that's one sweet list!

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 29 December 2022 02:51 (one year ago) link

Indeed. Looks like you may have just won ILB!

A Kestrel for a Neve (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 29 December 2022 04:27 (one year ago) link

yeah that's inspiring for sure

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 December 2022 05:53 (one year ago) link

a bunch of big books, a slew of smaller ones, a couple of rereads and even a few knocked off my to-read pile:

cervantes - don quixote
ariosto - orlando furioso
malory - le morte darthur
john cowper powys - a glastonbury romance
wyndham lewis - the human age
aldous huxley - ape & essence
hg wells - the island of doctor moreau
olaf stapledon - sirius
olaf stapledon - odd john
olaf stapledon - the flames
john wyndham - consider her ways & others
john wyndham - the seeds of time
ray bradbury - the illustrated man
ray bradbury - the golden apples of the sun
ray bradbury - the machineries of joy
alfred bester - the dark side of the earth
robert sheckley - the robert sheckley omnibus
roger zelanzy - this immortal
richard brautigan - dreaming of babylon
chandler/parker - poodle springs
raymond chandler - playback
raymond chandler - the little sister
raymond chandler - the big sleep
thomas pynchon - inherent vice
frank norris - mcteague
george gissing - the nether world
liam o'flaherty - skerrett
oxford classic irish short stories
elizabeth bowen - the heat of the day
ivy compton-burnett - more women than men
henry green - blindness
michael innes - there came both mist and snow
michael innes - appleby on ararat
michael innes - a private view
michael innes - the gay phoenix
michael innes - honeybath's haven
josephine tey - brat farrar
josephine bell - the port of london murders
freeman wills crofts - the cask
freeman wills crofts - the cheyne mystery
freeman wills crofts - the loss of the jane vosper
e phillips oppenheim - moran chambers smiled
e phillips oppenheim - the strange boarders of palace crescent
simenon - the shadow falls
alain robbe-grillet - the erasers
allain/souvestre - fantomas
gombrowicz - pornografia
kundera - the farewell party
jiří gruša - the questionnaire
adolfo bioy casares - asleep in the sun
pinget - mahu, or the material
pinget - the inquisitory
perec - three
perec - "53 days"
andré gide - the counterfeiters
thomas mann - stories of three decades
katherine mansfield - the complete stories of
anna kavan's new zealand

& closing out the year with christina stead's otherwise uncollected shorter fiction ocean of story

no lime tangier, Thursday, 29 December 2022 08:20 (one year ago) link

i think it was you who last year extolled the virtues of reading multiple books by the same author together. hence the slew of hardy in mine.

koogs, Thursday, 29 December 2022 10:39 (one year ago) link

Despite having a pretty horrendous year at work, I did OK with reading. But still, holy crap at whenuweremine's list.

** = re-reads.

Laura Mulvey - Citizen Kane
David Crystal - Rediscover Grammar
Derek Raymond - I Was Dora Suarez
Greg Tate - Flyboy in the Buttermilk
Paul Shepheard - What is Architecture?**
JB Priestley - English Journey
Patricia Lockwood - No One is Talking About This
Luis Bunuel - My Last Sigh
Audrey Schulman - Theory of Bastards
Adam Thorpe - On Silbury Hill
Mark Lanegan - Sing Backwards and Weep
James Shapiro - 1599
Patricia Lockwood - Priestdaddy
Kushwant Singh - Train to Pakistan
Ian Nairn - Outrage
TS Eliot - Four Quartets**
JB Priestley - Bright Day
William Goldman - Adventures in the Screentrade
Yvonne Tasker - Silence of the Lambs
David Thomson - The Big Sleep
Jeff Tweedy - Let's Go (So We Can Come Back)
Jim Thompson - The Getaway
Lee Child - Die Trying
Robin Wall Kimmerer - Gathering Moss
James Shapiro - The Year of Lear**
Antony Sher - Year of the King
Hannah Gadsby - 10 Steps to Nanette
Lee Child - Tripwire
Harriet Walter - Actors on Shakespeare
Edward St. Aubyn - Never Mind
Ed Guerrero - Do the Right Thing
Han Kang - The Vegetarian
Simon Callow - Being an Actor
Edward St. Aubyn - Bad News
Bohumil Hrabal - I Served the King of England
Richard Stark - The Man with the Getaway Face
Tim Winton - Dirt Music
Cicely Berry - The Actor and the Text
Edward St. Aubyn - Some Hope
Paul Theroux - The Kingdom By the Sea**
Joe Moran - If You Should Fail
Donald E. Westlake - The Ax
Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man
David Winner - Brilliant Orange
Rivka Galchen - Little Labours
Edward St. Aubyn - Mother's Milk
Edward St. Aubyn - At Last
Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast
Warren Ellis - Nina Simone's Gum
Robert Louis Stevenson - The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde**
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men**
Robert Macfarlane - The Old Ways**
Geoff Dyer - Paris Trance
Shunryu Suzuki - Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Sean Carroll - The Big Picture
Mark Epstein - Thoughts Without A Thinker
Jonathon Green - Days in the Life
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Tender is the Night
Vajragupta - The Triratna Story

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 29 December 2022 11:42 (one year ago) link

just recently found my missing copy of the bunuel autobiography... needs a revisit!

xpost: more a habit than anything else, though i often find value sticking with an author for a multi-book run. two of your listed hardys i've yet to read, then no more new hardy for me.

no lime tangier, Thursday, 29 December 2022 13:05 (one year ago) link

Ari’s list would take approximately 4 1/2 years of my life. It’s a drag being a slow reader.

Chris L, Thursday, 29 December 2022 15:19 (one year ago) link

cervantes - don quixote
ariosto - orlando furioso
malory - le morte darthur

Dang, that is a hefty start to the year

jmm, Thursday, 29 December 2022 15:23 (one year ago) link

I suppose I should have included the books I "read" by listening to them read in their entirety on Phobe Judge's excellent podcast, "Phoebe Reads a Mystery":

Agatha Christie/The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Arthur Conan Doyle/The Hound of the Baskervilles
Wilkie Collins/The Moonstone
Agatha Christie/The Murder on the Links
Anna Katherine Green/The Leavenworth Case
Bram Stoker/Dracula
Agatha Christie/The Secret Adversary

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 29 December 2022 15:34 (one year ago) link

I have a $50 gift card to spend and am carefully reading this thread for inspirations. Might drop it on an overpriced Junji Ito book, idk.

jmm, Thursday, 29 December 2022 16:37 (one year ago) link

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing - Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene
Plutarch - The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives
Goethe - Elective Affinities
Christopher Hill - The Experience of Defeat: Milton and Some Contemporaries
Michael Inwood - Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction
Lauren Berlant - Cruel Optimism
Goethe - Italian Journey
Lytton Strachey - Eminent Victorians
Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume II
Tacitus - The Histories
Peter Wohlleben - The Inner Life of Animals
John Boardman - The Oxford History of Classical Art
Frantz Fanon - The Wretched of the Earth
Osip Mandelshtam - Selected Poems
Andreas Malm - How to Blow Up a Pipeline
Procopius - The Secret History
The Quest of the Holy Grail (Prose Launcelot)
David Crystal - The Stories of English
Lucretius - On the Nature of the Universe, Ronald Melville Translator
Will Eisner - A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Prose and Verse translations in Penguin)
D.H. Lawrence, - Women in Love
William Hazlitt - Selected Writings (Penguin ed from 1970s including scandalous Liber Amoris)
Jonathan Barnes, - Early Greek Philosophy
Christopher Marlowe - The Complete Plays
Joe Sacco - Palestine
JS Mill - On Liberty
William Carlos Williams - The Collected Poems, Vol. 1: 1909-1939
Tom Paulin - The Day Star Of Liberty: William Hazlitt's Radical Style
Paul Woods - The Curious life and work of Scott Walker
Anne Baring - The Myth of the Goddess
Thomas Love Peacock - Nightmare Abbey and Crotchet Castle
Michael Brooks - 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
Ben Judah, - This is London: Life and Death in the World City
Anton Chekhov - The Essential Tales of Chekhov

glumdalclitch, Thursday, 29 December 2022 17:51 (one year ago) link

Max Aub - Field of Honour
Jesse K. Baer - Midwestern Infinity Doctrine
Andrei Bely - Petersburg
Daniel Benjamin & Eric Sneathen (ed.) - The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture
Thomas Bernhard - Correction
Adolfo Bioy Casares - The Invention of Morel and Other Stories
Karel Čapek - Travels in the North
Karel Čapek - War with the Newts
Victoria Chang - Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief
Amit Chaudhuri - Odysseus Abroad
Rafael Chirbes - Cremation
Norma Cole - Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems, 1988-2008
Wanda Coleman - Heart First Into This Ruin: The Complete American Sonnets
Cid Corman - Livingdying
Marie Darrieussecq - Pig Tales
Marie Darrieussecq - Being Here Is Everything: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker
Jeremy M. Davies - Fancy
Lydia Davis - The End of the Story
Natalie Diaz - Postcolonial Love Poem
Dasa Drndic - EEG
Tongo Eisen-Martin - Heaven is All Goodbyes
Stanley Elkin - The Dick Gibson Show
Stanley Elkin - Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers
Annie Ernaux - A Woman's Story
Sesshu Foster - World Ball Notebook
Renee Gladman - The Activist
Renee Gladman - Calamities
Juan Goytisolo - Quarantine
Judy Grahn - The Judy Grahn Reader
Jim Harrison - The Theory and Practice of Rivers and New Poems
Terrance Hayes - Lighthead
Harmony Holiday - Negro League Baseball
Fanny Howe - London-rose
Fanny Howe - Night Philosophy
Hua Hsu - Stay True
Kenneth Irby - Orexis
Kenneth Irby - Catalpa
Tove Jansson - Fair Play
Elfriede Jelinek - The Piano Teacher
Noelle Kocot - God's Green Earth
Clarice Lispector - Soulstorm: Stories
Garielle Lutz - The Gotham Grammarian
Garielle Lutz - Divorcer
Sabrina Orah Mark - Wild Milk
Bernadette Mayer - Work and Days
Patrick Modiano - Honeymoon
Geoffrey G. O'Brien - Experience in Groups
Pier Paolo Pasolini - Roman Poems
Georges Perec - W, or the Memory of Childhood
Sarah Schulman - After Delores
Sarah Schulman - Empathy
Sarah Schulman - Rat Bohemia
Isaac Bashevis Singer - A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories
Wole Soyinka - Shuttle in the Crypt
Maria Stepanova - In Memory of Memory
Martine Syms - Shame Space
Stacy Szymaszek - The Pasolini Book
Stacy Szymaszek - three novenas
Yoko Tawada - Memoirs of a Polar Bear
Olga Tokarczuk - The Books of Jacob
Nick Twemlow - Palm Trees
Jean Valentine - Home Deep Blue: New and Selected Poems
Elio Vittorini - Conversations in Sicily
Lewis Warsh - One Foot Out the Door: The Collected Stories of Lewis Warsh
Jonathan Williams - Amen Huzza Selah
Joy Williams - Harrow
Alejandro Zambra - Bonsai

zak m, Thursday, 29 December 2022 21:03 (one year ago) link

for a second i thought this was the ILM tracks/albums of 2022 nomination thread and i was very confused

na (NA), Thursday, 29 December 2022 21:06 (one year ago) link


Ackroyd, Wilkie Collins
Arendt, Between Past and Future
Arendt, On Revolution
Arendt, The Human Condition
Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
Ascati, A Counter-History of Crime Fiction
Benjamin, Illuminations
Bloom (ed.), Gothic Horror
Callaghan, Assigned: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Sapphire and Steel
Christie, An Autobiography
Clover, Men, Women, and Chainsaws
Daniels, Living in Fear
Dylan, The Philosophy of Modern Song
Fisher, The Weird and the Eerie
Hendrix & Poggiali, These Fists Break Bricks
Hobsbawm, The Age of Capital
Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire
Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes
Howarth, So Deadly, So Perverse, v. 1
Howarth, So Deadly, So Perverse, v. 3
Hutton, The Witch
Jarnow, Big Day Coming
Kannas, Giallo!
Koven, La Dolce Morte
Kröger and Anderson, Monster, She Wrote
Rzepka, Detective Fiction
Spade, Mutual Aid
Standage, The Writing on the Wall
Twigger, Angry White Pyjamas
Warner, No Go the Bogeyman

Mystery Novels

Allingham, Death of a Ghost
Allingham, Flowers for the Judge
Allingham, The Fashion in Shrouds
Brackett, No Good From a Corpse
Brand, Fog of Doubt
Brand, Green for Danger
Brand, Heads You Lose
Brand, The Crooked Wreath
Brand, Tour de Force
Carr, Hag’s Nook
Carr, The Bowstring Murders
Carr, The Mad Hatter Mystery
Carr, The Plague Court Murders
Christie, An Appointment with Death
Christie, And Then There Were None
Christie, Cards on the Table
Christie, Death in the Clouds
Christie, Five Little Pigs
Christie, Hallowe’en Party
Christie, Lord Edgware Dies
Christie, Murder in Mesopotamia
Christie, Murder is Easy
Christie, One Two Buckle My Shoe
Christie, Peril at End House
Christie, Poirot Investigates
Christie, Sad Cypress
Christie, The Moving Finger
Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Christie, The Murder on the Links
Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Christie, The Sittaford Mystery
Mitchell, The Saltmarsh Murders
Punshon, Death Comes to Cambers
Punshon, The Dusky Hour
Queen, The Greek Coffin Mystery
Roscoe, Murder on the Way!
Van Dine, The Bishop Murder Case
Van Dine, The Greene Murder Case
Van Dine, The Scarab Murder Case
Vázquez Montalbán, Off Side
Vázquez Montalbán, South Seas

Other Novels

Amis, The Green Man
Brackett and Bradbury, Lorelei of the Red Mist
Collins, The Haunted Hotel
Conrad, Victory
Hodgson, The Ghost Pirates
Masterton, Charnel House
Masterton, Family Portrait
Masterton, The Manitou
Masterton, The Pariah
Masterton, The Wells of Hell
McDowell, Cold Moon over Babylon
Rampo, The Hunter of the Grotesque
Ray, Malpertius
Simenon, The People Opposite

Short Story Collections and Anthologies

Anderson (ed.), The Women of Weird Tales
Benson, A,C. and Benson, R.H., Ghosts in the House
Benson, E.F., Night Terrors
Burrage, The Waxwork and Other Stories
Crawford, For the Blood Is the Life and Other Stories
Dalby and Pardoe (eds.), Ghosts and Scholars
de la Mare, Out of the Deep
Doyle, The Best Horror Stories of Arthur Conan Doyle
Edwards (ed.), Foreign Bodies
Ernst, Doctor Satan
Gilchrist, I Am Stone
Grabinski, The Dark Domain
Hartley, The Travelling Grave and Other Stories
James, M.R., Collected Ghost Stories
James, The Ghost Stories of Henry James
Kipling, Tales of Horror and Fantasy
Lawrence, Nights of the Round Table
Lee, Hauntings
Lewis, Tales of the Grotesque
Malden, Nine Ghosts
Manwaring (ed.), Heavy Weather: Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes
Miller (ed.), Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain
Rampo, The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadows
Rampo, The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro
Rampo, The Edogawa Rampo Reader
Ray, Ghouls in My Grave
Ray, My Own Private Spectres
Ray, Seven Tales
Rolt, Sleep No More
Scott, Randalls Round
Swain, The Stoneground Ghost Tales
Wakefield, They Return at Evening

Brad C., Thursday, 29 December 2022 21:08 (one year ago) link

Goddamn, man! I love it.

That’s the kind of reading I wanna do next year. (The Volume.)

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 30 December 2022 00:18 (one year ago) link


Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Joan Didion, Where I Was From
Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun
Frank Conroy, Stop-Time
John Darnielle, Devil House
Robert Gottlieb, Garbo
Brad Watson, Miss Jane
Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall, A Handful of Dust
Gail Stekelee and Randy Frost: Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and The Meaning of Things
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Donald A. Wollheim, Arthur Sara (ed.), The 1981 World's Best SF
Patti Smith, M Train
Tim Lawrence, Hold On To Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992
The Best of Margaret St. Clair
Ones I haven't yet mentioned on ILB:
Helen Rappaport, After The Romanovs
Lucy Woodhead, Shopping, Seduction and Mr. Selfridge
Henry Finder, Giles Harvey (ed.) The 40s--The Story of A Decade (New Yorker anthology)
Back to ones I've mentioned on ILB:
Michaiah Johnson, The Space Between Worlds
Bob Dylan, The Philosophy of Modern Song

dow, Friday, 30 December 2022 07:05 (one year ago) link

D'oh! How could I leave out
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

dow, Friday, 30 December 2022 07:09 (one year ago) link

I finished Holy Ghost by Richard Koloda last night. Very recommended. Plus got to see most of My Name Is Albert Ayler though could do with Swedish subtitles.

Started another thing a couple of days ago Through The Language Glass by Guy Deutscher but will be a while before I finish it.

& forgot a few which weren't in the list I copied out but were on the library site under loan history or on shelves I passed so not sure why they were skipped.
Eric Charry Mande Music
Damo Suzuki I Am Damo Suzuki
bell hooks Communion

Stevolende, Friday, 30 December 2022 07:51 (one year ago) link

go ahead. tell me how many books you read this year. take a lil artful photo of your bookstack. upload a screenshot of a notes app listing your fave reads of 2022 pic.twitter.com/WMdHkhkdhk

— jeremy poxon (@JeremyPoxon) December 30, 2022

xyzzzz__, Friday, 30 December 2022 14:21 (one year ago) link

Here's what I got through November:


Janet Malcolm - In the Freud Archives
Albert Cosser - Proud Beggars
Wallace Stegner - Crossing to Safety
Robert Bresson - Notes on the Cinematographer
Patrick Modiano - Such Fine Boys
Alpheus Thomas Mason - The Supreme Court from Taft to Warren
Dylan Jones - Sweet Dreams: The Story of the New Romantics
Lyndall Gordon - Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life
Denis Donaghue - Speaking of Beauty
James Wilcox - Guest of a Sinner
Joan Didion - Play It As It Lays
Denis Donaghue - Walter Pater: Lover of Strange Souls
Thomas Savage - The Power of the Dog


Matthew Sturgis - Oscar Wilde: A Life
* Oscar Wilde - An Ideal Husband
W.G. Sebald - Vertigo
Victor Sebestyen - 1946: The Making of the Modern World
Shirley Hazzard - The Bay of Noon
Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Sympathizer
Robert Gottlieb - Garbo
Thomas Hardy - Far from the Madding Crowd
Renata Adler - Speedboat
Deirdre Adair - Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir
Deirdre Adair - Simone de Beauvoir: A Biography


George Meredith - Diana of the Crossways
Jay Parini - Borges and Me: An Encounter
Martin Amis - Inside Story
Garrett M. Graff - Watergate: A New History
Harold Bloom - Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism
Italo Calvino - The Watcher
Louis Menand - The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War
Bobbie Ann Mason - In Country
Jeffrey Frank: The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945-1953
James M. Cain - The Postman Always Rings Twice
Barbara Pym - Quartet in Autumn
Kembrew McLeod - Parallel Lines
Hanif Abdurraqib - A Little Devil in America


John Le Carré - Silverview
Stephen Spender - Love-Hate Relations
Joan Richardson - How to Live, What to Do: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens
Nigel Williamson - Borges: A Life
Alejandro Zamba - Ways of Going Home
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Heat and Dust
Roger Lowenstein - Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War
* Henry James - The American
Ron Brownstein - Rock Me on the Water: The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics
Henry Green - Blindness
Jeremy Atherton Lin - Gay Bar: Why We Went Out
E.M. Forster - Three Cheers for Democracy
Daniel Mendelsohn - Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones


Andrew Holleran - Nights in Aruba
* William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
Manuel Rivas - The Carpenter's Pencil
Julia Briggs - Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life
Volker Ullrich - Hitler: Volume II: Downfall 1939-45
Julia Briggs - Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life
Gwendoline Riley - Sick Notes
John Dryden -- All For Love
Kingsley Amis - The Alteration
Michael Koresky - Films of Endearment
Lytton Strachey - Eminent Victorians
Sarah Bakewell - How to Live, or a life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer
Jeremy Peters - Insurgency: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got Everything They Ever Wanted


Albert Murray - The Omni-Americans
Siegfried Sassoon - Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
Sebastian Barry - Days Without End
Sylvia Townsend Warner - Mr. Fortune's Maggot
V.S. Pritchett - Chekhov
Carol Polsgrove - It Wasn't Pretty, Folks, But Didn't We Have Fun?
Bob Spitz - Led Zeppelin
* James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Sherwood Anderson - Poor White
Steven Hahn - A Nation Under Our Feet
* Henry James - The Aspern Papers


William Shakespeare - Richard III
Christopher Isherwood - Christopher and His Kind
Roy Foster - On Seamus Heaney
David Cantwell - The Running Kind: Listening to Merle Haggard
Peter S. Canellos - The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America's Judicial Hero
Edmund White - A Previous Life
J.C. Ackerley - My Father and Myself
Colette - The Pure and the Impure
Andrew Marantz - Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation
John Rechy - After the Blue Hour
* Alexandre Dumas père - The Count of Monte Cristo
Josephine Wilkinson - Louis XIV: The Power and the Glory
David Levering Lewis - The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order


Elizabeth Sewell - The Orphic Voice: Poetry and Natural History
Isabelle Eberhardt - The Oblivion Seekers
Christopher Hibbert - The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519
Gavin Lambert - The Goodbye People
William Shakespeare - King John
Edmund White - The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading
Elizabeth Taylor - The Soul of Kindness
Tété-Michel Kpomassie - An African Goes to Greenland
e.e. cummings - The Enormous Room
N. D. B. Connolly - A World More Concrete
Nick Seabrook - One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering in America
Penelope Fitzgerald - Innocence
Junichiro Tanizaki - Some Prefer Nettles
Ottessa Moshfegh - Lapvona


Tim Lawrence - Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980–1983
* Thomas Hardy - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Hannah Arendt - Men in Dark Times
Geoff Dyer - The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings
Walter Stahr - Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln's Vital Rival
Jean Rhys - Good Morning, Midnight
Javier Marías - All Souls
Javier Marías - The Infatuations
Christopher Ricks - Tennyson
Richard Brody - Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard
Hilary Mantel - Fludd


Hilary Mantel - A Place of Greater Safety
Greil Marcus - Under the Red White and Blue: Patriotism, Disenchantment and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby
Pat Barker - The Women of Troy
Beowulf (Seamus Heaney)
Annie Ernaux - A Man's Place
Annie Ernaux - Happening
Dorothy Baker - Cassandra at the Wedding
* Edith Wharton - The House of Mirth
Philip Roth - I Married a Communist
Luke Mogelson - The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible
Javier Marías - A Heart So White
Gay Talese - Thy Neighbor's Wife
Lorrie Moore - Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?


Timothy D. Snyder - The Road to Unfreedom
Elizabeth Bowen - The Little Girls
Robert Crawford - Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land
Leonard Sciascia - The Day of the Owl
Bob Dylan - The Philosophy of Bob Dylan
Wallace Stegner - Crossing to Safety
Hilary Mantel - A Change of Climate
Tom Breihan - The Number Ones
Maggie O'Farrell - Hamnet
Peter Brooks - Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative
Colette - Chéri and The End of Chéri
William Shakespeare - Cymbeline

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 December 2022 17:48 (one year ago) link

That's good going. I was thinking A Place Of Greater Safety was 700 pp+ cos I have a copy I need to read. & I think a few others there are similar length. So getting them done with others in the same month is good going. x10.
I think I was taking great chunks of nights through a lot of the year to read this year. & slowed down massively when i started getting up early for the course.

Stevolende, Friday, 30 December 2022 18:35 (one year ago) link

I am in awe of the number of books some of you manage to read in a year.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 30 December 2022 18:36 (one year ago) link

I'm single and walk a lot.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 December 2022 19:16 (one year ago) link

That in itself is impressive to me. If I regularly read while walking I'd be in constant danger of tripping or running into things.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 30 December 2022 19:19 (one year ago) link

Yeah, remember what happened to Stephen King. Alfred's probably smarter about it, since he hasn't mentioned any accidents yet.
One more I forgot, added because it's well worth mentioning anyway: JL Borges, A Universal History of Infamy, as translated by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni. My take was posted on a thread well worth mentioning anyway: Borges translation?

dow, Friday, 30 December 2022 20:23 (one year ago) link

So that makes 21 in 52 weeks. I like the pace, but looking at my Collier Brothers pile, figuring my likely lifespan, h'mm.

dow, Friday, 30 December 2022 20:28 (one year ago) link

And several of those weren't even from the pile, but the library, and personal loans.

dow, Friday, 30 December 2022 20:30 (one year ago) link

i once ran the numbers on the rough number of books i would be able to read in my remaining years and to cut to the chase i dont recommend doing that

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Friday, 30 December 2022 20:41 (one year ago) link

Aaand current discussion of music bios on WAYR? finally reminds me that I also should have listed Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson's Me and Sister Bobbie, with each life story told in alternating chapters, building some suspense, though Willie's dispatches are often deft rehash from his many previous books, far as I can tell. Hers are almost complete unknowns to me, and often startling at the very least.

dow, Friday, 30 December 2022 20:57 (one year ago) link

Yeah, remember what happened to Stephen King. Alfred's probably smarter about it, since he hasn't mentioned any accidents yet.

6:20 a.m., few cars, residential neighborhood with cul-de-sacs.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 December 2022 20:58 (one year ago) link

I though you meant you were listening to audiobooks

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 30 December 2022 21:01 (one year ago) link

never have

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 December 2022 21:01 (one year ago) link

That is somehow much more charming

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 30 December 2022 21:02 (one year ago) link

The Philosophy of Modern Song - Bob Dylan
The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow
We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland - Fintan O'Toole
Memento Mori - Muriel Spark
Slayground - Richard Stark
Sideswipe - Charles Willeford
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets - Svetlana Alexievich
Cuba: An American History - Ada Ferrer
The Passion According to G.H. - Clarice Lispector
The Invention of Morel - Adolfo Bioy Casares
Teenager - Bud Smith
Either/Or - Elif Batuman
Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History - Peter Houlahan
Normal People - Sally Rooney
The Regency Years: During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love, and Britain Becomes Modern - Robert Morrison
Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York - Lucy Sante
Deadwood - Pete Dexter
Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom - Derecka Purnell
Kudos - Rachel Cusk
Cockfighter - Charles Willeford
Eve's Hollywood - Eve Babitz
Mason & Dixon - Thomas Pynchon
Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century - Dana Stevens
Transit - Rachel Cusk
Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music - Alex Ross
When We Cease to Understand the World - Benjami­n Labatut
Outline - Rachel Cusk
Harlem Shuffle - Colson Whitehead
Arctic Dreams - Barry Lopez

Chris L, Friday, 30 December 2022 21:36 (one year ago) link

The nice discoveries: Bei Dao (just a few pages to finish), Heine's prose, Starnone's fiction, Aubrey's portraits, and I have 'discovered' Shakespeare after being mis-taught it at school. On the boil Latin American fiction (via Onetti and Di Benedetto) is a thing you can never go wrong with (as oposed to Vargas Llosa, the only book that really bored me). I didn't read lots but I read big at times (it informed this poll: Like the 20th Century Never Happened) and right now I am finishing part two of Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries, which is really wonderful, one of the finest books ever bought out by NYRB.

Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep
John Aubrey - Brief Lives
Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent
Ursula Le Guin - The Dispossesed
Domenico Starnone - Ties
Natalia Ginzburg - The Dry Heart
William Congreve - Incognita
The Poems of Wilfred Owen
Antonio Lobo Antunes - Act of the Dammed
Hazlitt - On Theatre
William Shakespeare - Othello
Wolfgang Hilbig - The Interim
William Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra
Various - The Tragic History of the Sea
Antonio Moresco - Distant Light
Juan Carlos Onetti - The Shipyard
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Antonio Di Benedetto - The Silentiary
Vasily Grossman - Life & Fate
Cesare Pavese - The Beautiful Summer
Homer - War Music (tr Christopher Logue)
Xavier de Maistre - Journey Around my Room
Peter Stamm - The Sweet Indifference of the World
Wole Soyinka - A Shutter in the Crypt
Mario Vargas Llosa - Conversation in the Cathedral*
Hermann Burger - Brenner
Halldor Laxness - Indepedent People
Joy Williams - Harrow
Vladimir Sharov - Before & During
Christina Stead - The Man Who Loved Children
Pat Califia - Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex
Helen DeWitt - The English Understand Wool
Heinrich Heine - Travel Pictures
Bei Dao - City Gate, Open Up*
Uwe Johnson - Anniversaries Part Two*

* unfinished/to finish

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 31 December 2022 12:13 (one year ago) link

Brenner is also lovely, a one of a kind book.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 31 December 2022 12:14 (one year ago) link

I have Brenner and keep meaning to put it in the queue. Stoked to see Life & Fate on your list -- I think I read it eleven years ago or so and that long set piece where they're defending House 6/1 never leaves me, what a book

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 31 December 2022 12:27 (one year ago) link

Experiments in Imagining Otherwise Lola Olufemi
The Moon in Its Flight Gilbert Sorrentino
The Twilight Zone Nona Fernández
Role Models John Waters
Begin Again: Collected Poems Grace Paley
What Belongs to You Garth Greenwell
Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation Nuar Alsadir
Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome Garth Marenghi
The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky Vaslav Nijinsky
Reader for Hire Raymond Jean
You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat] Andrew Hankinson
Fairy Tale Stephen King
Silences Tillie Olsen
The Road to the City Natalia Ginzburg
The Enchanted Glass Tom Nairn
Ulysses James Joyce
Devil House John Darnielle
Chavs Owen Jones
Bad Behavior Mary Gaitskill
Manhunt Gretchen Felker-Martin
The Impostor Silvina Ocampo
Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs Taban Lo Liyong
Twenty-two Days or Half a Lifetime Franz Fühmann
The Harpy Megan Hunter
Party im Blitz Elias Canetti
The Cheap-Eaters Thomas Bernhard
Three Lives Gertrude Stein
Tender Buttons Gertrude Stein
Cain's Jawbone E. Powys Mathers
Terminal Boredom Izumi Suzuki
Bird in a Cage Frédéric Dard
Powers of Darkness Valdimar Asmundsson,Bram Stoker,Hans De Roos
Girl, Woman, Other Bernardine Evaristo
Beowulf A New Translation Seamus Heaney
Station Eleven Emily St John Mandel
Harrow Joy Williams
The Changeling Joy Williams
+Vols 1 & 2 of the complete original stories of Maupassant

Sorry for horrible formatting, I’m on phone & can’t fix. Managed about half what I’ve been used to reading these last few years — obv the numbers don’t matter except insofar as they reflect less time for reading, which in this case directly stems from dismal life shit — nonetheless a v good year for reading if nothing else, I will remember this summer for the heatwave and finally reading Ulysses

No rereads on the list which I feel can’t be right but I guess it is (audiobooks in bed don’t count else Stephen King’s cell would appear 50 times)

I didn’t finish the descent by Jeff long or Paul Morley’s Dylan book; I’ll go back to the latter at some point probably

pilk/pall revolting odors (wins), Saturday, 31 December 2022 19:51 (one year ago) link

Also this list is backwards, experiments in imagining otherwise is the last thing I read and in many ways the perfect thing to read going into a new year, although in other ways the new year thing is antithetical to what it’s about

pilk/pall revolting odors (wins), Saturday, 31 December 2022 19:56 (one year ago) link

lorrie moore - anagrams
lonnie elder iii - ceremonies in dark old men
roth - the human stain
judd apatow - sicker in the head
meghan o'rourke - the invisible kingdom
michael eric dyson - jay-z: made in america
calvin trillin - remembering denny
scarlett thomas - 41-love
noel coward - private lives
joyce carol oates - sexy
joyce carol oates - the (other) you
joyce carol oates - the tattooed girl
joyce carol oates - because it is bitter, and because it is my heart
donna tartt - the secret history
chris clarey - federer bio
adam levin - mount chi
porchista khakpour - sick
shawn levy - de niro bio
the realm of appearances -matthew wong art book
ross douhat - the deep places
anne tyler - a slipping down life

johnny crunch, Saturday, 31 December 2022 22:12 (one year ago) link

C&P from my end of year blog, hope you don't mind.

PG Wodehouse - Heavy Weather (1933) **** (amazing that this and Summer Lightning take place within two weeks, such intricate, flawless plotting)
Mark Fisher - Capitalist Realism (2009) **** (still essential, wish he were around to give us an update)
David Nobbs - Pratt à Manger (2006) **½ (dregs of the Henry Pratt series, still worth reading)
Jonathan Coe - Middle England (2018) *** (diminishing returns in the Rotters Club series, some parts excellent, some parts should have been cut)
Mervyn Peake - Titus Groan (1946) ****½ (yes, I should have read this years ago, I know)
Eric Hobsbawm - Age of Extremes The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991 (1994) ****
Taylor Downing - 1942: Britain at the Brink (2022) ** (just not what I was looking for here)
Terry Teachout - Duke (2013) ** (some parts are excellent, unfortunately spoiled by his bizarre insistence on tutting at Ellington for not being a classical composer)
PG Wodehouse - Blandings Castle and Elsewhere (1935) **** (some of the best Blandings stories, Mr Mulliner stories are fine but not up to same standard)
Ted Gioia - The History of Jazz, Second Edition (2021) **½ (interesting as an overview of what the consensus (to be challenged) is, devoting more of the book to Winton Marsalis than all non-US Jazz is pretty inexcusable, also he is very sniffy about free jazz and has apparent contempt for hip-hop)
Alex Ross - The Rest Is Noise (2007) ***½ (very good overview of 21st century classical music, which I am still not really into after reading)
PG Wodehouse - Lord Emsworth and Others (1937) ***½ (some stories are excellent, not enough Blandings for me though)
Louis Menand - The Free World (2021) **** (excellent primer on cold war era culture and thought, have just finished this and am letting it sink in)
Edward Joffe - Hancock's Last Stand (1998) *½ (on Tony Hancock's last months from someone who was there, would expect any showbiz memoir to be more engaging than this)

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Saturday, 31 December 2022 22:14 (one year ago) link

"Stoked to see Life & Fate on your list" -- your enthusiasm for W&P was also lovely to see, and since L&F is modelled on it..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 1 January 2023 11:19 (one year ago) link

Fatal Vision - Joe McGinniss
The 1975 Annual World's Best SF - Donald A Wollheim ed
Slow Horses - Mick Herron
Sadie When She Died - Ed McBain
Consider Phlebas - Iain M Banks
A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters
The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M Cain
The Death of Grass - John Christopher
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith
The Moving Toyshop - Edmund Crispin
Denim and Leather: The Rise and Fall of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal - Michael Hand
Time Unchained - Ivan Howard ed
My Face for the World to See - Alfred Hayes
Astounding: John Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A Heinlein, L. Ron Hiubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction - Alec Nevala-Lee
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee - Abraham Riesman
The Player of Games - Iain M Banks
The Dark Hours - Michael Connelly
A New Day Yesterday: UK Progressive Rock & The 1970s - Mike Barnes
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag and other stories - Robert A. Heinlein
All of the Marvels - Douglas Wolk
The Daughter of Time - Josephine They
Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life - George Saunders et al
All Out War: The Full Story of Brexit - Tim Shipman
Maigret in Court - Georges Simenon
Songs of Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe - Thomas Ligotti
The Unsettled Dust - Robert Aickman
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiel Hammett
Cop Hater - Ed McBain
The Simulacra - Philip K Dick
Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley
A Very English Scandal - John Preston
Looking Backwards, from the Year 2000 - Mack Reynolds

Only a few 'graphic novels' this year:
The Eternals Omnibus - Jack Kirby
X-Men: Grand Design Vols 1-3 - Ed Piskor
Fantastic Four: Grand Design - Tom Scioli
Esther's Notebooks: Tales from my ten-year-old Life - Riad Sattouf
The Amazing Spider-Man: New Ways to Die - Waid, Slott, Romita Jr et al
Saga Vols 1-5 - Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Suicide Squad: Trial by Fire - John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell et al
Reckless - Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Reckless: A friend of the Devil - Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Essential Fantastic Four Vol 6 - Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, John Buscema, Joe Sinnott et al
Essential Fantastic Four Vol 7 - Gerry Conway, Len Wein, Rich Buckler, John Buscema, Joe Sinnott et al
Essential Fantastic Four Vol 8 - Roy Thomas, Bill Mantlo, Gerry Conway, Rich Buckler, John Buscema, Joe Sinnott et al
Alay-Oop - William Gropper

Ward Fowler, Sunday, 1 January 2023 11:25 (one year ago) link

Michael HANN
Josephine TEY

Ward Fowler, Sunday, 1 January 2023 11:30 (one year ago) link

Stoked to see Life & Fate on your list

Just purchased this recently. Looking forward to it.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Sunday, 1 January 2023 19:05 (one year ago) link

A star for the ones I really liked

Schwob - Imaginary Lives*
Vonnegut - Cat's Cradle
Laxness - Iceland's Bell*
Machado de Assis - Dom Casmurro*
Jane Austen - Emma
Sebald - Austerlitz
Soseki - Kokoro*
Lem - The Cyberiad
Vargas Llosa - La Casa Verde*
Hardy - Tess of the d'Urbervilles*
Kadaré - The Three-Arched Bridge
Schwob - Le Livre de Monelle
Flaubert - Salammbô*
Carrington - The Hearing Trumpet*
Robinson - Lila
Huysmans - À Rebours*
Shakespeare - Macbeth*
Carr - A month in the country*
Miyazawa - Les Astres Jumeaux
Faber - Under the Skin
Williams - Butcher's Crossing*
Saer - El Entenado
Chaze - Black Wings Has My Angel*
Lampedusa - The Leopard*
Kadaré - The Palace of Dreams
Kerouac - Big Sur
Kristof - L'analphabète
Mann - The Magic Mountain (re-read)

Not counting 3 non-fiction things (Michela Wong, Rebecca Solnit, Lucille Peytavin)

Nabozo, Sunday, 1 January 2023 19:57 (one year ago) link

Magic Mountain obviously many stars

Nabozo, Sunday, 1 January 2023 19:57 (one year ago) link

just finished the Howard Zinn A People's History of The United States so definitely got that counted as 2022. Liminal time etc.
Quite enjoyed it and will be looking at what I can get from its bibliography.

Stevolende, Sunday, 1 January 2023 20:22 (one year ago) link

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh
The Corner That Held Them - Sylvia Townsend Warner
Small Things Like These - Claire Keegan
Foster - Claire Keegan
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Ways of Living - Gemma Seltzer
Elder Race - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Kim Jiyoung Born 1982 - Nam-Joo Cho
Mona - Pola Oloixarac
Maigret Travels South - Georges Simenon
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do - Eberhardt, Jennifer L.
Machine - Elizabeth Bear
The Island of Missing Trees - Elif Shafak
By the Sea - Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Books of Jacob - Olga Tokarczuk
Kokoro - Natsume Sōseki
Go, Went, Gone - Jenny Erpenbeck
Gun, with Occasional Music - Jonathan Lethem
The Custom of the Country - Edith Wharton
Notes from the Burning Age - Claire North
Beyond the Hallowed Sky - Ken Macleod
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity - David Graeber and David Wengrow
Semiosis - Sue Burke
Songs of a Dead Dreamer - Thomas Ligotti
Black Spartacus - Sudhir Hazareesingh
The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler
Galaxias - Stephen Baxter
Mother of Invention - Katrine Marçal
Red Shift - Alan Garner
The Dutch House - Ann Patchett
O Caledonia - Elspeth Barker
April in Spain - John Banville
The Anomaly - Hervé Le Tellier
The Means of Escape - Penelope Fitzgerald
Seeing - Jose Saramago
The Blazing World - Siri Hustvedt
Second Place - Rachel Cusk
Purgatory Mount - Adam Roberts
Burntcoat - Sarah Hall
Black Teacher - Beryl Gilroy
The Wall - Marlen Haushofer
Mrs March - Virginia Feito
The Thing Itself - Adam Roberts
All Souls - Javier Marías
The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another - Ainissa Ramirez
How Do You Live? - Genzaburo Yoshino
He, She and It - Marge Piercy
Eversion - Alasdair Reynolds
Sea of Tranquility - Emily St John Mandel
What Are You Going Through - Sigrid Nunez
Shards of Earth - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Assembly - Natasha Brown
The Friend - Sigrid Nunez

In progess:
Debt - David Graeber

Did not finish:
The Famished Road - Ben Okri

I've only obsessively catalogued my reads since 2008 but adding what I can remember from before then, in october I offically passed the milestone of 1000 books. I plan on doing more re-reading from now on.

ledge, Monday, 2 January 2023 19:22 (one year ago) link

turns out i've missed a couple. not sure how.

Pandora's Jar
Mother Of Invention

will double check its not just two

koogs, Monday, 2 January 2023 19:50 (one year ago) link

do wish that Mother of Invention was subtler and less overtly agendaed. might have got the message across better.I meant to read some of the source books from the bibliography to see if they were better argued.

Stevolende, Monday, 2 January 2023 19:57 (one year ago) link

As usual this year I failed to develop any disciplined reading patterns and spent too much time dissociating on the internet. But I did manage to read:

Osman, The Man Who Died Twice
Riley, Cold Water
Franzen, Crossroads
Stafford, Counselling Skills in Action
Baddiel, Jews Don’t Count
Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
Pratchett, Reaper Man
Salinger, Franny and Zooey
Higgins, Kennedy for the Defense
McIntyre, The Entropy Effect
Riley, My Phantoms
Amis, The Green Man
Fitzgerald, Men’s of Escape
Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters
Le Guin, Tehanu
Block, 8 Million Ways To Die
Atkinson, Case Histories
Atkinson, One Good Turn
Tolkien, Fellowship of yadda yadda
Christie, After the Funeral
Harris, A Season in Exile
Rosen, How to make children laugh
Hammett, The Thin Man (unfinished due to boredom)
Rimmer, Like Punk Never Happened
Raskin, The Westing Game

Unsentimental best: My Phantoms
Sentimental best: Tehanu
Had a chapter that caused me to cry more than any other book I’ve read: Case Histories

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 3 January 2023 00:31 (one year ago) link

Slavoj Zizek - Living in the End Times
Jerome Carcopino - Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Anne Hyde - Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed Descent Peoples and the Making of the American West
Terry Teachout - Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
Simon Winder - Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
J. Storrs Hall - Where Is My Flying Car?
Arthur Schopenhauer - The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims

Sally Rooney - Beautiful World, Where Are You?
Ursula Le Guin - Left Hand of Darkness
James M. Cain - The Postman Always Rings Twice
James M. Cain - Double Indemnity
Joshua Cohen - The Netanyahus
Karl Ove Knausgaard - My Struggle: Volume 4
Elif Batuman - The Idiot
Patrick Modiano - Paris Nocturne
John Darnielle - Universal Harvester
Rainer Maria Rilke - The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
John Wyndham - The Outward Urge
Valeria Luiselli - Lost Children Archive
Leonardo Sciascia - To Each His Own
Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms
Sam Selvon - The Housing Lark
Patricia Highsmith - The Blunderer
Machado de Assis - The Alienist and Other Stories of 19th Century Brazil

Jimmy Santiago Baca - Martin & Meditations on the South Valley
Philip Levine - The Simple Truth
Robinson Jeffers - Tamar
Dante - Inferno (trans. Robert Pinsky)

o. nate, Thursday, 5 January 2023 03:51 (one year ago) link

Machado de Assis - The Alienist and Other Stories of 19th Century Brazil

What's your take on this?

dow, Thursday, 5 January 2023 04:18 (one year ago) link

I liked it. I would like to read more by him. I added his novel "The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas" to my wish list after finishing this one. The longest story "The Alienist" may have been one of the weaker ones, IMO. Or at least it seems to be the one that feels the most dated. It's a satire of the scientific pretensions of psychiatry in its early days, which from a contemporary perspective seems a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. It was probably more stinging at the time. The other shorter pieces were interesting, well-observed tales of society and psychology with a gentle satirical edge.

o. nate, Thursday, 5 January 2023 14:26 (one year ago) link

My resolution to not buy any more books lasted about 3 days. Just 'popped into' my local Oxfam book store and left with a bag-full: a couple of Antonia Whites, Antony Sher's Year of the King, Beryl Gilroy's Black Teacher, Marshall Berman's All That's Solid, Rose Macaulay's World is my Wilderness and, uh, the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 7 January 2023 17:18 (one year ago) link

Going into Oxfam after new year's is probably the last thing I'd do if I wanted to stop buying books.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 7 January 2023 20:38 (one year ago) link

Resistance is futile.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 7 January 2023 21:05 (one year ago) link

yeah was running through my head to slow down buying books.But somehow wound up making the usual rounds. Did get some interesting stuff though

Stevolende, Saturday, 7 January 2023 21:13 (one year ago) link

The Humble Bundle deals are death for me.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 7 January 2023 21:14 (one year ago) link

Marshall Berman's All That's Solid
an all-time favorite---I did a decent take on a prev WAYR? so won't push my luck. First ed. was published in early Reagan Admin, which second ed. happily saw past ass end of, third I forget when, but the Prof. lived on into Obama years and died of heart attack while lunching at his fave NYC Jewish deli, not grading papers. The book has that kind of good timing as well.

dow, Sunday, 8 January 2023 00:13 (one year ago) link

I've never read it. Even when I was doing my lit degree I managed to avoid it, somehow. Glad to finally have it.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 8 January 2023 11:11 (one year ago) link

Amazing book.

Farewell to Evening in Paradise (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 January 2023 16:08 (one year ago) link

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