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Welcome to Andy and Netty’s Reading Challenge 2011

January 16, 2011

Here we go again, folks …

Andy’s and my blog is entering its fourth big year with another cracker of a list – well, we think so, at any rate! More giants of literature, more epic books, blokes and chicks, gay and straight, dead and alive, Australian, North American, British, Turkish, Japanese, fiction, non-fiction, plays and poems, a whole gamut of genres … well, fuck me if we aren’t just a regular little ol’ literary cornucopia.

So without further ado (and also because I’m abso-fucking-lutely knackered and in need of mucho shut-eye, like, yesterday), here is (long pause and drum roll) our 2011 list.

JANUARY: Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

FEBRUARY: Falling Man by Don deLillo

MARCH: Neuromancer by William Gibson

APRIL: The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

MAY: Lovesong by Alex Miller

JUNE: The White Album by Joan Didion

JULY: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk

AUGUST: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

SEPTEMBER: The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

OCTOBER: Collected Stories by Lorrie Moore

NOVEMBER: Poems by Dorothy Porter

DECEMBER: I Play The Drums In A Band Called Okay by Toby Litt

So whaddaya reckon about that?

But wait, folks – there’s more.

We are also revisiting (boom boom) Andy and Netty Revisited this year. While last year we reread books that we loved, this year we are revisiting authors from the previous three years of Reading Challenge – two different books apiece by six writers who we have most enjoyed during that time, and books that of course neither of us has previously read.

To wit: Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Phillip Roth and Paul Auster.

Hey – Andy and I have always been about giving you more bang for your buck.

So stay tuned early next month for what we thought about Flannery O’Connor, as well as Andy delving into the not-insignificant canon of Ms Oates. For me personally – while I’m very aware that the month is but a foetus, I am looking forward more than I can say to reading something that isn’t cars or TV proofs … sigh …

Watch this space.

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