Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Reading List 2011: Must-Read

I've got a my eye on a number of books for 2011.  Many were published in 2010, but now that I'm armed with a new Kindle I'm ready to take them on and knock them out.  Below is my 2011 Reading List.  I'll blog about them when I finish them.  I've got three lists - the Must-Read List, the Maybe List and the Re-Start List.  We'll cover the first list today.

The Must-Read List

  1. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray.  A brief discussion of the book on the Wallace-L got me interested.  I've started it and so far it's pretty good.  I'm reading this one on my Kindle.
  2. The Instructions by Adam Levin.  This thing is a brick.  Seriously.  This one isn't available on my Kindle so I'm going to have to read the hard-cover.  I've got a copy on my shelf and it just dwarfs everything else.  I'm a little concerned that I may not get to it just because it's going to be such a hassle to read it.
  3. Tinkers by Paul Harding.  This sucker came from nowhere and won the Pulitzer.  And Paul Harding is a first-time novelist, so I imagine that 2010 was a pretty good year for that guy!  It's a short book (192 pages) so I should be able to breeze through it - unless it's some kind of impossible.
  4. Room by Emma Donoghue.  There's been a lot of attention paid to this book and I'm really curious to see if it lives up the hype.
  5. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.  I have admittedly never read David Mitchell even though I've had a copy of Cloud Atlas on my shelf for about four years.  I got this one for my birthday and I'm excited to read it after all the great reviews I've read.
  6. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.  I've read all of Franzen's novels and his collections of essays.  I read his stories and essays when they appear in the New Yorker.  I love this dude.  I can't believe that I haven't read Freedom yet!
  7. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace.  Listen, Dave Wallace is my favorite writer of all-time.  I still feel incredibly sad whenever I think of his death.  I know this isn't a complete novel, but I don't care.  I can't wait.  I'll drop whatever I'm currently reading on the day this is released and devote myself exclusively to The Pale King.


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