‘Tis the season of year-end lists, collections of top posts, top nines, top-halves heavy from holiday feasts. So, because I can never remember anything unless it’s written down, and because it’s sometimes fun to share, here is a list of books I read this year.
Not all of them are for school, though a good number of them are. I don’t think I distinguished this year like I did last year in my notebook, and so I won’t here, either.
I should scribble about some of these books someday, but for now, a list:
- Jews Without Money (Michael Gold)
- Six Memos from the Last Millennium (Joseph Skibell)
- Annotations (John Keene)
- Modernism: Evolution of an Idea
- The Secret Agent (Conrad)
- Howard’s End (Forster)
- The Good Solider (Ford)
- To the Lighthouse (Woolf) – can you tell I took a modernism course?
- The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories (Ozick)
- Counternarratives (selections, Keene)
- Dubliners (selections, Joyce)
- The Last September (Bowen)
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Jackson)
- Aleph-Bet: An Alphabet for the Perplexed (Cohen)
- How Fiction Works (Wood)
- Invisible Cities (Calvino)
- The Shape of Content (Shapiro)
- Irradiated Cities (Mariko Nagai)
- Dictée (Theresa Hak Kyung Cha)
- GeNtry!fication: Or, The Scene of the Crime (Chaun Webster)
- Silent Anatomies (Monica Ong)
- The Book (Amaranth Borsuk)
- Klee: Mutations (Tempohaus)
- Jewish Comedy: a Serious History (Jeremy Dauber)
- The Unseen World (Liz Moore)
- A Poetry Handbook (Oliver)
- About Trees (Katie Holten)
- Imaginary Explosions (Caitlin Berrigan)
- Life of a Star (Jane Unrue)
- The Manly Art of Knitting (Dave Fougner)
- The Problems of Philosophy (Russell)
- Kids These Days (Malcolm Harris)
So, fewer than last year, yes. I also tried again to read Ulysses, and got a lot farther than I ever have, but didn’t finish (again). I pick it up every now and again and read a chapter. I’m more than halfway through. I should try and finish it over break, maybe.
I’m also in the middle of Against Everything and Paper Dreams. Also some Leonard Michaels stuff.
Anyway, here’s to 2019.