2011 Reading

Just like previous years, I’m keeping a record of books, poetry, short stories, essay, anything literary I read throughout the year. See these links for lists from 2009 and 2010.

*denotes a first-time read

The Balcony, Lynn Morris
Bamboo and Lace, Lori Wick
The Blackmailed Bride, Mandy Goff*
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley*
The Captain’s Wife, Lisa Tawn Bergren*
Cassidy, Lori Wick*
The Children of Men, P.D. James*
The City & The City, China Mieville*
Danger in the Shadows, Dee Henderson
Donovan’s Daughter, Lori Wick*
Dubliners, James Joyce*
Echoes, Robin Jones Gunn
Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn*
Embassytown, China Mieville*
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood*
Hawaiian Sunrise, Lauraine Snelling
The Hidden Hand, E.D.E.N. Southworth*
The Host, Stephenie Meyer
Just Above a Whisper, Lori Wick*
The Land of Spices, Kate O’Brien*
Love Walked In, Marissa de los Santos*
The Minister’s Wooing, Harriet Beecher Stowe*
Moonlight on the Millpond, Lori Wick*
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro*
Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman*
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, Kazuo Ishiguro*
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Roddy Doyle*
Pathways, Lisa Tawn Bergren*
Pretense, Lori Wick
The Princess, Lori Wick
The Pursuit, Lori Wick*
Refuge, Lisa Tawn Bergren*
Sabrina, Lori Wick*
Sean Donovan, Lori Wick*
Secrets, Robin Jones Gunn
Sophie’s Heart, Lori Wick
Torchlight, Lisa Tawn Bergren
True Courage, Dee Henderson*
True Devotion, Dee Henderson
True Honor, Dee Henderson*
The Visitor, Lori Wick*
Whatever Tomorrow Brings, Lori Wick*
Whispers, Robin Jones Gunn
Wildflowers, Robin Jones Gunn*

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
Juno and the Paycock, Sean O’Casey*
Major Barbara, George Bernard Shaw*
The Playboy of the Western World, John Millington Synge*

Just a Geek: Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and Fulfillment Beyond the Starship Enterprise, Wil Wheaton*
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs*
Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walden, Henry David Thoreau*

Young Adult/Children’s Literature
13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson*
Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
Anne of the Island, L. M. Montgomery
Anne’s House of Dreams, L. M. Montgomery
Avalon High, Meg Cabot
The Bermudez Triangle, Maureen Johnson*
Crossed, Ally Condie*
Footfree & Fancyloose, Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain*
Girl at Sea, Maureen Johnson*
Gone, Michael Grant*
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray*
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, Deb Caletti*
How to Be Popular, Meg Cabot
I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore*
Just Listen, Sarah Dessen
The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
The Last Little Blue Envelope, Maureen Johnson*
Let It Snow, John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle*
Matched, Ally Condie*
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs*
Rainbow Valley, L. M. Montgomery
Rilla of Ingleside, L. M. Montgomery
Roadside Assistance, Amy Clipston*
Scarlett Fever, Maureen Johnson*
Something Like Fate, Susane Colasanti*
Suite Scarlett, Maureen Johnson*
Tangled, Carolyn Mackler*
The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
What Happened to Goodbye, Sarah Dessen*

Comic Books/Graphic Novels
Angel: After the Fall, issues 12-15, Brian Lynch*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Reunion”*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Issue 40: “The Gleaming: Part Five”*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, Issues 1-4*
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin, Christopher Golden & Daniel Brereton*
Daytripper, Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba*
Marvel 1602, Neil Gaiman*
Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon & Chris Samnee*
Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 1: The Tomorrow People, Mark Millar*
Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 2: Return to Weapon X, Mark Millar*
Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 3: World Tour, Mark Millar*
V for Vendetta, Alan Moore
The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye (vol. 1), Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore*
Wolverine and the X-Men, issue 1*
X-Men: Schism, 5 issues + one-shot, Jason Aaron*


  • Gwendolyn Brooks: “The Bean Eaters,” “The Lovers of the Poor,” “The Mother,” “The Sonnet-Ballad” and “We Real Cool”
  • Lucille Clifton: “Blessing the Boats,” “Cutting Greens,” “It Was a Dream,” “The Lost Women,” “Miss Rosie,” “My Dream About Being White,” “Sisters,” “Sorrows” and “Wishes for Sons”
  • Billy Collins: “The First Night,” “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July,” “Forgetfulness,” “The Golden Years,” “Introduction to Poetry,” “Litany,” “Some Days” and “Workshop”
  • Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill: (translations from Irish) “Annunciations,” “The Broken Doll,” “Cathleen,” “The Language Issue,” “Miraculous Grass,” “The Shannon Estuary Welcomes the Fish,” “The Unfaithful Wife”
  • Emily Dickinson: #501 (“This World is not Conclusion”)
  • Paul Durcan: “Around the Corner from Francis Bacon,” “The Hat Factory,” “The Haulier’s Wife Meets Jesus on the Road Near Moone,” “The Late Mr. Charles Lynch Digresses,” “The Levite and His Concubine at Gibeah” and “Tullynoe: Tete-a-Tete in the Parish Priest’s Parlour”; excerpt from “Six Nuns Die in Convent Inferno”
  • T.S. Eliot: “Ash-Wednesday,” “Conversation Galante,” “La Figlia Che Piange” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The Rhodora”
  • Allen Ginsberg: “Howl,” “Kaddish” and “A Supermarket in California”
  • Seamus Heaney: “Badgers,” “The Birthplace,” “Broagh,” “Casualty,” “Churning Day,” “From the Canton of Expectation,” “From the Frontier of Writing,” “Funeral Rites,” “The Harvest Bow,” “Keeping Going,” “The Tollund Man,” and “Wheels within Wheels”; excerpts: “I Sunlight” (from “Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication”) and “The Cleric” (from “Sweeney Redivivus”); excerpts from “Lightenings”
  • Patrick Kavanaugh: “A Christmas Childhood,” “Elegy for Jim Larkin,” “Epic,” “Father Mat,” “The Hospital,” “Innocence,” “Kerr’s Ass,” “Stony Gray Soil,” “Tarry Flynn,” “To the Man after the Harrow,” “The Twelfth of July” and from “The Great Hunger”
  • Thomas Kinsella:  “Chrysalides”; excerpts: “1956” (from “Anniversaries”), “Hen Woman,” “Ancestor,” and “Tear” (from “Notes from the Land of the Dead”), “38 Phoenix Street” and “His Father’s Hands” (from “One”), and “Harmonies” (from “Out of Ireland”); excerpts from “The Messenger” and “One Fond Embrace”
  • Yusef Komunyakaa: “Believing in Iron,” “Blue Dementia” and “Facing It”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “The Reaper and the Flowers,” and “The Village Blacksmith”
  • Michael Longley: “Ghost Town” and “Wounds”
  • Edgar Allan Poe: “The Raven”
  • Walt Whitman: “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” from Leaves of Grass
  • John Greenleaf Whittier: “The Haschish”
  • William Butler Yeats: “At the Abbey Theatre,” “At Galway Races,” “Byzantium,” “The Circu Animals’ Desertion,” “A Coat,” “Come Gather Round Me Parnellites,” “The Countess Cathleen in Paradise,” “Crazy Jane and the Bishop,” “Cuchalain Comforted,” “Cuchulain’s Fight with the Sea,” “Down by the Salley Gardens,” “Easter, 1916,” “He mourns for the Change that has come upon Him and his Beloved, and longs for the End of the World,” “He wishes his Beloved were Dead,” “The Hosting of the Sidhe,” “Imitated from the Japanese,” “An Irish Airman foresees his Death,” “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” “Lapis Lazuli,” “Leda and the Swan,” “Long-legged Fly,” “The Lover mourns for the Loss of Love,” “The Magi,” “Michael Robartes and the Dancer,” “The Old Stone Cross,” “On hearing that the Students of our New University have joined the Agitation against Immoral Literature,” “On Those that hated ‘The Playboy of the Western World,’ 1907,” “Parnell,” “Parnell’s Funeral,” “Sailing to Byzantium,” “The Second Coming,” “The Stolen Child,” “To Ireland in the Coming Times,” “To a Poet, who would have me Praise certain Bad Poets, Imitators of His and Mine,” “To the Rose upon the Rood of Time,” “Under Ben Bulben,” “Who Goes with Fergus?,” “The Wild Swans at Coole”

Short Fiction

  • Sherman Alexie: “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” “This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” and “The Toughest Indian in the World”
  • James Baldwin: “Exodus,” “Going to Meet the Man” and “Sonny’s Blues”
  • Toni Cade Bambara: “The Lesson,” “My Man Bovanne” and “The Organizer’s Wife”
  • Donald Barthelme: “A City of Churches,” “Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning” and “The School”
  • Richard Bausch: “The Man Who Knew Belle Starr,” “Tandolfo the Great” and “What Feels Like the World”
  • Charles Baxter: “Gryphon,” “Shelter” and “Westland”
  • Robert Olen Butler: “A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain,” “Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot” and “This is Earl Sandt”
  • Raymond Carver: “Are These Actual Miles?,” “Cathedral” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”
  • John Cheever: “The Country Husband,” “Goodbye, My Brother” and “The Swimmer”
  • Junot Diaz: “Fiesta, 1980,” “The Sun, the Moon, the Stars” and “Ysrael”
  • Louise Erdrich: “The Red Convertible,” “Saint Marie” and “Satan: Highjacker of a Planet”
  • Richard Ford: “Communist,” “Rock Springs” and “Under the Radar”
  • Rick Moody: “The Apocalypse Commentary of Bob Paisner,” “Demonology” and “The Grid”
  • Lorrie Moore: “How to Become a Writer,” “People Like That Are the Only People Here” and “You’re Ugly, Too”
  • Alice Munro: “Friend of My Youth,” “Save the Reaper” and “Walker Brothers Cowboy”
  • Patrick Ness: “The New World: A Story of Chaos Walking
  • Joyce Carol Oates: “Ghost Girls,” “Life After High School” and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
  • Tim O’Brien: “Half Gone,” “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” and “The Things They Carried”
  • Flannery O’Connor: “Everything that Rises Must Converge,” “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
  • Edgar Allan Poe: “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Ligeia,” “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Oval Portrait”
  • John Updike: “A & P,” “Pigeon Feathers” and “A Sandstone Farmhouse”
  • Kurt Vonnegut: “Harrison Bergeron”
  • Eudora Welty: “No Place for You, My Love,” “Why I Live at the P.O.” and “A Worn Path”


  • Stephen C. Bandy: “‘One of My Babies’: The Misfit and the Grandmother”
  • Robert Brazeau: “Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy and the ‘Promise’ of Metropolitan Modernity”
  • David W. Butler: “Usher’s Hypochondriasis: Mental Alienation and Romantic Idealism in Poe’s Gothic Tales”
  • “The Declaration of Independence”
  • John Desmond: “Flannery O’Connor’s Misfit and the Mystery of Evil”
  • Bob Dowell: “The Moment of Grace in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The American Scholar,” the divinity school address, and “The Poet”
  • Charles Fiedelson: “Poe as Romantic Symbolist”
  • T. W. Hendricks: “Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Spoiled Prophet'”
  • John S. Hill: “The Dual Hallucination in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher'”
  • Cynthia S. Jordan: “Poe’s Re-Vision: The Recovery of the Second Story”
  • Joel Kaplan: “An Earnest for Our Time: KAOS, Handbag, and Lady Bracknell’s Secret
  • Lyle H. Kendall, Jr.: “The Vampire Motif in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher'”
  • J. Gerald Kennedy: “Phantasms of Death in Poe’s Fiction”
  • Leila May: “‘Sympathies of a Scarcely Intelligible Nature’: The Brother-Sister Bond in Poe’s ‘Fall of the House of Usher'”
  • Marilyn Chandler McEntyre: “Mercy that Burns: Violence and Revelation in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction”
  • Laura Miller: “Fresh Hell: What’s Behind the Boom in Dystopian Fiction for Young Readers?”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche: “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense”
  • Edgar Allan Poe: “The Philosophy of Composition”
  • Martin Puncher: “When We Were Clones”
  • Patrick Quinn: “That Spectre in My Path”
  • Bill Savage: “Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ and the Paperback Revolution”
  • Thelma J. Shinn: “Flannery O’Connor and the Violence of Grace”
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton: “The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Conference, 1848”
  • John H. Timmerman: “House of Mirrors: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher'”
  • I. M. Walker: “The ‘Legitimate’ Sources of Terror in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher'”


  • Catharine Beecher: from A Treatise on Domestic Economy for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School
  • M. Keith Booker: from Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide
  • Annalisa Di Liddo: from Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel
  • Jonathan Edwards: from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
  • Louise Y. Gossett: “The Test by Fire: Flannery O’Connor” from Violence in Recent Southern Fiction
  • Coventry Patmore: “The Married Lover” from The Angel in the House

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