Reading List January 2017

  1. The Letters of Heloise and Abelard: A Translation of Their Collected Correspondence and Related Writings, Pierre Abélard, Héloïse d’Argenteuil, Bonnie Wheeler (Editor), Mary Martin McLaughlin (Editor) (Non-fiction, 2002)

  2. Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare (Theatre, 1589)
  3. Down Below, Leonora Carrington (Fiction, 1945)
  4. The Founders of the Western World: A History of Greece and Rome, Michael Grant (Non-fiction, 1991)

Reading List 2016

All the books I read this year:

  1. Ether: Seven Stories and a Novella (Evgenia Citkowitz, 2010)
  2. Les Fleurs du Mal (Charles Baudelaire, 1857)
  3. Live or Die (Anne Sexton, 1966)
  4. All My Pretty Ones (Anne Sexton, 1962)
  5. The Wild Iris (Louise Glück, 1992)
  6. Firstborn: Poems (Louise Glück, 1968)
  7. Averno (Louise Glück, 2006)
  8. The Haunting of Sylvia Plath (Jacqueline Rose, 1993)
  9. 4.48 Psychosis (Sarah Kane, 2000)
  10. Crave (Sarah Kane, 1998)
  11. Phaedra’s Love (Sarah Kane, 1996)
  12. Blasted (Sarah Kane, 1995)
  13. Strangers on a Train (Patricia Highsmith, 1950)
  14. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath, 1963)
  15. The Book of Folly (Anne Sexton, 1972)
  16. The Death Notebooks (Anne Sexton, 1974)
  17. On Being Ill (Virginia Woolf, 1930)
  18. Fugitive Pieces (George Gordon Byron/Lord Byron, 1806)
  19. Cleansed (Sarah Kane, 1998)
  20. Play it As it Lays (Joan Didion, 1970)
  21. Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, 1925)
  22. The Vet’s Daughter (Barbara Comyns, 1959)
  23. The Complete Stories (Clarice Lispector, 2015)
  24. The Book of Repulsive Women (Djuna Barnes, 1915)
  25. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Patricia Highsmith, 1955)
  26. The Poems of Sappho (Sappho, ~600 B.C.)
  27. The Driver’s Seat (Muriel Spark, 1970)
  28. Illness as Metaphor (Susan Sontag, 1978)
  29. Rivers to the Sea (Sara Teasdale, 1926)
  30. Precious Bane (Mary Webb, 1924)
  31. Nightwood (Djuna Barnes, 1936)
  32. L’Ombilic des Limbes (Antonin Artaud, 1968)
  33. Le Pèse-Nerfs (Antonin Artaud, 1925)
  34. Van Gogh, le suicidé de la societé (Antonin Artaud, 1947)
  35. Love Songs (Sara Teasdale, 1917)
  36. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Joan Lindsay, 1967)
  37. Audrey at Home: A Kitchen Table Biography (Luca Dotti, 2015)
  38. Dark Elderberry Branch (Marina Tsvetaeva, 1923)
  39. Ariel (Sylvia Plath, 1965)
  40. Mad Like Artaud (Sylvère Lotringer, 2003)
  41. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson, 1962)
  42. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (Janet Malcolm, 1993)
  43. Collected Poems (Charlotte Mew, 1953)
  44. The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson, 1959)
  45. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella & Other Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (Angela Carter, 2008)
  46. A Century of Spells:More Than 100 Time Tested, Easy-To-Use Spells that Really Work (Draja Mickaharic, 1985)
  47. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb, 1992)
  48. Pilgrim (Timothy Findley, 1999)
  49. Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles, 1956)
  50. On Violence (Hannah Arendt, 1970)
  51. Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn, 2012)
  52. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911)
  53. Death in Venice (Thomas Mann, 1912)
  54. To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf, 1927)
  55. The Birds and Other Stories (Daphne du Maurier, 1952)
  56. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (Tom Robbins, 1976)
  57. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins, 1859)
  58. Anarchism and Other Essays (Emma Goldman, 1910)
  59. Walden (Henry David Thoreau, 1854)
  60. Vincent Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters (Vincent Van Gogh, H. Anna Suh, Alayne Pullen, 2006)
  61. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (Sylvia Plath, 2000)
  62. The Satyricon (Petronious, 66)
  63. Native Son (Richard Wright, 1940)
  64. Hollywood Babylon (Kenneth Anger, 1959)
  65. Twenty Four Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Marina Tsevetaeva, 2010)
  66. The Edible Woman (Margaret Atwood, 1969)
  67. Mephisto (Klaus Mann, 1936)
  68. The Cutting Season (Attica Locke, 2012)
  69. American Gothic (Robert Block, 1974)
  70. The Vegetarian (Han Kang, 2007)
  71. The Lives The Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic (Darby Penney & Peter Statsny, 2008)
  72. In Evil Hour (Gabriel García Márquez, 1961)
  73. The Art of Cuisine (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec & Maurice Joyant, 1930)
  74. Witches and Witch Hunts (Milton Meltzer, 1999)
  75. The Owl Service (Alan Garner, 1967)
  76. Man’s Search for Meaning (Victor E. Frankl, 1946)
  77. The Blind Owl (Sadegh Hedayat, 1937)
  78. Venus in Furs (Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, 1870)
  79. Carmilla (J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 1872)
  80. An Unquiet Mind (Kay Redfield Jamison, 1995)
  81. Perfume (Patrick Süskind, 1985)

Top 10 (chronologically):

  1. Les Fleurs du Mal (Charles Baudelaire, 1857)
  2. Dark Elderberry Branch (Marina Tsvetaeva, 1923)
  3. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Patricia Highsmith, 1955)
  4. The Vet’s Daughter (Barbara Comyns, 1959)
  5. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson, 1962)
  6. The Edible Woman (Margaret Atwood, 1969)
  7. The Driver’s Seat (Muriel Spark, 1970)
  8. The Wild Iris (Louise Glück, 1992)
  9. 4.48 Psychosis (Sarah Kane, 2000)
  10. The Vegetarian (Han Kang, 2007)

Breakdown:

I read mostly poetry and novels, slightly more novels than poetry collections, which was somewhat surprising as I had assumed that the reason I was getting through so many books was because I was “cheating” by reading poetry or other types of writing that are faster to get through.

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In terms of when the books I read were originally written, the 1990s and 1960s were tied.

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And in all cases, I read much more by women than by men, not necessarily consciously.  My interests have shifted enough that I rarely take interest in what men have to write about.

Reading List: August 2016

  1. Walden, Henry David Thoreau (Non-Fiction, 1854)
  2. Vincent Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters, Vincent Van Gogh, H. Anna Suh, Alayne Pullen (Non-Fiction, 2006)
  3. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, Sylvia Plath (Non-Fiction, 2000)
  4. The Satyricon, Petronius (Fiction, 66)

I really would like to get back into reading novels now.

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Reading List: July 2016

  1. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella & Other Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, Angela Carter (Fairy Tales, 2008)
  2. A Century of Spells: More Than 100 Time-Tested, Easy-To-Use Spells That Really Work, Draja Mickaharic (Non-Fiction, 1985)
  3. She’s Come Undone, Wally Lam (Novel, 1992)
  4. Pilgrim, Timothy Findley (Novel, 1999)
  5. Mr. Arkadin, Orson Welles (Novel, 1956)
  6. On Violence, Hannah Arendt (Essay, 1970)
  7. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Novel, 2012)
  8. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett (Novel/Children’s Lit, 1911)
  9. Death in Venice, Thomas Mann (Novella, 1912)
  10. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf (Novel, 1927)
  11. The Birds and Other Stories, Daphne du Maurier (Short Stories, 1952)
  12. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins (Novel, 1976)
  13. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (Novel, 1859)
  14. Anarchism and Other Essays, Emma Goldman (Essays, 1910)