The year of reading slowly


Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand (1898); Bantam ed. 1950. 240 pages. Drama.)
King Lear (William Shakespeare (1605); Folger ed. 2005. 384 pages. Drama.)
The Returned (Jason Mott; 2013. 352. pages. Fiction.)
Lowboy (John Wray; 2009. 272. pages. Fiction.)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (William Shakespeare (1597?); Folger ed. 2004. 320 pages. Drama.)
The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir (Katrina Kenison; 2009. 320. pages. Non-fiction.) 
The Amateurs (Marcus Sakey; 2009. 400. pages. Fiction.)
 Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines (Richard A. Muller; 2009. 384. pages. Non-fiction.)
Letters to a Young Scientist (Edward O. Wilson; 2013. 256 pages. Non-fiction.)
Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong (Joyce Carol Oates; 2013. 224 pages. Fiction.)
Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell (1936); Anniversary ed. 2011. 960 pages. Fiction.) *
A Short History of the United States: From the Arrival of Native American Tribes to the Obama Presidency (Robert V. Remini; 2009. 416 pages. Non-fiction.)
Othello (William Shakespeare (1603); Folger ed. 2003. 368 pages. Drama.) *
Hamlet (William Shakespeare (1603); Folger ed. 2003. 342 pages. Drama.) *
A Long Way from Chicago (Richard Peck; 1998. 192 pages. Fiction.) *
The Husband's Secret (Liane Moriarty; 2013. 416 pages. Fiction.)
Kiss Me First (Lottie Moggach; 2013. 320 pages. Fiction.)
■ The Silent Wife (A.S.A. Harrison; 2013. 336 pages. Fiction.)
■ The Comedy of Errors (William Shakespeare (1594); Folger ed. 2004. 272. pages. Drama.) *
■ The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka (1915); Bantam ed. 1972. 201 pages. Fiction.) *
The Storyteller (Jodi Picoult; 2013. 480 pages. Fiction.)
Kill Shakespeare: Volume 2 (Conor McCreery; 2011. 148 pages. Graphic fiction.)
■ The Dinner (Herman Koch; 2013. 304 pages. Fiction.)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler; 2013. 320 pages. Fiction.)
Macbeth (William Shakespeare (1606); Folger ed. 2003. 272 pages. Drama.) *
Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir of a Murder in My Family (David Berg; 2013. 272 pages. Non-fiction.)
NOS4A2 (Joe Hill; 2013. 704 pages. Fiction.)
Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard (Linda Bates; 2013. 304 pages. Non-fiction.)
Cast of Shadows (Kevin Guilfoile; 2006. 319 pages. Fiction.)
Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke; ed. 1986. 128 pages. Non-fiction.) *
Much Ado about Nothing (William Shakespeare (1599); Folger ed. 2003. 246 pages. Drama.) *
Animal Man, Vol. 2 (Jeff Lemire; 2012. 176 pages. Graphic fiction.)
So Much for That (Lionel Shriver; 2011. 480 pages. Fiction.)
Life Itself (Roger Ebert; 2011. 448 pages. Memoir.)
Saga, Vol. 2 (Brian Vaughn; 2013. 144 pages. Graphic fiction.)
Animal Man, Vol. 1 (Jeff Lemire; 2012. 144 pages. Graphic fiction.)
Very Good, Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse; ed. 2006. 304 pages. Fiction.
The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey; 2013. 480 pages. Fiction.)
Richard III (William Shakespeare (1592); Folger ed. 2005. 352 pages. Drama.) *
Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked (James Lansdun; 2013. 224 pages. Non-fiction.)
Harvest (A.J. Lieberman; 2013. 128 pages. Graphic fiction.)
The Guilty One (Lisa Ballantyne; 2013. 480 pages. Fiction.)
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You (Joyce Carol Oates; 2013. 288 pages. Fiction.)
Dare Me (Megan Abott; 2012. 304 pages. Fiction.)
The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life (Robin Stern; 2007. 288 pages. Non-fiction.)
Henry VIII (William Shakespeare (1613); Folger ed. 2007. 352 pages. Drama.)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald; 1925/1980. 182 pages. Fiction.) *
Attachments (Rainbow Rowell; 2011. 336 pages. Fiction.)
Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight; 2013. 400 pages. Fiction.)
The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers (Margaret George; 1998. 960 pages. Fiction.)
Picasso and Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Works (Stephanie D'Alessandro; 2013. 112 pages. Non-fiction.)
Measure for Measure (William Shakespeare (1603); Folger ed. 2005. 288 pages. Drama.
Wave (Sonali Deraniyagala; 2013. 240 pages. Memoir.)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death (Jean-Dominique Bauby; 1998. 131 pages. Autobiography.)
The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating-Heart Cadavers (Dick Teresi; 2012. 368 pages. Non-fiction.
Human .4 (Mike A. Lancaster; 2011. 240 pages. YA fiction.)
Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion; 2011. 256 pages. Fiction.)
The Underwater Welder (Jeff Lemire; 2012. 224 pages. Graphic fiction.
After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story (Michael Hainey; 2013. 320 pages. Non-fiction.)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Philip K. Dick; 1968. 256 pages. Fiction.)  *
Accelerated (Bronwen Hruska; 2012. 288 pages. Fiction.)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger; 1951. 288 pages. Fiction.) *
Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes; 1966. 324 pages. Fiction.)  *
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford; 2009. 301 pages. Fiction.)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie; 2002. 104 pages. Fiction.)
Revival, Vol. 1 (Tim Seeley; 2012. 128 pages. Graphic fiction.)
Saga, Vol. 1 (Brian K. Vaughan; 2012. 160 pages. Graphic fiction.)
La Bohème: Black Dog Opera Library (2005. 144 pages. Libretto, history, and commentary.)
The 13 Clocks (James Thurber (1950); 2008. 136 pages. Fiction.)
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (Susannah Cahalan; 2012. 288 pages. Non-fiction.)
Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare (1599); Folger ed. 2003. 288 pages. Drama.)  *
Don't Turn Around (Michelle Gagnon; 2012. 320 pages. Fiction.)
Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors (Ann Rule; 2012. 544 pages. Non-fiction.)
Daddy Love (Joyce Carol Oates; 2013. 240 pages. Fiction.)
Life after Death (Damien Echols; 2012. 416 pages. Non-fiction.)

* Denotes a reread.


Girl Detective said...

This is reading slowly?

I still can't believe you read Ann Rule. That is the "one of these things is not like the others" item on the list. What did you think of Revival? I'm not compelled to keep reading. I am enjoying Saga lots.

Are you going to watch Blade Runner after reading Androids? One of my favorite movies, and I enjoy how I've seen several versions over the years. I like the Director's cut(s, as he'd done more than one) w/o the voice over.

Mental multivitamin said...

Ann Rule is the book equivalent of a Lifetime movie, I think, or a thirteenth repeat of "L&O." It's a mental devil's food doughnut, and I will not lie: I like a mental devil's food doughnut -- perhaps more than most "serious readers."

Yes, to Blade Runner. I first saw it with my son when we read DADoES. And now it's the Misses' turn.

I *liked* Revival and have been picking it up at the comic store. It's harder to follow than I'd like, but it reminds me of Les Revenants (They Came Back), that French zombie movie I raved about a couple of years ago. I want to see where it goes. Honestly, too? I need something to fill the hole left by the conclusion of Sweet Tooth.

Girl Detective said...

I hear you about the loss of Sweet Tooth, though I still get to look forward to the last collection since I didn't read it monthly.

Instead of Revival, which is hard to follow because it's better intentioned than it is executed, I'd suggest delving into the archives. Sandman, skipping Prelude and Nocturnes and starting with The Doll's House. Whiteout. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Anything by Hope Larson or Sarah Varon. The Scott Pilgrim series. Leave it to Chance. Finder, especially the Talisman collection. I'd have to look at shelves for more ideas, but those are all ones I can recommend without reservation.

And I hear you too about mental devil's food. For me, graphic novels kind of fit this bill by being both entertaining and easy to read, but nicely not always being "junky." My mental devil's food is junk magazines. To each her own, right?

Melissa Wiley said...

I second the Sandman, Hope Larson, and Sara Varon suggestions (though I admit to not being able to read Larson's Wrinkle in Time adaptation because the characters didn't look like I need them to, if you know what I mean--I hear it was excellently done, however). I'd add Vera Brosgol and Gene Luen Yang as graphic novelists to check out. Also Zahra's Paradise, a compelling read.

I'll always be partial to the Alan Moore run on Swamp Thing: my intro to comics (back in college) and my first inkling that there was real literary merit in the medium.

Ms. M-mv, I'm another who mourns your shuttered archives! I was poking around for one of your reviews the other day, wanting to link to it. Such a tremendous resource, your body of work. I miss it!

Elaine said...

I really,really want to see what you think about Physics For Future Presidents.

SFP said...

I'm reading much more slowly than you are this year (as always!) and am just now realizing that your archives are gone. I will keep my fingers crossed that they will return eventually. I still liked to read here from the very early days on.

I've never read Ann Rule, but I've read some Jerry Bledsoe, the North Carolina equivalent.