Posts from ‘August, 2010’

August Summary and Plans for September

I finished 14 books in August, most of them from the 2010 Booker long list. I was very impressed with the overall standard of the books I read, having more 4.5+ star reads than ever before. I only hope I can repeat this next month! Book of the Month Books Reviewed in August: Room – […]

Skippy Dies – Paul Murray

 Long listed for 2010 Booker Prize One of the reasons I love reading entire long lists is that I stumble upon fantastic books that I wouldn’t otherwise pick up. I had heard good things about Skippy Dies before the Booker long list was announced, but I couldn’t motivate myself to read 650+ pages about teenagers […]

The Japanese Literature Challenge IV

I love Japanese Literature and so enjoy browsing the reviews on the Japanese Literature Challenge site. Bellezza has done a fantastic job promoting Japanese fiction and now that my Booker reading is coming to an end I’ll be spending more time reading books in translation. I don’t think I’ll be able to read that many […]

Sweetness in the Belly – Camilla Gibb

 Finalist for the 2005 Giller Prize I hadn’t heard of this book, but during a discussion on Canadian literature Claire recommended it and kindly lent me her copy.  I’m so pleased that she brought it to my attention as it was a fantastic read. Sweetness in the Belly is set in Ethiopia, Morocco and England. The main […]

The Stars in the Bright Sky – Alan Warner

 Long listed for 2010 Booker Prize The gossiping of the teenagers in The Sopranos drove me mad after a while and so I hoped that the girls had matured a bit for this sequel. I was rewarded by twenty-something girls who were slightly more sensible, but I think they need to age at least another five years before […]

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell

I have heard so many people raving about this book that I’m afraid I have forgotten who first brought it to my attention, but I’m really pleased that I have discovered Maggie O’Farrell as I’m sure I’ll enjoy working my way through her back catalogue. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox is set in Edinburgh and follows […]