the 44 books i've read so far in 2011 not counting chapbooks and anything i forgot to put on the list, i finished all of them except I AM A STRANGE LOOP, feel free to ask me about any of them or harrass me if i misspelled someone's name

1 - Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
2 - Coffee Coffee - Aram Saroyan
3 - Fancy Beasts - Alex Lemon
4 - And Then There's This - Bill Wasik
5 - April Galleons - John Ashbery
6 - Neighbors - Thomas Berger
7 - I Have Touched You - Gregory Sherl
8 - Nick Demske - Nick Demske
9 - The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas - Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
10 - Couch - Benjamin Parzybok
11 - Plants Don't Drink Coffee - Unai Elorriaga
12 - Monster Party - Lizzy Acker
13 - The Universe in Miniature - Patrick Somerville
14 - Hush Up Stinky Poo But - Ken Sparling
15 - Cardinal Numbers - Hob Broun
16 - I Am a Strange Loop - Douglas Hofstadter
17 - I <3 Your Fate - Anthony McCann
18 - Odditorium - Hob Broun
19 - Abbot Awaits - Chris Bachelder
20 - Bobcat Country - Brandi Homan
21 - I Is To Vorticism - Ben Mirov
22 - Inner Tube - Hob Broun
23 - Selected Poems - Ted Berrigan
24 - Normally Special - xTx
25 - Campfires of the Dead - Peter Christopher
26 - Await Your Reply - Dan Chaon
27 - About a Mountain - John D'Agata
28 - jPod - Douglas Coupland
29 - There Is No Year - Blake Butler
30 - The Girl With Brown Fur - Stacey Levine
31 - Veronica - Nicholas Christopher
32 - Cowboy Maloney's Electric City - Michael Bible
33 - Us - Michael Kimball
34 - The Book of Interfering Bodies - Daniel Borzutzky
35 - The Disinformation Phase - Chris Toll
36 - Triggermoon, Triggermoon - Julia Cohen
37 - The Exile: Sex, Drugs, Libel in the New Russia - Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi
38 - Casino Moscow - Matthew Brzezinski
39 - Masters of Atlantis - Charles Portis
40 - Madame Bovary - trans. Lydia Davis
41 - Culture of One - Alicey Notley
42 - Three Letter Poems - Josh Brandon and Chelsea Martin
43 - The Financial Lives of Poets - Jess Walters
44 - They Could No Longer Contain Themselves - Elizabeth J. Colen, Mary Miller, John Jodzio, Tim Jones-Yelvington, and Sean Lovelace


magick mike said...

isn't coffee coffee sweet?

Mike Young said...

yeah, it's pretty badass. i read it in the poetry room of city lights at the beginning of the year. makes you sort of adjust yourself to the visual architecture around you and want things to be seamless and snickering at the same time.

Bradley Sands said...

I've only read one of those books and I've probably read quadruple that amount this year, but they were mostly children's books.

Mike Young said...

wait, you've read 120 books this year, brad?

which is the one off this list that you've read? i'm going to guess it's Couch. i think you would like the stacey levine book.

postitbreakup said...

i've only heard of like 5 of those so i'm even more impressed.

i got the first two stories "reviewed" at my blog, i'm sorry i'm going so so so so so slow.

Mike Young said...

whoa dude, that's cool that you're reviewing all the stories, i didn't know you were gonna do that. thanks! i think you are right about the puppies and babies, and i think things only get more violent and strange as you go.

what are the 5 you've heard of?

postitbreakup said...

it was supposed to be all the stories and then a thing at the end, i'm still planning on it, i just suck and want to stick knives up my nostrils right now.

i am a strange loop, await your reply, jpod, no year, madame bovary. is it weird reading madame bovary along with all this really new stuff?

I've barely finished anything this year:

Freedom by the Franz
Less Than Zero by BEE
Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
Under the Wolf, Under the Dog by Adam Rapp

I'm almost done with Pastoralia. Started the Bell Jar and Infinite Jest for like the 3rd or 4th time each. Started Gospel of Anarchy, 2 books about Borderline Personality disorder since i just got diagnosed with it, your book, Narrative Design, some others. Downloaded Molloy

Mike Young said...

sweet, man, stoked to see what you think. don't stick knives up anything!

it's actually not so weird reading Madame B along with the new stuff. the emotional vividness of that novel is amazing, and everything it does structure/scene/writing-wise you can feel as being the precedent for so much of contemporary "craft," the way you can hear The Beatles inventing certain tropes in their songs, etc. etc. and--i'm guessing this might have something to do with the lydia davis translation--it really does feel fresh and perceptive as anything contemporary.

i'm reading Manhattan Transfer right now by dos passos, and it feels dated, but deliberately so, concerned with its time in a larger cultural way, which is cool, which feels like a "decision," but whereas MB--for all that's made of its political implications, bourgeois despair, the way class plays such an admittedly huge role in the plot, the way a farmer's daughter and a doctor's wife has so much time to be bored and romantic--feels pretty eternal in its "truths about the human heart"

i like Pastoralia a lot, never read The Bell Jar and never finished IJ. Molloy might be kind of a trip to read on a screen, but i've never tried reading with an e-reader, so maybe not