How about those suggestions from March?

booksYou may have noticed that the suggestion for possible reading this site posts each day are scattershot at best: there are books I have yet to read, books I read long ago, books that are in the news, books you may never have heard of, short books, long books, usually good books, but sometimes a clunker or two (which is often a personal preference and can’t really be blamed on the book).

This last month was no different and I hope you try to fit a few of the titles into your upcoming reading. I see a few I certainly want to read quite soon. As usual, I assume no one was jotting down the titles day by day so here I present the full month’s suggestions. Which ones are for you?

03-01-14 – Rubicon Beach — Steve Erickson
03-02-14 – The Riddle of the Sands — Erskine Childers
03-03-14 – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead — Tom Stoppard
03-04-14 – In Watermelon Sugar — Richard Brautigan
03-05-14 – Babbit — Sinclair Lewis
03-06-14 – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — John Le Carré
03-07-14 – Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
03-08-14 – Le voyeur — Alain Robbe-Grillet
03-09-14 – The Bride Price — Buchi Emecheta
03-10-14 – Le pauvre christ de Bomba — Mungo Beti
03-11-14 – The Razor’s Edge — W. Somerset Maugham
03-12-14 – The Natural Order of Things — António Lobo Antunes
03-13-14 – The Ascent of F6 — W. H. Auden
03-14-14 – The Rainbow — D. H. Lawrence
03-15-14 – Season of Migration to the North — Tayeb Salih
03-16-14 – The Sot-Weed Factor — John Barth
03-17-14 – The Toughest Indian in the World — Sherman Alexie
03-18-14 – Billy Bathgate — E. L. Doctorow
03-19-14 – A Clockwork Orange — Anthony Burgess
03-20-14 – Armadale — Wilkie Collins
03-21-14 – The Watch — Carlo Levi
03-22-14 – Shogun — James Clavell
03-23-14 – Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction — Heinz Insu Fenkl, ed.
03-24-14 – Cousin Phillis — Elizabeth Gaskell
03-25-14 – Philosophy of the Bedroom — Marquis de Sade
03-26-14 – The Coup — John Updike
03-27-14 – The grass is singing — Doris Lessing
03-28-14 – I – Stephen Dixon
03-29-14 – Americanah — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
03-30-14 – The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel — Magdalena Zyzak
03-31-14 – Vertigo — Paul Auster

4 responses

  1. I´m reading Breakfast of Champions, my second book of Vonnegut, after Slaughterhouse Five. It´s being great so far.

    I check his name in your inventory and noticed that you probably liked him a lot in the early 70s.


    • Two comments: First, some of the dating for books I read before 1993 is estimated but you are right. Back in the early ’70s I was working in Newark on a delayed project and had extra time to poke around the main library which was right across the park. I remember they separated poetry in one section so I easily could read a lot of poetry, and the contemporary fiction was also readily available. At this time I would grab several novels by an author like Vonnegut and take them home to my lonely little apartment. Although going back later I discovered the truth, back then I thought I was reading everything by Vonnegut, etc. when I was only reading everything they had in the library.


  2. As often plagues me when faced with the lists posted around your site, I am chagrined that I have read but a meager few of these – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Clockwork Orange and Shogun – and I read them at least 20 years ago. I appreciated each of them at the time, although I doubt I could muster many lucid comments for any of them now.

    There are several on this list that I have on my own to-read lists, including In Watermelon Sugar, Le voyeur, The Razor’s Edge, The Toughest Indian in the World, Billy Bathgate, The Grass is Singing and Americanah.

    Still others I’ve never heard of, but upon looking them up I’ve had to add them to my lists, such as The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel and Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction.

    (Thanks so much for sharing such consistently thought-provoking stuff on your blog. I’m terrible at actively commenting, as I’ve never been chatty, but I’m great at lurking and appreciating. I’m trying to train myself to remember that clicking a “Like” button probably won’t make me break out in a rash but just might let a blogger know that I do appreciate their words.)


    • There’s a funny corollary to your thoughts on reading: I have more than my share of titles that most people have read but I somehow never read The reasons are many but I hope to assuage my shame by catching up on what many readers view as old-saws, like Gone With the Wind, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Angle of Repose, or just about anything written by Henry James.


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