The Must-Read List
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.