What I Read: 2018



Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob (2017)

Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus (1990)

Kurt Vonnegut, Welcome to the Monkey House (1968)

Astrid Lindgren, The Children of Noisy Village (1961, trans. Florence Lamborn)

Nikolai Gogol, Taras Bulba (1835, trans. Andrew Gregorovich)

Eula Biss, On Immunity (2014)

Steve Almond, Candyfreak (2004)

Anne Swannell, Mall (1993) (CDN)

Eric Wilson, Code Red at the Supermall (1988) (CDN)


Richard Van Camp, The Lesser Blessed (1996) (CDN)

Volker Weidermann, Ostend (2014, trans. Carol Brown Janeway)

Victoria Jamieson, Roller Girl (2015)


Marius Kociejowski, The Pebble Chance (2014) (CDN)

William T. Vollmann, You Bright and Risen Angels (1987)

Alfred Hitchcock, The Murder of Monty Woolley (2013)

Kelly Link, Stone Animals (2004)

Donald Barthelme, A Manual for Sons (1975)

Fouad Laroui, The Curious Case of Dassoukine's Trousers (2012, trans. Emma Ramadan)


Alberto Manguel, A Reading Diary (2004)

Jon Wynne-Tyson, Finding the Words (2004)

Tom Gauld, Mooncop (2016)

Peter Miller, Dusty Springfield (2017)

John McPhee, Looking for a Ship (1990)


Ali Bryan, The Figgs (2018) (CDN)*

Sara Levine, Treasure Island!!! (2012)

Stefan Zweig, Beware of Pity (1939, trans. Phyllis and Trevor Blewitt)

Cyrus Bozorgmehr, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin (2017)


Patricia Highsmith, Eleven (1970)

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

David McKnight, Experiment: Printing the Canadian Imagination (2018) (CDN)

M. P. Shiel, The Purple Cloud (1901)


Nathan Ripley, Find You in the Dark (2018) (CDN)

César Aira, The Linden Tree (2003, trans. Chris Andrews)

Kevin Barry, Beatlebone (2015)

Harold Billings, M.P. Shiel: The Middle Years (1897-1923) (2010)

Sam Anderson, Boom Town (2018)


Helen DeWitt, Some Trick (2018)

Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends (2017)

Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)

Mat Johnson, Pym (2011)

Deborah Levy, Things I Don't Want to Know (2013)

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living (2018)

Vivek Shraya, I'm Afraid of Men (2018) (CDN)*

M. P. Shiel, Shapes in the Fire (1896)


Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee (1990)

Liliana Heker, Please Talk to Me (2015, trans. Alberto Manguel and Miranda France)

Harold Billings, An Ossuary for M.P. Shiel (2015)

Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night (2006)

Art of McSweeney’s (2010)

Manuel Puig, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976, trans. Thomas Colchie)

Tanya Tagaq, Split Tooth (2018) (CDN)

M. P. Shiel, Prince Zaleski (1895)


Lisa Moore, Something for Everyone (2018) (CDN)

Roald Dahl, The Twits (1980) (re-read; read with Finn)

Paula Morris, False River (2017)

Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto, Sparks! (2018) (CDN)

Jeffrey Brown, Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (2018)

Ondjaki, Transparent City (2012, trans. Stephen Henighan)

Cait Flanders, The Year of Less (2018) (CDN)

Kelly Shepherd, Insomnia Bird (2018) (CDN)*


Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925, trans. Willa and Edwin Muir)

Franz Kafka, Amerika (1927, trans. Edwin Muir)

Sheila Heti, Motherhood (2018) (CDN)

Keith Ridgway, Hawthorn & Child (2012)

Keith Ridgway, Never Love a Gambler (2001)


Lizzy Goodman, Meet Me in the Bathroom (2017)

Madeleine Thien, Hiroshige Takes the SkyTrain (2017) (CDN)

Cormac McCarthy, Outer Dark (1968)

Matt Prins, ed., Instant Books Are Your Future, #6 (2013) (CDN)*

Ken Reid, One Night Only (2016) (CDN)

Dave Bidini, A Wild Stab for It (2012) (CDN)

Juan José Saer, Scars (1969, trans. Steve Dolph)

Bob Cole and Stephen Brunt, Now I’m Catching On (2016) (CDN)

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Fiction: 47/73 (64%)

Non-fiction: 24/73 (33%)

Books in translation: 13/73 (18%)

Male authors: 51/73 (70%)

Female authors: 22/73 (30%)

Canadian authors: 19/73 (26%)

Most-read author: M. P. Shiel (3)

Favourite book: Eleven (fiction), Boom Town (non-fiction)

Obvious five-star classics: Beware of Pity, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, The Purple Cloud, The Trial

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2018: 14

2010s: 28

2000s: 7

1990s: 5

1980s: 3

1970s: 3

1960s: 4

1930s: 1

1920s: 2

1900s: 1

1800s: 4