Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Books I read in 2011 (long list with links)

This is the list of books I’ve read in 2011 (as far as I can remember). I will probably select my favorite books of the year in January, since I will spend NYE in Vegas.

I sort of copied my friend Josh for the basic structure of this post. But I separated them into fiction, memoir, poetry, non-fiction, etc. Looks like the # was 93 total - which includes many thin volumes of poetry or novella-length story collections. Here's a key re: the random bold lines, italicized lines, and asterisks.

KEY

books I loved are in bold

books I liked are in italics

books I disliked but finished are in regular writing with XXXX next to it (those I disliked enough to stop early I kept off the list)

an *asterisk means I re-read or read it twice this year








FICTION (38)

"Players" by Don DeLillo (fun fact, I always start the year off reading a DeLillo book)

"Steps" by Jerzy Kosinski

"Reader's Block" by David Markson


Whores For Gloria” by William T. Vollmann XXXX

"The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace*

"Pacazo" by Roy Kesey

"This is Not a Novel" by David Markson

"Play It As It Lays" by Joan Didion


"A Visit From The Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan

"Vacation" by Deb Olin Unferth*

"Agapē Agape" by William Gaddis

"How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" by Christopher Boucher

"V." by Thomas Pynchon


"Donald" by Eric Martin and Stephen Elliott

"Great Jones Street" by Don DeLillo

"Old Man And The Sea" by Ernest Hemingway*

"Politically Correct Bedtime Stories" by James Finn Garner


"You Think That’s Bad" by Jim Shepard

"Metamorphosis and Other Stories" by Franz Kafka*

"Once Upon a River" by Bonnie Jo Campbell

"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace* (ON MY KINDLE!?!?!?!?!)

"The Shining" by Stephen King

"The Broom of the System" by David Foster Wallace*

"Angels" by Denis Johnson

"The Last Western" by Thomas S. Klise

"Overnight to Many Distant Cities" by Donald Barthelme*

"Bartelby, the Scrivener" by Herman Melville*

"Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman" by Haruki Murakami


"Old Angel Midnight" by Jack Kerouac

"The Trial" by Franz Kafka*

"The Nick Adams Stories" by Ernest Hemingway

"Swedish Folktales & Legends" by Lone Thygesen Blecher & George Blecher

"Flying to America: 45 More Stories" by Donald Barthelme


"Orchid #1" by Tom Morello

"If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" by Italo Calvino*

"The Avian Gospels" by Adam Novy*

"The Rum Diary: A Novel" by Hunter S. Thompson*

"The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach






PLAYS (3)

"Valparaiso" by Don DeLillo

"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde

"Beat Generation" by Jack Kerouac*





MEMOIR-ISH (10)

"Revolution" by Deb Olin Unferth

"The Chronology of Water" by Lidia Yuknavitch


"The Discomfort Zone" by Jonathan Franzen*

"Bossypants" by Tina Fey

"The Adderall Diaries" by Stephen Elliott

"Prisoner of Zion" by Scott Carrier*

"Running After Antelope" by Scott Carrier*

"The Wild Goose Chronicles" by Trent Harris*


"The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran" by

Dirk Hayhurst


"Riding Toward Everywhere" by William T. Vollmann*



NON-FICTION (25)

"Allegories Of Violence" by Lidia Yuknavitch

"Letters to a Young Contrarian" by Christopher Hitchens*

"The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli*


"Bob Dylan In America" by Sean Wilentz

"A Confession" by Leo Tolstoy*

"Signifying Rappers" by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello


"Obama's Wars" by Bob Woodward

"The Puppet and the Dwarf" by Slavoj Zizek

"The Rebel" by Albert Camus*

"A Band of MiSFits" by Andrew Baggarly

"Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" by Shunryu Suzuki

"How To Read Wittgenstein" by Ray Monk


"Chaos" by James Gleick

"This is Water" by David Foster Wallace*

"Be Here Now" by Ram Dass


"Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will" by David Foster Wallace

"Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus" by Joseph Vogel

"Between Hope and History" by Bill Clinton

"Giving" by Bill Clinton*


"Common Sense Government" Al Gore XXXX

"Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres" by William T. Vollmann

"Illuminations" by Walter Benjamin*

"Holler If You Hear Me" by Michael Eric Dyson*

"The San Francisco Public Library in its Own Words" by Wendy MacNaughton

"Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews" edited by Jonathan Cott






POETRY (17)

"Tarantula" by Bob Dylan

"September Blackberries" by Michael McClure

"Selected Poems" by Michael McClure*

"Windows & Stones" by Tomas Transtromer


"100 Poems from the Japanese" translated by Kenneth Rexroth*

"New Poems" by Kenneth Rexroth


"Howl and other Poems" by Allen Ginsberg*

"Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960" by Allen Ginsberg*

"Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960" by Allen Ginsberg*

"The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971" by Allen Ginsberg*


"Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: Poems" by Raymond Carver

"Of Lamb" by Matthea Harvey and Amy Jean Porter


"The Waste Land and Other Poems" by T. S. Eliot*

"The Dead Emcee Scrolls" by Saul Williams*

"SHE" by Saul Williams*

"Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy" by Tao Lin

"The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster" by Richard Brautigan



I READ LARGE PORTIONS OF THESE BOOKS, [an *asterisk means it is a re-read] (17)

"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller

"Under The Dome" by Stephen King

"Consider The Lobster" by David Foster Wallace*


"The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides

"The Three Pillars of Zen" by Philip Kapleau

"A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again" by David Foster Wallace*

"Birds of America" by Lorrie Moore

"Oblivion" by David Foster Wallace*

"Final Crisis" by Grant Morrison

"No Nature: New and Selected Poems" by Gary Snyder


Luminarium by Alex Shakar

"Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell

"Big If: A Novel" by Mark Costello*

"God Bless America: Stories" by Steve Almond

"Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays" by Zadie Smith


"The Ecstasy of Influence" by Jonathan Lethem

"The Spirit of Zen" by Alan Watts


THESE BOOKS GOT THE BEST OF ME/STILL CHUGGING AWAY AT THEM SINCE THEY'RE LONG, AND/OR AMAZING (9)


"The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us" by James W. Pennebaker (352 pgs)

"11/22/63: A Novel" by Stephen King (849 pgs)

"1Q84" by Haruki Murakami (944 pgs)

"Gravity’s Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon (784 pgs)

"You Bright And Risen Angels" by William T. Vollmann (656 pgs)

"The Public Burning" by Robert Coover (544 pgs)

"A Moment in The Sun" by John Sayles (968 pgs)

"Rising Up and Rising Down : Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means" by William T. Vollmann (752 pgs)

"Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds" by Harold Bloom (814 pgs)

"I am a Strange Loop" by Douglas Hofstadter (436 pgs)


"The Four Fingers of Death" by Rick Moody (736 pgs)

"Italian Folktales" by Italo Calvino (800 pgs)

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You are amazing! I can't believe how little I read this year especially in comparison. Color me inspired.

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