Read in January 2014

Bye January!

There was a lot of adjusting in January to do. It was the first time I would be with the two boys on my own for most of the day – we were so lucky to have either set of grandparents around since the baby was born, but the in-laws left in early January. But somehow we made it through!

Perhaps that was why I was escaping into more graphic novels as well as fantasy/SF reads. And one romance novel!

Neil Gaiman took me into that fairy-tale-like world of his in The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Dan Simmons surprised me with his mountain-climbing expertise in his most recent work, The Abominable, and brought me back into the world of the fascinatingly bizarre Shrike (and John Keats!) in The Fall of Hyperion. And the ever lovely glamour-filled England of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Without A Summer made me want to read Jane Austen again.

I also enjoyed exploring San Francisco with Armistead Maupin, and Scotland with D.E. Stevenson. Fuminori Nakamura’s Evil and the Mask made me once again wonder at what goes on in that mind of his…

As for the graphic novels, I would highly recommend Hawkeye, a fun look into the Avenger without superhero powers. March Book One stars a real-life hero, John Lewis, and tells of a chaotic time in American history. Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem added another real-life turn in my graphic novel reads, his insights into life in Jerusalem and parenting both tickled and saddened. One of my favorite series is Joe Hill’s dark Locke and Key, and I’m eagerly waiting to read the last book in the series.

I didn’t read much in terms of non-fiction in January. Fermor’s piece on monasteries in Europe was evocative, while the collection of essays on libraries made me reflect on the importance of libraries in my life.

What’s next? Graphic Novels Month in February and a mental note to try to read more non-fiction soon (although I’ve yet to borrow any so far!).

What are you reading plans for February?

Fiction (10)

Tales of the city – Armistead Maupin
One good earl deserves a lover (The rules of scoundrels #2) – Sarah Maclean
The ocean at the end of the lane – Neil Gaiman
The abominable – Dan Simmons
The fall of Hyperion – Dan Simmons
Without a summer (Glamorist Histories #3) – Mary Robinette Kowal
The chocolate war – Robert Cormier
The baker’s daughter – D.E. Stevenson
The Free – Willy Vlautin
Evil and the mask – Fuminori Nakamura

Graphic Novels (6)
Hawkeye: My life as a weapon (vol 1) – David Aja, Matt Fraction, Javier Pulido
Black Orchid – Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
Jerusalem: chronicles from the Holy City – Guy Delisle
Clockworks: Locke and Key Vol 5 – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
March Book One – John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Genius – Steven T Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen

Non-fiction (3)
A time to keep silence – Patrick Leigh Fermor
Chinese Opera – Jessica Tan Gudnaaon
The Library Book – Alan Bennett et al

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6 thoughts on “Read in January 2014

  1. The Library Book sounds like the sort of thing I would pick up! I will be keeping an eye on your graphic novel reading. It’s something I want to do, but I get so caught up with all of the novels and then I never know where to start!

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    1. Yes that can sometimes be an issue with graphic novels for me, not knowing where to begin.

      You might enjoy The Library Book although I have to admit not all the essays were that great.

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  2. Wow, you read a lot last month, great job! Graphic Novel month sounds wonderful, I might just read one or two for it, not exclusively. My plans for February? To read more than one book? Hee hee. Seriously, I would love to finish all the books on my nightstand right now: Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, Jonathan Lethem’s Fortress of Solitude, Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Vikram Seth’s Two Lives, and Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty.

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