What I Read: 2011


Patton Oswalt, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011)

Grégoire Bouillier, The Mystery Guest (2004, trans. Lorin Stein)

Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel, House of M (#1-8) (2005-6)

Hannah Pittard, The Fates Will Find Their Way (2011)

Dan Charnas, The Big Payback (2010)

Greg Pak and John Romita, Jr., World War Hulk (#1-5, Aftersmash) (2007-8)

John Williams, Stoner (1965)

Nicholson Baker, Room Temperature (1990)

Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, Marvels (#1-4) (1994)

Justin Taylor, The Gospel of Anarchy (2011)


Herman Melville, Typee (1846)

Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)

Matthew J. Trafford, The Divinity Gene (2011)

Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart (1999, trans. Philip Gabriel)

Karen Russell, Swamplandia! (2011)

Deb Olin Unferth, Vacation (2008)

Mike Sacks, Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason (2011)

David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999)

Mark Waid and Alex Ross, Kingdom Come (#1-4) (1996)

Jonathan Ames, I Pass Like Night (1989)


Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen, New Avengers, Vol. 2 (#1-6) (2010)

Adam Leith Gollner, The Fruit Hunters (2008)

Sheila Heti, Ticknor (2005)

Haruki Murakami, After Dark (2004, trans. Jay Rubin)

Jessica Page Morrell, Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us: A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing Is Being Rejected (2009)

Alison Espach, The Adults (2011)

John Barth, The End of the Road (1958)

Lorrie Moore, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (1994)

Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel, The Alcoholic (2008)

Roger McGough, The State of Poetry (Penguin 70s) (1983-2003)


David Foster Wallace, The Pale King (2011)

Alan Heathcock, Volt (2011)

Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End (2007)

Donald Barthelme, Forty Stories (1987)

Rob Taylor, The Other Side of Ourselves (2011)

Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, Heads You Lose (2011)


Jonathan Lethem, You Don’t Love Me Yet (2007)

Kristen den Hartog, And Me Among Them (2011)

José Saramago, Small Memories (2006, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Horacio Castellanos Moya, The She-Devil in the Mirror (2000, trans. Katherine Silver)

Ian Williams, Not Anyone’s Anything (2011)

Malcolm Bradbury, The History Man (1975)

Lynne Tillman, Someday This Will Be Funny (2011)


Michael Murphy, A Description of the Blazing World (2011)

Martin Amis, The Second Plane (2008)

Maude Hutchins, Victorine (1959)

Michael Lewis, Moneyball (2003)

Horacio Castellanos Moya, Tyrant Memory (2008, trans. Katherine Silver)


Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers (2011)

Kevin Wilson, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (2009)

César Aira, The Literary Conference (2006, trans. Katherine Silver)

Daniel Orozco, Orientation (2011)

J. Courtney Sullivan, Maine (2011)

Isol, Beautiful Griselda (2011, trans. Elisa Amado)

Nicholson Baker, The Fermata (1994)


Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti, The Chairs Are Where the People Go(2011)

Esmé Claire Keith, Not Being on a Boat (2011)

Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia (2011)

Nicholson Baker, House of Holes (2011)

George Saunders, Pastoralia (2000)

Muriel Spark, Memento Mori (1959)

Helen DeWitt, The Last Samurai (2000)


David Gilmour, The Film Club (2007)

Edward Riche, Easy to Like (2011)

Elissa Schappell, Blueprints for Building Better Girls (2011)

Lynn Coady, The Antagonist (2011)

Lynn Coady, Mean Boy (2006)

Adam Gopnik, Winter: Five Windows on the Season (2011)

Mary-Louise Gay, Caramba and Henry (2011)

José Saramago, Cain (2009, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)


Peggy Orenstein, Cinderella Ate My Daughter (2011)

D.W. Wilson, Once You Break a Knuckle (2011)

Helen DeWitt, Lightning Rods (2011)

Mélanie Watt, Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party (2011)

Kate Beaton, Hark! A Vagrant (2011)

Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (2009, trans. Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel)

Zsuzsi Gartner, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives (2011)


Ben Lerner, Leaving the Atocha Station (2011)

Percival Everett, Assumption (2011)

Cheryl Foggo and Qin Leng, Dear Baobab (2011)

Chris Bachelder, Abbott Awaits (2011)

John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead (2011)

David Whitton, The Reverse Cowgirl (2011)

Kaitlin Fontana, Fresh at Twenty (2011)


Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1918)

Don DeLillo, The Angel Esmeralda (2011)

Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence (2011)

César Aira, The Seamstress and the Wind (1994, trans. Rosalie Knecht)

Colson Whitehead, Zone One (2011)

Justin Torres, We the Animals (2011)

Chris Adrian, A Better Angel (2008)

Nikolai Gogol, The Night Before Christmas (1832, trans. Constance Garnett)

Agatha Christie, Crooked House (1949)

Dava Sobel, Longitude (1996)

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Fiction: 72/89 (81%) 

Non-fiction: 17/89 (19%)

Books in translation: 12/89 (13%)

Male authors: 58/89 (65%)

Female authors: 31/89 (35%)

Canadian authors: 23/89 (26%)

Most-read author: Nicholson Baker; Haruki Murakami (3 each)

Favourite not-new book: Lynn Coady, Mean Boy

Obvious, five-star classics: The Education of Henry AdamsForty StoriesThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


2011: 45

2010s: 1

2000s: 22

1990s: 7

1980s: 2

1970s: 1

1960s: 2

1950s: 3

1940s: 1

1910s: 1

1800s: 2