An entire life spent reading would have fulfilled my every desire; I already knew that at the age of seven. The texture of the world is painful, inadequate; unalterable, or so it seems to me. Really, I believe that an entire life spent reading would have suited me best. Such a life has not been granted me…

― Michel Houellebecq, Whatever


From 2009 I’ve kept a list of the books I read. These are only those that I read from cover to cover. I tend to intersperse fiction and nonfiction, and am always trying to read more poetry. Books I re-read are marked with an asterisk (*). Short stories or short non-fiction are marked thus ‘^’.

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 201420152016, 2017, and 2018

Sometimes I compile bibliographies of writers I intend to explore deeply: SebaldBeckett and Kafka for instance. I also keep lists for reading ideas, but I rarely follow them in any meaningful way, as my shelves are filled with unread books: Joseph Brodsky, Cyril Connolly, Alberto Manguel, Neoliberalism and Studies in Modern European Literature and Thought.

4 thoughts on “Reading

  1. I noted that you include Kafka’s writings among your Personal Canon. Do you recommend a specific translation? Many thanks.

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