Reading list: books read in 2006

Once again, as is the tradition, here is my annual listing of the books I read in the year just ended:

  • Dispatches from a Sporting Life, by Mordecai Richler
  • Andorra, by Peter Cameron
  • The Revolution Script, by Brian Moore
  • Paradise, by Donald Barthelme
  • Rene Levesque; The Fascinating Life of a Separatist Icon, by Megan Durnford
  • Crazy About Lili, by William Wientraub
  • Saturday, by Ian MacEwan
  • My Invented Country, by Isabel Allende
  • Working Identity, by Herminia Ibarra
  • Secrets and Lies, by David Southwell
  • The Curse of the Appropriate Man, by Lynn Freed
  • A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, by Gil Courtemanche (translated by Patricia Claxton)
  • Ascension, by Steven Galloway
  • The Woman Who Waited, by Andreï Makine
  • V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
  • The Age of Longing, by Richard B. Wright
  • Saving Rome, by Megan K. Williams
  • Night, by Elie Wiesel
  • Dawn, by Elie Wiesel
  • Day, by Elie Wiesel
  • Insatiable, by Gael Green
  • Brick Lane, by Monica Ali
  • 30 Days in Sydney, by Peter Carey
  • A Splinter in the Heart, by Al Purdy
  • The Human Stain, by Philip Roth
  • The Bug, by Ellen Ullman
  • Cuba and the Night, by Pico Iyer
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Man in my Basement, by Walter Mosley
  • The Quitter, by Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel
  • DeNiro’s Game, by Rawi Hage
  • Rememberance of Things Paris, edited by Ruth Reichl
  • Solo, by Wright Morris

That’s 33 books, up from 29 last year. The list can be broken down as follows:

  • 22 works of fiction, five works of non-fiction, and six memoirs (which are sort of a mix of fiction and non-fiction).
  • 24 books by men and nine by women. (Last year it was 24 by men and five by women, and I made a mental note to read more books by women. I guess it worked.)
  • Two “graphic” books (one a serialized novel, one a memoir).
  • Eleven of the books had “place” as a major theme.
  • Two were about food.

So what can I learn from this? Who cares? I just like making lists!