Adventures in Reading


November’s Books
December 2, 2007, 2:28 pm
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I have so many posts brewing in my head and so little time to write lately! I did want to make sure I posted a November overview (I can hardly believe it is already December Рwhere has the time gone?) The books in bold are those I would recommend and the books are linked with my commentaries:

The City of Dreaming Booksby Walter Moers, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy, A Golden Ageby Tahmima Anam, The Deluxe Transitive Vampire by Karen Elizabeth George, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Click by Park, Ben, In the World by Doris Lessing, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Flannery O’Connor’s Complete Stories.

Last evening I had friends and neighbors over, and I always find it fascinating to see which books attract which person. It ranged from pretentious to delightful, which all in all made it a pleasant evening. Starting on the sixth of this month I am also going to be spending a great deal of time learning Spanish, which means that my amount of reading time will be slipping away. Over the last few months I have practically allowed myself to gorge myself on books, but I have other things vying for my attention now.

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October’s Books
October 31, 2007, 1:34 pm
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hal.jpgI confess that I had aspirations of finishing Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera as well as Flannery O’Connor’s Complete Stories before the month was out; however, it’s Halloween and I find myself with a rather busy evening and roughly 300 pages short of my goal. Here is a quick recap of my October reads and those titles in bold are those I definitely recommend:

The Ladies of Grace Adieu & Other Stories by Susanna Clarke (1)
god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (1)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (partial reread 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (1)
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold (new in October 1)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (reread 1)
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by Nick Hornby (new in October 1, 2)
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (1)
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (couldn’t stand, couldn’t finish 1)
Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners by Josephine Ross (1)

Unfortunately, this pushes back the two books I had selected to kick off November: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child. I needed a bit of a break from Austen-palooza because as much as I have enjoyed her I did begin to find her novels somewhat formulaic (something few authors seem to escape). The Fifth Child was an impulse read that I selected today as the author Doris Lessing was the 2007 pulitzer prize winner in literature. I have never read anything by her, and may start my own tradition of reading at least one of the books by the most recent winner.