This month I focused on novella-length books, though I also managed a doorstopper from the Booker Prize shortlist. I only have another three weeks until I fly to America for Christmas, so I may end up canceling some of the reservations below, or just taking a chance that they won’t come in for me until the new year. (As usual, I’ve added in star ratings and links to Goodreads reviews where I haven’t already featured the books on the blog in some way.)
LIBRARY BOOKS READ
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
- The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett
- Sincerity by Carol Ann Duffy [poetry]
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
- The Glorious Life of the Oak by John Lewis-Stempel
- The Secret Life of the Owl by John Lewis-Stempel
- Holloway by Robert Macfarlane
- Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds [graphic novel]
- West by Carys Davies
- House of Glass by Susan Fletcher
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Winter by Ali Smith
- In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World by Simon Garfield
- Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations by Arnold van de Laar
TO SKIM ONLY
- Rewild Yourself : 23 Spellbinding Ways To Make Nature More Visible by Simon Barnes
- Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts by Brené Brown
- The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating by Anthony Warner
IN THE RESERVATION QUEUE
- Selected Poems by Edmund Blunden
- Daphne by Will Boast
- Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen
- The Binding by Bridget Collins
- Owl Sense by Miriam Darlington
- Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds
- A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes
- Fox 8 by George Saunders
- The Brief Life of Flowers by Fiona Stafford
- Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami – I cut my losses at page 120. At that point the story still hadn’t taken off. The setup is fairly similar to that of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and so was not fresh or enticing enough.
- The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell – I read the first chapter (21 pages) and enjoyed it well enough, but didn’t feel any need to continue.
- The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos – I’m interested in trying more literary/crossover crime novels and liked the synopsis of this one, but didn’t enjoy the hardboiled style. I read the first 20 pages.
- Varina by Charles Frazier – I tried the first few pages and wasn’t drawn in.
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – I put it down when I found a dangling modifier on page 2! Some people might be willing to look past issues of writing quality and appreciate a story, but I have so many hundreds of books waiting to be read that I am keen not to waste my time on anything even remotely subpar.
- The Long Take by Robin Robertson – Getting through 240 pages of a novel in verse was never really going to happen. (I managed about two.)
- The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke – No chapters, okay. No heading breaks, maybe alright. But no paragraphs? That’s a step too far!
What have you been reading from your local libraries? Does anything appeal from my stacks?
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