2012 Reading List

02012-10-07 | Uncategorized | 3 comments

My 2012 reading list, in no particular order. Could not put “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” down and finished it yesterday, a little after midnight.

√ – simply means that I read the book. The unread titles are at the ready, mostly in the form of hardcovers and paperbacks, some bought used but most bought at Collected Works, which is a fantastic bookstore in Santa Fe – incidentally in the same location where I quit my last day-job in Spring of 1990.

I read three books in German. “Momo” and “Das Stille Mädchen” I ordered from amazon.de, and the Borges book I think I bought in a bookstore in Munich, when I played there in March. The discovery of the year, for me, was Nick Harkaway, whose two books I enjoyed very much. I read “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” because Harkaway was raving about it on Twitter.

If you want to recommend a book to me, please leave your suggestion in a comment. Thanks.

Spiegel und Maske (1970-1983) – Jorge Luis Borges √
Momo – Michael Ende √
The Offensive Traveler – V. S. Pritchett √
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco √
Angelmaker – Nick Harkaway √
The Gone-Away World – Nick Harkaway √
Peter Høeg – Das Stille Mädchen √
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway √
Alif the Unseen – G. Willow Wilson √
The Secret Race – Tyler Hamilton √
Gods Without Men – Hari Kunzru √
1Q84 – Haruki Murakami √
Buddha in Blue Jeans -Tai Sheridan √
Distrust that Particular Flavor – William Gibson √
Lying – Sam Harris √
Years of Red Dust – Qui Xiaolong √
Ratking – Michael Dibdin √
Vendetta – Michael Dibdin √
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell √
Tribal Peoples – Stephen Corry √
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan √
Le Freak – Nile Rodgers √
How Music Works – David Byrne
Cabal – Michael Dibdin
Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin
Cosi Fan Tutti – Michael Dibdin
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
Ninja – 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warriors – John Man
The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox


  1. Kaz

    Hi Ottmar! Here is my ‘Book Harvest’ that I offer; ‘The Spontaneous Healing of Belief’ by Gregg Braden. I really enjoyed the read and rediscovered how to use the simple competency of belief. BTW..I want to thank you for making your way up north this year and today on our Canadian Thanksgiving I say thank you to you for sharing your gifts for us. ;)

  2. yumi

    The new Inspector Shan book, “Mandarin Gate” arrives in November.

  3. Dave

    Y, I’ll put that on my list, too.


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