I started keeping a reading journal this year (at long long last) so now I can obsessively keep track of what I read and What I Thought About It (like, in 10-20 words: this is deeply uncomplicated stuff; also I doodle in the margins).
Anyway, for your pleasure, here’s what I read last month and brief (and deeply personal) recommendation notes:
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Wizard of the Crow. New York: Random House, 2007.
Highly recommend if you like tricksters/magical realism/post-colonial satire. It’s 700ish pages so proceed with caution if you’re not into long books?
Anthony Horowitz. Magpie Murders. Toronto: HarperCollins, 2016.
I thought it was gimmicky at first and then really enjoyed it. Think the ending deeply underserves the female narrator though.
Charlotte Brontë. Villette. New York: HarperCollins, 2015.
I now have a profound love-hate relationship with this novel. Just kidding I love it deeply. I imagine it is…not for people who like plain old likeable narrators?
Laurel Snyder. Orphan Island. HarperCollins, 2017.
Compellingly readable. At first I thought I hated the ending but then I couldn’t stop thinking about the book for two days after I finished and now I think it’s maybe great? (Pretty sure it’s about how adults fail.)
Matthew Beaumont. Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London. London and New York: Verso, 2016.
I love London and I love walking and I love writers but this didn’t quite do it for me. UGH SORRY.
Cixin Liu. The Dark Forest. Trans Joel Martinsen. New York: Tor, 2015.
The first third made me so angry. The last third is really thoughtful but left me incredibly sad. Worth reading but not as great as the first book in the trilogy.
James Tiptree Jr. Up the Walls of the World. New York: Berkley Publishing, 1978.
This book made me so happy. Also: SPACE SQUIDS. (There is also a space Labrador.)
Ben Aaronovitch. Rivers of London. London: Galloway, 2011.
Are all the London books going to let me down? Page turning, but there’s a spirit of meanness (and casual misogyny?) about this book that left me feeling disturbed.
Colson Whitehead. The Underground Railroad. New York: Doubleday, 2016.
Everyone needs to read this book right now. A horrifying and traumatic history/present elegantly told.
That’s it. Nothing but the most informative book reviews from me.
7 November 2017