Endless Reads



1.  Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda Akinari

2. The Gowk Storm by Nancy Brysson Morrison

3. The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi



4. Queen of Sciene: Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville

5. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

6. Jar Baby by Hayley Webster

7. The Vegetarian by Han Kang

8. Treats by Lara Williams

9. Glass, Irony and God by Anne Carson



10. Burning Your Boats by Angela Carter

11. A Kind of Compass edited by Belinda McKeon

12. An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell by Deborah Levy

13. By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel



1. The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh [Novellarama]

2. McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh [Novellarama]

3. Gigi by Colette [Novellarama]

4. The Cat by Colette [Novellarama]

5. The Time is Night by Ludmila Petrushevskaya [Novellarama]

6. Chocolate Liqueurs by Ludmila Petrushevskaya [Novellarama]

7. Among Friends by Ludmila Petrushevskaya [Novellarama]

8. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle

9. The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna

10. The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa [Novellarama]

11. Pregnancy Diary by Yoko Ogawa [Novellarama]

12. Dormitory by Yoko Ogawa [Novellarama]



13. Cheri by Colette [Novellarama]

14. The Last of Cheri by Colette [Novellarama]

15. Burial by Claire Donato [Novellarama]

16. Sara, or the Existence of Fire by Sara Woods



17. My Very End of the Universe by Chris Bower, Margaret Patton Chapman, Tiff Holland, Meg Pokrass, and Aaron Teel [Novellarama]

18. The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction Edited by Dinty W. Moore



19. Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell by Katherine Angel

20. Coyote by Colin Winnette [Novellarama]

21. The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures by Lee Stetson

22. Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahm

23.  Fram by Steve Himmer



24. The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

25. Salamandrine: 8 Gothics by Joyelle McSweeney

26. All the Rage by A.L. Kennedy

27. Ban en Banlieue by Bhanu Kapil



28. Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser

29. Signaletics by Emilia Phillips

30. The Bell by Iris Murdoch

31. The Philosopher’s Pupil by Iris Murdoch

32. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

33. Euphoria by Lily King



34. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

35. Gutshot by Amelia Gray



36.  Dead Horse by Niina Polari

37. Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

38. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

39. Lanark by Alasdair Gray



40. The Jump-Off Creek by Molly Gloss

41. This Must Be The Place by Sean H. Doyle

42. Hardboild & Hard Luck by Banana Yoshimoto

43. The Blue Girl by Laurie Foos

44. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

45. California by Edan Lepuki

46. Light Boxes by Shane Jones



47. Friendship by Emily Gould

48. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeymi

49. Disgruntled by Asali Solomon

50. The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson



51. Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World edit. James Thomas, Robert Shapard and Christopher Merrill

52. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

53. Not on Fire, Only Dying by Susan Rukeyser

54. Gather Me by Daniel Bailey

55. A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan




56. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

57. Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

58. Furies: A Poetry Anthology of Women Warriors edited by Eve Lacey

59. Don’t Try This at Home by Angela Readman

60. Hotel by Joanna Walsh

61. The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd

62. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh



1. The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway

2. Fractals by Joanna Walsh [The Female Gaze]

3. In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell

4. Gretel and the Dark by Liza Granville

5. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton



6. Artful by Ali Smith

7. In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl

8. Da Hapie Laand by Robert Alan Jamieson



9. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck



10. Beyond This Point Are Monsters by Roxanne Carter



11. The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan

12. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

13. O Caledonia by Elizabeth Barker

14. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid



15. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf

16. Green Girl by Kate Zambreno

17. Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison

18. My Mother was an Upright Piano by Tania Hershman



19. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley






20. Thirst by Kerry Hudson

21. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

22. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

23. Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura

24. Creature by Amina Cain



25. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner



26. Fog Island Mountains by Michelle Bailat-Jones

27. Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine

28. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

29. Among the Dead: Ah! and Afterward Yes! by Becca Jensen

30. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

31. The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore



32. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

33. On Wonderland and Waste by Sandy Florian

34. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

35. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


1. A Winter Book by Tove Jansson

2. Errantry by Elizabeth Hand [PANK Review]

3. The Polyglots by William Gerhardie

4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

5. Arcadia by Lauren Groff

6. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

7. Burnt Island by Alice Thompson

8. Under The Skin by Michel Faber

9. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

10. Mother Ghost by Casey Hannan

11. The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan [Necessary Fiction]

12. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride [Necessary Fiction]

13. Berg by Ann Quin

14. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

15. The Cove by Ron Rash

16. Red Doc> by Anne Carson

17. A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay

18. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho trans. Anne Carson

19. Everlasting Lane by Andrew Lovett

20. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

21. The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt


1. Humanimals: A Project for Future Children by Bhanu Khapil

2. A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird

3. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

4. The Years by Virginia Woolf

5. Green Girl by Kate Zambreno

6. Travels through Italy and France by Tobias Smollett

7. And The Land Lay Still by James Robertson

8. Hello America by J.G. Ballard

9. Vinland by George Mackay Brown

10. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

11. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

12. Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns

13. Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky

14. Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith

15. Not Merely Because of the Unknown that was Stalking Toward Them by Jenny Boully [PANK review]

16. Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) by Eileen Myles [PANK review]

17. Zazen by Vanessa Veselka [PANK review]

18. Reality, Reality by Jackie Kay [PANK review]

19. The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer [PANK review]

20. True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies

21. I Have Blinded Myself Writing This by Jess Stoner [PANK review]

22. The Spare Room by Helen Garner

23. Fast Machine by Elizabeth Ellen [PANK review]

24. Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

25. The Immoralist by André  Gide

26. The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

27. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark [review on Subtle Melodrama]

28. Domestication Handbook by Kirsten Stone [PANK review]

29. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (read with a student)

30. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

31. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (read with student)

32. The Listeners by Leni Zumas [PANK review]

33. The Birdwisher by Anna Joy Springer [PANK review]

34. Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger [PANK review]

35. There But For The by Ali Smith

36. The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

37. Restoration by Rose Tremain

38. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

39. Heroines by Kate Zambreno [PANK review]

40. Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt [Review 31]

41. Somewhere by various [PANK review]

42. Another Country by Anjali Joseph

43. The Light and the Dark by Mikhail Shishkin

44. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

The Sproutling book shelf

In 2011, I did not read nearly enough beautiful, quiet, teeming, mind-blowing, experimental, informative, infuriating, challenging wonderful books. This is terrible. Terrible. So, for 2012, I tried to read a book a week, and though I didn’t succeed (I went at my own slow pace), the Endless Year was so rewarding, I’ve decide to continue.

16 responses to “Endless Reads

  1. CJ

    M.F.K. Fisher’s collection THE ART OF EATING. Incredible traveler.

  2. The Places In Between- Rory Stewart
    Pleasures and Landscapes- Sybille Bedford

  3. Jan

    The Snow Tourist by Charlie English – seasonal too!

    • “Charlie English’s book about his quest to find the world’s purest, deepest snow”) from the Metro review on Amazon – sounds delightful!

  4. Death by Black Hole, by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s a wonderful collection of essays on several topics. I really enjoyed it.

  5. The Art of Physics by Leonard Shlain. And not just because I knew him when he was alive, but because in it, he looks at simultaneous breakthroughs in art and physics. Sort of like Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid (Hofstadter), only a bit more accessible.

    • That sounds really interesting…I saw an artist’s grant once, for a placement at CERN. Applicants had to be melding art and physics to be eligible. I hope it’s still going.

  6. Oh my goodness, I want to recommend so many books but it’s going to have to be Sarah Hall, unless you have read her already? How to Paint a Dead Man, The Carhullan Army or the Beautiful Indifference are my favourites.

    • I have heard so much about the Beautiful Indifference, but never sought it out. I think I should. Recommendations are always welcome! Especially if the books can be had from the library.

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