More novels read in 2012

At the end of June I posted a list of the novels I’d read so far in 2012. Here are those I read between July and today the end of the year- not all are novels, as there are a few books about cycling too, though given events this year some of these surely count as fiction… I have a few that I expect I’ll read over the holidays too.

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It was a year when I rediscovered Sebastian Faulks and Ian McEwan; discovered a host of new (for me) writers including several from Africa, Kamila Shamsie and Roberto Bolaño; and grudgingly realised that Umberto Eco just isn’t going to write anything as good as Foucault’s Pendulum or The Name of the Rose again.

  1. David Millar, Racing through the Dark (true story)
  2. E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops (short story)
  3. Gustave Flaubert, Salammbo
  4. Teju Cole, Open City
  5. Aminatta Forna, The Memory of Love
  6. Rob Kitchin, The White Gallows
  7. H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
  8. H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau
  9. Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
  10. Amos Oz, To Know a Woman
  11. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  12. Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
  13. Herman Melville, Moby Dick  – for perhaps the fourth time
  14. Sebastian Faulks, The Fool’s Alphabet
  15. Roberto Bolaño, Amulet
  16. Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery
  17. Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds
  18. Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
  19. Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (non-fiction)
  20. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
  21. Ian McEwan, Amsterdam
  22. Iain Sinclair, Lights out for the Territory: 9 Excursions into the Secret History of London (non-fiction)
  23. Daniel Coyle, Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force (also known as Lance Armstrong’s War)
  24. Lance Armstrong, It’s Not About the Bike 
  25. Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna
  26. Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart
  27. Philip Roth, The Human Stain
  28. Jed Rubenfeld, The Interpretation of Murder
  29. Michael Cunningham, The Hours
  30. Graham Swift, Last Orders
  31. Thomas Meyer, Beowulf - open access from Punctum books
  32. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  33. Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis
  34. Giles Foden, The Last King of Scotland - I was surprised how different the film was from this, as large parts of the story were completely changed.
  35. Ian McEwan, Solar
  36. Imre Kertész, Faultless
  37. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  38. Matt Rendell, The Death of Marco Pantani
  39. Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
  40. John Fowles, A Maggot
  41. Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men
  42. Italo Calvino, The Castle of Crossed Destinies
  43. Nanni Balestrini, Sandokan
  44. Joshua Ferris,Then we Came to the End
  45. Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach
  46. W.G. Sebald, Vertigo
  47. Max Apple, The Oranging of America
  48. Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
  49. Lars Iyer, Spurious
  50.  Ian McEwan, Enduring Love
  51. Sebastian Faulks, On Green Dolphin Street
  52. Michael McCormick, Across the Pond
  53. Kate Walbert, The Gardens of Kyoto
  54. Philip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus
  55. Saul Bellow,  Seize the Day
  56. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
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5 Responses to More novels read in 2012

  1. Stuart – I’m astounded. How do you find the time to read so many novels? (I haven’t read more than a handful in years…) Or listen to so many new albums? That’s really amazing. (But it does make me wonder what I’m doing wrong. Of course, having a 2-year-old doesn’t help my case…) Thanks for sharing; it gives me great vicarious pleasure. Best, Adrian

    • stuartelden says:

      Thanks Adrian. I made a new year’s resolution a few years back to read more novels, as I found I was either reading academic works that were not central to my research in non-work time, or wasting time with tv. So I always have a novel on the go and try to read before sleep and sometimes before getting up. I always have novels with me when I travel, and I travel a lot for work. My wife works in Nigeria at the moment, so that also means I am travelling a lot, and as we don’t have children we have less going on in non-work time. Plus I read novels fast, and rarely remember much about them after they are over.

  2. Chathan says:

    You might want to look at Abdul Rehman Munif’s writings (Arabic translated to English) if you are interested in literature and geopolitics. His Cities of Salt trilogy is a very important investigation of the relationship between western imperialism and local sheikhs during the oil boom of the early 20th century. Cities of Salt, The Trench and Variations on Night and Day are the three works in the trilogy.

  3. stuartelden says:

    Thanks Chathan – may take a look.

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