Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday Filler! Plans for 2012!

Michelle and I have sort of been talking about our to-be-read lists, which aren't lists so much as stacks of books (physical books and ebooks) we have at home. I was thinking about what books I want to make sure I read in 2012, and what I'd read if I had the chance because I never am able to read as many books as I want. Anyway, here's my current list of books I really want to read in 2012, in no order at all:

The Narrative of Arthur Gorden Pym by Edgar Allen Poe
The Maias by Jose Maria del Eca de Queros
The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O'Connor
Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner
Complete Stories by Anton Chekhov (volumes 5-13)
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Janet Egan

Plus: More Henry James! More Nabokov! More Hemingway! Shirley Jackson! Nate Hawthorne! Lovecraft! Ovid! Balzac! Aeschylus! New books by new authors I haven't even heard of yet!

Maybe I'll add some science fiction to that list. It's been a long time and I am curious about China Meiville lately. I figure I'll read a lot more books than I have listed, but I would like to make sure I read those above.

And you? Anything you hope to read? Anything coming out soon that you're chomping at the bit to have?

Also, this post wasn't supposed to go up until tomorrow, but whatevers, bloggerdotcom. Whatevers. Anyway, Happy New Years in case I don't speak to you all weekend, Mighty Writers!


  1. I can't believe you didn't put The Breakaway on your list, Scott...


  2. Aside from that...your list looks fantastic, and I am VERY happy to see Orlando on there, and even some Austen. My favorite of Austen's is Persuasion. I think it's her best written, but in movie form, Sense & Sensibility seems to have the best adaptations.

    Hmm, my list includes the short story fairy tale book, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. And I'd like to try some Tolstoy this year. I'm still compiling my list. I want to try and keep it short so I'm not overwhelmed.

  3. Yes, the Breakaway, by that Argyle woman! I thought that went without saying! And also Seattle Sleuth by Alex Mackenzie, and maybe something new from Dr Malasarn!

  4. I hope Dr. Malasarn writes some more stuff and puts it out there... :)

  5. Nice list, Scott - like Michelle I am an Austen Fan too!

    With all your Nabokov talk I finally started Lolita a couple of days back and had one of those 'where have you been all my life' moments (the book has been right there on my bookshelf all along but whatever..:))

    Also on my list :
    2. Finish Brothers Karamazov (I just can't seem to finish this book even though I've enjoyed whatever I've read) but the book is too 'high strung' to work as reading between work (I am pretty high strung myself so between me and the book there is just too much 'highstrungness' to handle)
    3. Atleast the first volume of Remembrance of Things Past
    4. The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist by Orhan Pamuk
    5. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
    6. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot


  6. Little Fuzzy, Fuzzy Sapiens, and Fuzzy Bones by H. Beam Piper.

  7. I also intend to read more of the Michael Bond "Paddington Bear" books in 2012. Paddington is cool.

  8. I like the Tolstoy on Lavanya's list! I don't have any such list as I'm not very good at planning ahead. I have Murakami's 1Q84 on my shelf staring at me every day, but I'm not sure I am ready to get into more of his weirdness after reading so much of him in 2011. More Proust would be good, but I refuse to make the commitment!

  9. "Cutting For Stone" by Abrahma Verghese. Ditto on more Faulkner, more Hemingway and "My Antonia". More Bradbury and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

    Happy New Year Literary Lab!!

  10. Just popping in to say Happy New Year, Davin, Michelle and Scott! Thanks for all you've given us here at the Lab, we appreciate you!

    All the best in 2012


  11. Happy New Year, Bru! A very happy new year!


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