There are now 70+ books in my “next to read” pile. I update this page too infrequently, so I’ll put a date here just to keep myself honest. November, 2015.
What I’m reading right now:
Reservation Blues, by Sherman Alexie.
What I’m listening to right now:
The Great American Short Story Collection. I’ve finished the first few stories (by H.P. Lovecraft, Cleveland Moffett, Ellis Parker Butler, Arthur Somers Roche). Next up are Wharton, Poe, O. Henry. It’s making me want to revisit my shelf of American Victorian-era literature, and to ditch this audio version for a paper version. The Butler story was particularly engaging, and would have been even more delightful in print.
The Brothers Karamazov. I can’t get through Russian novels when I’m reading. I’ve tried to read this book at least half a dozen times, and can’t get further than 15 pages in before I give up. don’t know what my mental block is, but I think that since I remember characteristics rather than names, I’m at a severe disadvantage in Dostoyevsky. We’ll see if audio helps.
Gilead which I false started (loved the prose but life got in the way) three times before getting rolling. It worked for me, then it didn’t. Then it almost did. But overall I can’t recommend it.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. I wasn’t crazy about some of the characters, but I found the premise compelling and the story fascinating. A much better version, for me, of the ‘child on her own who makes dozens of wrong turns’ bildungsroman than White Oleander.
David and Goliath. Interesting premise, decent structure, belabored points.
Go Set a Watchman. Absolutely awful. A whole novel-length lecture about forgiving racism.
The Martian. The more maths you cram into a scifi novel, the more I adore your writing. Genuinely enjoyable read.
A Visit from the Goon Squad.
The Paying Guests.
The Buried Giant.
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