Books On Fire

images.jpgFollowing my own advice, this month’s reading pool is a combination of genre fiction, best-sellers, and classics. It maybe a little light on classics but August needed to be balanced. I can’t really recommend a couple of these books because I have not verified their quality but rather I was intrigued by their title or a short description I might have read in a catalogue. I believe I’m actually more often disappointed by what are generally considered “good” books than I am by these unknown and often eye-opening texts. Give them a try (but balance them with solid classics).

Will I be forced to add any of these titles to my Worst reading list? Last month’s Death of Virgil was a strong candidate but other readers certainly will not agree. Maybe it should have made my Most Painful list instead?

Here is the reading pool I have selected for September. This is a month filled with personal commitments, birthdays, doctor appointments, so we’ll have to see how many books I actually read (especially with The Tunnel from August being only half read to start with).

  1. Odditorium — Hob Broun
  2. The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir — James Brown
  3. The Concrete Blonde — Michael Connelly
  4. Tidings of the Trees — Wolfgang Hilbig
  5. The Dead Girls — Jorge Ibargüengoitia
  6. Train Dreams — Denis Johnson
  7. The World of Henry Orient — Nora Johnson
  8. Lady In the Lake — Laura Lippman
  9. Hark — Sam Lipsyte
  10. Cop Hater — Ed McBain
  11. The Confidence Man — Herman Melville
  12. Gasoline — Quim Monzó
  13. The Lonesome Bodybuilder — Yukiko Motoya
  14. Cockroaches — Scholastique Mukasonga
  15. Cockroaches — Jo Nesbo
  16. Wonderland — Joyce Carol Oates
  17. The Occasional Virgin: A Novel — Hanan al-Shaykh
  18. The Amboy Dukes — Irving Shulman
  19. The Naked Eye — Yoko Tawada
  20. The Nickel Boys — Colson Whitehead

One response

  1. I’ve just finished a different book by Scholastique Mukasonga – The Barefoot Woman – which is a tribute to her mother and her efforts to keep the family and Tutsi traditions alive . I would recommend that….

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