2009: Books Read

Here’s a list of the books or shorter works that I’ve read in full this year. Inevitably I forget to list a lot of the shorter nonfiction I read, PDFs and whatnot, and tend not to list poetry unless I’ve been, rarely, compelled to read a collection from cover to cover. A longer list could be compiled of the books I abandon, either in the first few pages if it is not remotely to my taste, or more often after 40-50 pages when I’ve at least given it a good shot. I also have a shelf of books that I reread frequently, just a page or two, call them comfort reading.

[* Reread]

Geoffrey Household – Rogue Male
Nathanael West – Miss Lonelyhearts
Susan Sontag – Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1964
Mark Cocker – A Tiger in the Sand: Selected Writings on Nature
Alberto Manguel – The City of Words
James Lasdun – The Horned Man
Haruki Murakami – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Patrick Leigh Fermor – A Time of Gifts
Roberto Bolano – The Savage Detectives
Rob Riemen – Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal
Halldór Laxness – The Islander
Rainer Maria Rilke – The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Francine Prose – Reading Like a Writer
Vladimir Nabokov – Speak, Memory
James Wood – How Fiction Works
Gabriel Zaid – So Many Books
Vladimir Nabokov – Strong Opinions
H. L. Jackson – Marginalia
Peter Adolphsen – Machine
William H. Gass – A Temple of Texts
Plato – Apology
J. G. Ballard – Miracles of Life
James Salter – Light Years
Geoff Dyer – Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It
Samuel Beckett – Murphy
Jonathan Culler – Literary Theory (A Very Short Introduction)
Robert Twigger – Lost Oasis
Sara Maitland – A Book of Silence
Denis Donoghue – On Eloquence
Dante – The Divine Comedy 1: Inferno
Michael Booth – Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Knows about Cooking
Michael Dirda – Book by Book
André Gorz – Letter to D: A Love Story
Thomas Mann – The Magic Mountain
*Jean-Paul Sartre – Nausea
William H. Gass – Finding a Form
Aleksandar Hemon – Love And Obstacles
David Rieff – Swimming in a Sea of Death
Vladimir Nabokov – Pale Fire
Christopher Butler – Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction
Carlos Fuentes – Diana: The Goddess Who Hunt Alone
J. G. Ballard – The Kindness of Women
Julien Gracq – Reading Writing
Geoff Dyer – The Colour of Memory
Geoff Dyer - But Beautiful
W. G. Sebald – Austerlitz
Geoff Dyer – Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence
Merlin Coverley – Psychogeography
Geoff Dyer – Anglo-English Attitudes
John Berger – Here is Where We Meet
John Mullan – How Novels Work
Lucy Wadham – The Secret Life of France
Theodore Dalrymple – Our Culture, What’s Left of it: The Mandarins and the Masses
Samuel Beckett – Watt
Ezra Pound – ABC of Reading
Damon Young – Distraction: A Philosopher’s Guide to Being Free
Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
John Berger – Photocopies
Anne Carson – The Glass Essay
Ben Goldacre – Bad Science
Simon Critchley – The Book of Dead Philosophers
Rick Gekoski – Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir
Susan Sontag – Where the Stress Falls
Harold Bloom – The Art of Reading Poetry
R. V. Hallberg – Lyric Powers
Geoffrey O’Brien – The Browser’s Ecstasy: A Meditation on Reading
Susan Hill – Howards End is on the Landing
Jane Austen – Emma
Nicholas A. Basbanes – Among the Gently Mad
Thomas Mann – Death in Venice
Cyril Connolly – Enemies of Promise [Parts 1 and 2]
Helen Garner – The Spare Room
Gabriel Josipovici – After & Making Mistakes
Ian C. Ellis – Book Finds
Maggie Nelson – Bluets
Literary Conversations series with Julian Barnes

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