My Reading Is Floundering in a Sea of Netflix

booksI spent a lot of time watching Netflix movies & television shows. To try and not get too far behind, I have abandoned McElroy’s Women and Men to go back and finish reading Wallace’s Infinite Jest. This obviously resulted in many of the titles I had planned to consider reading still waiting on my virtual bookshelf. Should I pass all of them forward or should I select a bunch of new books? In keeping with my current direction, I have compromised and taken both options.

So here is my own personal reading pool for the month of August.

  1. Chromos — Felipe Alfau
  2. House of Meetings — Martin Amis *
  3. Modern Romance — Aziz Ansari *
  4. Mansfield Park — Jane Austen *
  5. Humboldt’s Gift — Saul Bellow *
  6. The Place of Dead Roads — William S. Burroughs
  7. The Ox-Bow Incident — Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  8. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  9. Middle C — William H. Gass *
  10. The Odd Women — George Gissing *
  11. The Ambassadors — Henry James *
  12. The Interrogation — J. M. G. Le Clézio
  13. Jackie Brown — Elmore Leonard *
  14. Women and Men — Joseph McElroy
  15. Runaway Horses — Yukio Mishima *
  16. The Black Prince — Iris Murdoch *
  17. The Bathing Women — Tie Ning *
  18. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig *
  19. The Saint-Fiacre Affair — Georges Simenon *
  20. Momento Mori — Muriel Spark
  21. Tijuana Book of the Dead — Luis Alberto Urrea *
  22. A Brief History of Portable Literature — Enrique Vila-Matas *
  23. Hocus Pocus — Kurt Vonnegut *
  24. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace *
  25. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong *

With a couple of titles I am in the midst of reading

  • Lucky Jim — Kingsley Amis
  • Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque — Joyce Carol Oates

As sad as it seems, I am still reading Wallace’s Infinite Jest and McElroy’s Women and Men. Several of the other titles I am still reading are actually highly episodic or short story collections so I expect to read them in spurts over the long haul.

What are your thoughts on this?

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