Monday, December 5, 2011

2011 Reading Roundup

I didn't read nearly as much non-fiction or as many graphic novels as I wanted to, but the bright side is that I discovered some great writers (Amelia Gray, Shane Jones, Valzhyna Mort) that are perhaps not new to the world, but new to me. And it's been a long time since I've been able to add new writers to my favorites list.

I've also enjoyed shifting over to more small/indie press work (Dancing Girl Press, Mudluscious Books, New Michigan Press), much of which has greatly helped with my own projects. All with the added benefit of supporting small presses, of course.

Stars by my favorites (that all of you must read, it goes without saying). Also, tell me what you read and liked, this year.

*AM/PM - Amelia Gray
*Light Boxes – Shane Jones
Museum of the Weird – Amelia Gray
Scorch Atlas – Blake Butler
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary – David Sedaris
House of Leaves – Mark Danielewski
Bed – Tao Lin
Point Omega – Don DeLillo
Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
The Tortilla Curtain – T.C. Boyle
The Instructions – Adam Levin
Day of the Oprichnik – Vladimir Sorokin
One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy – Stephen Tunney
Hector and the Search for Happiness – Francois Lelord
The Pale King – David Foster Wallace
There is No Year – Blake Butler
The Failure Six – Shane Jones
The Curfew – Jesse Ball
The Last Werewolf – Glen Duncan
Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
Train Dreams: A Novella – Denis Johnson
Stone Arabia – Dana Spiotta
Someone Like You – Roald Dahl
The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
*When All Our Days Are Numbered – Sasha Fletcher
1Q84 - Haruki Murakami

Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself – David Lipsky
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands – Chelsea Handler
Beautiful and Pointless – David Orr
Bill Moyers Journal – Bill Moyers
Bossypants – Tina Fey
The Social Animal – David Brooks
One Day It’ll All Make Sense – Common

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems – Kay Ryan
The Romantic Dogs – Roberto Bolano
Moy Sand and Gravel: Poems – Paul Muldoon
*Factory of Tears – Valzhyna Mort
Sixty Poems – Charles Simic
The Door – Margaret Atwood
Circle – Victoria Chang
Slur Ouevre – James D’Agostino
We Take Me Apart – Molly Gaudry
Of Which Anything Consists - Barbara Maloutas

The Book of Liz – David Sedaris

Graphic Novels
Black Hole – Charles Burns
*Epileptic – David B.
Asterios Polyp – David Mazzucchelli

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