Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Have-read list: 2006

Last year I posted a list of the books I read in 2005. Here, for interested parties, is this year's list.

  • Zadie Smith, On Beauty
  • Ian McEwan, Atonement
  • Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study In Scarlet
  • Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
  • Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim
  • Tom Bissell, God Lives In St. Petersburg
  • John Osborne, Dejavu
  • Nell Freudenberger, Lucky Girls
  • Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle
  • Michael Duncan, Line Jester and Other Stories
  • Truman Capote, Other Voices, Other Rooms
  • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
  • Andrew Hungerford, Between the Water and the Air
  • Thomas McGuane, The Sporting Club
  • Meg Sparling, The Nijinsky Poems
  • Carolyn Forche, Gathering the Tribes
  • Jennifer Egan, The Keep
  • James Goldman, The Lion In Winter

Eighteen is certainly better than last year's seven, but still not the twenty that I like to set as the goal for a year's reading. I do have some plans for 2007 reading, though. I've already finished The Guide by R. K. Narayan, and I've just started The Bushwacked Piano by Thomas McGuane. I need to do some Michigan reading (Richard Ford and more McGuane, particularly his new stories, and maybe this will be the year I finally read some of the Jim Harrison on my shelf), and I want to read some more classics and work in translation. (I've had Tristram Shandy on my shelf for a while, and I've gone a year without any Jane Austen, so I may be ready for Emma.)

So, Wordwrighters, what did you read this year?

1 comment:

Terry said...

The following is an abridged list. And keep in mind that I'm getting a Master's in Children's Lit.

Jonathan Stroud - Ptolemy's Gate
Scott Westerfeld - Pretties, Specials
Garth Nix - Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday
Howard Gardner - The Unschooled Mind
Louise Rosenblatt - The Reader, the Text, and the Poem
J. M. Barrie - Peter Pan
Veronica Bennett - Angelmonster
Scott Smith - The Ruins
Frances Hardinge - Fly By Night
Roberta Trites - Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (for the second time)
Neil Gaiman - Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll's House, Dream Country (all in the Sandman series)

Yeesh. I need to read more adult lit.