I was recently congratulated for having completed my monthly reading pool. Books, though, are like enchanted brooms and no matter how many I read, these is always a tide of new reading threatening to wash me away.
Besides, my current quest to read beaucoup de genre novels, especially detective and mystery fiction, results in five or six completions in the same time it might take me to read one George Eliot or Charles Dickens.
This month I’ve toyed with the idea to read a select few big, fat books, or once again race through a couple dozen more direct entertainments. I opted for the long list of fun reading with one or two more challenging titles thrown in for sustained interest. Next month, however, I’m contemplating two-out-of-three falls with the likes of A Man Without Qualities and Clarissa Harlowe.
So for October I present the following reading list. It should be fun.
- Beasts Head for Home: A Novel — Kōbō Abe
- Motherland Hotel — Yusuf Atilgan
- The Swimming-Pool Library — Alan Hollinghurst
- Until Proven Guilty — J. A. Jance
- Cold Dish — Craig Johnson
- Number One Chinese Restaurant — Lillian Li
- The Neon Jungle — John D. MacDonald
- Pusher — Ed McBain
- Machines Like Me — Ian McEwan
- Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
- The Natashas — Yelena Moskovich
- Edwin of the Iron Shoes — Marcia Muller
- Passport To Peril — Robert B. Parker
- Laguna Heat — T. Jefferson Parker
- The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia — Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
- Angels On Toast — Dawn Powell
- Wolf Solent — John Cowper Powys
- The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside — Kazufumi Shiraishi
- The Mine — Antti Tuomainen
- Strega — Andrew Vachss