What I might read in October

Dr SuessAnother month, another list of books I want to read. Will I read them all? Of course not, but the list does allow me to focus my reading a little and not thrash around in the stacks at the local library. Last month I started keeping my reading pool list intact. adding a second list for those titles that come up during the month and result in unplanned reading. I think I’ll continue this practice.

As is customary, the reading pool includes unread titles from the previous month’s list as well as new titles from various planning lists I maintain both on this weblog and on the back of gum wrappers in the pocket of my bib-overalls. Again I expect to read at least eight of these books and if I’m on a roll, maybe twelve or more. The list for October isn’t too exciting but I expect there are some suggestions to tweak your interest.

To misquote Richard Pryor:  Books, Books, Books!!!

October Reading Pool

  1. American Taliban — Pearl Abraham *
  2. A Daughter of Eve — Honoré de Balzac * [BZ]
  3. They Were Counted — Miklos Banffy *
  4. Herzog — Saul Bellow
  5. G. — John Berger *
  6. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão [XFX]
  7. The Master and Margarita — Mikhail Bulgakov [XFX]
  8. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad *
  9. Noir — Robert Coover *
  10. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings [XFX]
  11. The Lost Scrapbook — Evan Dara [XFX]
  12. The 42nd Parallel — John Dos Passos
  13. Jesus Freaks — Andre Duza [XFX]
  14. Boswell: A Modern Comedy — Stanley Elkin
  15. The Sportswriter — Richard Ford *
  16. The Ambassadors – Henry James
  17. Carmilla — J. Sheridan Le Fanu *
  18. A Heart So White— Javier Marías *
  19. Of Human Bondage — W. Somerset Maugham *
  20. Sausagey Santa — Carlton Mellick III *
  21. Gone With the Wind — Margaret Mitchell *
  22. Catastrophe Practice — Nicholas Mosley
  23. Revenge — Yoko Ogawa *
  24. The Helmet of Horror — Victor Pelevin
  25. Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets — Georges Simenon *
  26. The Confessions of Nat Turner — William Styron
  27. The Royal Family — William Vollmann [LSG]
  28. Stoner — John Williams
  29. Native Son — Richard Wright *
  30. La Fortune des Rougon — Émile Zola * [FR]

Any starred titles are available on my iPad (although I may still have a real book on the shelf to further ruin my eyes).

3 responses

    • The Sportswriter and Native Son, I assume. Good choices. I have been intending to read Richard Wright for years. Wright, like several other authors, is important, not necessarily for the quality of his writing or the intricacy of his narratives, but more so for the open and honest portrayal of subjects and people who needed to be presented on the stage of fiction to a world that needed to be poked a few times or maybe kicked in the butt to get its attention.


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