30 April 2011

Summer Reading List

Here's my list of things I've read this year. Included are two titles I split between 2010 and 2011.

The Boy of Summer by Roger Kahn
Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Play it as it Lies by Joan Didion
Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger Jr.
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Female Marine by "Lucy Brewer" (Nathaniel Hill Wright)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Holy Land by D.J. Waldie
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksy
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Heroic Slave by Frederick Douglass
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin
McTeague by Frank Norris
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

My goal at the beginning of the year was to read 30 books. I've upped that to 56, a book a week.

Here's what I plan on reading this summer (and beyond). I include books I've already started:

The Natural by Bernard Malamud
Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella
A Scientific Romance by Ronald Wright
The Oxygen Man by Steve Yarbrough
The Good Brother by Chris Offutt
Ned Kelly by Robert Drewe
Winter Journey by Isabel Colegate
The Visitor by Maeve Brennan
Germania by Brendan McNally
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (re-read)
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (re-read)
The Sun of Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Candide by Voltaire
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
The Secret Life of Cyndy Garvey by Cynthia Garvey


  1. Reading is overrated unless its on the toilet. What's with Kuo? He seems to have be infected with whatever Broxton has. Not good considering no one else in the bullpen can get anybody out.

  2. It's baseball season, not reading season.


  3. I forgot the last book either of you read was a coloring book.

  4. Not true. I just finished reading a pop-up book. Matthew loves it.

  5. You should read this one: http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Baseball-Association-Henry-Waugh/dp/0452260302