Read in August 2012/Will read in September

My goal for August for was to read books set in Southeast Asia and I did a so-so job, with four books read (out of 15 fiction books read in August – some of which were from my previous month’s goal, to read from my towering TBR Goodreads list). However, some of that Southeast Asian reading has spilled into September, as I just finished one book set in Singapore and am still only a third of a way through another set in Malaysia. So it may turn out ok after all!

My plans for September? I’m keeping it a little more free and easy, but I do hope to read at least a couple of books forĀ RIP VII.


Fiction (15)
A Bali conspiracy most foul – Shamini Flint
The harmony silk factory – Tash Aw
The bondmaid – Catherine Lim
A most peculiar Malaysian murder – Shamini Flint
And when she was good – Laura Lippman
Pale Horse Pale Rider – Katherine Anne Porter
Living dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) – Charlaine Harris
Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie
A room with a view – E.M. Forster
Coast of Chicago – Stuart Dybeck
Shades of grey – Jasper Fforde
Cold earth – Sarah Moss
The golden child – Penelope Fitzgerald
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
Stolen (Women of the Otherworld #2) – Kelley Armstrong

Graphic novels (1)
Clockworks (Locke and Key #5) – Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Non-fiction (3)
Women of wonder, the classic years: science fiction by women from the 1940s to the 1970s
Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed
One More Theory about Happiness – Paul Guest

Total: 18

Falling Angels

Poor Norma, Sandy and Louise. The three Field sisters growing up in 1960s suburban Toronto live in a gloomy, comfortless world. Their father is demanding, difficult, and has dalliances on the side, and their mother, who dropped her baby son over the Niagara Falls many years ago, seeks solace in alcohol. The girls are the ones who take care of her and the house, going for groceries, cooking and cleaning, and trying to stop her from heading for the roof. But one day, one early morning, she does, and they cannot stop her.
Barbara Gowdy seems to like the weird, the eccentric, the crazies. Falling Angels is a tale of a dysfunctional family, with weird and unexpected events that lurk around every corner. It is a sad life these girls lead, and they each have their own coping mechanisms to deal with their family’s problems, resulting in a book that is dark, honest, brutal, a little bizarre and funny at the same time.