Randomly Remembered: A Book List

Books That Self Can Remember Reading With More than the Usual Enjoyment (Within the Last Two Years:  Some of these are repeat readings, of course, like “The Metamorphosis” — !):

P. S.  Self asterisked her favorites in each category


  • Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee * (Shattering)
  • A Sudden Country, by Karen Fisher (Innovative, especially towards the end)
  • Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill
  • The Divine Husband, by Francisco Goldman (Convent girlhood meets its muse!)
  • Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (The chilly tone was initially off-putting, but eventually self got into it)
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones * (Self swooned at the language)
  • The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka (Kafka is an enduring love)
  • The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud
  • Sepharad, by Antonio Muñoz Molina *
  • Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky *
  • The Cave, by Jose Saramago
  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, by Ayelet Waldman


  • Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett
  • Jar City and Silence of the Grave, by Arnaldur Indridason
  • Half Broken Things, by Morag Joss * (Absolutely the best mystery self has ever read)


  • Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller *
  • When a Crocodile Eats the Sun:  A Memoir of Africa, by Peter Godwin *
  • Falling Through the Earth:  A Memoir, by Danielle Trussoni


  • Virgil’s The Aeneid, translated by Robert Fagles

History & Nonfiction

  • The Great War and Modern Memory, by Paul Fussell *
  • Vera Atkins and The Missing Agents of World War II, by Sarah Helm *
  • Dunkirk:  Fight to the Last Man, by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
  • Body of Work:  Meditations on Mortality From the Human Anatomy Lab, by Christine Montross *
  • History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides

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