2024 Reading Goals

In 2022 my goal was to read more books by women than men, because my read list was a sausagefest.

In 2023 it was to read more books in translation than in English to literally broaden my horizons.

Both were really rewarding: they expanded my reading beyond what I’d have otherwise gravitated towards, and they connected me with authors, publishers, imprints, small presses, podcasts, and various other excellent things.

But they also both involved acquiring a lot of new books. Hence my goal for 2024:

Read more books I already own than newly acquired ones.

In theory this should be easy because all the books I have, I have for a reason. But confronting that process by which the appeal of existing books gradually fades away in favour of other books that capture my interest… It’s a daunting prospect!

To gee me up for the year, here’s some of the stuff that’s on the list for 2024. Stuff in red I’m particulary excited to read.

(This ended up WAY longer than I expected it to be (60+ books!) and it’s nowhere near complete 😅)

Unfinished trilogies

The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz (1/3 read)

The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin (3/4 read (not really a trilogy but w/e))

Lord of the Rings (0/3 read)

CB Editions

The Queue by Jonathan Barrow

Who Sleeps with Katz by Todd McEwen

Simple Annals by Roy Watkins

War Reporter and New Life by Dan O’Brien

NYRB Classics – book club

Lament for Julia by Susan Taubes

My Death by Lisa Tuttle

  • Jan: The Unforgivable by Cristina Campo
  • Feb: The Skin of Dreams by Raymond Queneau
  • Mar: A Chance Meeting by Rachel Cohen
  • Apr: A Strange and Sublime Address by Amit Chaudhuri

NYRB Classics – other

My Dog Tulip by J. R. Ackerley

Wish Her Safe at Home by Stephen Benatar

The Bridge of Beyond by Simon Schwarz-Bart

Fum d’Estampa

London Under Snow by Jordi Llavina

One Day in the Life by Joan Maragall

Goodbye, Ramona by Montserrat Roig

  • Through the Forest by Laura Alcoba
  • Atlantis by Jacint Verdaguer

Unread Paris Review of Books issues

Issues 239 and 240

Poetry

Poetry of the Thirties curated by Robin Skelton

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry curated by Robert Chandler

Classics

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

Miscellaneous fiction

Maribou Stork Nightmares by Irving Welsh

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Various Red Dwarf books by Grant Naylor

English Pastoral by James Redbanks

Immortality by Milan Kundera

Miscellaneous non-fiction

In a Different Voice by Caroline Gilligan

Regenesis by George Monbiot

Technofeudalism by Yanis Varoufakis

Musical auto/biographies: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Dave Grohl, and Bob Dylan

Other auto/biographies: Oliver Sacks, Trevor Noah

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