Reading List

Summer Reading List – 29 good… and 29 *great* books

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My reading list, this summer?

Here are 29 books… that I suspect to be pretty good.

And another 29 books… that I suspect to be great.

Update, spring 2013: I managed to read a good number of the books. See the orange text for my ratings!

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Good books…

01: JAMES FREY, „Bright shiny Morning“, 501 pages, 2008.

02: ALICIA ERIAN, „Towelhead“, 336 pages, 2006.

03: LYNN COADY, „The Antagonist“, 352 pages, 2001.

04: SAPPHIRE, „Push“, 179 pages, 1996.

05: HOWARD ZINN, „You can’t be neutral on a moving Train“, 224 pages, 1994.

07: CHRISTIE HODGEN, ‘Elegies for the Brokenhearted’, 256 pages, 2010.

08: DODIE SMITH, ‘I capture the Castle’, 352 pages, 1948. [Coming of Age]

09: JOHN B. THOMPSON, ‘Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the 21st Century’, 440 pages, 2010. [Cultural Studies / Nonfiction]

10: JERRY MANDER, ‘Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television’, 376 pages, 1978 [Essay]

11: RUSSELL BANKS, ‘Affliction’, 368 pages, 1989.

12: LAWRENCE DURRELL: ‘The Alexandria Quartet’, 884 pages, 1957.

13: SUZETTE MAYR, ‘Monoceros’, 280 pages, 2011.

14: AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”, 240 pages, 2005.

15: JOHAN HARSTAD, “Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the Confusion?”, 478 pages, 2005. [Young Adult, Norway] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

16: CATHERINE CHUNG, “Forgotten Country”, 304 pages, 2012.

17: CHARLOTTE ROGAN, “The Lifeboat”, 275 pages, 2012.

18: EDMUND WHITE, “Jack Holmes and his Friend”, 392 pages, 2012.

19: MARK OLIVER EVERETT, „Things the Grandchildren should know“, 256 pages, 2007. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

20: NICK ANTOSCA, „Fires“, 194 pages, 2006.

21: AMY WALDMAN, „The Submission“, 300 pages, 2011. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

22: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN, „Tales of the City“, 296 pages, 1978.

23: MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, „Only Forward“, 310 pages, 1994.

24: KIRSTEN D. RANDLE, „The only Alien on the Planet“, 228 pages, 1995. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

25: TONY EARLEY, „The Blue Star“, 304 pages, 2008.

26: JOSE MANUEL PRIETO, „Rex“, 336 pages, 2009.

27: GARTH STEIN, „The Art of Racing in the Rain“, 321 pages, 2008.

28: DIETMAR DATH, „Für immer in Honig“, 1035 pages, 2005 [German].

28: WALTER TEVIS, „The Queen’s Gambit“, 183 pages, 1983.

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Great books…!

01: JESSE BROWNER, „Everything happens today“, 224 pages, 2011.

02: SLOAN WILSON, „The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit“, 288 pages, 1954.

03: CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, „The Rules of Inheritance“, 304 pages, 2012.

04: LIZ MOORE, „Heft“, 352 pages, 2012. 2 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

05: EOWYN IVEY, „The Snow Child“, 352 pages, 2012.

06: ANDERS NILSEN, „Don’t go where I can’t follow“, 244, 2007. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

07: ADAM LEVIN, ‘The Instructions’, 1030 pages, 2010

08: JAMES SALTER, ‘Light Years’, 308 pages, 1975.

09: DAVID MARKSON, ‘The Last Novel’, 220 pages, 2007. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

10: DOROTHY BAKER, ‘Cassandra at the Wedding’, 256 pages, 1962.

11: TIM WISE, „White like me. Reflections on Race from a privileged Son“, 250 pages, 2004.

12: JOACHIM MEYERHOFF, „Alle Toten fliegen hoch“, 319 pages, 2011.

13: JEANETTE WINTERSON, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”, 256 pages, 2011. [Memoir]

14: ISMET PRCIC, “Shards”, 400 pages, 2011. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

15: GUY DELISLE, “Jerusalem”, 334 pages, 2011. [Graphic Novel; nonfiction] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

16: WILLIAM MAXWELL, “The Folded Leaf”, 289 pages, 1945.

17: ERIC WALTERS, “Safe as Houses”, 160 pages, 2007. [Young Adult] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended for younger readers.

18: SHARON M. DRAPER, “Out of my Mind”, 295 pages, 2010. [Young Adult] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

19: ALISON BECHDEL, “Are you my Mother?”, 224 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Memoir]

20: PATRICK DeWITT, “The Sisters Brothers”, 352 pages, 2011.

21: DOROTHY CANFIELD-FISHER, “The Home-Maker”, 320 pages, 1924.

22: C.D. PAYNE, “Youth in Revolt”, 499 pages, 1995. [Young Adult]

23: KAUI HART HEMMINGS, “The Descendants”, 283 pages, 2007.

24: E.L. DOCTOROW, „The Book of Daniel“, 320 pages, 1971.

25: ROBERT BOSWELL, „Century’s Son“, 320 pages, 2002.

26: ANDRE DUBUS, „Selected Stories“, 496 pages, 1988.

27: TOVE JANSSON, „Fair Play“, 179 pages, 1989. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended. But her „Summer Book“ is even better.

28: FRANCIS SPUFFORD, „Red Plenty“, 448 pages, 2007.

29: JUNICHIRO TANIZAKI, „The Makiota Sisters“, 544 pages, 1946.

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Stapel ungelesener Bücher (Summer Reading)

good (?) unread books, August 2011.

Das Handwerk des Tötens. Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger (SZ-Bibliothek, #35) Das kunstseidene Mädchen. Zeitoun The Berlin Stories: Mr Noris Changes Trains & Goodbye To Berlin

01: Norbert Gstrein: „Das Handwerk des Tötens“

02: Carson McCullers: „The Heart is a lonely Hunter“

03: Irmgard Keun: „The Artificial Silk Girl“

o4: Dave Eggers: „Zeitoun“

05: Christopher Isherwood: „The Berlin Stories“

Die Tochter des Schmieds Disturbances In The Field The Brothers K Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays An Accidental Man

06: Selim Özdogan: „Die Tochter des Schmieds“

07: Lynne Sharon Schwartz: „Disturbances in the Field“

08: Duncan James Duncan: „The Brothers K“

09: David Foster Wallace: „Consider the Lobster“

10: Iris Murdoch: „An Accidental Man“

The Lay of the Land Underworld The Shadow of the Wind Mythologies A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

11: Richard Ford: „The Lay of the Land“

12: Don DeLillo: „Underworld“

13: Carlos Ruiz Zafon: „The Shadow of the Wind“

14: Roland Barthes: „Mythologies“

15: Betty Smith: „A Tree grows in Brooklyn“

Wiedersehen mit Brideshead The Lightning of August Abbitte Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates Schlachthof 5

16: Evelyn Waugh: „Brideshead Revisited“

17: Jorge Ibargüengoitia: „Augustblitze“

18: Ian McEwan: „Atonement“

19: Tom Robbins: „Fierce Invalids Home from hot Climates“

20: Kurt Vonnegut: „Slaughterhouse Five“

Als wir träumten Holidays on Ice Owls Do Cry Stiller: Roman Life of Pi

21: Clemens Meier: „Als wir träumten“

22: David Sedaris: „Holidays on Ice“

23: Janet Frame: „Owls do cry“

24: Max Frisch: „I’m not Stiller“

25: Yann Martel: „Life of Pi“

Brandung Shadows in Paradise Rolltreppe oder Die Herkunft der Dinge. Roman. London Fields Silbermond und Kupfermünze

26: Martin Walser: „Brandung“

27: Erich Maria Remarque: „Shadows in Paradise“

28: Nicholson Baker: „The Mezzanine“

29: Martin Amis: „London Fields“

30: W. Somerset Maugham: „The Moon and Sixpence“

Deutschstunde (SZ-Bibliothek, #28) Das Treibhaus (SZ-Bibliothek, #27) Ein anderer Ort (SZ-Bibliothek, #71) Das periodische System (SZ-Bibliothek, #48) Hero

31: Siegfried Lenz: „Deutschstunde“

32: Wolfgang Koeppen: „Das Treibhaus“

33: Amoz Oz: „Elsewhere perhaps“

34: Primo Levi: „The Periodic Table“

35: Perry Moore: „Hero“

What Is the What (Vintage) Der Zirkusbrand. Eine wahre Geschichte Salz im Blut. SZ-München Bibliothek The Rules of Attraction The Web and the Rock (Voices of the South)

36: Dave Eggers: „What is the What“

37: Stewart O’Nan: „The Circus Fire“

38: Andreas Neumeister: „Salz im Blut“

39: Bret Easton Ellis: „The Rules of Attraction“

40: Thomas Wolfe: „The Web and the Rock“

Pigafetta Meine Sonntage mit Sabine Christiansen. Wie das Palaver uns regiert. Verführungen. Roman (SZ-Bibliothek, #79) Verzichten auf. Der verschlossene Garten

41: Felicitas Hoppe: „Pigafetta“

42: Walter von Rossum: „Meine Sonntage mit Sabine Christiansen“

43: Marlene Streeruwitz: „Verführungen“

44: Matthias Kalle: „Verzichten auf“

45: Undine Gruenter: „Der verschlossene Garten“

Achter Achter. Go Ask Alice The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time A Million Little Pieces Die Reise.

46: Michael Ebmeyer: „Achter Achter“

47: Anonymous: „Go ask Alice“

48: Mark Haddon: „The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time“

49: James Frey: „A Million little Pieces“

50: Bernward Vesper: „Die Reise“

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Recommendations? Warnings? Ideas? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks!

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