Reading list

I like lists. I also like reading. And summer is coming soon.

In light of the above, I’m creating a list of books I intend to read, and will cross them out as I go along. Please comment with suggestions. Thanks!

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Saturday by Ian McEwan (amazing)

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (good, less amazing, fast)

Ulysses by James Joyce

Shakespeare and the Culture of Paradox by Peter Platt (So great. I love the way he plays with binaries, teaches seminars.)

Hamlet in Purgatory by Stephen Greenblatt

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

On the Road by Jack Kerouac, thanks Kavitha!

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, thanks Kavitha, Elizabeth

Possession by A.S. Byatt, courtesy of Emma

The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis, courtesy of Emma

Moby Dick by Herman Melville, courtesy of Emma

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, courtesy of Emma

Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, courtesy of Emma

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. Ian says, “the novel that should have won last year’s Booker Prize–and would have if the selection committee hadn’t bowed to what’s politically fashionable”

Nothing to Frightened of by Julian Barnes: “a memoir about mortality and unbelief that’s surprisingly witty and even funny,” Ian says

2666 by Roberto Bolano: “the biggest critical blockbuster of last year; utterly massive and worth it,” Ian says

The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan, “a children’s book that he wrote a whole ago; very sophisticated and spry, as that sort of writing goes; it’s one of my favorites.” Thanks for those, Ian!

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, courtesy of Cliff

-James Wood books, thanks Ari!Done with one.

The Red and the Black, Stendhal

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

-Updike

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (already done pre-list, but up here to give Aviva credit for a good find). Loved it.

21 Responses to “Reading list”

  1. Marissa April 29, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    The History of Love–Nicole Krauss.

    • bookishjoy April 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

      thanks Marissa! got around to that last summer and enjoyed it so so much. good call. anything else?

  2. Kavitha April 29, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    On the Road – Jack Kerouac
    Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

    Just finished both. Fantastic.

    • bookishjoy April 29, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

      thanks a ton! good call. adding.
      love,
      joy

  3. Elizabeth April 29, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    I second Watchmen. Also I have it if you want to borrow!

    The other recent book I’ve read is Interview With the Vampire, which I’ve already lent you, of course. 🙂

    • bookishjoy April 29, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

      Thanks! I may take you up on Watchmen.
      Haha interview. i think i’ve reached some sort of halt there.

  4. Emma April 30, 2009 at 5:58 am #

    Possession, A.S. Byatt
    The Rachel Papers, Martin Amis
    Moby Dick, Herman Melville
    Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
    Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
    The Brothers Karamozov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
    will add!

    • bookishjoy April 30, 2009 at 6:06 am #

      thanks.
      brothers k=one of my favorites. although i may be due for a reread 🙂

  5. Ian April 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    A few recent ones:

    1) The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry: the novel that should have won last year’s Booker Prize–and would have if the selection committee hadn’t bowed to what’s politically fashionable

    2) Nothing to Frightened of, by Julian Barnes: a memoir about mortality and unbelief that’s surprisingly witty and even funny

    3) 2666, by Roberto Bolano: the biggest critical blockbuster of last year; utterly massive and worth it

    And, since I see you already have Saturday on your list, I’ll suggest one more by McEwan: The Daydreamer, a children’s book that he wrote a whole ago; very sophisticated and spry, as that sort of writing goes; it’s one of my favorites

  6. mgl May 3, 2009 at 1:38 am #

    the omnivore’s dilemma by michael pollan —madeline

  7. Cliff May 10, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    You should also read ‘Cold Mountain’ by Charles Frazier. It’s way better than the movie, and Frazier is a GOD at using language.

    The book is stunningly elegant.

  8. miriam May 25, 2009 at 3:36 am #

    i really really loved saturday, i’m glad it’s on your list – it was on last summer’s reading list for me. another thing i read last summer was “soon i will be invincible” by austin grossman, which is fun superhero stuff.

    i may steal some things off your reading list for this summer as well… i feel like we have some interesting overlaps in book-taste. 🙂

  9. miriam May 25, 2009 at 3:40 am #

    wait a sec. how could i forget michael chabon? he is one of my favorites. the mysteries of pittsburgh and wonder boys are both similar sort of “i am a narrator who is messed up and i have a drug problem and we don’t know if life gets resolved at the end” stories. the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay is about jewish comic book writers in the 50s, and the yiddish policeman’s union is an alternate reality in which jews settled in alaska rather than israel in the 40s-50s. he does wonderful things with language… sigh.

    • bookishjoy May 25, 2009 at 5:57 am #

      Miriam! Please do steal from the reading list. It is yours. And these comments remind me of how much I miss you. Let me know if you’re around this summer. Also! You have a Tumblr. Cool cool cool.

  10. kruleintentions July 15, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    You need some Updike in your life! I recommend the Rabbit books… but that alone could be an entire summer.

    For Jhumpa Lahiri, I would go with her new work Unaccustomed Earth over The Namesake (also short stories are easier to read when you’re busy b/c you can keep on finishing them…)

    Also, looove Tom Wolfe, and Bonfire of the Vanities is classic, but I Am Charlotte Simmons is also really fun.

    I’ll stop with one last thing… I feel liked you’d appreciate that I read Saturday cover to cover on a rainy Saturday in Paris.

    • bookishjoy July 15, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

      … and you just won my heart with that last thing.

  11. Aviva VIVS August 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    middlesex by jeffrey eugenides.

    • bookishjoy August 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

      Thanks! Actually, done already–but added to the list, just for you.

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