356 books so far…

Updated 16th October 2021

[The full list of books is in the right-hand panel, or under Menu in the phone app.]

Spoiler Alert! If you read any of these commentaries, you will find out everything about a book, because I stop every few chapters and write in detail about all of it as I read. I’m not trying simply to remember the book, but to recreate the experience of reading it. Most of the books I read are novels, but not all of them.

The name is taken from Philip K Dick’s short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, later adapted for the cinema in Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall. At the centre of the story is the unreliability of memory. And, in the case of Verhoeven’s movie, graphic violence.

What I’m reading now:
David Copperfield—Charles Dickens (updated reading)
The Story of a New name—Elena Ferrante

Some recent reads, latest first:
A View of the Harbour—Elizabeth Taylor
Moll Flanders—Daniel Defoe
Klara and the Sun—Kazuo Ishiguro
English Pastoral—James Rebanks
Shuggie Bain—Douglas Stuart
Go Tell It on the Mountain—James Baldwin
The Catcher in the Rye—J D Salinger
The Silence—Don DeLillo
Vanity Fair—William Makepeace Thackeray
Girl, Woman, Other—Bernadine Evaristo

Best recent read:
Hamnet—Maggie O’Farrell

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