I am bringing out my cool shades, dresses and sandals, tote bag and I’m off! … just outdoors. I’m not going anywhere far this summer. 😦 But I’m thinking of winding down at work towards the end of Summer!
In June, I expect to read 10 books but hit 9 instead. hmmph! and here they are:
- Great House by Nicole Krauss
- The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
- The Case of Missing Servant by Tarquinn Hall
- Crocodile at the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
- What I Talk about when I talk about Running by Haruki Murakami
- The Slap by Chistos Tsiolkas
- The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
- I Think of You by Ahdaf Soueif
- For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri
I began the month by reading some of the Orange Prize shortlist with Great House and catch up on The Tiger’s Wife later in the month. I seem to start my summer reading a little earlier as some cosy mysteries and easy reading crept into my list. I was disappointed by 4 books that I rated them poorly, something I hardly encounter in my reading experience.
Out of the 9 books I would rate, The Slap, Great House and Vish Puri’s adventure of The Case of Missing Servant as my favourite read of the month. The Slap was thought provoking and kept my interest, Great House was heart wrenching, The Case of Missing Servant was a cultural and humourous read. I thought I did quite well in June as I read a mix bag of mystery, middle eastern, Orange Prize shortlists and an unprecedented shockingly foul language writing of a book.
Purchase and Incomings
This month’s purchase was moderate. 6 books purchased for the month. I snapped up books which I have read and love:
and The Kite Runner, The Bookseller of Kabul and The Bitch in the House, read during pre-blogging days. The Bitch in the House tells personal accounts of 26 women of all walks of life and of different age groups about different lives and feelings about being a wife, daughter, mother and lover, about growing old, menopause etc. I like it a lot then in the early noughties and I may in for a second read.
The two at the top of the piles are loans from co-worker; Legend of Suicide by David Vann and Aunts aren’t gentlemen by PG Wodehouse which I must try.
I’m waiting for my review copy of Dreams of Joy by Lisa See and I won a penguin cloth The Picture of Dorian Gray during the Literary Blog Hop giveaways (Special thanks to Karen of BookWorld in my Head). Overall it’s been a good month! 🙂
Reading Challenge Stats
Since it is halfway through the year I thought I give a summary of my Reading Challenge performance so far. I did well for Middle Eastern Challenge and Non-fiction, but the other challenge sort of striving.
8/1 books completed
What I have read so far:
- Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes (I am halfway through the book!)
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Lord of the Flies by William Golding To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Winter in Madrid – C.J. Sansom (read and pass on)
A Crime in the Neighbourhood by Suzanne Berne– (read and passed 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
- Iliad – Homer
- Italian Shoes – Henning Mankell
5. The Nordic Challenge 2011 (miserable one book completed) 😦
6. The Haruki Murakami Challenge 2011 (2 books completed)
Without consciously aware of what I am doing I have achieved 9 books for this challenge and more non-fiction books to go. I am already a Future Jeopardy Champion!! 😉 Except I don’t know where I could find the review link on the challenge site. 😦
3/12 books completed.
9. Books to Movies Challenge
Did not start yet. My reading and movie list for this challenge (minimum 2):
- Love in the time of cholera – Gabriel Gracia Marquez
- Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
- Notes on Scandal – Zoe Heller
- Lust and Caution – Eileen Chang
- Constant Gardener – John Le Carr
- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Path
- The Clothes on Their Back by Linda Grant
- Great Expectations by Charles Dicken
- The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami
- Untold Story by Monica Ali
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
- Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Acts of Worship by Yukio Mishima
- Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
- Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
- An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
- The Attack by the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
- Googled Ken Auletta – I love reading about the glory of techologies companies!
- Banker of the Poor Muhammad Yunus – I wanted to know more about how micro-finance works. So this is memoir + micro-credit at work. There is a balance sheet and Profit & Loss statements at the end to satisfy the accounting nerds!
- Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos – another book for mathematics nerds. Even if you are not mathematical this book seems to be readable as it explains about how numbers are a every essential part of what we see in our lives; in nature and the environment around us.
- Lean Six Sigma and Digital Photography – Some geeky stuff I need to know to impress at work and hoping to take better pictures on my next travel in October! but I’m putting reading these off still….