It’s been a busy month as usual but a more pleasurable reading month for me, well, only towards the second half of the month that is.
- The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson
- The Vagrants by YiYun Li
- The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl
- When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
- Annabel by Kathleen Winter
- The Lion’s Honey by David Grossman
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- The Decision Book – 50 models for Strategic Thinking
Quite a dark gloomy books covers this month! My book of the month was When I Lived in Modern Times and Annabel. The former appeals more to my mind and the later my heart, quite a good balance. Although The Butterfly Mosque, The Making of Royal Romance came on a very close 2nd and 3rd. I found potentially my favourite author in Linda Grant. I finished 8 books this month. The most I ever read for the month, bringing the total of books read this year at a paltry 28. 😦
None of the choices for this month was bad but I think 2666 has sort of ruin it for me at the start of the month. I also thought The Vagrants could potentially drag me back to reading slump and I don’t particular like to be strung along a unconvincing ride with Room.
In the meantime I have been trying to do some catch-up on a few Orange Prize shortlists I want to read before the announcement. I finished Great House by Nicole Krauss today I could perhaps read one more from the shortlist this weekend. We’ll see.
Looking back at May’s plan I only achieve half of it:
The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson (Read) Nazi Literature in Americas by Roberto Bolano (DNF) I think I love you by Allison Pearson (DNF)
- Great Expectations by Charles Dicken
The Vagrants by YunYi Li (Read)
- For Bread Alone by Mohammed Choukri (translated by Paul Bowles)
- One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Making of Royal Romance by Kate Nicholl (Read)
- The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami
- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
- I Think of You by Ahdaf Soueif
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Path (I saw Jessica of Bookworm Chronicle read this)
- The Clothes on Their Back by Linda Grant
- Pocket Notebook by Mike Thomas (recommended by Jackie @ Farmlane book blog, looks promising from the start!)
How did you do this month? and before we hit the mid-year mark, what are your plans for June? What are you reading and where are you going for holidays this summer?
On a separate note, non-bookish related…. Spring is almost over… where did the time flies?
Ever since taking up this new job, I haven’t enjoyed Spring properly, in my mind at least. I spent many weeks worried about my new assignments. Not one, but several. I remembered last year when I was savouring every moment of spring, taking longer walks and smelling the roses, I took this picture outside of my office then with my mobile phone in the hope of submitting it to the Hello Japan! Mini challenge that Tanabata @ When it is spring it is the Dawn March challenge 2010 but I never did.
The sky was blue, the cherry blossom was pink and the grass was green then…. in all its vivid colours…
Do take time to smell the roses and watch the cherry blossoms my friends, I wish you a Happy Spring and a wonderful Summer 2011!