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It is the end of the month. February is a short month, still I scored miserably with 3 books read and 2 more on tow with 3 quarters into Eat, Pray and Love, and I saw Ramallah by Palestinian author Mourid Barghouti.
On the London train, there are many free newspapers and magazines that vying for my attention. Recent offer by the company to get me a blackberry phone which also means I need to read up on the manuals and how to make full use of it. I also have to read up a lot of policies and procedures at work. Recently I have also bought a copy of the Economist’s the World in 2011, which I hope to read it. All these non-book reading of course eats into my reading time. With so much distraction, any wonder I finished only 3 books this month?
Books read for February are:
- The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Camus, A Romance by Elizabeth Hawes
2 for non-fiction challenge, 1 for both Animal Names Reading Challenge and TBR.
Did I buy any books this month?
Well, not many compared to my usual binging, but here’s what I’ve got in February:
This pile are from the Westminster Marylebone Library book sales.
I saw Ramallah and Butterfly Mosque are both library borrowing from the same library. From the book sale, I bought Everyman’s classic of Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes, and Charles Dicken’s Bleak House which everyone seems to say it is the best of Dicken. Tim Winton’s Breath, loads of how-to books of Thailand, Operations Management and a book about taking better pictures. 😉
Last week, I bought a little white bookshelf to go with my bigger one and rescued two books from the rain in the furniture shop. Snow falling on Cedar Trees by David Gutterson was one of my all-time favourites in the 90’s and The Last Resort by Carmen Posadas is a Moroccan murder mystery with a Spaniard who attempts suicide only to stumble upon a murder intrigue. I also saw The Girl who Played with Fire and would like to relive some moments from Larsson’s famous heroine with book 2 which is my favourite.
Yesterday I found two brand new book at the charity book stores:
Super-cannes by JG Ballard – I long to read something from JG Ballard, besides Empire of the Sun. This book new and glossy came along and I thought I will pick it up.
The History of God by Karen Armstrong – I was first noticed this book 11 years ago when it first published. A lot of heavy reading going on in here, but Karen Armstrong has been revered as an authority in religion that it would be ashamed not to read one which discuss about 3 major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Early in February I also bought a brand new collector’s volume on Tintin first two controversial adventures in Soviet Union and Congo. I have read all tintin’s adventure’s graphic novels and there are only 3 that I can’t get hold of it anywhere in the library. This two and Tintin and the alpha-art. Tintin in Soviet Union was actually in black and white, and the outline of the cartoon then was less refined.
The weather has turned a little milder, although it is still all gloomy and wet for now. For next month, I am going to wrap-up discussion on Eat, Pray and Love perhaps get a chance to watch the movie as well. I am still two minds about joining the big read-along with Leeswammes’ 2666 read-along starting 5th March, mostly likely I would. I also like to plough through my recent library loot which all looks very yummy to read, a few books from my own shelf… now if only I could make myself stay awake on the train to (early morning brain muddle) and from (late evening brain death after a full day’s work) London, and get used to reading on a vigorous swaying train!
So that’s what I have been up to this month what about you? and what is your plan for next month?