Books Bought / Read

January 18, 2009

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but a conversation this morning (that will hopefully continue over a hot drink this evening!) brought the idea to the fore.  I also realized I should do it here, instead of shamefully and privately.

This will be a list, in no particular order (mostly how my shelves are organized) of books that I have acquired and not yet read (or, perhaps, started but not finished).

  • I’m trying to learn French, so I’ve got French text / workbooks.
  • Still in the middle of Kay Ryan’s poetry collection The Niagara River. They really are little gems of poems. Smart.
  • David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. I’m on p. 85 of 1035. One of the best things I’ve read in a long time.
  • Still partway through The 9/11 Commission Report. It’s very good, but other things keep catching my attention instead. Bright shiny things.

Now things that I make no pretense of “working” on, still in places on shelves…I got some of my library from my mother, so that explains some of the classics, because I honestly did read everything I was supposed to during undergrad except maybe one or two things. And I’m not mentioning big anthologies or reference books, because no one actually “reads” those.

  • The Gift of Death and The Work of Mourning by Derrida
  • James’ Portrait of a Lady
  • Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast
  • A Mordechai Richler collection
  • Dumas’ The Three Musketeers
  • Aristotle’s Poetics
  • Boswell’s Life of Johnson
  • A collection of poems by Elizabeth Daryush
  • The J. D. Salinger canon. I had some people working on this with me, *hint hint*.
  • I got 3/4 through Ulysses. (I really wish I hadn’t stopped. Now my momentum is gone, and I’d really like to have it back).
  • I have a Stoppard collection I’d like to read more from.
  • I have 4 LIS books – Reader’s Advisory for Public Libraries, Reading Matters, The Library as Place, and Canadian Copyright – that I need to get to.
  • Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Kunitz’ Collected Poems
  • Arendt’s Responsibility and Judgment
  • Conrad’s Lord Jim
  • A bunch of Carlyle
  • A bunch of Arnold
  • Said, On Late Style
  • Eco, On Literature
  • Calvino, The Uses of Literature
  • Hardwick, American Fictions
  • Bloom, Shakespeare: Invention of the Human and How to Read and Why
  • Gurr, Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London
  • Autobiographies by the two Stratfordians, Christopher Plummer and Richard Monette
  • Heller, Closing Time
  • Clapton, Clapton
  • Gladwell, Blink
  • Power, A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide
  • Philip Gourevitch’s book on Rwanda
  • Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel
  • Newman, Here Be Dragons
  • Carr, Klee Wyck and The Book of Small
  • Heaney, Beowulf
  • Dorfman, Konfidenz
  • McCourt, Teacher Man
  • Naipaul, Letters Between Father and Son
  • McClung, The Second Chance
  • Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  • Plato, The Republic
  • D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love and The Rainbow (which I also have started and loved and for some reason left)
  • Tolstoy, War and Peace
  • Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
  • Grimms’ Fairy Tales
  • Davies, A Voice From the Attic
  • Woolf, To The Lighthouse and an anthology of essays.

Long list…and that’s not including the hundreds and hundreds of things on my Chapters wish list, or a new influx of books that might be coming from someone else’s library soon…

I thought I was going to start catching up, sometime, but I don’t think so. And that’s kind of nice.

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3 Responses to “Books Bought / Read”

  1. caseyadam said

    Just finished Infinite Jest. It’s like nothing ever written before. It’s not easy but so worth the challenge.

  2. thebookpile said

    Impressive list.

    If the Canadian Copyright book in your list of “4 LIS books” is by Murray and Trosow, I can say that it’s fantastic. But that’s coming from me, a total copyright geek.

  3. Faith said

    It is (on both counts, Infinite Jest and the Copyright book).
    I read the intro. to Murray and Trosow’s book, and it was certainly fantastic. And I know I need to read it, and soon, but so many other things creep up!
    And that conversation I was talking about did continue over a hot drink, and I was given another random book to add to the list: Murakami’s Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Thanks to Gaurav and Erin for a very nice evening and what looks like a very fun, smart book (and the back says it has Bob Dylan and librarians in it, so what could be wrong with that?).

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