Novels read in 2013 so far

These are the novels I’ve read so far in 2013 (the picture is of some of them):

  1. booksJohn Grisham, The Pelican Brief
  2. Osamu Dazai, The Setting Sun
  3. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughter-House Five
  4. Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love
  5. Patrick McGrath, Spider  
  6. Jonathan Franzen, The Twenty-Seventh City
  7. Robert Harris, The Fear Index
  8. Sebastian Faulks, Pistache
  9. Max Brooks, World War Z
  10. John Banville, The Sea
  11. Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang
  12. Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question
  13. A.S. Byatt, Possession
  14. Louis de Bernières, A Partisan’s Daughter
  15. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus  (in Nigeria)
  16. Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn
  17. Tim Bowler, Shadow
  18. Tom McCarthy, C
  19. Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller (again)
  20. E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News (while on the way to Newfoundland)
  21. Ian McEwan, The Innocent
  22. Pat Barker, The Eye in the Door
  23. Anita Desai, The Zigzag Way
  24. Brett Easton Ellis, Less than Zero (just before the trip to LA)
  25. Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief
  26. A.S. Byatt, Angels & Insects
  27. Ian McEwan, The Cement Garden
  28. Sebastian Faulks, The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives (non-fiction)
  29. A.S. Byatt, The Biographer’s Tale
  30. Kamila Shamsie, Broken Music
  31. Yann Martel, Life of Pi
  32. C.J. Sansom, Winter in Madrid
  33. Michael Ondatjee, In the Skin of a Lion
  34. Pat Barker, The Ghost Road
  35. Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
  36. Malcolm Bradbury, The History Man
  37. Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory
  38. Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife
  39. William Wharton, Shrapnel
  40. Roberto Bolaño, Last Evenings on Earth
  41. Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
  42. Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong
  43. Ian McEwan, Black Dogs  (again)
  44. Stella Tillyard, Tides of War
  45. Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea (again)
  46. Julia Leigh, The Hunter
  47. Iain Banks, Walking on Glass
  48. Don DeLillo, Falling Man
  49. Rob Kitchin, Stiffed
  50. Colm Tóibín, The Master
  51. David Markson, This is Not a Novel

(for previous years see 2011 part 1 and part 2; 2012 part 1 and part 2)

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6 Responses to Novels read in 2013 so far

  1. Thanks for taking a read of Stiffed. Sticks out like a sore thumb in your list of literary fiction! I’m up around the same number, but with a very different selection – – though I’ll probably slow down in second half of the year as there’s a pile of academic books that need to be read (though I get the sense you’re working your way through that in similar volumes).

  2. Chathan says:

    Glad to know you got to Falling Man by Don Delilo. What did you think? Some people i know (from a college course in which we read the novel) felt it was too disrespectful towards 9/11 tragedy with what they perceived to be an overly flippant and cynical take on the event and its effect on the characters. I wasn’t convinced by that criticism but that’s just me.
    Also curious to know your thoughts on World War Z, especially in relation to the movie.

    • stuartelden says:

      I don’t tend to read novels in that way, and so don’t say much about them. I read them and move on. I’m reading them precisely because they are not academic books, as one of several things I do that I don’t overanalyse. I read World War Z because I wanted to read it before the film was out – I’ve not yet seen the film, but sounds like it is some way from the book. Falling Man was okay, but not DeLillo’s best – Cosmopolis I liked much more, but didn’t think much of the movie.

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