March Already?

booksI write a monthly blurb for our local magazine announcing up-coming events and describing the events that have just passed. Unfortunately, this blurb is due to the people who put the magazine together month in advance. As a result I tend describe passed events that have not yet taken place with a great amount of imagination. The opposite is also true since I seldom have sufficient knowledge of up-coming events and am forced to extrapolate from my often warped mind.

Making up a reading list also is difficult. Do I really know what I might want to read three weeks from now? Am I carrying over books I once posted enthusiastically but now cannot remember why I wanted to read them? Will I go to the library this month and blow a hole in all my plans with new titles to read which carry due dates and push all my other books aside? Will I get an announcement from NYRB or NYT or LAT or some other regular source of online book news that piques my interest or even has me cravenly rushing over to iBooks with my credit card in my hand?

I will say that I seldom toss books from my reading pool out the window before I finish them (or, as sign of the times, hit delete on the iPad). I suspect that if it wasn’t a matter of each day only providing 24 hours (or less) for reading that I probably would finish the month’s pool and read a few extra titles to boot. But remember what the grumpy philosopher said:

To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them. — Arthur Schopenhauer.

So without wasting more time that might better be used in reading, here is the proposed reading pool for March 2015:

  1. Chronos — Felipe Alfau
  2. Arrow of God — Chinua Achebe *
  3. Lucky Jim — Kingsley Amis *
  4. The Wasp Factory — Iain Banks *
  5. Mercier et Camier — Samuel Beckett
  6. Humboldt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  7. Nervous Conditions — Tsitsi Dangarembga
  8. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  9. The Forty-Five Guardsmen — Alexandre Dumas *
  10. The Circle — Dave Eggers *
  11. Glamorama — Brett Easton Ellis *
  12. Two Girls, Fat and Thin — Mary Gaitskill
  13. Ninety-Three — Victor Hugo
  14. I Have Always Lived In the Castle — Shirley Jackson *
  15. Century 21 — Ewa Kuryluk
  16. California — Edan Lepucki *
  17. Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel *
  18. Defiance — Carole Maso
  19. Cloud Atlas — David Mitchell *
  20. Despair — Vladimir Nabokov *
  21. The Secret History — Donna Tartt *
  22. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  23. Salmonella Men on Planet Porno — Yasutaka Tsutsui *
  24. The Obstacles: A Novel — Eloy Urroz
  25. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace *

Also see posted Reading Pool page in the ACTIVE menu.

One thought on “March Already?

  1. I am a new reader to ACOR – please can you tell me what the asterisks indicate?

    I have read only 3 on this list (4,17,19), and have one on my “To Read” file (21). The Wasp Factory is my least-favourite Iain Banks – disturbingly dark, but still great. I have enjoyed all of Hilary Mantel’s books that I have read so far, and Wolf Hall is a nice example (but I recommend her others too, dark with a twist of humour.). I hated Cloud Atlas – could not stand the protagonist – perhaps that’s a complement to the writing, but I could not finish it.


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