What I Read: 2010


J. Courtney Sullivan, Commencement (2009)

Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn (1999)

Chuck Klosterman, Eating the Dinosaur (2009)

Nicholas Ruddock, The Parabolist (2010)


Molly Young and Chris Luxton, Troubleshooting (2010)

Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives (1998, trans. Natasha Wimmer)

Justin Taylor, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever (2010)

Stephen King, On Writing (2000)

Zachary Mason, The Lost Books of the Odyssey (2010)

Elizabeth Hay, A Student of Weather (2000)


Don DeLillo, Point Omega (2010)

DC Pierson, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To (2010)

Jane Smiley, Moo (1995)

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck, Essential Avengers, Vol. 1 (#1-24) (1963-66)

Adam Haslett, Union Atlantic (2010)

Padgett Powell, The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? (2009)

Andrew Kaufman, All My Friends Are Superheroes (2003)

George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone (2007)

Patrick deWitt, Ablutions: Notes for a Novel (2009)


Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (2009)

David Lipsky, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace (2010)

P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and the Impending Doom (Penguin 70s) (1930)

Anne Finger, Call Me Ahab (2009)


Jorge Volpi, In Search of Klingsor (1999, trans. Kristina Cordero)

David Berry and Josh J. Holinaty, We Hate This Place Here; It’s Our Home (Vol. 2) (2010)

Sam Lipsyte, The Ask (2010)

José Saramago, In Search of the Unknown Island (1997, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Russell Wangersky, The Glass Harmonica (2010)

José Saramago, The Notebook (2010, trans. Amanda Hopkinson and Daniel Hahn)

Teddy Wayne, Kapitoil (2010)

Martin Amis, Einstein’s Monsters (1987)


Jorge Volpi, Season of Ash (2006, trans. Alfred Mac Adam)

Simon Rich, Elliot Allagash (2010)

Simon Rich, Ant Farm (2007)

Barbara Pym, No Fond Return of Love (1961)

Martin Amis, The Pregnant Widow (2010)

Nicholson Baker, Vox (1992)

Mary-Beth Hughes, Double Happiness (2010)

David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010)

Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage (1993)

Michael Chabon, The Final Solution (2004)


Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird (1994)

Kira Henehan, Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles (2010)

Katrina Best, Bird Eat Bird (2010)

Adam Ross, Mr. Peanut (2010)

Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)

Graham Greene, Doctor Fischer of Geneva or the Bomb Party (1980)

David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (1997)

Michael Lewis, The Big Short (2010)


Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado (2010)

Steve Hely, How I Became a Famous Novelist (2009)

Lorrie Moore, Self-Help (1985)

Pasha Malla, The Withdrawal Method (2008)

Electric Literature #3 (Winter 2010)

Roald Dahl, Esio Trot (1990)

Emily Gould, And the Heart Says Whatever (2010)


John Gould, Seven Good Reasons Not To Be Good (2010)

Ryan Knighton, C'mon Papa: Dispatches From a Dad in the Dark (2010)

Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1938)

José Saramago, The Elephant’s Journey (2008, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Richard Russo, Straight Man (1997)

Jean-Christophe Valtat, 03 (2005, trans. Mitzi Angel)

E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web (1952)

Tom McCarthy, C (2010)


Andrew O'Hagan, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe (2010)

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers (2008)

Tao Lin, Richard Yates (2010)

Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story (2010)

Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach (1961)

Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be? (2010)

Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel (1940, trans. Ruth L. C. Simms)

Andrej Blatnik, You Do Understand (2009, trans. Tamara M. Soban)


Vlado Žabot, The Succubus (2003, trans. Rawley Grau and Nikolai Jeffs)

Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981)

Boris Pahor, Necropolis (1967, trans. Michael Biggins)

Amanda Cross, Death in a Tenured Position (1981)

Jonathan Lethem, This Shape We’re In (2001)

Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad (2005)

Jonathan Lethem, Men and Cartoons (2004)

Harry Karlinsky, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects: The Life and Collected Works of Thomas Darwin (1857-1879) (2010)

Nicolas Dickner, Nikolski (2005, trans. Lazer Lederhendler)


Nicolas Dickner, Apocalypse For Beginners (2009, trans. Lazer Lederhendler)

Mike Birbiglia, Sleepwalk With Me (2010)

Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, Marvel: Civil War (2006-7)

Elif Batuman, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them (2010)

Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn (Eds.), Yes Yes Y'all: The Experience Music Project’s Oral History of Hip-Hop’s First Decade (2002)

Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, Khoi Pham, and John Romita Jr., Mighty Avengers, Secret Invasion (Book One) (2009)

A.L. Kennedy, What Becomes (2009)

Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Yu, Secret Invasion (#1-8) (2008-9)

Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch, Avengers Disassembled (#500-503, Finale) (2004)

François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-34, trans. J.M. Cohen)

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Fiction: 67/91 (74%)

Non-fiction: 15/91 (16%)

Books in translation: 14/91 (15%)

Male authors: 66/91 (73%)

Female authors: 17/91 (19%)

Canadian authors: 15/91 (16%)

Most-read author: Jonathan Lethem; José Saramago (3 each)

Favourite book: Padgett Powell, The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?

Obvious, five-star classics: Gargantua and Pantagruel


2010: 34

2000s: 31

1990s: 11

1980s: 5

1970s: 1

1960s: 4

1950s: 1

1940s: 1

1930s: 2

1500s: 1