Posts from ‘July, 2012’

July Summary and Plans for August

I’ve been going through a non fiction phase this month. I’ve loved learning so many new facts and think this shift in my reading focus will continue to some extent for a while. I’ve read an eclectic mix of books this month and all are worth reading for different reasons. I was disappointed that The Colour […]

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Five words from the blurb: Hurricane Katrina, flooded, neighbours, nightmare In 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. Zeitoun is the true account of what happened to one man, a hard working resident who stayed in the city to protect his property and ended up in prison suspected of terrorism. This is the kind […]

The 2012 Booker Prize Longlist

The 2012 Booker Prize longlist has just been announced as: The Yips by Nicola Barker The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman Philida by André Brink The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng Skios by Michael Frayn The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce Swimming Home by Deborah Levy Bring up the Bodies by […]

Merchants of Culture by John Thompson

Five words from the blurb: publishing, world, marketing, books, money Merchants of Culture provides detailed information about the publishing industry in Great Britain and America. By interviewing professionals and studying sales statistics John Thompson provides a comprehensive analysis of the changes in the industry over the last hundred years. This book isn’t an easy read – […]

The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey

Five words from the blurb: automaton, love, grief, mechanics, life In the past I’ve had a hit/miss relationship with Carey’s books, but now he has produced a book that I neither love, nor hate. I think my lack of passion in either direction can be seen as a bad sign. The Chemistry of Tears begins with […]

Who Will be Longlisted for the 2012 Booker Prize?

2012 has been an amazing year for fiction. Last year I struggled to find 13 books good enough to justify a place on a Booker longlist, but this year I’m overwhelmed by the quality. I’ve read at least 20 books that deserve longlisting and have heard about many others from fellow book lovers. Whittling down […]