Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Reading List

So one of the goals I have for 2012 is to read a book a week.  I have done this in the past, and it never ceases to amaze me how many books there are out there to read and enjoy.  Right now, I have a ton of books in my personal library, taking up a lot of psychic energy because they are yet to be read.  So I hope to alleviate some of the mental anguish I get every time I pass by the shelves of unread books and/or see lists of upcoming “must-read” books. 

A few on my list for the year are:

  • Threats by Amelia Gray
  • The Instructions by Adam Levin
  • Hot Pink by Adam Levin
  • The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Every Last One
  • 1Q84
  • The Imperfectionists (I’ve tried to buy this three separate times on my Kindle so I really must *want* to read it)
  • The Night Circus
  • 2666
  • and multiple others I can’t think of off of the top of my head (but I do have a list somewhere)

What about you?  Is there anything you are dying to read this year?  I’d love to know if there is something I’m missing that is too good to pass up. 


Lorraine said...

Well done you! I am partial reader. I seem to be evere reading but never complete books. I hope to change that now I have my kindle

Troy said...
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Troy said...

Roberto Bolaño's 2666 is a great read. I liked The Savage Detectives by him even more.

I received Murakami's 1Q84 for Christmas, so I'll be delving into its pages in the near future.

I highly recommend A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates. I'm not normally a fan of JCO, but thought this memoir of her husband's death was heart-wrenching, honest, and hopeful.

My plan for the next year is to read Philip K. Dick's recently published Exegesis along with the novels that were written during the eight years of the frantic writing of The Exegesis—VALIS, The Divine Invasion, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. They stray from his more "traditional" sci-fi novels, dabbling in "madness" and religion, and specifically Gnostic Christianity, but still retain many of his core literary themes—paranoia, identity, mistrust of (governmental) institutions, the nature of reality. I had originally planned to spend a year reading The Grapes of Wrath and other related works by Steinbeck, similar to my Moby-Dick/Melville reading project until I realized a good percentage of PKD's 8000-page Exegesis was going to see publication.