The OF Blog: February-March 2011 Reads

Saturday, April 16, 2011

February-March 2011 Reads

I've fallen behind in listing my monthly reads and now at just past the halfway mark for April, I'm only now posting my February and March 2011 reads.  You might find these to be an eclectic list, but perhaps not, considering who is the primary blogger here.  Since I have 61 books to list, I'll dispense with even the cursory comments that I usually do, but feel free to ask about specific titles in the comments below.  Time permitting, I'll answer any inquiries there with my takes on those books mentioned.


41  William Butler Yeats, The Poems of William Butler Yeats

42  John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

43  Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

44  Aesop, Aesop's Fables

45  Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

46  Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales

47  Michel de Montaigne, Essays

48  Franz Kafka, Der Prozeß

49  Franz Kafka, The Trial

50  William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

51  Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

52  Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

53  St. Augustine, The Confessions of St. Augustine

54  Paul Kearney, Corvus

55  François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel

56  Karen Russell, Swamplandia!

57  Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

58  Octave Mirbeau, Torture Garden

59  Stendhal, The Red and the Black

60  Col Buchanan, Farlander

61  Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels

62  Emile Zola, Nana

63  Justin Halpern, Shit My Dad Says

64  Aristophanes, The Birds & The Frogs

65  Blaise Pascal, Pensées

66  William Shakespeare, Poems

67  Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

68  Ritter von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs

69  D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love

70  Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les Confessions 1

71  Rubén Darío, El modernismo y otros ensayos

72  Bret Harte, California Stories

73  Jack London, The Sea-Wolf

74  Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

75  Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson

76  T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems 1909-1962

77  Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

78  Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold

79  Brian Stableford, The Dedalus Book of Decadence:  Moral Ruins

80  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part One

81  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust/Urfaust

82  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part Two


83  Omar Khayyam, The Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam

84  Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les Confessions, Livres VII à XII

85  Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

86  Honoré de Balzac, Le pére Goriot

87  Honoré de Balzac, Pére Goriot

88  Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes

89  Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife

90  Fyodor Doestoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

91  Aristotle, Politics & Poetics

92  Zoran Živković, Pisac

93  Steven Erikson, The Crippled God

94  Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Dreams in a Time of War

95  Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

96  Roberto Bolaño, 2666

97  James Joyce, Ulysses

98  John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

99  Jack Vance, Emphyrio

100  Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Herland, and Other Stories

101  Samuel Delany, Nova

So far in April, I've read another 19 titles, with perhaps 1-2 more to be complete by Sunday morning.  Interesting to see a dip in March compared to previous months; it's one of my worst reading months in three years.  However, I'm not dismayed by that, since there were some new activities that began around the same time and my mind has not been as much on reading compared to previous springs, where I sometimes would read 50-60 books in a month, many of those outdoors.  Then there's the nature of some of those works as well, with some being quite weighty works, more so on the mind than on the hands.

I see due to deciding to re-read classics that I first encountered from 16-23 that there have been very few female authors read.  Hopefully, this will change in the coming months, although I don't expect there'll be more than 25% female authors in my final 2011 reading list.  That may seem poor, but if I read 100 female authors this year, I suspect the raw number will more than offset a skewed pattern.  All I know is that I'm continuing to wake to sleep as I go.  I'll leave it up to you to figure out that reference.


ishouldbeking said...

Mind boggling list, but full of great stuff. I also read Abercrombie's "The Heroes" in March and quite enjoyed it as a first taste of his fiction. I know, I know... it's the last book chronologically speaking, but I made sense of it just fine.

Also: I have fond memories of Delany's "Nova". Probably my favorite of his pure SF works, of which I've read almost all. I need to reread Dhalgren one of these days; I'm curious if it would retain its title as "most awesome thing I've read" that I happily bestowed upon it in college.

Out of curiosity, how are you able to read so much so quickly? Did that come naturally or have you trained in speed reading?

Larry said...

Well, to answer your last questions first, I answered that in a post almost a year ago.

I re-read Dhalgren last year and reviewed it for a group blog. It was even better the second time through (I first read it in 2004 or 2005, I think).

ishouldbeking said...


Anyway, I stumbled onto your blog via R. Scott Bakker's link to your latest review of his work, and I'm enjoying your posts thus far. Personally, I'm a terribly slow reader, but it's my favorite hobby nevertheless. I'm looking forward to more of your reviews!

Larry said...

Glad you're enjoying them. I saw Scott's post the other day and I almost popped in to ask if he'll consider supporting the Preds in the NHL Playoffs, since he used to live in Nashville when he was working on his Ph.D.

Maybe another time :P

Anonymous said...

Interested in what you thought of Venus in Furs, considering its subject.

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