What did I read September? I can’t quite remember. The month has been hectic for me as four projects run live and I’m running about like a headless chicken. By the end of the day I was too tired to read on the train and by early morning I haven’t woke up entirely when I’m on my way to work.
I can’t even do a monthly wrap-up on time. Now, let me see….
- The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
- The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
- An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
- The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe
- Half of the Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Frenchman’s Creek and The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim stand shoulder to shoulder as my favourites of the month.
There are a few surprises:
First, I thought I read 5 books and I was surprised I read 6.
Second, half of the 6 books I read are chunksters (any book more than 450 pages) 506 page for Mr. Y, 484 pages for An Equal Music and 543 pages for Half of a Yellow Sun.
Third, I thought I didn’t do much on my blog and I was surprised to see that I had:
- Appeared on Kim’s Triple Choice Tuesday
- Commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9-11 in A decade on, I’m still affected
- Successfully organised a double read-along for Frenchman’s Creek and The End of Mr. Y at Double Read-along Reviews
- and shared my observation about blogging and subscribing trends at : What I talk about when I talk about blogging
Not too bad for someone who claim she is too busy and has no time to read and blog. 😉
and what books did I buy in September? Quite self-restrained in September I must say, I only purchase 3 books:
- A beautiful everyman’s library classic edition of R. Narayan – Mr. Sampath–The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma,
- and Everyman’s library of Toni Morrison – Beloved
- Saritana Mandanna – Tiger Hillls
Plans for October
As for October, I’m reluctant to plan. One week has gone and I have finished 2 books, not bad and I’ll be on city tour and nature trekking holidays this month, perhaps I won’t be doing much reading.
Besides what’s on my sidebar, I have a few books from the library I want to finish. My library is hosting a Around the World in 80 reads which is kind of my thing, so you may see a few more translated books here:
- What the day owes the night by Yasmina Khadra (Algeria)
- An Unfinished Business by Boualem Sansal (Algerian in France)
- Manituana by Wu Ming (America founding history)
- Desert Drivers by Sven Lindvist (North Africa)
- Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey – Non-fiction, a history of the Saudi Arabia Kingdom
- Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (Norway) – winner of 2007 IMPAC award
- Purple Hisbiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – after reading Half of a Yellow Sun, and the wonderful “The Thing around your neck” I wanted to read everything she wrote! (Nigeria)
- The Woman who wanted by Andrew Makine (France / Russia)
Have you read any of these? If so, what do you think?