Read in July/Will read in August

This was a good month of non-fiction reads! I know, I know, I am so behind on my reviews… it is just overwhelming…

Among my favourite reads this month – Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the confusion?, Word Freak, A Writer’s House in Wales.

As for August, I’m heading to Southeast Asia. Just not physically.

I’ve decided to do some armchair travelling in that region this August because it’s the month of National Days.

Growing up in Singapore, August 9 was always pretty exciting. A day off from school, a ‘parade’ to watch (although it usually took place within a stadium, so I’m not sure if the word ‘parade’ is apt anymore. And we’d pop out into the garden to catch a glimpse of the fighter jets streaking their way across the sky, and the helicopters flying the Singapore flag (Singapore is so tiny that it didn’t matter where you lived, you could probably see the flypast). Of course as I grew up, it was just about the day off. If you’re interested in finding out what the celebrations are like, here’s the official website. Essentially August 9 commemorates Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965.

But Singapore isn’t the only country celebrating its National/Independence Day in August. August 17 is Indonesia’s and August 31 is Malaysia’s. So it’s pretty fitting to be reading Southeast Asia in August!

Anyway here’s what I read in July

Fiction (11)
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) – Gail Carriger
The snail-watcher and other stories – Patricia Highsmith
Seven Years – Peter Stamm
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Gun Slinger (Dark Tower #1) – Stephen King
The Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin
Buzz Aldrin, What happened to you in all the confusion? – Johan Harstad
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century #1) – Cherie Priest
Walks with men – Ann Beattie
China Mountain Zhang – Maureen McHugh

Graphic novels (2)
Mister Wonderful: a love story – Daniel Clowes
Petrograd – Philip Gelatt

Non-fiction (6)
Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician – Shinmon Aoki
Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive SCRABBLE Players – Stefan Fatsis
52 Loaves: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust – William Alexander
Mother reader: Essential writings on motherhood – Moyra Davey (Editor)
A Writer’s House in Wales – Jan Morris
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country – Louise Erdrich

Total: 19

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