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About meMy 2015 reading logs, with comments
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Earlier Reading
2014 Club Read:
Fifth thread   Fourth thread   Third thread  Second thread  First thread
2013 Club Read: Sixth thread Fifth thread  Fourth thread  Third thread   Second thread   First thread   75 Books: Second thread   First thread
2012 Club Read: 4th thread 3rd thread 2nd thread 1st thread. 75 Books: 3rd thread 2nd thread 1st thread
2011 Club Read: 3rd thread 2nd thread 1st thread 75 Books: 2nd thread 1st thread
2010 Club Read: 2nd thread 1st thread 75 Books: 4th thread 3rd thread 2nd thread 1st thread
2009 Club Read 75 Books

About my libraryBooks Read in 2015
* means the book was a favorite read

81. Flaw by Magdalena Tulli
80. Black Seconds by Karin Fossum
79. The War of the Saints by Jorge Amado
78. He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope*
77. Shadows of Carcosa: Tales of Cosmic Horror edited by D. Thin
76. A Beam of Light by Andrea Camilleri
75. The Perfidious Parrot by Janwillem van de Wetering
74. Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
73. The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum
72 The Beckoning Ice by Joan Druett
71. Deadly Shoals by Joan Druett
70. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta by Mario Vargas Llosa
69. Run Afoul by Joan Druett
68. Shark Island by Joan Druett
67. The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
66. A Watery Grave by Joan Druett
65. The Man of My Life by Manuel Vazquez Montalban
64. Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World by Joan Druett*
63. When the Devil Holds the Candle by Karin Fossum
62. The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou*
61. Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo
60. He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
59. The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
58. The Harp and the Shadow by Alejo Carpentier*
57. Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson
56. Eva's Eye by Karin Fossum
55. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope
54. Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum
53. Deception by Denise Mina
52. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado*
51. Desert by J.M.G. Le Clezio
50. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
49. The Invention of Morel by Alfredo Bioy Casares
48. The Buddha's Return by Gaito Gazdanov
47. Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov edited by Robert Chandler
46. Hit Me by Lawrence Block
45. Hit and Run by Lawrence Block
44. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
43. Hit Parade by Lawrence Block
42. Hit List by Lawrence Block
41. Hit Man by Lawrence Block
40. Just a Corpse at Twilight by Janwillem van de Wetering
39. Juan the Landless by Juan Goytisolo
38. Dark City Lights: New York Stories edited by Lawrence Block
37. The Buenos Aires Quintet by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
36. La Débâcle by Émile Zola
35. Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
34. Tyrant Banderas by Ramón del Valle-Inclán*
33. The Earth by Emile Zola*
32. Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession by Janet Malcolm
31. The Dead Mountaineer's Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky*
30. The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm*
29. Voyage along the Horizon by Javier Marías
28. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett
27. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
26. The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov*
25. An Olympic Death by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
24. Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo
23. Between You and Me by Mary Norris*
22. Tristana by Benito Pérez Galdós
21. Game of Mirrors by Andrea Camillieri
20. The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes by Anonymous
19. The Wrong Side of Paris by Honore de Balzac
18. Pushkin Hills by Sergei Dovlatov
17. The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
16. The Hollow-Eyed Angel by Janwillem van de Wetering
15. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope
14. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
13. Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai*
12. Hard Rain by Janwillem van de Wetering
11. The Three Leaps of Wang Lun by Alfred Döblin*
10. Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buidaedited by Robert Chandler*
9. The Rattle-Rat by Janwillem ven de Wetering
8. The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki
7. Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
6. The Streetbird by Janwillem van de Wetering
5. My Kind of Girl by Buddhadeva Bose
4. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope*
3. Honeydew by Edith Grossman*
2. The Mind-Murders by Janwillem van de Wetering
1. Orient Express by Graham Greene

Books Read in 2014
* means the book was a favorite read

112. The Brewer of Preston by Andrea Camilleri
111. The Maine Massacre by Janwillem van de Wetering
110. Midnight in the Century by Victor Serge*
109. The Blond Baboon by Janwillem van de Wetering
108. The Japanese Corpse by Janwillem van de Wetering
107. Death of a Hawker by Janwillem van de Wetering
106. The Corpse on the Dike by Janwillem van de Wetering
105. The Human Factor by Graham Greene*
104. A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland
103. The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau
102. Tumbleweed by Janwillem van de Wetering
101. The Chouans by Honoré de Balzac
100. Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwillem Van de Wetering
99. In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge*
98. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
97. The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray by Jorge Amado
96. Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man by Thomas Mann
95. Six Drawing Lessons by William Kentridge
94. The Quiet American by Graham Greene*
93. News from the Empire by Fernando del Paso*
92. The Complete Short Novels by Anton Chekhov
91. Short Letter, Long Farewell by Peter Handke
90. In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means edited by Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky
89. The Topless Tower by Silvina Ocampo
88. The Violent Land by Jorge Amado
87. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene*
86. The Captain's Daughter by Alexander Pushkin*
85. The Edge of the Storm by Agustin Yáñez*
84. Love in a Bottle by Antal Szerb
83. The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gazdaznov
82. The Dead Girls by Jorge Ibargüengoitia*
81. The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 by Béla Zombory-Moldován
80. The Wild Ass's Skin by Honoré de Balzac
79. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
78. The Women's War by Alexandre Dumas*
77. The Mongolian Conspiracy by Rafael Bernal
76. Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo
75. What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World by Jon Young
74. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal*
73. The President by Miguel Angel Asturias
72. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
71. Stories by Anton Chekhov
70. Off Side by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
69. Lucky Us by Amy Bloom*
68. The Mad and the Bad by Jean-Patrick Manchette
67. Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo*
66. Come Along with Me by Shirley Jackson
65. Slip of the Knife by Denise Mina
64. Angelica's Smile by Andrea Camilleri
63. The Treasure by Selma Lagerlöf*
62. One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta
61. Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb*
60. A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman
59. Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey by Janet Malcolm
58. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
57. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
56. Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm*
55. Terra Nullius: A Journey through No One's Land by Sven Lindquist
54. The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland by Hugh Thomson*
53. Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives edited by Sarah Weinman
52. Murder in the Central Committee by Manuel Vázquez Montalban
51. Time Present and Time Past by Deirdre Madden
50. The Forbidden Kingdom by Jan Jacob Slauerhoff
49. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin*
48. Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present edited by Andrew Shryock and Daniel Lord Smail
47. American Innovations by Rivka Galchen
46. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
45. Autonauts of the Cosmoroute by Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlop*
44. Middle Passage by Charles Johnson*
43. The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 by Timothy Snyder
42. The Bird's Nest by Shirley Jackson*
41. The Quality of Mercy by Barry Unsworth
40. Money by Émile Zola
39. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard*
38. Death in Venice and Other Tales by Thomas Mann
37. Southern Seas by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
36. The Black Sheep by Honoré de Balzac
35. Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth*
34. Journey to a War by W. H. Auden & Christopher Isherwood
33. Neanderthal Man by Svante Pääbo*
32. Oliver VII by Antal Szerb*
31. Hunting Season by Andrea Camilleri
30. Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado
29. The Sundial by Shirley Jackson*
28. The Saga of Gösta Berling by Selma Lagerlöf
27. The Angst-Ridden Executive by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
26. The Queen's Necklace by Alexandre Dumas
25. Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
24. Tattoo by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
23. The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka
22. Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance by Julia Angwin
21. Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
20. The Pendragon Legend by Antal Szerb*
19. Landscapes of Fear by Yi-Fu Tuan
18. Home Is the Sailor by Jorge Amado
17. The Queen's Necklace by Antal Szerb*
16. Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe*
15. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
14. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe*
13. The Human Comedy: Selected Stories by Honoré de Balzac
12. The Wine-Dark Sea by Leonardo Sciascia
11. The Beast Within by Émile Zola*
10. Tent of Miracles by Jorge Amado
9. New Grub Street by George Gissing
8. The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
7. The Radiance of the King by Camara Laye
6. The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
5. Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
4. Field of Blood by Denise Mina
3. Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga by D. O. Fagunwa
2. Showdown by Jorge Amado*
1. The Road through the Wall by Shirley Jackson

To see which books I read in earlier years, please go to my library and look for collections labeled "Read in 2011," etc.

GroupsA Group Thank You, African/African American Literature, All Books Africa, And Other Stories, Author Theme Reads, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Booker Prize, Bug Collectors, Club Read 2009show all groups

Favorite authorsChinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jorge Amado, W. H. Auden, Beryl Bainbridge, Honoré de Balzac, Amy Bloom, Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrea Camilleri, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Alejo Carpentier, John le Carré, Sarah Caudwell, Anton Chekhov, Barbara Comyns, Robertson Davies, Anita Desai, Jennifer Egan, Anne Fadiman, J. G. Farrell, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Paula Fox, Mavis Gallant, Jaimy Gordon, Vassili Grossman, Shirley Hazzard, A. E. Housman, Shirley Jackson, Jill Lepore, Mario Vargas Llosa, Janet Malcolm, Thomas Mann, Hilary Mantel, Czesław Miłosz, Alice Munro, Alvaro Mutis, Flannery O'Connor, David Peace, Edith Pearlman, Andrey Platonov, Joseph Roth, Philip Roth, James Salter, Luc Sante, José Saramago, Leonardo Sciascia, Victor Serge, Vikram Seth, Jane Smiley, Rebecca Solnit, Vladimir Sorokin, Antal Szerb, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Leo Tolstoy, Honor Tracy, Anthony Trollope, Barbara W. Tuchman, Magdalena Tulli, Sylvia Townsend Warner, William Butler Yeats, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBook Culture, Book Culture on Columbus, Crawford-Doyle Booksellers, St. Mark's Bookshop (New York City), The Corner Bookstore, The Harvard Coop

Favorite publishersArchipelago Books, NYRB Classics

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