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Old 12-23-2017   #11
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Re: The Final Results of my Ten Year Reading Experiment



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Re: The Final Results of my Ten Year Reading Experiment

Ah, this is excellent, thank you very much for sharing. I really do enjoy reading about other people’s reading habits. I try to use Goodreads somewhat in the same manner as this, but I don’t keep half as detailed accounts of the books I read as you do.

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Re: The Final Results of my Ten Year Reading Experiment

As mentioned yesterday, here's a brief list of some (not all) of various novels that I began to read during the indicated span, yet never finished, for whatever reason:

Henri Barbusse: Inferno
Samuel Beckett: Molly
William Peter Blatty: The Exorcist
Ramsey Campbell: Incarnate
Ramsey Campbell: The Hungry Moon
Ramsey Campbell: The Parasite
Angela Carter: Night at the Circus
Tom Clancy: Red Storm Rising
Tom Clancy: A Clear & Present Danger
Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel's Dart
Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves
Samuel R. Delany: Hogg
Marquis De Sade: 120 Days of Sodom
Philip K. Dick: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Tony Duvert: Diary of an Innocent
Steven Erikson: Gardens of the Moon
William Gass: The Tunnel
Frank Herbert: Dune
Franz Kafka: The Castle
Johnathan Littel: The Kindly Ones
Cormac McCarthy: The Orchard Keeper
Joseph McElroy: Smuggler's Bible
Joseph McElroy: Plus
Joseph McElroy: Women & Men
Alan Moore: Voice of the Fire
Alan Moore: Jerusalem
Marcel Proust: Swann's Way
Ayn Rand: Atlas Shrugged
Luke Rhinehart: The Dice Man
Doug Rice: Blood of Mugwump
Donna Tartt: The Secret History
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
Danielle Trussoni: Angelology

A few of the above (primarily Swann's Way and Jerusalem) I still want to read one day.

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Re: The Final Results of my Ten Year Reading Experiment

Like others have commented, that is quite an achievement. I used to make annual lists in my twenties and early thirties. They were not nearly extensive as yours. I'm curious, how much do you remember of the books you have read? Also, what are some of your favorites over the years?
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Re: The Final Results of my Ten Year Reading Experiment

Generally speaking, my memory is very good, and retains quite a bit, to the extent that I can easily remember the plots of books I read all the way back to my childhood. As a result, I usually let at least a decade go by before I'll re-read a book (unless I need to re-read something for research purposes, or just for fun). For an example, this year I re-read Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy and Frank Herbert's The White Plague, which I had not read since the mid-1990's, and I found that I was able to remember much of them as I went along. But sometimes it's good to re-read books as things that may not have been clear the first time you read it suddenly make sense years later.

A few years back I made a top 50 novel list but it's outdated now, I'll need to do a new one next year. Of the books I read for the first time in this ten year span, I would certainly give props to the work of Carson McCullers (who I now rank on my top 10 favorite fiction writers list), Denis Johnson (especially his books Angels and Tree of Smoke), Thomas Pynchon, Melville's Moby-Dick, Joan Didion, Hugo's Les Miserables, Millhauser's Steven Millhouse, some of Mishima's work (especially Forbidden Colors), Gaddis The Recognitions,
Delany's [I]Dhalgren[/I, ]En Route by Huysmans, Jean Lorrain... various horror writers like Mark Samuels and Daniel Mills and Ramsey Campbell and Clark Ashton Smith... most of the Machen books I read... and of course, writers I would later befriend, such as Justin Isis and Brendan Connell. But that's just off the top of my head, I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff.

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