Tough Keeping Up

images.jpgThere are plenty of new books being published that look like winners: some will challenge the gray cells, others will make for a pleasant evening’s entertainment; some are in English, others are in translation; some are big enough to choke a Hutt, others hardly need a bookmark; some deliver what they promise, others not so much.

But new books are always an adventure.

Still, there are plenty of old books out there: classics. Have you read all the authors who have survived the test of time? Just the best known books or also some of the more obscure titles? Do you tend to read your own country’s literature or are you open to writers from far away who might introduce you into a new world with unimagined characters and intriguing events?

These are the titles that popped up this last month. Have an adventure:

01-01-16 – The End of the World As We Know It — Robert Goolrick
01-02-16 – Under the Udala Trees — Chinelo Okparanta
01-03-16 – This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate — Naomi Klein
01-04-16 – The Nameless Dark — T.E. Grau
01-05-16 – The Case Against Satan — Ray Russell
01-06-16 – The Haunted Vagina — Carlton Mellick III
01-07-16 – Career of Evil — Robert Galbraith
01-08-16 – Hotels of North America — Rick Moody
01-09-16 – The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
01-10-16 – A Strangeness in My Mind: A novel — Orhan Pamuk
01-11-16 – War — J. M. G. Le Clézio
01-12-16 – Glue — Irvine Welsh
01-13-16 – Housekeeping: A Novel — Marilynne Robinson
01-14-16 – The Marriage of Opposites — Alice Hoffman
01-15-16 – The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror — Thomas Ligotti
01-16-16 – Ruthless — Jon Rector
01-17-16 – AVA — Carole Maso
01-18-16 – Dictionary of the Khazars — Milorad Pavic
01-19-16 – I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream – Harlan Ellison
01-20-16 – Dom Casmurro: A Novel — Machado de Assis
01-21-16 – The Gap of Time — Jeanette Winterson
01-22-16 – The Visible Filth — Nathan Ballingrud
01-23-16 – Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories — Charles Beaumont
01-24-16 – Dogma: A Novel — Lars Iyer
01-25-16 – The Black Tower — P. D. James
01-26-16 – Public Enemies: Dueling Writers Take On Each Other and the World — Bernard-Henri Levy
01-27-16 – Whalestoe Letters — Mark Z. Danielewski
01-28-16 – The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom — John Gray
01-29-16 – Money — Émile Zola
01-30-16 – Burnt Black Suns: A Collection of Weird Tales by Simon Strantzas
01-31-16 – The King of Taksim Square — Emrah Serbes

One thought on “Tough Keeping Up

  1. The IB English classes at the school I teach at have read Dom Casmurro the last three years. I teach math, but I read the novels they read so I can have intelligent conversations with the students. I thought this was interesting and enjoyed discovering an author from another time and place.


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