September was very busy with work and I didn’t read as much as usual. Also, at the start of the month my cousins stayed with us for a long weekend and I didn’t do much reading then. Now, rather late, my reading report:
- Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
138 pages, my quota for September ̶ one more month and I’ll be done.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy
Total fail again, as usual.
Daniel Karlin (ed.), The Penguin Book of Victorian Verse
I’m really enjoying this collection and am almost done.
- Jay Rubin (ed.), The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
I continued with some of these. They are very interesting, but some of them are very intense, so I’m getting ahead rather slowly.
- Gardner Dozois (ed.), The Year’s Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection
These are fun to read. I’m planning on eventually reading my way through all the annual collections.
- Redmond O’Hanlon, In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon
Very good, see my report here.
- Carol Ann Lee, The Murders at White House Farm
Don’t know why I read this, see my report here.
- Laura Cumming, On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons
Also excellent, see my report here.
- Helen Bevington, The Third and Only Way: Reflections of Staying Alive
A memoir about life in old age, when one’s loved ones are already dead. What keeps one alive? I like reading about how people go through old age. It’s coming for everyone and, who knows, maybe it will be helpful. It’s a quiet reflection, with lots of vignettes and musings on books and life experiences. I enjoyed it a lot and may read some this author’s other books.
- Thomas Mallon, A Book of One’s Own: People and Their Diaries
So far, I’ve only read about two thirds of this book. I found a reference to Bevington in it, which lead me to read her memoir. There’s lots of other reading inspiration in the book. I’ll be returning to it again and again, I believe, to find diaries and memoirs to read. And maybe it will help me to keep up with my own blog/diary. I wrote up a few blog entries in September about the chapters I’ve read, too many to link.
Total fail. I’m currently not feeling like reading graphic novels.
Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge
One of Dickens’ two historical novels. I liked it a lot and mean to write a review.
Toni Morrison, Love
Also a very good read, as usual. Somewhat disturbing, but then, all Morrison’s novels are disturbing. Will write a review.
Lots of non-fiction this month and only two novels. No graphic novel. Not too bad, but I’ve had better reading months.