2009 in review: fiction

December 22, 2009 | 4 Comments

At the beginning of 2008, I resolved to read more narrative/fiction, always having one novel or short story collection in my reading rotation. I came out of the year with no regrets, and continued this year. (And I plan to do it again in 2010 and beyond.)

Below is my reading from this year. The decision to read most of these was pure impulse as I finished the prior book, but I do notice that there is a general theme of broken people or broken societies trying to make sense and find redemption. I suppose that’s at the heart of any captive novel though, don’t you?

  • If you liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, you’d probably like “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss. They felt like they could have been written by the same person (and a quick wikipedia search tells me that she’s married to Jonathan Safran Foer, so that explains that…). Thanks for the constant inspiration to be reading more. I’m not sure how you get through 52 books in a year

  • I finished Foer’s Everything is Illuminated recently, and enjoyed it (skimmed some parts that seemed to plod).

    Have you ever read Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead? That is one of my favorite books.

  • Ben,
    I have read Gilead. Home is a companion to that novel…not a sequel, but the story of the other family from Gilead.

    Good stuff.

  • I’m going to put some of these on my reading list for 2010!