Thursday, October 30, 2008

Books I've read in 2008 - October

I don't blog about books very much; that's because I write up my book reviews over at BookCrossing. Very slowly. :-) I do list the books I read here though. So far I've done it by posting one to-be-updated post at the beginning of each month, and then updating that with titles of and links to books as I finish them. That hasn't seemed to generate a lot of interest though. ;-) So from now on I will keep a list on my BC bookshelf and then write a post here at the end of the month. Let's see how that works out. :-)

If anyone has any thoughts on any of the books on the list, I'd love to hear them. I love to talk about books. :-) Click on the link to see the books' BookCrossing journals. I mostly haven't written my reviews on these books yet, shame on me, because ... I am slow. Coming up soon, though. Don't give up on me.

The Muse Asylum by David Czuchlewski
Anarkismen by Daniel Guérin
Without Reserve by Abigail Reynolds
Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal
Escape by Carolyn Jessop BORROWED COPY! This was a pretty good read, relatively well-written, but first & foremost a fascinating story about an unusual life. A testament to the evils of organised religion.
Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
Angel-Seeker by Sharon Shinn
Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan
Akhenaten. Dweller in Truth by Naguib Mahfouz
Your First Terrapin by David Green
Fortellinger ved peisen by André Bjerke LIBRARY COPY
Tortoises Including Turtles and Terrapins by David Robinson
An Unequal Marriage by Emma Tennant


Paz said...

A bit embarrased to say never read the Borstal Boy by Behan, he was a very clever functional alcoholic. one of the funnier quotes from Behan when asked about his trip to Canada “I saw a notice which said, 'Drink Canada Dry' and I've just started.”
On drinking and growing up “To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory.”
must read it

Leisha Camden said...

You should, it's really good.

Findabair said...

Looking forward to hearing what you think of 'Without Reserve'!

And while on the topic; do you know about a book called The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough? It's reviewed about a third of the way down the page here. Am very sceptical, but it does sound like something one needs to read :)

Leisha Camden said...

Review of Without Reserve coming up ... it was pretty good, but didn't come close to The Last Man in the World IMO. It was definitely not my favorite of Reynolds' books even with The Last Man taken off the list. But worth reading for a fan.

The McCullough book I hadn't heard about, but sheesh - the review makes me very suspicious. Sounds kind of like ... a piece of crap? But of course I'd read it if I got the chance ... ;-)