The last couple of months I have been trying out various methods of selecting my monthly reading pool with varying success. Along the way I have accumulated a few tempting titles, generally new or recent books, and this month I included several in what might be a fun and enriching group of reading or, perhaps the shiny object titles will leave me disappointed.
What’s a Mars Room? Is a parking lot attendant a hero or an anti-hero? Convenience stores can be quite useful for cigarettes or a half-dozen XLNTs but they can be dangerous too. Is Player One ready? For what?
I’ve been dedicating a lot of time to cleaning up my list of classical movies I want to watch on FilmStruck but this month I have an urge to catch up on those new titles that seem to call out to me so I hope to read a bit more than usual this month. I have to confess, however, that I have been making and revising this reading pool for some time now and the official published list might change when I realize I left off a much sought after title or included another title that no longer held my interest.
Here is the published list but the reading choices listed in my Marvin catalogue for October is slightly different so who knows what the final reading might include.
- The Virgin of Flames — Chris Albani
- Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
- Maigret’s Next-To-the-Last Case — Boileau and Narcejac
- A Good Day For Seppuku — Kate Braverman
- London Bridge — Louis-Ferdinand Céline
- Cathedral — Raymond Carver
- Ready Player One — Ernest Cline
- The Televangelist — Ibrahim Essa
- Running From the Devil — Jamie Freveletti
- The Blonde Cried Murder — Brett Halliday
- A Japanese Schoolgirl — Yoko Kajihara
- Belle de Jour — Joseph Kessel
- The Mars Room — Rachel Kushner
- Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
- Such Fine Boys — Patrick Modiano
- Convenience Store Woman — Sayaka Murata
- The Big Blowdown — George Pelecanos
- Lake Success — Gary Shteyngart
- The Parking Lot Attendant — Nafkote Tamirat
- The Emissary — Yuko Tawanda