New Reading for September

BooksI was asked recently how many books I read a month and admitted that I no longer read as extensively as I once did, my usual goal of twelve books a month typically coming closer to eight at best. But I do still monitor my reading and put some effort into deciding what I hope to read each month (the entire year, in fact). But for every list I make, there are many, many revisions.

I have updated my monthly reading pool (see Active: September) and as usual I have selected some new titles, some old titles, some short books, some long books, some books in English, some books originally in another language, some classics, some popular, some transgressive, some for everyday people, some for academics, some real books, some digital books for my iPad, mostly fiction, but some non-fiction. Then again, it’s all fiction, right?

Read along with me or just follow my progress. What do you think about these selections? Remember, there are thirty titles in the pool but I only hope to read twelve of them during the month (if I keep my magnifying glass handy or if they are happily available for my iPad).

        • American Taliban — Pearl Abraham *
        • They Were Counted — Miklos Banffy *
        • The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
        • Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão [XFX]
        • The Master and Margarita — Mikhail Bulgakov
        • Nostromo — Joseph Conrad *
        • The Origin of the Brunists — Robert Coover [XFX]
        • The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
        • The Lost Scrapbook — Evan Dara [XFX]
        • Jesus Freaks — Andre Duza [XFX]
        • Zeitoun — Dave Eggers *
        • Boswell: A Modern Comedy — Stanley Elkin
        • Canada — Richard Ford *
        • The Ambassadors – Henry James *
        • Carmilla — J. Sheridan Le Fanu *
        • The Infatuations — Javier Marías *
        • Epitaph For a Tramp — David Markson *
        • Of Human Bondage — W. Somerset Maugham *
        • Cannonball — James McElroy *
        • Fantastic Orgy — Carlton Mellick III
        • Spring Snow — Yukio Mishimi *
        • Gone With the Wind — Margaret Mitchell *
        • Catastrophe Practice — Nicholas Mosley
        • After the Quake — Haruki Murakami *
        • Maigret Stonewalled — Georges Simenon *
        • The Confessions of Nat Turner — William Styron
        • The Royal Family — William Vollmann [LSG]
        • Stoner — John Williams
        • Native Son — Richard Wright *
        • Germinal — Émile Zola *

3 responses

    • Yes and No. Germinal is one of those books I have read but don’t remember, so I intend to read it again. Other books, like the Bulgakov, were read under poor circumstances or for whatever reason not finished (like Bleak House where I only had something like 80 pages to go … similarly Of Human Bondage). But a few you would think I had read, but for good reasons or bad, I have avoided them for years. Gone With the Wind falls in this category and I’m still not sure that I actually want to read it since the movie is still a vivid memory .. but frankly, I don’t give a damn and just might knock it off this month.

      Then there are the “popular” mysteries like Maigret. It is common for me to start reading this type of novel only to discover that I have already read it but didn’t log the event (and then there is the re-titling that occurs between the USA and Europe, especially in translations, so it’s often easy to be confused).


  1. I believe Zeitung by Dave Eggers should be Zeitoun. Good book – interesting. Many of the books look interesting – I’ve read about 9 – would really like to read several others. On my list for this up coming month are Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam and Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, both to be published in September.


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