David James Brock

Theatre, Opera, Poetry, Film

David James Brock is a Canadian writer of opera, theatre, poetry, and film.
Author of poetry collections Everyone is CO2 and Ten-Headed Alien.
Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.

2015 Reading List

Inspired by my friend, super librarian Jan Dawson, setting up a Facebook reading challenge - as well as a number of others cataloging their reading lists in 2014 (not to mention other reading promo crazes like Random House of Canada's Reading Bingo & #95books), I wanted to see how my reading habits develop over the course of the year. I've always had a vague sense that I'm not a very prolific book reader. despite the fact that I'm trying to write the damn things.

This is a space on my blog to simply list what I've read (and maybe catalogue and discuss later). Do I read enough? I don't know.  Let's find out. Here is a list of books I've finished so far, starting January 1, 2015. I'll update the list as I go, and maybe it'll lead somewhere interesting. Or perhaps this is what Good Reads accounts are for...


Model Behavior (1999) - Jay McInerney (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)

Lucky Jim (1953) - Kingsley Amis (Penguin)

Richard II (1597) -  William Shakespeare (Barrie & Jenkins)

A Crack in the Edge of the World (2006) - Simon Winchester (Harper Collins)


The Golden Gate (1986) - Vikram Seth (Vintage)

The Devil You Know (2015) - Elisabeth de Mariaffi(Patrick Krean Editions)

Origins of Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language (2009) - Patricia T. O'Conner; Stewart Kellerman (Random House)

Grace (33 1/3 #23) (2005) - Daphne A. Brooks (Continuum)


Safely Home Pacific Western (2015) - Jeff Latosik (Goose Lane Editions)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) - Philip K. Dick (Del Rey)

Our Man In Havana (1958) - Graham Greene (Vintage)


Neuromancer (1984) - William Gibson (Ace Books)

Time for the Stars (1956) - Robert A. Heinlein (Tor Books)

The Gun That Starts the Race (2015) - Peter Norman (Goose Lane Editions)

Ender's Game (1985) - Orson Scott Card (Tor Science Fiction)

Orioles in the Oranges (2009) - Melanie Janisse (Guernica Editions)

The Answer to Everything (2014) - Elyse Friedman (HarperCollins Canada)

The Book of Job (0) - ? (The Bible)


Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (1986) - Art Spiegelman (Pantheon Books)

Asbestos Heights (2015) - David McGimpsey (Coach House Books)

Fifteen Dogs ( 2015) - Andre Alexis (Coach House Books)


The Gods Themselves (1972) - Isaac Asimov (Del Rey Science Fiction)

The Capacity for Infinite Happiness (2015) - Alexis Von Konigslow (Wolsak & Wynn)


Captains Courageous (1897) - Rudyard Kipling (Oxford)

The Day of the Triffids (1951) - John Wyndham (A Fawcett Crest Book)


Hyperion (1989) - Dan Simmons (Bantam Spectra)


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) - Robert Louis Stevenson (Airmont)

Lost for Words (2014) - Edward St. Aubyn (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)