A little late for July wrap-up. In fact I seems to be late in everything these days. I haven’t been reading much this July and perhaps I have been somewhat distracted. These are the five books I read in July:
- Toby’s Room by Pat Barker
- Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
- Freedom : the Story of My Second Life by Malika Oufkir
- Fasting, feasting by Anita Desai
- South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
I thought Toby’s Room was good and then my reading sort of went into a slump with Arrow of God. I was inspired by Malika Oufkir’s determination to live on after being in prison for 20 years. Then things start to pick up by one weekend with Anita Desai’s Fasting, Feasting and end with a high with South of the Border, West of the Sun, which talks about loss of love and what happens when it is at your doorstep again.
July sees me paid tribute to the death of the world’s famous leadership guru Stephen Covery in The Legacy of Stephen Covey. The corporate world mourn the loss but his legacy lives on.
The 26th July sees the opening of the London 2012 Olympics. With the sparks and fire, people around the world came to celebrate the sporting spirits with an inspiring opening which showcases the essence of Britishness.
The Man Booker Prize longlist was also announced in the same day as the Olympics opening. I have expressed ambivalent over the man booker prize longlist 2012, besides The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng and Mantel’s which I would be interested to read, I’ll sit out on this one and see which book will win the prize on the 16 October.
After years of contemplation, I have finally found a suitable time to read A Suitable Boy.
By coincidence Sam, Aths. Ana and I have decided to come together to organise a A Suitable Boy readalong. My edition is a 3-volume collection. I also have Alison P and Amritorupa and Jackie may tentatively join too.
The schedule is broken down in three parts, a duration of one month for each book:
Book 1 : 1.1 to 7.46 (July to August)
Book 2 : 8.1 to 13.38 (August to September)
Book 3 : 14.1 to 19.16 (September to October)
This is going to be a very relaxing read-along, at 450 to 500 pages a month, you will have plenty of time to read the book. We aim to post at the end of each book but for those who are interested you can post as many reviews as you want, just link back to any of our blogs. So far, I have read 380 pages and loving it and I still have the whole of August to go! I will post about my initial thoughts soon.
The kind people at Penguin Books UK also send over four promising books to me and here they are:
Leanne Shapton is a Canadian artist and graphic novelist, now living in New York. Her second work, Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry, has been optioned for a film slated to star Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman. The novel, which takes the form of an auction catalog, uses photographs and accompanying captions to chronicle the romance and subsequent breakup of a couple via the relationship’s significant possessions or “artifacts”. I am into the first 30 pages of Swimming Studies and I like it. The book recalls Leanne’s days as a competitive swimmer trained for the Olympics trial for the Canadian team. The first part contains 12 pages of what appears to be watercolour smudges but are impressionist art of swimming movements. There are many more illustrations to come and I can’t wait to read about it.
The next three are all new authors to me. I have reviewed Toby’s Room and can’t wait to read Waterline by Ross Raisin as Judith @leeswammes love it and said it is authentically Glaswegian and the story is filled with hearts. Hari Kunzru is another author whose books I would like to read. This book is about mix meshed of different characters, somewhat like Cloud Atlas they say, that wander and got lost in the desert. I hope to see how this will pan out.
Another thing that is worth mentioning is about this draft library loot post and a picture of the loot sitting in my draft since April 2012……..
For the past few months, I have maxed out the number of available library book loan (20 books) in my account. Every time the numbers of books borrowed goes down, I felt a little relieved. As at end of July, for the first time in 12 months, my library loan is down to 6 books. 😉
I made weekly trip to the library with my two young sons but there was one particular very satisfying trip to the Reading Central Library in April 2012 which I brought all these books home:
I thought it was a great loot as I brought home books from 4 continents at one time, The America, Africa, Asia and Middle East and from 7 different countries. I can’t remember where there is a library loot that is as diverse as this (I speak for myself, your library may have better collections than mine!). Out of the 8 books I have read 6.
Do you remember a time when you are particularly happy with you library loot? Perhaps you stumble upon books you have always wanted to read, or like me you have brought home books which covers so many parts of the world?
That’s all for now. I am not sure how August would work out for me. I got no plan and I am a bit anxious about my work schedule with a project running at full gear and Olympics updates every hour of my waking life. Whenever I can, I will read and blog about it but most important of all….. Enjoy your summer!!