Read in August 2011

I never manage to review even half of what I read. But not because they’re not worth reviewing! But just, you know, circumstances. So perhaps this end-of-the-month summaries should include a mini mini review of the ones I didn’t get to. Here’s an attempt.

Fiction (9)
Wanting – Richard Flanagan
The City of Your Final Destination – Peter Cameron
Everything beautiful began after – Simon Van Booy

On Stranger Tides – Tim Powers
An ok read. A bit rambly. Made me curious about how they adapted it for the Pirates series though.

The Longshot  – Katie Kitamura
A book about mixed martial arts? Never would have expected to pick it up let alone finish it. But there was something about it that made me want to read on. Who knows, might intrigue you too. Will be interested to read more by Kitamura.

North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
Watched the miniseries first. But loved the book a bit more (although of course Richard Armitage = Mr Thornton for me now). I now have to go read everything else by Gaskell.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick
ADORED this one. Am considering getting a copy for myself wee reader.

One Day – David Nicholls
This one gets a BAH! But then, it’s not all that bad. I just hated how it ended. And Dex. Oh I don’t know. I just know that I constantly wondered why I was reading this, and then somewhere nearish the end, I understood why I was reading it.

Helpless – Barbara Gowdy
I’ve only read two of her books but there’s always something rather disturbing and sad about them. Is it then disturbing and sad that I kind of loved this story about a kidnapping and feel the need to go read all of her books?

Non-fiction (2)
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations – Georgina Howell
Book Lust To Go – Nancy Pearl
Oh Nancy Pearl, this is your best book yet.

There, that wasn’t so bad was it?

Total: 11


  1. Gaskell seems to be everywhere! I’ve heard nothing but good things about her work but have yet to try any of her books yet. I will some day! Great month.


  2. Re: Barbara Gowdy. Disturbing and sad, but also invigorating. I find what she does is endlessly challenging, and I can’t get enough of it. I’m thinking of re-reading The White Bone this year, but Mister Sandman is tempting too. I hope your library ups its holdings to satisfy your urges (or offers Inter-library-loans)!

    Re: Hugo Cabret Oh, you’ve nudged this one waaay up my list. I’ve picked it up so many times and, shamingly, it’s the sheer weight of it that’s put me off ’til now. But “ADORED”?! How can I resist.


    1. Ah yes, the inter-library loans are available, from many library systems across the state, including university libraries! But the late fines are incredulously hefty and I’m always afraid I’ll be late returning them (they don’t allow book drop returns for such loans!). But I do hope to read the rest of Gowdy’s books. They are indeed intriguing and great reads.

      I hope Hugo lives up to your expectations!


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