Boring personal reading habits 2k11

Below are all of the 70 books that I completed in 2011. Only the books I finished, not all the ones I started or read most of. 70 is a pretty healthy number, except when I filter out the graphic novels and comic collections, I only completed 26 prose books. This is not to say that prose books are superior to graphic novels or anything like that (I read so many because I'm collaborating on one with the artist and writer John Dermot Woods) but I have to acknowledge that graphic novels take me almost no time to read. The shortest ones on my list were probably completed in twenty minutes and the longest ones were still likely quicker reads than the shortest novellas. So, I'm going to break things into two lists.

Prose: (* is a reread)

  1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver*
  2. The Mezzanine – Nicholson Baker
  3. Great Expectations – Kathy Acker
  4. Hunger – Knut Hamsun
  5. The Shadow over Innsmouth – H. P. Lovecraft
  6. Baby Leg – Brian Evenson
  7. The Late American Novel – Jeff Martin and C. Max McGee
  8. The Baltimore Atrocities – John Dermot Woods (manuscript draft)
  9. Stories V! – Scott McClanahan
  10. Visitation – Jenny Erpenbeck
  11. Us – Michael Kimball
  12. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
  13. Antwerp – Roberto Bolano
  14. Taking Care – Joy Williams
  15. The Hundred Brothers – Donald Antrim
  16. Waste - Eugene Martin
  17. The Dog of the Marriage – Amy Hempel*
  18. Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre – H.P. Lovecraft
  19. The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories – Gene Wolfe
  20. An Elemental Thing – Eliot Weinberger
  21. Jakob Von Gunten – Robert Walser
  22. Reflections in a Golden Eye – Carson McCullers
  23. The Last Thing He Wanted – Joan Didion
  24. Microscripts – Robert Walser
  25. Beecher’s One
  26. The Hall of the Singing Caryatids – Victor Pelevin

Hunger – Knut Hamsun
Taking Care – Joy Williams
Jakob Von Gunten – Robert Walser
An Elemental Thing – Eliot Weinberger

Graphic novels/comics:

  1. Wilson – Daniel Clowes
  2. The Clouds Above – Jordan Crane
  3. Werewolves of Montpellier – Jason
  4. Illustrated Three-Line Novels – Joanna Neborsky
  5. 1963 – Alan Moore
  6. Supreme: The Story of the Year – Alan Moore
  7. Supreme: The Return – Alan Moore
  8. The Killing Joke – Alan Moore
  9. Ultimate Fantastic Four HC Vol. 1 - Brian Michael Bendis, Warren Ellis, Mark Millar 
  10. Ultimate Fantastic Four HC Vol. 2 - Warren Ellis, Adam Kubert, Mike Carey
  11. Ultimate Fantastic Four HC Vol. 3 – Mark Miller, Greg Land
  12. Ultimate Fantastic Four HC Vol. 4
  13. Ultimate Fantastic Four HC Vol. 5
  14. Love and Rockets New Stories No. 3 – The Hernandez Brothers
  15. Understanding Comics – Scott McCloud
  16. World War Hulk
  17. Ultimate Iron Man – Orson Scott Card
  18. Silver Surfer: Parable – Moebius and Stan Lee
  19. Bottomless Belly Button – Dash Shaw
  20. Congress of the Animals – Jim Woodring
  21. Weathercraft – Jim Woodring
  22. Y: The Last Man (deluxe book 1)
  23. Y: The Last Man (db 2)
  24. Y: The Last Man (db 3)
  25. Y: The Last Man (db 4)
  26. Y: The Last Man (db 5)
  27. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
  28. Wally Gropius – Tim Hensley
  29. The Bulletproof Coffin – Hine and Kane
  30. The Living and the Dead – Jason
  31. David Boring – Daniel Clowes
  32. Prison Pit Book Three – Johnny Ryan
  33. I Never Liked You – Chester Brown
  34. It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken – Seth
  35. Ghost World – Daniel Clowes
  36. Une Semaine de Bonte – Max Ernst
  37. The Man Who Grew his Beard – Oliver Schrauwen
  38. The Frank Book – Jim Woodring
  39. Cave In – Brian Ralph
  40. Climbing Out – Brain Ralph
  41. Why Are You Doing This? – Jason
  42. The Three Paradoxes – Paul Hornschemeier
  43. Mother, Come Home – Paul Hornschemeier
  44. Is That All There Is? – Joost Swarte


Wilson – Daniel Clowes
Weathercraft – Jim Woodring
Une Semaine de Bonte – Max Ernst

The above is a pretty fiction heavy list. I only read two non-fiction prose books--and  Weinberger's book is quite poetic and fictional for a non-fiction book--and I think four non-fiction/memoir comic books. I read no poetry books. Of course, the above list is only what I 100% completed, so does not include the myriad books and literary magazines I read large chunks of (or any of the article reading done online or it magazines).

Hey, I told you this was going to be boring in the title.

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