I’ve just returned from a few weeks of travelling and working, but have also basked in some restful and productive moments. More about that anon, in my next few posts this coming week. [With lots of pictures. Here’s just one to whet your appetite…]
But for now, let’s see what my reading has been like in this tumultuous and busy month of October. At first, things didn’t go well, and very little reading got done. As for reviewing – foggedaboutit! But it ended in a warm glow of poetry. And I’ve reached my Goodreads annual target of 140 books, with 2 more months to go, so I will almost certainly get to over 150 now.
Reading for Reviews
- Gilly Macmillan: The Perfect Girl – Keen to read this, as I enjoyed the debut novel by this author Burnt Paper Sky. Sadly, this one did not quite live up to the promise of the first one – and my review has still not been written for CFL.
- Jeffrey Siger: Santorini Caesars – review to follow on CFL
Reading for Projects/Challenges
Anna Katharina Hahn: Kürzere Tage (Shorter Days) and Robert Seethaler: Der Trafikant (The Tobacconist) for German Lit Month in November. Was not impressed by one and loved the other, but which is which? You’ll have to wait and see…
Andrea Camilleri: The Age of Doubt – am rereading Camilleri (and reading those books in the series which I missed the first time round) for a feature article on his Montalbano series
Reading for Fun
- Henrietta Rose-Innes: Nineveh
- Anthony Horowitz: Magpie Murders
- Zygmunt Miloszewski: Rage (transl. Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
- Sarah Moss: Signs for Lost Children
I hope to write a longer review for Signs for Lost Children and perhaps a shared post for Rage and Magpie Murders. But then, I am still behind on Romain Gary, so my promises are not that reliable at the moment. As for AD Miller: Snowdrops – DNF – cannot bear to read anymore about Western male fantasies about manipulative but sexy Russian women.
I was lucky enough to spend five days in the house of a poet and artist, and was bathed in beautiful words and images.
The two volumes below I travelled with myself, but there were plenty of other poetry books there, so I will devote a separate post (or two or three) to that.
- Tiphanie Yanique: Wife
- Vahni Capildeo: Measures of Expatriation
So 11 books (not counting the additional poetry) and a reasonably balanced month: 4 foreign language books, 2 poetry, 5 crime, 5 by men and 6 by women.
Plans for November include:
- actually writing some reviews
- German Literature Month with Caroline and Lizzy – I hope to read at least one more book by Clemens J. Setz
- preparing for a master class with Laura Kasischke by reading more of her poetry and her novel Suspicious River
- keeping up the poetry reading habit, because it works wonders for my peace of mind and my creativity
- book reviews for Crime Fiction Lover will include: A Suitable Lie by Michael Malone; Rob Sinclair’s Dark Fragments and my favourite annual feature of ‘5 women authors to watch’ for New Talent November
- reducing even a tiny amount of my greedy reading pile on Netgalley