New Reading For March 2014

Trout FishingWhen I started building my reading pool for March 2014 I realized that I had many titles I wanted to read left over from the February pool. Although this is really not a problem since I post three times as many books as I could read normally, I do want to mix things up a bit more: after all, did I not read a book because I didn’t have enough time in the previous month, or did I subconsciously (or consciously) put off reading a book because other titles interested me more?

So to keep the party going, my new selection criteria includes a small penalty for already being on the list only to be passed over.

If you’re like me, however, every new book is exciting and the anticipation of reading it is palpable: but then, about half-way through the text the eye wanders to all those other exciting new experiences hiding in books as yet unopened. This is where a certain amount of discipline is required: besides, the second half of the novel is often the most satisfying: how will the author resolve all the conflicts?

My reading pool for March is partly new and partly already familiar. The weather is getting good so I’ll be out on the lanai reading more and more each day. Here’s that list (which is also on my Active Reading page for March):

  1. Man In the Dark — Paul Auster *
  2. How It Is — Samuel Beckett
  3. G. — John Berger *
  4. Old Masters — Thomas Bernhard *
  5. Out — Christine Brook-Rose *
  6. Trout Fishing In America — Richard Brautigan *
  7. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad *
  8. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  9. A Bad Man — Stanley Elkin
  10. The Wine of Youth — John Fante [stories]
  11. Casino Royale — Ian Fleming *
  12. Sophie’s World — Jostein Gaardner *
  13. The Ambassadors — Henry James
  14. Happyland — J. Robert Lennon *
  15. The Golden Notebook — Doris Lessing
  16. Martin Eden — Jack London *
  17. Akhenaten — Naguib Mahfouz *
  18. The Infatuations — Javier Marías *
  19. Of Human Bondage — W. Somerset Maugham *
  20. Runaway Horses — Yukio Mishima *
  21. House Made of Dawn — N. Scott Momaday *
  22. Doomed — Chuck Palahniuk *
  23. The Helmet of Horror — Victor Pelevin *
  24. Bleeding Edge — Thomas Pynchon [XFX] *
  25. The Man Who Loved Children — Christina Stead
  26. A Grain of Wheat — Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  27. Royal Family — William Vollmann
  28. Filth — Irvine Welsh *
  29. The Garlic Ballads — Mo Yan *
  30. The Fortune of the Rougons — Émile Zola [FR]

As always, books indicated by an asterisk are thankfully available for large print reading on my iPad. Bold entries are books I am reading already.

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