☉ indicates a reread.
☆ indicates an outstanding read.
The Real Cool Killers, Chester Himes ☆
The Bachelors, Muriel Spark
Bina, Anakana Schofield
Moby-Dick, Herman Melville ☉☆
Margaret the First, Danielle Dutton ☆
The Florida Keys, Joy Williams
Passages, Ann Quin☆
V., Thomas Pynchon ☉☆
Notes from Childhood, Norah Lange (trans. by Charlotte Whittle)
Albert Angelo, B.S. Johnson ☆
Trawl, B.S. Johnson
House Mother Normal, B.S. Johnson
Outline, Rachel Cusk
Perfume, Patrick Süskind (trans. by John E. Woods) ☆
The Unfortunates, B.S. Johnson
Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo, Ntozake Shange
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, Dawnie Walton
Dope Rider: A Fistful of Delirium, Paul Kirchner
The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain ☆
By Night in Chile, Roberto Bolaño (trans. by Chris Andrews) ☉☆
Cowboy Graves, Roberto Bolaño (trans. by Natasha Wimmer)
Double Indemnity, James M. Cain
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino (trans. by William Weaver)☉
If on a winter’s night a traveler…, Italo Calvino (trans. by William Weaver)☉
The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino (trans. by Archibald Colquhoun) ☉☆
Mister Boots, Carol Emshwiller
Permanent Earthquake, Evan Dara
The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe (trans. by E. Dale Saunders)
The Slynx, Tatyana Tolstoya (trans. by Jamey Gambrell) ☆
The Shape of Content, Ben Shahn
Anecdotes, Heinrich von Kleist (trans. by Matthew Spencer)
Hurricane Season, Fernanda Melchor (trans. by Sophie Hughes) ☆
Sixty Stories, Donald Barthelme ☉☆
Hiding Man, Tracy Daugherty☉
Body Count, Francie Schwartz
The Old People, A.J. Perry
Carmen Dog, Carol Emshwiller ☆
Remain in Love, Chris Frantz
The Witchcraft of Salem Village, Shirley Jackson
In the Eye of the Wild, Nastassja Martin (trans. Sophie R. Lewis)
Rough Day, Ed Skoog
Letters from Mom, Julio Cortazar (trans. by Magdalena Edwards)
Under the Jaguar Sun, Italo Calvino (trans. by William Weaver)
The Nonexistant Knight, Italo Calvino (trans. by Archibald Colquhoun)
The Cloven Viscount, Italo Calvino (trans. by Archibald Colquhoun)
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Claudia Rankine
Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy ☉☆
6 thoughts on “A (probably incomplete) list of books I read or reread in 2021”
Did you ever write up your thoughts on Secret Rendezvous? I know I waxed rhapsodic about it… not necessarily expecting the same but I’d love to know what you thought!
It’s in the photo by accident, Joachim! I had just driven back from North Carolina to Florida and just kind of scooped up the unshelved books around the place. Haven’t read it yet. Started a samizdat copy of Inter-Ice Age 4 last night on my ereader though.
Ah, I was so excited to hear your thoughts! Hopefully you get to it this year :)
I am of course interested in your views on Inter-Ice Age 4 as well. I have a physical copy but haven’t read it (and Face of Another).
Are these in order of how much you liked the books?
No—it’s a loose order of when I read them.
it’s super nice to see lots of italo Calvino in this stack. My favorite is Invisible Cities! :)