2010: What I Read

I hardly ever post book reviews, you know why? Because I am too busy reading them.
Ackroyd, Peter – The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde
Ackroyd, Peter – Venice. Pure City
Alexander, Paul – James Dean. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Appignanesi, Lisa – Mad, Bad and Sad. A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800
Atwood, Margaret – The Handmaid’s Tale
Auster, Paul – The New York Triology
Ballard, J. G. – Empire of the Sun
Barbery, Muriel – The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Bentley, Peter – The PhD Application Handbook
Brampton, Sally – Shoot the Damn Dog
Buten, Howard – When I was Five I Killed Myself
Doyle, Roddy – Chicago Blues
Ellis, Bret Easton – The Informers
Fante, John – Wait Until Spring, Bandini
Freeman, Daniel – Use Your Head: The Inside Track on the Way We Think
García Márquez, Gabriel – 100 Años de Soledad
Gayle, Mike – The to-do List
Goodman, Susan – Children of War
Gottfried, Martin – Arthur Miller. A Life.
Heller, Zoë – Notes on a Scandal

Hornby, Nick – Juliet, Naked

Ishiguro, Kazuo – Never Let Me Go
Ishiguro, Kazuo – Nocturnes
J. Sender, Ramón – La Tesis de Nancy

Kafka, Franz – The Trial
Kafka, Franz – Metamorphosis
Kureishi, Hanif – Something to Tell You
Lessing, Doris – The Good Terrorist
Leroux, Gaston – The Phantom of the Opera
Pendakur, Manjunath – Indian Popular Cinema
Loe, Erlend – Naive. Super
Manegat, Julio – Spanish Show
Mercer, Jeremy – Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs. The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co.
Murakami, Haruki – Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Murakami, Haruki – A Wild Sheep Chase
Nemirovsky, Irene – Suite Française
Nicholls, David – One Day
Parsons, Tony – Starting Over
Paxman, Jeremy – The English
Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar
Richardson, Nigel – Dog Days in Soho
Robb, Graham – The Discovery of France
Robinson, Jane – Bluestockings. The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education
Rutherfurd, Edward – New York
Sagan, Françoise – Hello Sadness
Sartre, Jean-Paul – The Age of Reason 
Shakespeare, William – The Merchant of Venice
Smith, Betty – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Zadie – On Beauty
Spencer, Amy – DIY. The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture
Spoto, Donald – Spellbound by Beauty. Alfred Hitchcock and his Leading Ladies
Tearne, Roma – Brixton Beach
Torrente Ballester, Gonzalo – El Señor Llega
Torrente Ballester, Gonzalo – Donde Da la Vuelta el Aire
Torrente Ballester, Gonzalo – La Pascua Triste
Townsend, Sue – The Queen and I

Turner, Graeme – British Cultural Studies. An Introduction
Vonnegut, Kurt – Slaughterhouse Five
Waters, Sarah – Fingersmith
Waters, Sarah – Tipping the Velvet
Williams, Tennessee – A Streetcar Named Desire
Wolpert, Lewis – Malignant Sadness. The Anatomy of Depression
Woodruff, William – Shadows of Glory
Wurtzel, Elizabeth – Prozac Nation
So these are the books I finished in 2010. There are others I started and left because I couldn’t handle them, like Kafka’s castle, and others that I’m still reading, like Portrait of a Lady. Then there are the books that I’ve been reading for years, like Sylvia Plath’s diaries. I read half a book in German and half a book in Italian, which I consider to be a massive achievement.
I read Sartre in Paris, Kafka in Prague and The Merchant of Venice in Venice. Yes, I am that pretentious.
The list contains pieces of crap and amazing works. Things that I had meant to read for years and airport impulse buys. I wonder what a psychologist would say about my reading patterns. I don’t want to review each book, so the ones I particularly enjoyed & recommend are marked in grey.
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