Books Read 27

I never trust this list by the time my birthday rolls around, but this is what I’ve kept in my drafts folder since last year, slowly ballooning unseen by the public. I’d like to make a case for the fact that I was taking two classes a semester this year, and I had a lot of reading and writing for class, which slowed down my usual speed.

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Difficult Loves, Italo Calvino
A Model World, Michael Chabon
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
The Coast Of Chicago, Stuart Dybek
This Side Of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Basil & Josephine Stories, F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Passage To India, E.M. Forster
The Quiet American, Graham Greene
Please Step Back, Ben Greenman
Superbad, Ben Greenman
A Circle Is A Balloon And A Compass Both, Ben Greenman
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
Cell, Stephen King
Carrie, Stephen King
‘Salem’s Lot, Stephen King
Interpreter Of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
Hardboiled Wonderland And The End Of The World, Haruki Murakami
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami
South Of The Border, West Of The Sun, Haruki Murakami
A Wild Sheep Chase, Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
A Bend In The River, V.S. Naipaul
The Last Of Her Kind, Sigrid Nunez
Down And Out In Paris And London, George Orwell
The Theory Of Light And Matter, Andrew Porter
The Crying Of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
Franny & Zooey, J.D. Salinger
Welcome To The Monkeyhouse, Kurt Vonnegut
The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

That said, I averaged a book every 9.6 days, which seems all right, but 33 pages a day seems a little slow (yes, I added up the page counts of the whole list; 12,129 pages total, give or take).