Monday, February 3, 2014

January Reads

Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
Regeneration by Pat Barker
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Find a Victim by Ross MacDonald
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor
Cold Moon over Babylon by Michael McDowell
Madness: A Brief History by Roy Porter
Frost in May by Antonia White
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
(about 1/3 of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries)

2014 is going to be a year in which I try and read more women, more people of color, more queer writers, and less straight white cis males.  This means I'll probably be reading more books published by Virago as well as less Western specific stuff. This month is mostly English people. Notice that the two buzz-iest books of 2013 (The Luminaries and The Goldfinch) appear on here; their general acclaim seems warranted, I believe. Only three straight white cis males appear on this list (Walpole, MacDonald, and Porter) while Hensher and McDowell are both queer.

I'm also going to list books read by month, rather than whenever I have assembled a list of more than two. 2013 was a year of very little reading and great personal change. I plan to read more this year and I'm making excellent progress. But like any pronouncement I make in January, caveat emptor as I might tire of the project and read a month's worth of Victorian lit.