Here's something I haven't done before, and will hopefully never do again: I've read so many books from August to November, and not written about them, that for the sake of chronicling while not letting this post go mile long, I am simply going to list them month by month and add a rating (and maybe a few words for some).
I've been thinking about the blogging and where I want to go with it lately (looks like I am not the only one, I've seen others reorganising their mental fields before the end of the year as well), and I'm planning to get back into writing more actively as of the new year. I think I'll do some changes as to what I write about, and how, and for how much, so that the book blogging experience was more customized for my personal taste.
But let's get on with this post. I was in a major slump for the end of summer-beginning of autumn, after which I got into a MAJOR reading spree (that should explain 28 completed books in October - and by completed I mean I finished off everything that I had ever started before and books that had been next to my bed for months; in the end I felt extremely liberated).
1. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison - 4/5
2. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie - 3/5
3. A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki - 5/5
- so so good. Pick it up if you crave for some violence-zen combo in your life.
4. 172 Hours on the Moon, Johan Harstad - 3/5
- a bit of a missed opportunity there. Or maybe I'm just not the target group...
1. Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie (for RIP) - 4/5
2. The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell - 5/5
- do I even need to comment? I'm soon done with everything Mitchell has written, and then what? *dreads the day*
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling - 4/5
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling - 4/5
1. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield - 5/5
- I think this book can have two possible outcomes, depending on a person: you either 1) feel like the worst, most depressed under-achiever in the world or 2) inspired to the moon and back and ready to take on the whole earth.
2. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester - 2.5/5
3. Andeka kingsepa surm, Vaclav Erben - 1/5
4. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett - 4/5
5. Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, Laura & Lisa Ling - 3.5/5
- one of my favourite non-fiction topics; I felt the content was good, but it was so obvious the book was written by journalists, and often I felt like things could have been edited out for the sake of smoother narrative flow.
6. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami - 3/5
- I think this was disappointment mainly because I have read so much Murakami in my life. He tends to write about the same people all over, and it can get a bit too much.
7. The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie R. King (for RIP) - 4/5
8. Asylum, Madeleine Roux (for RIP) - 2/5
9. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (for RIP) - 5/5
- a bit of a soap opera, granted, but so well done I could not stop until it was over. Very atmospheric read.
10. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen (for RIP) - 4/5
11. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, Michael Boccacino (for RIP) - 2/5
12. The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells - 4/5
13. The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton - 4/5
- not sure I'd recommend this book to anyone, but it was certainly and interesting and mind-provoking read. If you like(d) Deadwood, you might connect well with the setting in The Luminaries.
14. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz - 4/5
15. The Shining, Stephen King (for RIP) - 4/5
- the hedge animals!
16. The Distant Hours, Kate Morton (for RIP) - 3/5
17. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami - 4/5
18. The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield (for RIP) - 2/5
- I feel like I should get into defence mode, this book is well loved. I didn't connect to the prose at.all. Just wasn't my thing. Mainly I waited for it to be over.
19. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain - 4/5
20. NOS4A2, Joe Hill (for RIP) - 4/5
21. Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan (for RIP) - 3/5
22. The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own, Nina Garcia - n/a
23. Roosi nimi (The Name of the Rose), Umberto Eco (for RIP) - 4/5
24. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley (3.5/5)
25. Dreamcatcher, Stephen King (for RIP) - 3/5
26. Nana, Émile Zola - 4/5
27. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie - 5/5
- the book that won all possible SF awards, as well as my heart.
28. Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy - 5/5
- the world is a bleak place and human efforts go unrewarded; shallowness and deception will reign. Recommended to all the cynics and those who wish sunshine and happiness in the end of their e-mails.
So I read 12 books for RIP IX - not too bad at all, considering my initial aim was to complete two. :)