March 2015

It's been quite a while since I updated this log. I've been reading plenty, just not updating. My reading has been focused on my new novel, which has gone through various transformations. By and large I've been searching for book that have interesting, unusual structures, making use of alternative media. I've come to the conclusion that in this realm, less is more. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan This is a reread. I had no idea how fucking genius this book was the first time I read it. I was distracted by the music (I'm not so into music) but whatever. Who cares if you're into music? This book is so gorgeous and true. And deeply creative. The powerpoint knocked my socks off.

Night Film by Marishal Pessl I can only imagine how much this book cost to produce. Actors and photographers and graphic designers oh my. It didn't really work for me, but that's just personal.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple A fun reread.

The Three by Sarah Lotz Sort of a horror science fiction thing. Fun, but I wanted a little more Stephen King in the ending.

Us by David Nicholls I was deeply afraid the ending would be sappy, but it wasn't.

Paper Love by Sarah Wildman Ambitious, accomplished. Terrific.

The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis It took me a dozen starts to get into it, but when I finally did, I enjoyed it.

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger If you like to read fluff at the beach, say, this is ideal.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson A sequel to Life After Life. A great read. I am not obsessed with it as I was with Life After Life, but how could I be?

Samaritan by Richard Price His best book, I think. The female cop is one of the best characters I've ever read. Love.

Tale of a Certain Orient by Milton Hatoum Complicated and difficult but worth persevering.

On Immunity by Eula Biss This book is remarkable. Read it.