Reading List 2014

too many books

Because my commute has me reading like a motherfucker.

1. Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle (Jan)

2. Douglas Coupland Worst. Person. Ever. (Jan)

(Reviewed at American Short Fiction)

3. Jeanette Winterson Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Jan)

4. Tin House Winter Issue

(I don’t understand leaving lit mags off a reading list.)

5. Amy Bloom Away

(Finally, says Amy Bloom fans everywhere.)

6. A.M. Homes The Mistress’s Daughter

(Yep, there’s a memoir motif here. Durr.)

7. Sheila Heti How Should a Person Be?

(I met someone the other day who hated “Girls” and Lena Dunham and the whole damned thing, and yet had never seen a single episode or Tiny Furniture. And it was then that I realized I’d have to read Heti’s novel for myself. Besides, if Miranda July likes her… UPDATE 4/14: NOPE. NOOP. NERP.)

8. Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita

9. Christopher Buckley Losing Mum and Pup

(I’m obsessed with old New England money, which is further from my experience than any book set in a war-torn developing nation.)

10. A.M. Homes This Book Will Save Your Life

11. Mary Karr Lit

12. George Saunders Tenth of December

13. Junot Diaz Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

14. MFA Vs. NYC

15. Dorothy Allison Bastard Out of Carolina

16. Colum McCann This Side of Brightness

17. Donna Tartt The Goldfinch

18. Rufi Thorpe The Girls from Corona del Mar

19. Junot Diaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

20. A.M. Homes May We Be Forgiven

21. Jenny Offill Dept of Speculation

22. Lorrie Moore Bark

23. JR Moehringer The Tender Bar

24. Graham Greene The Heart of the Matter

25. Anchor Book of New American Voices 2004 (since I’m halfway through it anyway)

26. George Saunders Tenth of December

Does anyone ever read all the stuff on their list? I used to not. But all that time on trains. Now I just devour whatever crosses my path, so there’s no real point to making a list, because if you want me to NOT do something, by Jove! Put it in writing first.


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