Read in August 2013

I was meant to concentrate on Southeast Asian titles in August but ending up reading all sorts of other fiction, from children’s books to historical fiction to crime/mystery novels. A good time was had as I wandered through Paris, Cambridge, Portland, Macedonia, Cornwall. And of course, plenty of Southeast Asia too – Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos!

So I finished up my month of reading Southeast Asia with 6 titles down. And two more still in progress!

Up next: RIP VIII titles!

Fiction (9)
Loki’s wolves – K.L. Armstrong, M.A. Marr
The bones of Paris (Harris Stuyvesant #2) – Laurie R King
Fire from heaven – Mary Renault
Harriet the spy – Louise Fitzhugh
Case histories – Kate Atkinson
The name of the wind (The Kingkiller chronicle #1) – Patrick Rothfuss
Human remains – Elizabeth Haynes
The rose garden – Susanna Kearsley
Wildwood – Colin Meloy

Southeast Asia in August (5)
Bangkok 8 (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #1) – John Burdett
Crazy rich asians – Kevin Kwan
Disco for the departed (Dr Siri Paiboun #3) – Colin Cotterill
The Headmaster’s wager – Vincent Lam
The Lizard Cage – Karen Connelly

Non-fiction (1)
Raising a Reader: A Mother’s Tale of Desperation and Delight – Jennie Nash

Total: 15

Read in July 2013


It seems like I read fewer books in July than in June. At first I thought it might be because I read more non-fiction, but then I realised that I read five non-fiction books last month, and this month was just four. So erm, I have no excuse, but I resolve to work harder in August! And in case you’re interested, I’m focusing on Southeast Asian books (fiction and non-fiction) in August. I’d love for you to join me, or to recommend your favourite Southeast Asian reads!

July was a great month. I turned a year older (that part not so great!), dined at the unforgettable French Laundry, the baby turned three months old and discovered that his hands make good pacifiers (‘chicken drumsticks’ my mother-in-law calls them) and is also becoming such a smiley little thing, happy to ‘chat’ with anyone who catches his eye, plus, I read some amazing books.

Fiction (7)
Glamour in glass – Mary Robinette Kowal
The girl with the dragon tattoo – Stieg Larsson
The wind in the willows – Kenneth Grahame
Price of salt – Patricia Highsmith
The orphan master’s son – Adam Johnson
The strange files of Fremont Jones (Fremont Jones #1) – Dianne Day
Five Star Billionaire – Tash Aw

Graphic novels (2)
The Cloud Searchers (Amulet, #3) – Kazu Kibuishi
The Last Council (Amulet #4) – Kazu Kibuishi

Non-fiction (5)
Cod: A biography of the fish that changed the world – Mark Kurlansky
A natural history of the senses – Diane Ackerman
Tiny beautiful things: advice on life and love from Dear Sugar – Cheryl Strayed
Queen of the air: A true story of love and tragedy at the circus – Dean Jensen
The whole fromage – Kathe Lisson

Total: 14