The colourful array of book covers above are books read for May and June 2012.
- Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
- Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
- Liquidation by Imre Kertesz
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Please Look After Mother by Kyung Sook-Shin
- Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- State of Wonder by Ann Pratchett
- What Chinese don’t eat
- The House of Mosque by Kader Abdolah
- Gold Boy Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
I am pleased that I have got 4 translated fiction in my list and have travelled 10 countries of which two I thought was exotic and entertaining read, Things Fall Apart and The House of Mosque. They are my favourite read of the month. Non-fiction wise, Into the Wild takes the crown. Since my post is published it has consistently stay on the top post for many weeks, I wonder why…
It is a very good two months, with many good reads rated at 4.5 stars. Most surprising books, besides Things Fall Apart and The House of Mosque, are The Color Purple and The Hunger Games. I didn’t expect these to be so readable and entertaining. Any turkey for the month? Not really but I can’t wait for Painter of Silence and Liquidation to finish. It was meh for me. in 29 May, congratulations to Madeline Miller who won the final Orange Prize 2012 for The Song of Achilles. It deserves to win and hope this will attract more readers to read the book and other stories in the Greek Mythologies.
Besides writing about reviews I shared a favourite quote on Booking through Thursday: pregnancy and being a foreigner and also shared some travel pictures on my last holiday at Last holiday recalled : Chamonix-Geneva-Berlin.
The British Summer hasn’t feel like it has taken off, with windy wet weather and spurts of sunshine the next. While I was abroad, the poor caravan holiday makers in Wales were awashed by flood water. I quite enjoy myself indoors and the weather doesn’t really get me down but hayfever is in the air and I probably caught it.
I haven’t had any reading plans for July except trying to scale down reading and work hard in returning my library pile. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer with lots of splashing and running about and may it be a memorable one.
I’ll leave you with some more of my favourite travel shots.
A water fountain at the English Garden on the quay of Lake Geneva.