Novels read in 2012 (so far)

As with last year (part one, part two), these are the novels or ‘non-fiction but close’ books I’ve read – basically things I read as a break of sorts from work… Many of these were inspired by comments on posts about reading and rereading novels. Thanks.

  1. China Miéville, Embassytown
  2. Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic (not a novel, but a classic of historical writing I’d never got round to reading)
  3. John Irving, Last Night at Twisted River
  4. Sebastian Faulks, The Girl at the Lion d’Or
  5. Michel Houllebecq, The Map and the Territory
  6. Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta
  7. Sebastian Faulks, A Week in December
  8. Kamila Shamsie, Burnt Shadows
  9. Edward Bond, Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death
  10. James Shapiro, 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (non-fiction)
  11. David Byrne, The Bicycle Diaries (non-fiction)
  12. John Fowles, The Collector
  13. Ernest Shackleton, South: The Story of Shackleton’s 1914–17 Expedition (true story!)
  14. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (again)
  15. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (again)
  16. J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello
  17. Herta Müller, The Passport
  18. Julie Otsuka, When the Emperor was Divine
  19. W.G. Sebald, The Emigrants
  20. Bernard Schlink, The Reader
  21. Roberto Bolaño, Nazi Literature in the Americas
  22. Mohsin Hamed, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  23. John Updike, Terrorist
  24. Teju Cole, Everyday is for the Thief
  25. Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives
  26. Ian McEwan, Saturday
  27. Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
  28. Rob Kitchin, The Rule Book
  29. Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
  30. Kamila Shamsie, Kartography
  31. Michel Houllebecq, Atomised
  32. Sebastian Faulks (writing as Ian Fleming), Devil May Care
  33. Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees
  34. Gabriel Tarde, Underground Man (yes, that Tarde. This is more of a novella than a full novel.)
  35. Bill Martin, Avant Rock: Experimental Music from the Beatles to Björk
  36. Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones
  37. Hari Kunzru, My Revolutions
  38. Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces (non-fiction, but really unclassifiable)
  39. Malcolm Bradbury, Doctor Criminale
  40. Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy (City of Glass – Ghosts – The Locked Room)

and a lot of Shakespeare…

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8 Responses to Novels read in 2012 (so far)

  1. marenqo says:

    You might find this one interesting if you have not read it already:
    Species of Spaces (Georges Perec)

  2. marenqo says:

    oops sorry just noticed that was in your list already, my apologies!

  3. Chathan says:

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve even done even a fraction of that amount of reading. Or any of my friends for that matter.

  4. Chathan says:

    This year that is

  5. Matt Davies says:

    Dude, you are voracious!

  6. monsieurdelagare says:

    Wow, this many just between January and June! Well played…or, rather, well read.

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