Did You Read That?


Well, the application I use to keep my lists is still broken under the new operating system, but I did find a way to recover those lost titles from earlier in the month so I can present a complete list of suggested reading as was posted daily during October.

I’ve noticed that my suggested list tends to be filled out with fairly current titles, most of which I have not read as yet. I think I have to go back into my own reading history and recall some of the great novels (often classics) that I might have read long ago but that doesn’t mean that there are no new readers out there that might appreciate the suggestion.

This might be psychologically good for me too: instead of moaning about not having the time to read all the new books being published I can be proud of all the books I have already read. “I read that” feels much better than “I’ll never get to read that.”

So here is last month’s suggested reading list brought to you in its entirety by “Good Luck”:

10-01-16 – A Rage In Harlem — Chester Himes
10-02-16 – Loner— Teddy Wayne
10-03-16 – The Shape of a City — Julien Gracq
10-04-16 – The Man Who Sees Ghosts — Friedrich von Schiller
10-05-16 – The Tartar Steppe — Dino Buzzati
10-06-16 – Journey By Midnight — Antal Szerb
10-07-16 – Eve’s Hollywood — Eve Babitz
10-08-16 – The Discomfort Zone — Jonathan Franzen
10-09-16 – The Story of a Brief Marriage — Anuk Arudpragasam
10-10-16 – Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
10-11-16 – The Barrowfields: A Novel — Phillip Lewis
10-12-16 – White Tears — Hari Kunzru
10-13-16 – San Miguel — T. C. Boyle
10-14-16 – The Door — Magda Szabo
10-15-16 – The Future Is Japanese — Rick Mamatas & Masuri Washington, eds.
10-16-16 – The Portable Veblen: A Novel — Elizabeth Mckenzie
10-17-16 – Good Muslim Boy — Osamah Sami
10-18-16 – The Other Paris — Luckies Sante
10-19-16 – The Illusion of Separateness — Simon Van Booy
10-20-16 – Now Wait For Last Year — Philip K. Dick
10-21-16 – Napoleon’s Last Island — Thomas Keneally
10-22-16 – The White Album: Essays — Joan Didion
10-23-16 – The Invisible Cloak — Ge Fei
10-24-16 – The Voices Within — Charles Fernyhough
10-25-16 – Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife — Sam Savage
10-26-16 – Revolutionary Suicide — Huey P. Newton
10-27-16 – Richard III — William Shakespeare
10-28-16 – Future Sex — Emily Witt
10-29-16 – Mademoiselle de Maupin — Théophile Gautier
10-30-16 – The Cave of Heaven — Patrick Grainville
10-31-16 – The Red Car — Marcy Dermansky

4 thoughts on “Did You Read That?

    1. As I’ve said elsewhere, I am a fiend for lists. My original list was on 3×5 cards, first created when I should have been studying in college. I went then to a school notebook followed by a Bell Labs notebook. When home computers first came out I moved into the digital age with various incarnations. I still keep the Bell Labs edition up to date but the official is now here on the internet. My working lists are mostly maintained in Filemaker but I also have lists-du-jour on several other note taking apps (and even on 3×5 cards)..


    1. Both. It’s a stock photo but, despite all the digital lists on my computers, I do keep a handwritten list in an old Bell Labs notebook, and I do use a fountain pen … exclusively! I even use a dip pen in a holder that sits on my desk.

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