Books

This list is more for me than anyone else. I read a lot but have a horrible memory, so I wanted to keep track of what I’ve read throughout the year, with the most recent at the top. If it’s something I would recommend, I’ll bold it. Let me know if you have any trouble getting a hold of a copy of something here you’re wanting to read, as nearly everything I read is a physical book I’ve bought.

2017

  • Leonard Cohen, The Favourite Game (I’ve been trying to familiarize myself with so-called great Canadian literature, but so far I’m just not getting it. Last year I tried and rather disliked Nicole Brossard’s Mauve Desert, though, granted, much of it was read in waiting rooms while my man was broken and Iceland was pushed 3 months further. I at least thought I’d do better with a novel from a songwriter, but Mr. Cohen was not the answer. Not sure what to try next from my own country, aside from the Anne Carson [Float] I have on the go…)
  • Halldór Laxness, Wayward Heroes
  • Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology
  • John Darnielle, Universal Harvester (this is the 2nd most terrifying book I’ve ever read [the 1st being Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves], but the terror largely comes from how the book is crafted rather than what happens, a feat that requires perfect execution and literary command – I highly recommend this book…if you’re willing to be unsettled)
  • Terry Jones, Douglas Adams’ Starship Titanic (basically Monty Python does Hitchhiker’s Guide – totally delightful)
  • Carrie Fisher, Postcards from the Edge (I don’t know why I didn’t find this book sooner – Carrie Fisher is a brilliant novelist)
  • Carrie Fisher, Shockaholic
  • Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking (a must before reading Shockaholic)
  • Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler (this is one of my favorite books ever)
  • Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones (2016 series), issues #1-6
  • Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones: Avenger (a must if you’ve read the Jessica Jones: Alias and Jessica Jones: The Pulse issues/collections and want to move onto the new Jessica Jones series)