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READING 2018

Attached is a list of the books I read so far in 2018. Sometimes I add markers like (*) to indicate books I particularly like. I also try to keep track of how many books of a particular kind (novel, etc.) and from a given country and century (Eng. 19th, etc.), I read each year. For the complete list of my reading since 1958, see http://www.seltzerbooks.com/readall.html

Richard Seltzer seltzer@seltzerbooks.com

January
1 Truman Capote 1 Breakfast at Tiffany's AMERICAN 20th 1 NOVEL 1
2 Benjamin Franklin 2 Poor Richard's Almanac AMERICAN 18th 1 PROVERBS 1
3 Amir Aczel 1 The Mystery of the Aleph AMERICAN 21st 1 MATH 1
4 Madeleine L'Engle 2 A Swiftly Tilting Planet AMERICAN 20th 2 NOVEL 2
5 Lisa Randall 4 Knocking on Heaven's Door  AMERICAN 21st 2 SCIENCE 1
6 Helen Seltzer 1 Ruminations  AMERICAN 21st 3 POETRY 1
7 George MacDonald 1 Phantastes BRITISH 19th 1 ROMANCE 1
8 Marie de France 1 The Lais of Marie de France FRENCH 12th 1 STORIES 1

February
9 Charles Kingsley 2 The Water Babies  BRITISH 19th 1 CHILDREN 1
10 Glimmer Train, Issue #101  AMERICAN 21st 3 MAGAZINE 1
11 John Habberton 1 Helen's Babies AMERICAN 20th 3 CHILDREN 2
12 Robert Kalechofsky 4 An Intellectual/Psychological Journal AMERICAN 21st 4 BIO 1
13 Rex Sexton 7 Skeleton Key AMERICAN 21st 5 POETRY 1
14 Tatiana de Rosnay ** 1 A Paris Affair FRENCH 21st 1 NOVEL 3
15 Granta, Issue #142 BRITISH 21st 1 MAGAZINE 2
16 Karl Jung 2 Mandala Symbolism SWISS 20th 1 PSYCHOLOGY 1
17 Friedrich de la Motte Fouque 1 Undine GERMAN 19th 1 ROMANCE 2
18 Aristophanes  Frogs (second time) GREEK BC 1 DRAMA 1
19 Euripides   The Bacchae (second time) GREEK BC 2 DRAMA 2
20 Augustine 1 Confessions [skim] ROMAN BC 1 RELIGION 1 BIOGRAPHY 1

March
21 Plato   Symposium (second time) GREEK BC 3 PHILOSOPHY 1
22 Dave Eggers  5 Her Right Foot AMERICAN 21st 7 CHILDREN 3
23 Alice Hoffman 1 ***The Marriage of Opposites AMERICAN 21st 8 NOVEL 4
24 Hyginus 1 Fabulae ROMAN BC 1 MYTHOLOGY 1
25 Edward Rutherford 1 ****Paris, the Novel BRITISH 21st 1 NOVEL 5
26 Heman Wouk 6 ****Marjorie Morningstar AMERICAN 20th 4 NOVEL 6
27 George Bernard Shaw (second time)  Candida BRITISH 19th 2 PLAY 1

April
28 Herman Wouk 7 ****Inside Outside AMERICAN 20th 5 NOVEL 7
29 Jane Smiley  8  ***Some Luck AMERICAN 21st 9 NOVEL 8
30 Jane Smiley 9 ***Early Warning AMERICAN 21st 10 NOVEL 9
31 Jane Smiley 10 **Golden Age AMERICAN 21st 11 NOVEL 10
32 Moacyr Scliar 1 The Centaur in the Garden BRAZILIAN 20th 1 ROMANCE 3
33 Tana French 6 ****The Trespasser IRISH 21st 1 MYSTERY 1
34 Sean Penn 1  Bob Honey How Just Do Stuff AMERICAN 21st 12 NOVEL 11
35 Achilles Tatius 1 Leucippe and Clitophon GREEK 2nd Century 1 ROMANCE 4

May
36 Lisa Halliday 1 *****Asymmetry AMERICAN 21st 13 NOVEL 12
37 Julian Barnes 15 ****The Only Story BRITISH 21st 2 NOVEL 13
38 Rebecca West 1 *****The Fountain Overflows BRITISH 20th 1 NOVEL 14
39 Clarice Lispector 1 ***The Chandelier BRAZILIAN 20th 1 NOVEL 15
40 Jane Smiley 11 ***13 Ways of Looking at the Novel AMERICAN 21st 14 ESSAY 1

June
41 Rebecca West 2 ****The Real Night BRITISH 20th 2 NOVEL 16
42 Rebecca West 3 **Cousin Rosamund British 20th 3 NOVEL 17
43 Jenny Erpenbeck 1 ***The End of Days GERMAN 21st 1 NOVEL 18
44 Steven Pinker 4 ****The Sense of Style AMERICAN 21st 14 ESSAY 1
45 Daniel C. Dennett 2 ***From Bacteria to Bach and Back AMERICAN 21st 15 SCIENCE 1
46 Eric Auerbach 1 *****Mimesis AMERICAN 20th 4 LITERARY CRITICISM 1
47 Granta, Issue #143 BRITISH 21st 3 MAGAZINE 3
48 Martin Herman 1 The Jefferson Files AMERICAN 21st 15 NOVEL 19
49 Patrick Modiano 1 *** Voyage de Noces [en francais) FRENCH 20th 1 NOVEL 20
50 Patrick Modiano 2 Dora Bruder [en francais] FRENCH 20th 2 NOVEL 21
51 Patrick Modiano 3 Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier FRENCH 21st 1 NOVEL 22
52 Apollodorus 1 The Library  GREEK BC 1 MYTHOLOGY 2

July
53 Anthology - A Hundred Verses from Old Japan JAPANESE 1 C. 1000 AD 1 POETRY 1
54 Anonymous -  Orientation for the Pacific Theater (US Army, 1944) AMERICAN 20th 5 HISTORY 1
55 Celeste Ng ***Little Fires Everywhere AMERICAN 21st 16 NOVEL 23
56 Neal Stephenson 12 and Nicole Galland 1 ** The Rise and Fall of DODO AMERICAN 21st 17 NOVEL 24
57 Carlo Rovellil 1 ****The Order of Time ITALIAN 21st 1 SCIENCE 2

August
58 J. Courtney Sullivan  4 ***Saints for All Occasions AMERICAN 21st 17 NOVEL 25
59 David Foenkinos 1 *****Le Mystere Henri Pick 21st FRENCH 2 NOVEL 26
60 Ottesa Moshfegh 1 ***Eileen AMERICAN 21st 18 NOVEL 27
61 Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson 1 **We Have No Idea: a Guide to the Unknown Universe AMERICAN 21st 19 SCIENCE 3
62 Richard Powers 12 ***The Overstory AMERICAN 21st 20 NOVEL 28
63 Richard Brautigan 1  The Abortion AMERICAN 20th 5 NOVEL 29

September
64 Henry Hocker Seltzer 1 Henry Hocker Seltzer, Pennsylvania Dutch Teacher, Civil Servant,and Physician - Memories of 1856-1915 AMERICAN 20th 6 BIOGRAPHY 1
65 David Quammen  6 ****The Tangled Tree AMERICAN 21st 21 SCIENCE 3
65 Eugenia Cheng 1 ***** Beyond Infinity AMERICAN 21st 22 MATH 2
66 Pat Barker 1 The Silence of the Girls BRITISH 21st 3 NOVEL 30
67 Robert Greene 1 Menaphon BRITISH 16th 1 POEM 1
68 Adam Rutherford 1 A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived BRITISH 21st 4 SCIENCE 4

October
69 David Raup 1 Extinction AMERICAN 20th 6 SCIENCE 5
70 Chloe Benjamin 1 The Immortalists AMERICAN 21st 23 NOVEL 31
71 David Foenkinos 2 La Delicatesse  FRENCH 21st 3 NOVEL 32
72 Chloe Benjamin 2 **The Anatomy of Dreams AMERICAN 21st 24 NOVEL 32
73 Tayari Jones 1 ****An American Marriage AMERICAN 21st 25 NOVEL 33
74 Samuel Butler 1 **The Way of All Flesh BRITISH 19th 2 NOVEL 34

November
75 Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar 1 ****The Map of Salt and Stars AMERICAN 21st 26 NOVEL 35
76 Guy de Maupassant  5 Pierre et Jean (en francais) FRENCH 19th 1 NOVEL 36
77 Benjamin Hale 1 The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore AMERICAN 21st NOVEL 37
78 Thomas Mann   Death in Venice [second time] GERMAN 20th 1 NOVEL 38
79 Ray Bradbury 8  Fahrenheit 451 [second time] AMERICAN 20th 7 NOVEL 39

December
80 Daniel Defoe  4 Roxanna BRITISH 18th 1 NOVEL 40
 

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