read_warbler (read_warbler) wrote,

Books for August

August was an odd month both personally and reading-wise. The two were connected I suspect, the one making it hard for me to settle to particular books. I started and abandoned two - Captain Hatteras by Jules Verne and Made in Heaven by Adele Geras. The former sounded right up my street - nautical, arctic exploration - but it bored the pants off me so back to the library it went. The latter is by an author lots of people seem to adore. I grabbed it from the library and then found myself intensely irritated by a cast of people with more money than sense. I got about 100 pages in, then the date ran out and couldn't be renewed. I took it back with no regrets.

Soooo, just five books this month.

Lighthouse by Tony Parker
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Mistress of the Art of Death by Arianna Franklin

My favourite was Mistress of the Art of Death, but the rest were good reads as well, particularly Lighthouse.

Things have settled a little now so I'm hoping for a better reading month. I'm sure just the simple fact that it's September and autumn is almost here will help. I'm now reading Dracula by Bram Stoker so that I can read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova for two challenges - my unofficial chunkster challenge and a Halloween one that's stretching over the two months up to 31st. October. So lots of creepy book reviews (or should that be 'reviews of creepy books...'?) coming up!

Has anyone read anything by Orson Scott Card? I've been hearing good things about his sci fi 'Ender Wiggin' series and wondered if anyone had any opinions.

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