As of May 2016: I am now keeping my current reading list at my new website.  

Recently Read:

All the Light We Cannot See The Diving Pool: Three Novellas The Queen of the Night  Painted Horses  The Old Man and the Sea  Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas  The Paying Guests  Silver Sparrow Suite Française The Reef  Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 The Days of AbandonmentMy Life in Middlemarch Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Out of Africa  Negroland: A Memoir  Tilled Earth : Stories  Under the Naked Sky: Short Stories from the Arab World  The Granta Book of the African Short Story  The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion  Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories from the New Cuba All My Friends Three Strong Women The Country is Yours: Contemporary Nepali Literature Go Tell It on the Mountain  Between the World and Me  The Road to Character  Regarding the Pain of Others  The Fire Next Time  The Little Restaurant  Last Friends (Old Filth, #3) African Short Stories Chronicles, Vol. 1 Just Kids Everything I Never Told You The Collected Stories Of Muriel Spark  Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper Taking Care  Bob Dylan in America Vintage Munro Someone Not Really Her Mother: A Novel Seven Japanese Tales The Queen's Caprice: Stories Possession The Geometry of Love  David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Wake Up, We're Here My Brilliant Friend The Thin Place Delicious Foods

Read (or re-read) in 2011-15:

The Death of the Heart  Saving Julian: A Novel  Leaving Atlanta The Woman Destroyed  The Good Soldier  Dubliners  After the Quake  The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton  Little Failure  The Mandarins  The Wandering Falcon  Coco Chanel  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie  The Elephant Vanishes  Case Histories (Jackson Brodie, #1)  Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child  My Life in France  The Flight from the Enchanter  The Old Priest  The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories  Sun City  Sculptor's Daughter  The True Deceiver  Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)  Fair Play  A Month in the Country  The Sheltering Sky  February House Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters  Faith Fox: A Novel  Flaubert's Parrot  Summer   The Professor and the Siren  Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)  A Far Cry from Kensington  The Queen of the Tambourine  Everybody's Right Zone: A Prison Camp Guard's Story Married Love and Other Stories The Suitcase The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Pushkin Hills The Man in the Wooden Hat (Old Filth, #2) Old Filth (Old Filth, #1)  Claudine in Paris As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 Remembering Babylon  Traveling Sprinkler: A Novel  Match Dot Comedy (Kindle Single)  The Size of Thoughts: Essays and Other Lumber  Vox  Dangerous Laughter  Farther Away  Silk  Strong Motion   Desperate Characters  The Widow's Children  How to Be Alone A Rage in Harlem Remember How I Told You I Loved You?  In America  O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy, #1) 10:30 on a Summer Night The Custom of the Country   The Vagabond  Fear and Trembling Notebook of a Return to the Native Land  Le square  Exercises in Style The Facts of Winter  This Side of Paradise  The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories  The Book of Proper Names  Godforsaken Idaho  Moderato cantabile  Tales from the Heart: True Stories from My Childhood All That Is  The Tender Shoot and Other Stories  Bleak House  Paris Tales  Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood  The Handmaid's Tale  River of Fire and Other Stories  Certainty  The Dud Avocado  Land of Exile: Contemporary Korean Fiction, Expanded Edition  The Hanging in the Foaling Barn: Stories  Lost Souls  Pretty Monsters: Stories  The Complete Fiction of W. M. Spackman World's Fair  The Member of the Wedding  Book of Clouds  Silas Marner   The Devil in Silver  The China Factory  Chronicle of a Death Foretold  Train Dreams: A Novella  Ms. Hempel Chronicles So Long, See You Tomorrow  Little Century: A Novel  State of Wonder  The Moviegoer  Solo Faces: A Novel  It Chooses You  The Sorrows of Young Werther  The Imperfectionists  Mateship With Birds  We the Animals  The Clerk's Tale: Poems  That Distant Land: The Collected Stories  On Leaving: A Reading in Emerson  The Necessity of Certain Behaviors  Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia  The Tiger in the Grass: Stories and Other Inventions  Consider This, Senora  The Last Nude  The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson   Stones for Ibarra  Pragmatism and Other Writings What Maisie KnewOrientation: And Other Stories Jim the Boy The Steppe and Other Stories (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) American Born Chinese  Annie John  The Mountain Lion (New York Review Books Classic)  Adam Bede (Modern Library Classics)  The Leopard  The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story  Wittgenstein's Lolita  I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories  The Long Home  You Think That's BadRagtime  A Cupboard Full of Coats  A Short History of Women: A Novel  Hadji Murad  War and Peace   The Collected Stories of Richard Yates The Moon And Sixpence  Against Interpretation: And Other Essays  The Blue Flower  The Summer Book  The Devil in the Hills  The Easter Parade  The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story (New York Review Books Classics)  American Woman  Alfred and Guinevere  Wolf Hall  Welcome To Shirley   The Go-Between  Skylark  Paris Stories (New York Review Books Classics)  Regeneration (Regeneration, #1)      Raymond Carver: Collected Stories  Mothers and Sons: Stories  Once the Shore: Stories  Wide Sargasso Sea   In Other Rooms, Other Wonders  The Master  On Michael Jackson  A Seahorse Year  The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen  Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell  Varieties of Exile  Airships


Read (or re-read) in 2010:

Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories Winesburg, Ohio Close Range: Wyoming Stories Collected Stories Burning the Days: Recollection Seven Gothic Tales First Love and Other Stories The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: and Other Stories Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps The Return Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money Point Omega History on a Personal Note: Stories Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work As I Lay Dying The Great Gatsby Natasha: And Other Stories Notes from Underground Blindness Lucky Jim Black Swan Green The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge The Virgin Suicides The Picture of Dorian Gray Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall Hideous Kinky A Visit from the Goon Squad The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time King: A Street Story The Invisible Circus Emerald City: Stories Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: Stories Rebecca Out Stealing Horses The Lover Any Human Heart The Keep Tierra del Fuego Run American Pastoral The House in Paris Dusk and Other Stories Last Night: Stories A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel


Read (or re-read) in 2009:

Like You'd Understand, Anyway: Stories The Anthologist Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese The Compromise Of Human Bondage Everyman Revolutionary Road The Blue Flower The Night Watch Ours: A Russian Family Album The Heart of the Matter Stick Out Your Tongue: Stories Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living: A Novel Life After God A Defense of Ardor: Essays Telex from Cuba: A Novel A Mercy The News from Paraguay: A Novel Last Evenings on Earth A Short History of Women: A Novel The Cossacks Don't Cry: Stories The House at Sugar Beach: A Memoir Hadji Murad Tutor of History Dreams from My Father Veronica: A Novel Death in Venice The Name of the World For Whom the Bell Tolls The Brothers Karamazov The Age of Innocence Susan Sontag Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1964 Mrs. DallowayHow Fiction WorksSecond EditionAn American PilgrimageThe Names  Love in the Time of Cholera  All the Pretty Horses  Snow  The Road Home


Recommendations?  Comments on any of the above?  I love book talk.


13 Responses to “The Reading List”

  1. Danny Says:

    Travesty by John Hawkes.

    • sonyachung Says:

      Thanks, DP! I’ll check it out. Hope all is well.

  2. Chris K. Says:

    Hey Sonya,

    Kevin Wilson’s “Tunneling to the Center of the Earth”

    Donald Ray Pollock’s “Knockemstiff”

    Both incredible, both fuel my writing ambitions!

    • sonyachung Says:

      Thanks, Chris — great titles. Are you at all a Neil Gaiman fan? A few people have mentioned him to me recently.

  3. Chris K. Says:

    Hey Sonya,

    I was originally a NG comic fan back in “the day”. Only read a few of his books, ‘Good Omens” that he co-authored with Terry Pratchett. Excellent book- especially if you’re a Douglas Adams fan in need of a fix. Also “Anansi Boys”- which was just OK for me, plot/characters were fairly standard. I hear “The Graveyard Book” and “American Gods” are great though. They are on the short list to read.

  4. Jose A. Ugalde Says:

    Hello Sonya.
    I checked out your website and found that you are currently reading 2666.
    I read it a couple of months ago, while taking a Gotham Course.
    Roberto Bolaño became a major inspiration for my writing life.
    2666 is really his Opus Magnum.
    Glad to discuss the book whenever you want.

  5. sonyachung Says:

    Greetings, Jose — thanks for coming by. I thought of you as I read “Last Evenings on Earth,” which was just stunning, I thought. Am not yet halfway through 2666 but will touch base once I’m done.

  6. […] keep track of my “to-read” list over at,then transfer titles over to The Reading List page here periodically.  I put off the latter for as long as I can, because all those jacket […]

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  8. […] her monthly reading list for us. I learned she reads .84 books/week. On her website she posts her monthly reading list which appears not as a list so much as a blanket of jackets representing […]

  9. […] .84 books/week. on her website she posts her monthly reading list which appears not as a list so much as […]

  10. joel sennesh Says:

    “An Armful of Warm Girl” W.M. Spackman
    “Renoir, My Father” Jean Renoir
    “Missionary Stew” Ross Thomas

  11. magnoliaavenue Says:

    Maybe this is obvious, but how do you make such elegant grids of the books you’ve read and their Goodreads links? I’d love to do something similar. I know how to link to something in a post, but the cover images are lovely here; how did you do that?

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