New Titles For the Last Month of 2016

images-2.jpgThis new reading list follows the scheme I developed a few months back. I notice that despite having several titles by the two or three selected authors, I tend to only read one or at best two and cover the majority of my reading with the unconnected titles. Perhaps this is a good plan since it allows me to have 15 or 16 new titles to chose from and also 9 or 10 titles focused on specific authors. Since I general only read about 8 books each month, the ratios seem valid.

I have been selecting titles that are mostly new. But this means there are numerous books being skipped over that I really want to read. I’m going to have to schedule a make-up month soon to catch up on some of the great reading I just didn’t have time for.

Here is this month’s reading pool: Twenty-five new titles; nine books selected from three authors; and a short list of reading that is being carried over from the previous month since it was in progress (actually, some books are being carried over month after month .. I have to address these before they get too far out of hand).

  1. The Bridge on the Drina — Ivo Andric
  2. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  3. Pilgrim At Tinker Creek — Annie Dillard
  4. Là Bas — J-K Huysmans
  5. Stealth — Sun’Allah Ibrahim
  6. The Old Capital —Yasunari Kawabata
  7. Naphtalene — Alia Mamdouh
  8. Nutshell — Ian McEwan
  9. Dendara — Yuya Sato
  10. Clouds of Witness — Dorothy L. Sayers
  11. Sohosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  12. Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was: A Novel — Sjón
  13. The Informer — Akimitsu Takagi
  14. The Magnificent Ambersons — Booth Tarkington
  15. Memoirs of a Polar Bear — Yoko Tawada
  16. Vampire In Love — Enrique Vila-Matas

T. C. Boyle

  1. The Women — T. C. Boyle
  2. A Friend of the Earth — T. C. Boyle
  3. Riven Rock — T. C. Boyle

Philip K. Dick

  1. Valis — Philip K. Dick
  2. The Divine Invasion — Philip K. Dick
  3. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer — Philip K. Dick

Stanley Elkin

  1. The Magic Kingdom — Stanley Elkin
  2. The Rabbi of Lud — Stanley Elkin
  3. Van Gogh’s Room at Arles — Stanley Elkin
  1. Now Wait For Last Year — Philip K. Dick
  2. It Can’t Happen Here — Sinclair Lewis
  3. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace
  4. Violence: Six Sideways Reflections — Slavoj Zizek

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