Sunday, January 1, 2012

My 2011, The Ten Funnest Reading Experiences of

Listed alphabetically by author, here are my ten favorite books from 2011 (most of which were published before 2011, some of which I started reading before 2011):

Veronica — Nicholas Christopher (novel)
Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms — Paul Foster Johnson (poetry)
The Devil in the White City — Erik Larson (nonfiction)
Leaving the Atocha Station — Ben Lerner (novel)
Rogue Hemlocks — Carl Martin (poetry)
Appointment in Samarra — John O'Hara (novel)
Iterature — Eugene Ostashevsky (poetry)
Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted Berrigan — Ron Padgett (nonfiction)
Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object — Kathleen Rooney (nonfiction)
Applies to Oranges — Maureen Thorson (poetry)

Three nonfiction books! I want to read more nonfiction in the future.

Now here are a few good books (listed in random order) I'm currently reading, some of which may end up on this year's ten funnest list:

Jamie Is My Heart's Desire — Alfred Chester (novel)
The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza — Eugene Ostashevsky (poetry)
The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick — Elizabeth Hardwick (stories)
Selected Stories — Robert Walser (stories)
The Fermata — Nicholson Baker (novel)
Moving Day — Ish Klein (poetry)
Late in the Antenna Fields — Alan Gilbert (poetry)
Names on the Land — George R. Stewart (nonfiction)
Just the Thing: Selected Letters of James Schuyler, 1951-1991 — James Schuyler (letters)
Alexander Hamilton — Ron Chernow (nonfiction)

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