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18 December 2013

Books you read in 2013! It's time to tell me what books you read in 2013! Which did you love? Which sucked? Do you have a list? Did you read more or less than in 2012?[More:]

Here is my list:

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew - Daniel Pool
Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
Telegraph Avenue - Michael Chabon
Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
We the Animals - Justin Torres
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain
You're Not Doing it right - Michael Ian Black
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett
Dear Fatty - Dawn French
The Looking Glass War - John Le Carre
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power - Robert Caro
The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent - Robert Caro
The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson
Meaty - Samantha Irby
Starglass - Phoebe North
Let's Pretend This Never Happened - Jenny Lawson
Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
This Town - Mark Leibovich

2013 was apparently the year I read books written by comedians and bloggers, which is most likely because I barely had any time to read until September. There were a couple of mighty standouts there, though. Fiction-wise, The Orphan Masters's Son and We the Animals are amazing. Read less non-fiction than usual but the two LBJ volumes were doorstoppers, and excellent stuff.

I am having the hardest time pulling the data from Goodreads! Isn't that the whole point, that Goodreads makes this easy? Boooooooo on you, Goodreads, booooooooo.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 18 December | 09:57
Alright, here they are, in alphabetical order because I had to pull everything by hand into Excel. Favorites of the year in bold, books I didn't really like in italics. I would have thought I read more; I didn't read anything before April, and it took me a second to figure out why- the baby! Took me awhile to get the will to read back.

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York
A Year of Biblical Womanhood
America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
Dad Is Fat
Dads Are the Original Hipsters
Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater
Expecting Better: How to Fight the Pregnancy Establishment with Facts
Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
Grace: A Memoir
Happy Birthday or Whatever: Track Suits, Kim Chee, and Other Family Disasters
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
How to Honey Boo Boo: The Complete Guide on How to Redneckognize the Honey Boo Boo in You
I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion
I Never Had It Made
I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
Inconceivable: A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn't Keep, and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift
Instant Mom
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence
My Beloved World
My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith
My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
Your First Triathlon

Also, two books I hope to finish before the end of the year: Decision Points by George W. Bush and Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better. I am enjoying both very much!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 18 December | 10:05
A Hologram for the King - Dave Eggers
The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson
The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad - Stacy Horn
The Middlesteins - Jami Attenberg
Sleeping with Mortals - Cathrine Goldstein
Kapitoil - Teddy Wayne
The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
Angel Baby - Richard Lange
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls - David Sedaris
Odds Against Tomorrow - Nathaniel Rich
Red on Red - Edward Conlon
The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-American Elite and The Fall of The Galleon Hedge Fund - Anita Raghavan
The Last Whisper in the Dark - Tom Piccirilli
The Stench of Honolulu - Jack Handey
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. - Adelle Waldman
The Silo Saga trilogy (Wool, Shift and Dust) - Hugh Howey
The Sound of Things Falling - Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy - Sudhir Venkatesh
A Thousand Pardons - Jonathan Dee
Currently reading: Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron - Hans Camenzind

That's more than I thought I read this year. I think I read more last year but I'm not sure about that. This was also the year that I discovered 'not finishing' a book, which really makes reading more enjoyable. I abandoned three novels half way through! I should have given up on the Jack Handey novel too. I love the man but his schtick works best in essay or sketch length.
posted by mullacc 18 December | 10:09
And actually I didn't list the books I gave up on, which were Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, The Mayor's Tongue by Nathaniel Rich and Threats by Amelia Gray.
posted by mullacc 18 December | 10:14
I didn't list mine, either, which were:

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

I gave up on a lot more books in late 2012; my post-baby brain was not into anything too long or too inaccessible. I basically just wanted to read trash. HURRAY!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 18 December | 10:16
For the Term of His Natural Life - Marcus Clarke
The Circle - Dave Eggars
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Still Point of the Turning World - Emily Rapp
How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran
Beyond Outrage - Robert Reich
The Dog Stars - Peter Heller
Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala
Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future - Robert Reich
Where'd you go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
Lips Unsealed - Belinda Carlisle
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Half-Blood Blues - Esi Edu-Gyan
Great Night - Chris Adrian
Swim Back to Me - Ann Packer
The Painted Drum - Louis Erdrich
Carry the One - Carol Anshaw
What the Dog Did - Emily Yoffe
The Purity Myth - Jessica Valenti (book club choice, hated it)

I think that's about it, up next is The Good House by Ann Leary, or Things we Set on Fire by Deborah Reed. I still haven't decided.

I have definitely read less than last year, reading more magazines than books, such that my attention span has been. Let 2014 be the Year of the Book!
posted by msali 18 December | 10:24
I always resolve to keep track of my reading, and then I always fail.

I've been rereading a lot, so very few new books. I did just reread The Little Friend by Donna Tart; I had forgotten how much I liked it.
posted by occhiblu 18 December | 10:44
gaspode talked me into using Goodreads, and it's been very worthwhile. Particularly for keeping a running list of books I want to read. Before Goodreads, that list only existed either in my head, where I'd forget stuff, or in the library holds section, where I'd miss a pickup and the book would disappear off the list forever.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 18 December | 11:21
occhiblu- I am in the same boat. I would love to participate in this thread but my memory isn't cooperating!

I do remember reading:
New Rules for Blondes (Selena Coppock)
Tubes (Andrew Blum)
Shut Up, You're Welcome (Annie Choi- sequel to TPS's favorite Happy Birthday, or Whatever!)
Bitten (Pamela Nagami)

I gave up on HHHH and Priceless.

Wish I could remember more, and wish I read more books than magazines.
posted by rmless2 18 December | 12:33
I may have to rethink goodreads. Is shelfari any good? I haven't been on there in forever.

I have an easier time keeping track of ebooks than real books.

This isn't in any particular order, except maybe series/author.

1635: The Eastern Front
1636: The Devil's Opera (eARC)
1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint, et. al.
(Also reread 1632, 33, 34, 35:Canon Law)

All Night Awake
Any Man So Daring
Ill Met By Moonlight by Sarah Hoyt

Prescription for Chaos
War Games by Christopher Anvil

Extremis by Steve White and Charles E. Gannon

Helliconia Spring
Helliconia Summer
Helliconia Winter
Greybeard by Brian W. Aldiss

Ramona: A Story by Helen Hunt Jackson - freebie I picked up one day. It was ok.

The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey

Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber. I like the series but could do without all the boat technicalities

Exodous by Steve White and Shirley Meier

Creatures of Man by Howard L. Myers

Witches of Karres Series by James H. Schmitz, taken over by Eric Flint, Mercedes Lackey and Dave Freer

Heirs of Alexandria Series execept I see the newest one is out now.

The Belisarius Saga by David Drake and Eric Flint is one I'll get into if I don't want to think too hard.

Going through the Legacy of the Aldenata right now

Non fiction:

Data Warehouse LifeCyle Toolkit - not bad

Hyperbole and a Half -yay!

What do Women Want? Adventures in the science of female desire, by Daniel Bergner - I liked the magazine article that covered it better.

Print books (may have to add to this later)

1491 by Charles Mann

Maphead by Ken Jennings

White House Diaries by Jimmy Carter - I was a third of the way through this when I realized I was violating my ban of books by politicians. I justified it to myself by thinking of it as history. :P

A pro nuclear power book that is really insulting to your intelligence that I'll have to find later.

Yeah, I'm going to need to find the stack of books and just list them later.
posted by lysdexic 18 December | 13:00
Oh! And Sue Grafton's Alphabet books, I think all of them except the latest.
posted by lysdexic 18 December | 13:06
I reread a bunch of books this year, which is always like comfort food for me. Or as my brother and I call it 'the happy tape'*. But I did read a bunch of Phillipa Gregory's books this year (because my dance partner has been getting them for $1 a pop from the local witchery shop**). I've been seriously slacking on my witchery reading, but I'm going to try and be better about that in 2014. It's hard to read those kind of serious bzns textbooks in bed though.

* 'The Happy Tape' is something we came up with and it's because we both like to listen/watch movies/tv when going to bed. Your happy tape is the one movie or show that you can always fall asleep too and is super comforting. It depends on the person though and what kind of mood that I'm in, but really talk-y shows do it for me (Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing, etc.).

** There's sort of an unspoken thing that goes on at the witchery shop where people can bring some used books and the shop proprietor sells then for $1/book. Typically they're fantasy/scifi books, but every so often something else sneaks in.
posted by sperose 18 December | 13:58
Ack, I read 39 per Goodreads and that doesn't include the trashier books I didn't record there.

Perhaps we could all friend each other on Goodreads to track this? I was going to dutifully start listing here but 40 plus is a bit much. I'm Catherine there and a member of the Metafilter group.
posted by bearwife 18 December | 14:01
I've been tracking what books I read since about 2007. 2013 was when I just gave up on books it seems. 18 books with only 5 for "fun;" the rest were read for class with the last 6 read for a final paper I just turned in. I've starred my "fun" books for 2013.

*The Four Gospels on Sunday - Gordon Lathrop
*The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"-Alan Light
Communicating the Word: Revelation, Translation, and Interpretation in ... - David Marshall
Transforming Evangelism - David Gortner
Transforming Stewardship - Chuck Robertson
*The Diatribe and Paul's Letter to the Romans - Stanley Stowers
*Martin Luther's Catechisms - Timothy Wengert
*Dad is Fat - Jim Gaffigan
Symposium - Plato
The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks - Benedicta Ward
Tweet if you [Heart] Jesus - Elizabeth Dreschler
Click 2 Save - Elizabeth Dreschler & Keith Anderson
Quiet - Susan Cain
A Very Short Tour of the Mind - Michael C. Corballis
Self Comes to Mind - Antonio Damasio
Dreamland - David K. Randall
Martin Luther (Documents of Modern History) - E.G. Rupp & Benjamin Drewery (Editors)
Luther: Letters of Spiritual Counsel - Theodore G. Tappert
Faith and Freedom: An Invitation to the Writings of Martin Luther - John F. Thorton and Susan B. Varenne, Editors
posted by stynxno 18 December | 14:23
I read an inordinately large list of romance novels and other light, comforting fare. I started the year keeping a list, but I bought so many novellas that I couldn't decide what counted as a "book" or not, so I stopped.

If anyone would like recs on cheesetastic romances, I'm your gal.
posted by Madamina 18 December | 15:38
Books I've Read This Year 2013 (With links to my mini-reviews)


Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
The Years of Talking Dangerously by Geoffrey Nunberg
Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries by Jon Ronson
The Stoic Idea of the City by Malcolm Schofield
Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist by Peter L. Berger
Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan by D.R. Thorpe
Attlee by David Howell
The Hellenistic Philosophers by A.A. Long, D.N Sedley
Let IT Go by Stephanie Shirley
The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton
Persian Fire by Tom Holland
The Glorious Revolution by Edward Vallance
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present discontents by Edmund Burke
A Radical History of Britain by Edward Vallance
Chavs by Owen Jones
The Dictator's Learning Curve by William J. Dobson
The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov
Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton
Red Dusk and the Morrow by Paul Dukes
Among the Hoods by Harriet Sergeant
Outsider by Brian Sewell
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
It's a PC World by Edward Stourton
Le Ton Beau de Marot by Douglas Hofstadter
The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock
On Wheels by Michael Holroyd
A Fundamental Mistake by Graham Cliff
The History of Mary Prince by Mary Prince
People Power by Dan Jellinek
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide by Rob Kemp
The New Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford
Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau
Capital by Karl Marx
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
Faking It by Hugh Barker, Yuval Taylor
The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski


Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
Railsea by China Mieville
Among Others by Jo Walton
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
The Islanders by Christopher Priest
Jack Glass by Adam Roberts
Sharps by K. J. Parker
Redshirts by John Scalzi
The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
The Ouroboros Wave by Jyouji Hayashiz
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
Equoid by Charles Stross
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Non-SF fiction

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
Killing Floor by Lee Child
Die Trying by Lee Child
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
Cock and Bull by Will Self
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
How's the Pain by Pascal Garnier
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen
Antwerp by Roberto Bolano
Konstantin by Tom Bullough
The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico


Lost Girls by Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie
Interiorae by Gabriella Giandelli
Market Day by James Sturm
Zahra's Paradise by Amir & Khalil
To the Heart of the Storm by Will Eisner
Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco
Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel,Jose-Luis Bocquet
Deep Sleeper by Phil Hester
posted by TheophileEscargot 18 December | 17:24
I am finishing up a Goodreads challenge to read 50 books this year. I'm on #49, which is Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. The others, with stars beside the ones that I particularly enjoyed:

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York, by Anjelica Huston
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Dream Girl, by S.J. Lomas
The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson
Men We Reaped: A Memoir, by Jesmyn Ward
*An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything, by Chris Hadfield
*Longbourn, by Jo Baker
Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate, by Rose George
Capital, by John Lanchester
*The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
*We, the Drowned, by Carsten Jensen
The Roving Party, by Rohan Wilson
The Bloomsday Dead (Michael Forsythe #3), by Adrian McKinty
The One-Way Bridge, by Cathie Pelletier
The Dead Yard (Michael Forsythe #2), by Adrian McKinty
Dead I Well May Be (Michael Forsythe #1), by Adrian McKinty
*You Are One of Them, by Elliott Holt
*On Writing, by Stephen King
Starglass (Starglass, #1), by Phoebe North
*I Hear the Sirens in the Street (Sean Duffy #2), by Adrian McKinty
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story, by Lily Koppel
*A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
Joyland, by Stephen King
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place, by Grace Metalious
The Book of My Lives, by Aleksandar Hemon
Red Doc>, by Anne Carson
The Story of America: Essays on Origins, by Jill Lepore
The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
The Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls
American Rust, by Philipp Meyer
*The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, by Sebastian Barry
Pirates of the Levant, by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Golden Egg (Commissario Brunetti, #22), by Donna Leon
The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro
Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
Tenth of December, by George Saunders
The Burning Air, by Erin Kelly
The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout
The Andalucian Friend, by Alexander Soderberg
*The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry, by Wesley McNair
The Stockholm Octavo, by Karen Engelmann
Dear Life: Stories, by Alice Munro
Ruhlman's Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook, by Michael Ruhlman
*My Life in France, by Julia Child
*The Cold Cold Ground (Sean Duffy #1), by Adrian McKinty
posted by initapplette 18 December | 17:27
This is the coolest damn thread. Ok, I'm home and looking at my nest.

A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszke Squadron by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud. A very good book about Polish RAF pilots who were discarded and treated shamefully after WW II. Man, everybody forgets Poland.

Women Warriors by Tim Newark. A pretty thin book, but it has good summaries and illustrations.

Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes. A reread but it's been more than five years. I enjoyed it.

A Case for Nuclear Generated Electricity was the one I mentioned earlier. By Scott W. Heaberlin.

The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao. Made me so sad at the end.

Counting Heads by David Maursek. That was odd, but interesting.

Working through Strategy: a history, by Lawrence Freedman.

I tried to read Be Slightly Evil, beacuse I enjoyed the blog series, but Venkatesh Rao's writing style just doesn't work for me in long form.

The Mood Gym by Helen Christensen had a lot of stuff I already know to do, but itwas good to have exercises.

The Antidote: Happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman was good to read, but didn't have much to offer in the way of an actual antidote, which he des say he's not out to do, anyway. Anybody missing a comma? I seem to have all of them.
posted by lysdexic 18 December | 18:02
Oh. That's what Goodreads is for.
posted by rainbaby 18 December | 19:55
There's more, but here (thank you, easybib!) is everything I put into my two 2013 semester bibliographies for my grad school program:

Barrett, Andrea. Archangel: Stories. New York: W. W. Norton, 2013. Print.
Beckett, Samuel. More Pricks than Kicks. New York: Grove, 1970. Print.
Bernheimer, Kate. Horse, Flower, Bird: Stories. Minneapolis: Coffee House, 2010. Print.
Boyle, Kay, and Doris Grumbach. Three Short Novels: The Crazy Hunter, The Bridegroom's Body, Decision. New York: New Directions, 1991. Print.
Brockmeier, Kevin. The View from the Seventh Layer. New York: Pantheon, 2008. Print.
Byatt, A. S. Little Black Book of Stories. New York: Knopf, 2004. Print.
Cooke, Carolyn. Amor and Psycho: Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Print.
Coover, Robert. Pricksongs & Descants: Fictions. New York: Grove, 2000. Print.
D'Agata, John. The next American Essay. Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf, 2003. Print.
Dante Aligheri. Inferno: A Verse Translation. Trans. Allen Mandelbaum. New York: Bantam, 1982. Print.
DeLillo, Don. Falling Man: A Novel. New York: Scribner, 2007. Print.
Downs, William Missouri, and Robin U. Russin. Naked Playwriting: The Art, the Craft, and the Life Laid Bare. Los Angeles: Silman-James, 2004. Print.
Dybek, Stuart. The Coast of Chicago. New York: Knopf, 1990. Print.
Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Print.
Fitzgerald, Penelope. At Freddie's. Boston: D.R. Godine, 1985. Print.
Fitzgerald, Penelope. Human Voices. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. Print.
Green, Henry. Loving; Living; Party Going. New York: Penguin, 1993. Print.
Hadawy, Husain, trans. The Arabian Nights. Ed. Muhsin Mahdi. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2008. Print.
Halpern, Daniel, ed. The Art of the Story. New York: Viking, 1999. Print.
Halpern, Daniel, ed. The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, 1945-1985. New York, NY: Viking, 1986. Print.
Hand, Elizabeth. Radiant Days: A Novel. New York: Viking, 2012. Print.
Konrath, Jon. Thunderbird. Oakland: Paragraph Line, 2013. Print.
Krauss, Nicole. Great House. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2010. Print.
Maclaren-Ross, J., and Paul Willetts. Julian Maclaren-Ross: Selected Stories. Stockport: Dewi Lewis Pub., 2004. Print.
Madden, David. Revising Fiction: A Handbook for Writers. New York: New American Library, 1988. Print.
Marcus, Ben. The Age of Wire and String: Stories. New York: Knopf, 1995. Print.
Maso, Carole. The Art Lover: A Novel. San Francisco: North Point, 1990. Print.
Mattison, Alice. In Case We're Separated: Connected Stories. New York: William Morrow, 2005. Print.
Millhauser, Steven. We Others: New and Selected Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print.
Montgomery, Lee B., Mary Hussmann, and David B. Hamilton. Transgressions: The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Fiction. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1994. Print.
Murdoch, Iris. A Fairly Honourable Defeat. New York: Viking, 1970. Print.
Murdoch, Iris. The Sacred and Profane Love Machine. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976. Print.
O'Brien, Kate. As Music and Splendour. Dublin: Penguin Ireland, 2005. Print.
Packer, ZZ. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. New York: Riverhead, 2003. Print.
Pritchard, Melissa. The Odditorium: Stories. New York: Bellevue Literary, 2011. Print.
Pritchard, Sara. Crackpots. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. Print.
Robison, Mary. Why Did I Ever. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 2001. Print.
Roth, Philip. The Human Stain. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. Print.
Rushdie, Salman, and Heidi Pitlor, eds. The Best American Short Stories 2008. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. Print.
Saunders, George. Tenth of December: Stories. New York: Random House, 2013. Print.
Tallent, Elizabeth. Time with Children: Stories. New York: Knopf, 1987. Print.
Vivian, Katharine, and Shota Rustaveli. The Knight in Panther Skin. London: Folio Society, 1977. Print.
West, Rebecca. Cousin Rosamund. New York: Viking, 1986. Print.
posted by tangerine 19 December | 23:07
I admire everyone who has tracked their books. I can't do it; it feels like a chore. Also, I don't finish a lot of books, so I never know whether they count or not.

At the moment, I am reading As Always, Julia. Really good. Before that, I read The Uncommon Reader, which I loved. I'm also reading Goldfinger. And I just reread for about the 20th time The Small House at Allington. (My kindle is just cram-jammed with Trollope.)
posted by JanetLand 20 December | 09:29
Oh, and I am trying Donna Tartt's new book, but I don't think I will finish it; it's getting me down.
posted by JanetLand 20 December | 09:30
put this in your ears now (Dolly Parton - Jolene - Kygo remix) || what is this I don't even