A list of books I might read in 2011.

A Listmania! list by James McGauran "mcgauz" (Melbourne, Australia)
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The list author says: "Carrying on from my previous list of 2010, below is a list of titles I plan to read in the coming year. The beauty is I already own all of these books. I have a habit of acquiring too many books at once, so it takes me ages to get through them all. I don't really have much to add here for those reading to 'get something out of this'. I'm a musician for the most part, and have a wide area of interest in many things, so my taste in books, and the list below may seem... a little sporadic? I'm unsure of how to define, if that is necessary, my taste. Basically, I like what is GOOD ;) What can I say, I have good taste. And despite the fact I haven't read any of the books below, I'd offer my recommendation to any of them based on the fact that I've collected them and many others over the last few years and have spent many long hours in investigation, on Amazon and in bookstores reading other's lists, and soaking in the advice of others.

Expect this list to change as I add (perhaps exchange?) titles throughout the year. Plus as I finish each one I shall give a brief review."
Cortés and Montezuma (New Directions Classics)
1.  Cortés and Montezuma (New Directions Classics) by Maurice Collis
The list author says:
  "Great historical account that covers both sides of the story in the context of the times, painting mystical both Cortes and Montezuma."
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No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)
2.  No Country for Old Men (Vintage International) by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "You have to."
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The Merciful Women
3.  The Merciful Women by Federico Andahazi
The list author says:
  "present from a friend - her favourite book. So I gave her the gift of my favourite book: Hermann Hesse's Demian.

Amusing, creepy, and a little perverse!"
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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Journey to the East
4.  The Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse
The list author says:
  "Hesse is a favourite"
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The Old Man and The Sea
5.  The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,190 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The WASP FACTORY: A NOVEL
6.  The WASP FACTORY: A NOVEL by Iain Banks
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

Tropic of Cancer
7.  Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
8.  Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "Was on my 2010 list and didn't quite make it before the end of the year... oops"
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The Kindness of Women: A Novel
9.  The Kindness of Women: A Novel by J. G. Ballard
The list author says:
  "Sequel (in a sense) to Empire of The Sun. I haven't read enough of Ballard yet to say I'm a fan, but there's plenty of time for that."
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The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation
10.  The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation by Mark Kurlansky
The list author says:
  "Mark Kurlanksy, author of Salt: A World History... a completely fascinating book, so why not read a few more of his titles. The couple on this list are the ones that interested me most. From my understanding, he comes from a journalism history... or still is a journalist? but I really enjoyed his writing. He always ends a paragraph with a sly crack or some humour."
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The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text
11.  The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text by Franz Kafka
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

Baudolino
12.  Baudolino by Umberto Eco
The list author says:
  "Eco. *le sigh*"
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Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
13.  Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Thomas Pynchon
The list author says:
  "Will I ever be ready for this? Who cares."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel
14.  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
The list author says:
  "Pretty much everyone says this is his best?"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (538 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
15.  Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
The list author says:
  "the "Salt" dude."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

Notes from the Underground
16.  Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Lolita
17.  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The list author says:
  "I remember when I bought my copy of this book... the guy selling it to me went on a little rant about how amazing it was.. more the writing than the story.. said it was beautiful and his favourite book of all time. I was like "Dude.. no need to sell it, you already have my money" ;) I kid."
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Dead Souls
18.  Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol
$12.04   Used & New from: $2.72
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

American Gods
19.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "Gaiman has a magical flair... wonderfully written, yet easy to absorb words."
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Naked Lunch, 50th Anniversary Edition
20.  Naked Lunch, 50th Anniversary Edition by William Burroughs
The list author says:
  "Something about typewriters...? :)"
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The Separation
21.  The Separation by Christopher Priest
The list author says:
  "A birthday gift from a close friend a few years back."
$22.50   Used & New from: $2.39
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
22.  The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
The list author says:
  "Side effect of having read Foer's Eating Animals."
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Freedom: A Novel
23.  Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
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The War of the End of the World
24.  The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa
The list author says:
  "Not sure what attracted me to this book initially. I remember seeing a different jacket design which I thought looked cool, and other than that the title pretty much grabbed me immediately. Not that the title of the book really gives anything away of what it is about."
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Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
25.  Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) by Salman Rushdie
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The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics)
26.  The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics) by Saul Bellow
The list author says:
  "Saul Bellow is an author I heard of almost solely due to Australian band Augie March naming their band (obviously) after the title character."
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Crime And Punishment
27.  Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (925 customer reviews)

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