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January 1, 2011

Reading list from 2010

Filed under: Books — cfranc @ 2:06 pm

Happy New Year! I’m spending the day relaxing and recovering from sleep deprivation.

Around this time last year I was inspired to keep track of all the books that I read in 2010 so that I could post a list of them on my blog come the new year. Here is that list, in reverse chronological order:

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (5/5)
  • Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon (5/5)
  • The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric (4/5)
  • Remainder by Tom McCarthy (2.5/5)
  • Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee (5/5)
  • The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (4.5/5)
  • The Ark Sakura by Kobo Abe (4/5)
  • V by Thomas Pynchon (5/5)
  • Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (5/5)
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (4.5/5)
  • C by Tom McCarthy (5/5)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (3/5)
  • My Years as Prime Minister by Jean Chretien (4/5)
  • Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist (4/5)
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (4.5/5)
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (4.5/5)
  • Kokoro by Natsume Soseki (5/5)
  • Foucault’s Pendulum by Umerto Eco (2/5)
  • The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark (3/5)
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (2/5)
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (4.5/5)
  • The Manticore by Robertson Davies (3.5/5)
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin (3/5)
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (5/5)
  • Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (Second read-through, 5/5)
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago (4/5)
  • The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (5/5)
  • 2666 by Roberto Bolano (4/5)
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondatje (4/5)
  • The Dwarf by Par Lagerkvist (4/5)
  • The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano (4/5)
  • Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago (3.5/5)
  • The City and the City by China Mieville (4/5)
  • The Changling by Kenzaburo Oe (4.5/5)

All but one book is fiction, and as you can see I spent much of my reading on catching up with some old award-winners. My favorite books from the list are those of Pynchon, Coetzee and the novel C by Tom McCarthy. I was a little disappointed by Remainder, and very disappointed by Foucault’s Pendulum.

Edit: fixed the dates.

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1 Comment »

  1. Just for the record, it’s 2011 now. I know it’s hard to keep track. 😉

    Also, “Never Let Me Go” isn’t one of your favourites? I loved that book. That and “Remains of the Day” were my two favourite reads of 2010. Ishiguro is kicks ass.

    Comment by jbraj — January 1, 2011 @ 7:18 pm


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