Despite my best intention to read more books than July, I got stuck somewhere in “Of Bees and Mist” and the 720-long “The Leopard”. Otherwise, looking at the lacklustre rating of this month’s read, it may mean my reading choice this month may be a bit of a drag.
- Legend of Suicide by David Vann
- Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
- The Sunset Park by Paul Auster
- The Castle in the Pyrenees by Jostein Gaarder
- The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
- The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
- Sharon and My Mother-in-Law by Suad Amiry
- Woman With Birthmark by Håkan Nesser
- Clear, beautiful prose
- A page turner
- Deep and thought provoking
- Lingers in your head after I have put down the book.
There I have said it.
I had quite a haul in August. Mostly used books but I have got some good titles to grace my expanding bookshelf.
- Consequences by Penelope Lively – I won this from lovely Helen and I enjoyed Moon Tiger and really look forward to reading this.
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktore Frankl – Frankl’s quotes for human survival has been around for many years and publications and there is nothing like reading his entire memoir.
- Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson – I was so inspired when I first read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. I hope to find out what happens in his journey in building more schools at the Afghan terrain.
- The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig – one of the many author with a last name Z if you are doing the alphabet challenge, that’s how I got to know him.
- The Nightwatch by Sarah Waters
- The Longest Journey by E.M. Forster
- The Moors Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
- Who moved my cheese? Dr Spencer Johnson – a bit cheesey but a good reminder of my management talk days. Not that it is getting any better now.
- To the Elephant Graveyard by Tarquin Hall – Besides writing cosy mysteries about detective Vish Puri, Tarquin Hall wrote non-fiction account of Elephants and live in Brick Lane in East End London.
- The Republic by Plato – always inspire to read this one. When I retire from full time work perhaps!
- A beautiful mind by Sylvia Nasar – I saw the movie many years ago but didn’t know there was a book and reading the blurb, it was a surprise John Nash is the man who invented the Game Theory.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon – is a second purchase. For a book I love so much, I like to have it hardback if you understand what I mean.
- The Plot Against America – Hardback for 50p. Great bargain but also time for some Roth in the future.
Plans for September
I have planned for A double read-along in September (details in the link), just another excuse to get myself reading from my own shelf! So please come join us if you can.
I hope to clear my ever growing library pile, which will never happen within next month:
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Path
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Acts of Worship by Yukio Mishima
- An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
- The London Train by Tessa Hadley
- Disappear by Talitha Stevenson
- The Cast of Iron Shore by Linda Grant
- The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna
- Shanghai Girl by Lisa See follow on with Dreams of Joy
- Googled by Ken Auletta
- Banker of the Poor by Muhammad Yunus
I am determined to finish the rest of MY TBR CHALLENGE LIST:
- Winter in Madrid – C.J. Sansom (read and pass on)
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres (read and pass on)
- Love in the time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
- Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
I’ll be participating in Nigerian Literature Challenge hosted by the lovely Amy @ Amy Reads, she said:
“You may or may not know that October 1st is Nigeria’s Independence Day. I would like to propose a Nigerian Literature Celebration for October 1st. In celebration of great literature, and their independence, anyone who is interested can join me in reviewing Nigerian literature on Saturday, October 1st, and I would gather all links here to one place. As an incentive, I would offer a giveaway to one random participant (international of course!) of any book by a Nigerian author available on BookDepository, Better World Books, or Amazon.”
Hope you had a great summer and I wish you a wonderful Autumn, for some reason, my favourite season of the year.