Read in October 2012

I had a great time with books this month – ok, so I have a great time with books each month. But October seemed to be a month full of new-to-me authors, some of whom I can’t wait to read more of. Susanna Kearsley wrote a gorgeous windswept romantic historical fiction in The Winter Sea that I stayed up past my bedtime (ok so my bedtime is a very early 10ish) to finish. Kim Dong Hwa’s Color Trilogy was a sentimental graphic novel series that centred on a wonderful mother-daughter relationship and the daughter’s maturation from a girl to a young woman, both emotionally and physically. I was perhaps most surprised by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I always hesitate about reading the classics, with the exception of Jane Austen, but The House of Seven Gables was, while a bit bizarre at parts, actually quite a good read.

Fiction (10)
The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
Death of a red heroine – Qiu Xiaolong
Frida’s Bed – Slavenka Drakulić
The essence of the thing – Madeleine St John
Hairstyles of the damned – Joe Meno
The Round House – Louise Erdrich
A banquet for hungry ghosts: A collection of delicious frightening tales – Ying Chang Compestine, Coleman Polhemus (illustrator)
The house of seven gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Winter Sea – Susanna Kearsley
In the shadow of the Banyan – Vaddey Ratner

Science fiction (2)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6 – Jonathan Strahan (ed)
Roadside picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Graphic novels (4)
Color of earth (Colour Trilogy #1) – Kim Dong Hwa
The Color of Water (Color Trilogy #2) – Kim Dong Hwa
Hark! A vagrant – Kate Beaton
Ghost world – Daniel Clowes

Non-fiction (3)
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter – William Deresiewicz
Head above water – Buchi Emecheta
Too close to the sun: The Audacious life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton – Sara Wheeler

 

Total: 19

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