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Starting a thread of books I finished reading in 2018. There’s gonna be a lot of terse ‘reviews’ as I only stated this thread after I was 14 books deep but here we go...
1. Winter, by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Short essays about all manner of things. Pretty great but mostly just excited for the final installment of My Struggle, finally out in English later this year.
2. Less: A Novel. Andrew Sean Greer. Really fun, just won the Pulitzer
3. Icebreaker, Horacio Clare. Fascinating book about a Finnish icebreaker traveling in the bay of Bothnia. A subject I previously knew nothing about
4. Welcome to the goddamn ice cube, Blair Braverman. Gripping stories about dog sledding and weird Norwegians and life.
5. Science and Islam, Ehsan Masood. Fascinating nonfiction history and science
6. The chronology of water. Lidia yuknavitch. Starts off pretty easy to read but wore me down eventually with all the over the top gonzo-ness...
7. The Idiot. Elif Batuman (@BananaKarenina). My second reading of this book and it only got better. Cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Deeply and subtly hilarious. So glad I read this again; I never do that...
8. Dear Cyborgs. Eugene Lim. Deeply weird and fascinating book.
9. Freshwater. Akwaeke Emezi. Amazing story of a woman with personality disorders, told from the perspective of multiple gods inhabiting her psyche. Heavy
10. The Right Intention. Andrés Barba. Weird stories, good writing.
11. Little fires everywhere. Celeste Ng. A little too precious and over-the-top plot heavy for my liking.
12. The Power. Naomi Alderman. Whoa, heavy. Fantastic book
13. Love. Hanne Ørstavik. Weird novella, published by @archipelagobks ordered it on a whim
14. Uproot: travels in 21st-century music and digital culture. Jace Clayton AKA @djrupture So glad I finally got around to reading this. Working my way through the listening guide at Attn music people: @RussellELButler @BroganBentley @primopreems
15. Who Fears Death. Nnedi Okorafor
16. Largesse of the Sea Maiden. Denis Johnson
17. Transit. Rachel Cusk. Oddly engrossing. I barely remember reading Outline, the book before this in the series but this was really great.
18. Spring. Karl Ove Kanusgaard. Third in his seasons series, different than the others in that it’s one long piece rather than numerous short bits. Absolutely fantastic, one of my favorites of his works, and I’ve read them all.
19. The Emissary. Yoko Tawada. Fascinatingly bizarre short book.
20. My Struggle, book 6 of 6. Karl Ove Knausgaard. The most incredible literary journey I’ve experienced. There is a fidelity to his depiction of life/reality that I have never known before. Like seeing a painting you didn’t believe possible. Bravo.
21. Kudos. Rachel Cusk. And thus concludes the outline trilogy. The second book really stood out for me but really enjoyed the whole experience.
22. My year of rest and relaxation. Ottessa Moshfegh. Haunting. Good weird
23. Inadvertent (Why I Write). Karl Ove Knausgaard. Essentially a lecture/essay in a book. Short but sweet
24. The Hatred of Poetry. Ben Lerner. Another essay in short book form. Nice to think about something I spend very little time with, poetry.
25. can’t and won’t (stories). Lydia Davis. Fantastically short stories. Wonderful.
26. Notes form the Fog. Ben Marcus. Dude is a master of the short story (loved his novel too). The best ones were published in the New Yorker so I had read (listened to) most of them already but still great.
27. Summer. Karl Ove Knausgaard. Last book in the seasons series. I am all out of Knausgaard books, I’ve read every single thing published in English...
28. Severance. Ling Ma. Part post-apocalyptic sci-fi, part millennial ennui literary-fic. Really liked this one, quick, engrossing.
29. Killing Commendatore. Haruki Murakami. Just the kind of profound weirdness only to be found in Murakami books. Do not know what I think of this book besides enjoying the experience of reading it greatly...
30. All the Dirty Parts. Daniel Handler. Does what it says on the cover. Next time I see that guy at rainbow it’s gonna be 10% more awkward at least.
31. Homesick For Another World. Ottessa Moshfegh. Fantastic, dark short stories. Eminently digestible and delicious. Each one seemingly ends before you'd expect it and its perfect. Would recommend.
32. Spaceman of Bohemia. @JaroslavKalfar. What a trippy, ambitious, fun novel. Fantastic use of science fiction.
33. Feel Free. Zadie Smith. Big collection of essays. A good number of these are fantastic.
34. Red Moon. Kim Stanley Robinson
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