The to-read pile

Crikey, the pile’s getting high:

Shogun – James Clavell
The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
Doc: A Novel – Mary Doria Russell
Monday or Tuesday – Virginia Woolf
Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Homes – Eds. Charles Prepolec and Jeff Campbell
The Country of the Pointed Firs – Sarah Orne Jewett
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Condottiere: A Knight’s Tale – Edward John Crockett
The Sound of the Mountain – Yasunari Kawabata
Seven-Tenths: The Sea and its Thresholds – James Hamilton-Paterson
The Outlaws of the Marsh – Luo Guanzhong
The Berlin Novels – Christopher Isherwood

Currently reading The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s, by Peter Doggett; James Clavell’s King Rat, and Kawabata’s Thousand Cranes.

Impulse-buying books way more than I did before the Kindle, that’s for sure.

7 thoughts on “The to-read pile

  1. Of all of Kawabata’s works, “Thousand Cranes” is my favorite. His best may be “Beauty and Sadness,” but it is too full of eerie brutality to be really likeable; “Sound of the Mountain,” just conveys a sense of unavoidable doom.

    Let me know if you find a workable and likable translation of “Outlaws of the Marsh.” I just can’t get into Buck’s.

    And, to add to the pile (on the off chance you haven’t read them all), may I recommend the wonderfully evil work of Edogawa Rampo, the Japanese stories collected by Lafcadio Hearn, and Pu Songling’s “Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio.” Also the contemporary and perfect “Bridge of Birds,” by Barry Hughart.

  2. You should see my to-read pile after this Christmas/birthday. It’s obviously lovely to have the choice of reading materials at hand – but ack, it towers!

  3. the only one in your pile I know is shogun.

    My reading pile is pretty decent too.
    I think I’ve got about 8 books on the go

  4. Oh man. My to-read list started climbing over the 100 book mark, so I split it into a “to-read” and a “to-read-eventually” list. Now both of THOSE are steadily climbing toward 100…

  5. Tyler – I actually liked Beauty and Sadness a lot, which probably means I like eerie brutality! Thousand Cranes seems to need a different reading approach, I’ve rather belatedly realised. I love Bridge of Birds (and its sequels).

    Alex – “ack, it towers!” — gonna steal that for porn!

    Colin – I tried to read Shogun when I was a kid, because the title sounded cool. I didn’t get far! Hopefully will do better this time around.

    Richard – I’ve only read two James novels, Washington Square and The Golden Bowl, and though highly of both, though didn’t enjoy them as such (I might have been too young and too bogan to get the most out of Washington Square.) But I remember a beautiful quality about both of them.

    Laurie – You seem to be a fast reader, though. I’m sloooow, though faster with the Kindle.

  6. Oh no, I’m not a fast reader at all – I’m kind of slow, actually! I just spend a lot of time reading lately. Like… A LOT. And yet this dang list just keeps getting longer……

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