26 Books 2011: Round-up

Last year was my sixth year of 26 books. I read 43 books in all - including one that I read twice. That's the most I've read since I started doing this. My favourites were The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov and The Counterlife by Philip Roth. Least favourites were The Canal by Lee Rourke, Notable American Women by Ben Marcus and PopCo by Scarlett Thomas.

Some stats: Of the 43 books, five were written by women, 10 were non-fiction (one of which I read twice) and two were translations.

Here's the full list of what I read:

January
Noir by Robert Coover
The Canal by Lee Rourke
The Tell-Tale Brain by VS Ramachandran
Take Your Eye Off The Ball by Pat Kirwan

February
A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
Open Doors and three novellas by Leonardo Sciascia
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

March
Mirage Men by Mark Pilkington
Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
The Information by James Gleick

April
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

May
Angels by Denis Johnson
Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth
The Lime Twig by John Hawkes
Notable American Women by Ben Marcus
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov
Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson

June
Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson
The Counterlife by Philip Roth
The Facts by Philip Roth
Deception by Philip Roth
Patrimony by Philip Roth

July
Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
PopCo by Scarlett Thomas

August
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
World of Wonders by Robertson Davies
All That I Am by Anna Funder

September
Take Your Eye Off the Ball by Pat Kirwan (re-reading)
Point Blank by Richard Stark

October
The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V Higgins
All About Steve by The Editors of Fortune Magazine
A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carre

November
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Super Crunchers by Ian Ayres
The Games That Changed the Game by Ron Jaworski

December
The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
Memoirs of a Master Forger by William Heaney
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson