Goodreads has kindly made a beautiful graphic showing the books I read this year. There are 32, but that includes a Granta and a few other random things. So 30ish. Towards the end of the year, I really wanted to have read 30 books, but now that I look at it, they look like so much less than I would have liked.
Anyway, the books I enjoyed reading this year:
- Stoner by John Edward Williams (review here) – an amazingly well executed novel
- Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle (Books 1 and 2) (review here) – I enjoyed the flow and style
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (review here) – I liked the tone and mood of the book
There were a few other books that influenced me more than made me just “enjoy” them. The key ones of these:
- Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson (review here) – I thought about this book and its vast spaces all year
- Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter (review here) – where has she been all my life?
- The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit (review here) – I am now obsessed with her
Socially important books, if not perfectly executed:
Best book I got for free from NetGalley:
- Definitely The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit.
Books I carried around in my bag but didn’t really read enough of to review:
- The Selected Poems of Frank O’Hara
- John Ashbery’s new book of poetry
- A book of poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay
- Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx
Would love to hear your favourite books this year – these categories or any others.