June Is Busting Out All Over

images-3.jpgI’m getting into a new pattern for reading. First, I am constructing an entirely new reading list each month rather than simply pushing the unread titles ahead a month and filling in with a few new titles.That doesn’t mean the new month’s list doesn’t include a couple of familiar titles, but for the most part it is fresh and new.

Then I have somewhat compartmentalized my reading selections. I generally have a paper and ink book convenient to my sunny rocking chair out on the porch. Here is where I hope to whittle down the inordinately large number of books filling up my bookshelves. Another major reason for reading a real book outside is that it eliminates some of the problems an electronic screen has with the Florida sun.

I also read on two primary electronic devices two different books: one on the iPad which is almost always propped up on my desk, and one on my iPhone which travels with me everywhere. The iPhone goes to bed with me at night, allowing those last few pages to be read as I (hopefully) drift off to sleep (the iPhone also controls my bedside digital radio). Both of these devices use Marvin as a reader so I can synch back and forth when I want to continue reading whatever text intrigues me on the other device.

I also have a large number of titles stored and synched on iBook but I tend to onl use iBook for purchased books from Apple and on my main computer. There are a few titles stuck in the Nook or Kindle accounts but I have forgotten these for the most part.

images-2.jpgFor June the reading pool includes mostly new works, some short, others long. I also am trying to get serious about going back and finally completing a couple of longer or more tedious works that may have languished in my reading pool for months if not years.

Here is the June Reading Pool. See anything you might want to read?

  1. Ema the Captive — César Aira
  2. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  3. Spook Country — William Gibson
  4. The Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  5. The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II: The Seed of Banquo — Noah Lukeman
  6. Notes of a Crocodile — Qiu Miaojin
  7. The Counterlife — Philip Roth
  8. Adios, Cowboy — Olija Savicevic
  9. Ernesto — Umberto Saba
  10. Maigret In New York — Georges Simenon
  11. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  12. A Clue To the Exit — Edward St. Aubyn
  13. Memoirs of a Polar Bear — Yoko Tawada
  14. P. I. — Kamilla Gary Wyatt
  15. The Midwich Cuckoos — John Wyndham
  16. Miss Chopsticks — Xinran
  17. Maneater — Kahoko Yamada
  18. Parade — Shuichi Yoshida
  19. I Did Not Kill My Husband — Liu Zhenyun
  20. A Cop’s Eyes — Gaku Zukav [Stories]
  • The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  • Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace

3 thoughts on “June Is Busting Out All Over

  1. When I’ve only heard of 3 out of the 20 authors you have listed. I’ll eagerly be watching to see if I should add some new authors to my bookshelves.

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    1. This list might have a preponderance of Asian or East European authors so familiarity might be a bit strained for just about anyone. Some of the authors, however, are important for anyone’s reading list: Peter Handke, César Aira, Edward St. Aubyn, Andrei Bitov, Georges Simenon, and of course Philip Roth. You might also include William Gibson although I am still in a trial phase with this author.

      One thing, though: don’t get trapped into only reading unusual, obscure, transgressive, or popular contemporary writers. It’s best to balance your reading with a few classic novels from writers like Dickens, Austen, Faulkner, and don’t forget Shakespeare.


      1. Simenon, Roth and Gibson were the ones I was previously familiar, although I haven’t read Gibson. The other 4 I’ll check out.
        I agree about getting trapped. I tend to alternate between a classic or more literary work then a more popular one. My last month or so of authors has been Stefan Zweig, John le Carre, Kafka, Dennis Lehane, Denis Johnson, Salinger, Le Carre again, Voltaire, Saul Bellow, Donald Westlake, Michael Ondaatje, and currently Sylvia Plath. My obscures are less obscure, and my populars are more popular (although we both enjoy Robert Parker).


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