It is somehow hectic in the summer. More errands to run, more housekeeping to do, more outdoor activities and consequently wallets are emptied more quickly for stuff that I had to pay and shopping that I had to do… but I am chuffed this month!
Despite a very hectic month at work last July, I have managed to read 7 books and mostly good stuff!
I started the month with sensual “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and settled next for a quite mundane The Secret Scripture. Enjoyed Ghostwritten, fell in love with the way Mitchell writes. Siddhartha will be in the running for this year’s favourite. Hotel Iris was a harrowing but a different kind of reading for me. I love Sputnik Sweetheart and I would like to read Tony’s recommendation on South of the Border, West of the Sun and leave Norwegian Wood, the best for last. I have also scheduled Map of the Invisible World to be published on the August 17, in conjunction with Indonesia Independence day!
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
- The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
- Ghostwritten, David Mitchell
- Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
- Hotel Iris, Yoko Ogawa
- Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
- Map of the Invisible World, Tash Aw
When I counted how many books I have bought for the month of July, I was surprised that I bought twice the number of the books I read for the month!!! How did that happened??!!
I bought an average of 3 to 4 books a month, but this month is very unusual.
Here is what I have got on my July stack:
- Out, Natsuo Kirino (J-lit reading challenge was in my mind, so I bought this when I saw it. I also saw a brand new copy of Battle Royale last month for £1, but thought the plot was too violent, so didn’t…)
- End of the Peace Process, Edward Said (Non-fiction)
- March Hares and Monkey’s Uncles – origins of the words and phrases we use everyday, Harry Oliver
- Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Sophie’s World – A novel about the history of Philosophy, Jostein Gaardner
- The Pillar of the Earth, Ken Follett (I swore I won’t read Ken Follett but this used book is NEW! A New book for a used price.)
- Forget you had a daughter – doing time in the ‘Bangkok Hilton’, Sandra Gregory (A woman’s prison experience in Bangkok)
- Harmony Silk Factory, Tash Aw
- Saving Fish from Drowning, Amy Tan
- White Teeth, Zadie Smith (Penguin orange label, rare find).
- Night train to Lisbon, Pascal Mercier
- Small Island, Andrea Levy
- Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, (hardcopy) – Read this in 2009, love it and wanted to deface this copy with my multicolour highlighters!
I don’t know how book 14 City of Oranges, Arabs and Jews in Jaffa, got there in the picture. This is what happened when you blog with your eyes half close! 😀 … but nonetheless, this is a very good book on the Arabs and Jews conflict that I have read so far.
Besides the ones in violet, I bought them for £1, the rest I paid 50p for it. Yesterday I pick up John Updike short stories Trust me and Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (2008 edition) for 25p each. Can’t complain. 😉
In August, I have two more reviews coming up on Murakami’s After Dark and Kenzaburo Oe’s Changeling. I also plan to squeeze in a book written by Arab novelist so that I could share a review for the Arabic Summer Reading Challenge. Then there is Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas and Rabbit, Run by John Updike to complete the A to Z challenge. It is the last leg of summer, fingers crossed I get to live a little outdoors and read and blog a little.
As ever, many thanks to you guys for accompanying me this far on my reading journey. 😉