Will February Bring Literary Goodness

The first month of the new year is over and despite my being a little older, a bit more decrepit, and my books still being stored in packing boxes waiting for the new room with the wonderful bookshelves, I was fortunate to read some rather good books.

Specifically I’d like to give a nod to these excellent titles:

Fat City by Leonard Gardener
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Naphtalene by Alia Mamdouh
It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.
The reading pool for this month is a combination of several new and hopefully comendable titles, a few older titles that I so far have failed to read, and in this case, two authors represented by three or four works to allow for possible deeper study.

There are definitely a few titles on this list that have me excited about the February reading. Do you see anything you might be excited about? Here is the list:

How German Is It? — Walter Abish
Mefisto — John Banville
Under Fire — Henri Barbusse
The Sense of an Ending — Julian Barnes
Concrete — Thomas Bernhard
I Hate Martin Amis et al. — Peter Barry
The Way of Muri — Ilya Boyashov
When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
Jimmy Jazz — Roddy Doyle
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
The Magic Kingdom — Stanley Elkin
Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
The Golden Notebook — Doris Lessing
Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
Clouds of Witness — Dorothy L. Sayers
The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
The Illogic of Kassel — Enrique Vila-Matas
A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
William Gibson

Pattern Recognition — William Gibson
Spook Country — William Gibson
Zero History — William Gibson
Philip Roth

The Counterlife — Philip Roth
When She Was Good — Philip Roth
Deception: A Novel — Philip Roth