What I Read: 2014

JANUARY

Charles Yu, Sorry Please Thank You (2012)

Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor, Batman: Death by Design (2012)

Ismail Kadare, Agamemnon’s Daughter (2003, trans. David Bellos)

César Aira, The Hare (1991, trans. Nick Caistor)

Keith Gessen, All the Sad Young Literary Men (2008)

James Wynbrandt, The Excruciating History of Dentistry (1998)

Tomoko Mitani, Will Not Forget Both Laughter and Tears (2002, trans. Yukari F. Meldrum)

Dany Laferriere, I Am a Japanese Writer (2008, trans. David Homel) (CDN)

Dorthe Nors, Karate Chop (2008, trans. Martin Aitken)

FEBRUARY

A.L. Kennedy, All the Rage (2014)

Jessica Hiemstra and Lisa Martin-DeMoor, eds., How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting (2013) (CDN)*

Italo Svevo, As a Man Grows Older (1892, trans. Beryl de Zoete)

Austin Grossman, Soon I Will Be Invincible (2007)

Lorrie Moore, Bark (2014)

Raymond Queneau, Exercises in Style (1947, trans. Barbara Wright)

André Alexis, Pastoral (2014) (CDN)

MARCH

Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World (2004)

Vladimir Sorokin, The Queue (1985, trans. Sally Laird)

Victor Pelevin, Omon Ra (1991, trans. Andrew Bromfield)

Peter Norman, Emberton (2014) (CDN)

Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation (2014)

Padma Viswanathan, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (2014) (CDN)

James Shapiro, Contested Will (2010)

César Aira, Shantytown (2001, trans. Chris Andrews)

Doretta Lau, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (2014) (CDN)

APRIL

Arjun Basu, Waiting for the Man (2014) (CDN)

Douglas Roche, Peacemakers (2014) (CDN)*

Javier Marías, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me (1994, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Harry Karlinsky, The Stonehenge Letters (2014) (CDN)

Dan Riskin, Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You (2014) (CDN)*

Enrique Vila-Matas, Montano’s Malady (2002, trans. Jonathan Dunne)

Reinaldo Arenas, The Doorman (1987, trans. Dolores M. Koch)

Jim Gavin, Middle Men (2013)

Lydia Davis, The Cows (2011)

MAY

Inge Bremer-Trueman, A Root Beer Season (2014) (CDN)*

C.P. Boyko, Novelists (2014) (CDN)

Roberto Bolaño, The Third Reich (2010, trans. Natasha Wimmer)

Liliana Heker, The Stolen Party (1994, trans. Alberto Manguel)

Dolly Dennis, Loddy-Dah (2014) (CDN)*

Kevin Roose, Young Money (2014)

Jesse Ball, Silence Once Begun (2014)

Brandon Scott Gorrell and Tao Lin, The Brandon Book Crisis (2009)

Kathy Page, Paradise & Elsewhere (2014) (CDN)

Sarah Lang, For Tamara (2014) (CDN)*

JUNE

Lemony Snicket, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (2014)

Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book One (2009, trans. Don Bartlett)

Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book Two (2009, trans. Don Bartlett)

Alex Niven, Definitely Maybe (33 1/3) (2014)

Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book Three (2010, trans. Don Bartlett)

Chris F. Westbury, The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (2014) (CDN)*

JULY

Bill Gaston, Juliet Was a Surprise (2014) (CDN)

Bill Gaston, Deep Cove Stories (1989) (CDN)

Bill Gaston, The Good Body (2000) (CDN)

Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, This One Summer (2014) (CDN)

Neil Gaiman, Fortunately, the Milk (2013)

Maggie Nelson, Bluets (2009)

Meags Fitzgerald, Photobooth: A Biography (2014) (CDN)*

Warren Ellis and Mike McKone, Avengers: Endless Wartime (2013)

Mary McCarthy, The Group (1963)

Amanda Petrusich, Do Not Sell at Any Price (2014)

Jules Renard, Nature Stories (1896, trans. Douglas Parmée)

AUGUST

Laurence Miall, Blind Spot (2014) (CDN)*

Bryan Lee O'Malley, Seconds (2014) (CDN)

Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test (2011)

Geoff Dyer, Out of Sheer Rage (1997)

David Mitchell, Black Swan Green (2006)

David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks (2014)

Peter Mendelsund, What We See When We Read (2014)

SEPTEMBER

Katie Coyle, Vivian Versus the Apocalypse (2013)

Brian Michael Bendis, Words for Pictures (2014)

Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members (2014)

César Aira, Conversations (2007, trans. Katherine Silver)

Jacqueline Baker, The Broken Hours (2014) (CDN)*

Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress (2014) (CDN)

Alberto Moravia, Agostino (1945, trans. Michael F. Moore)

Michael Lewis, Home Game (2009)

Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs (2009)

Ian Weir, Will Starling (2014) (CDN)

Wendy McGrath, Santa Rosa (2011) (CDN)*

Wendy McGrath, North East (2014) (CDN)*

Chris Turner, How to Breathe Underwater (2014) (CDN)*

OCTOBER

Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird (2014)

Douglas Coupland, Kitten Clone (2014) (CDN)

John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van (2014)

Peter Midgley, Counting Teeth (2014) (CDN)*

Ted Bishop, The Social Life of Ink (2014) (CDN)*

Mireille Silcoff, Chez L'arabe (2014) (CDN)

Ondjaki, Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret (2008, trans. Stephen Henighan)

Steven Galloway, The Confabulist (2014) (CDN)

Chad Kultgen, The Average American Male (2007)

John McPhee, A Sense of Where You Are (1965)

NOVEMBER

John Vaillant, The Tiger (2010) (CDN)

Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs (2005)

Merritt Tierce, Love Me Back (2014)

Martin Amis, The Zone of Interest (2014)

Lee Henderson, The Road Narrows as You Go (2014) (CDN)

Natasha Deen, Guardian (2014) (CDN)*

Vivek Shraya, She of the Mountains (2014) (CDN)*

DECEMBER

Daniel Kehlmann, F (2013, trans. Carol Brown Janeway)

Ghalib Islam, Fire in the Unnameable Country (2014) (CDN)

Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library (2005, trans. Ted Goossen)

Marian Engel, Bear (1976) (CDN)

Jeet Heer, Sweet Lechery (2014) (CDN)

Richard Rosenbaum, Raise Some Shell (2014) (CDN)

Ken Baumann, EarthBound (2014)

Paul Wells, The Longer I’m Prime Minister (2013) (CDN)

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SOME NUMBERS NOW

Fiction: 76/106 (72%) 

Non-fiction: 30/106 (28%)

Books in translation: 24/106 (23%)

Male authors: 74/106 (70%)

Female authors: 32/106 (30%)

Canadian authors: 43/106 (41%)

Most-read author: Aira / Gaston / Knausgaard (3 each)

Favourite not-new books: Omon RaThe DoormanThe Stolen Party, The Tiger

Obvious five-star classics: Bear

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PUBLICATION DATES

2014: 52

2010s: 16

2000s: 22

1990s: 6

1980s: 3

1970s: 1

1960s: 2

1940s: 2

1800s: 2