I realize many more people than me are able to somehow read an ungodly amount of books throughout the year (I have some friends who claim the number to be in the 3 or 4 hundreds), but I’ve always been a notoriously and deliberately slow reader, particularly with books I enjoy. I delve them out to myself as if they were slices of thick cheesecake; not too much at one time.
For example, I’m still in the process of re-reading Anna Karenina, now going on 14 months. Add in a full time job with terrible deadlines for half the year, a family, being in the process of writing a novel, a monthly non-fiction column for The Prague Revue, the stray short story solicited from a lit journal every now and again, as well as the sporadic book review for the likes of The Lit Pub, and reading hundreds upon hundreds of novels per year just ain’t gonna happen for me.
That being said, I was still able to somehow enlighten myself with 23 books in 2013. Here they are in some sort of order (I think most recently finished to first of the year). I’ve rated them and mostly given reviews on Goodreads, if anyone is interested.
The Savage Detectives-Roberto Bolano (in progress)
Breaking Into the Backcountry-Steve Edwards
Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini
The Merrill Diaries-Susan Tepper
The Boys on the Bus-Timothy Crouse
Fat Man in a Middle Seat-Jack Germond
The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts-Erin O’Brien
The Insufferable Gaucho-Roberto Bolano
Tenth of December-George Saunders
Thank You For Your Sperm-Marcus Speh
The Santa Fe Literary Review-compilation edited by Meg Tuite
Dreams of My Russian Summers-Andrei Makine
Once Upon the River Love-Andrei Makine
Ash Cinema-Edward Rathke
Bones Buried in the Dirt-David Atkinson
The Design of Everyday Things-Donald Norman
Flash Fiction Fridays-edited by Robert Vaughan
Nostalgia-Mircea Cartarescu (in progress)
Saint Genet-Jean-Paul Sartre
The Hunger Angel-Herta Muller
Cataclysm Baby-Matt Bell
About two dozen short/flash pieces on Fictionaut from solid writers such as Steven Gowin, Matt Robinson, Sam Rasnake, Chris Okum, and many others.