November was not the best blogging month for me and I feel like I keep repeating myself, no time, too much uni work to do, blabla. What also sucks is when your computer dies on you and you can’t access your files. On the upside, we have lots of pretty snow here and I booked my ticket home for the holidays, only two more weeks to go! 🙂 How’s everyone else holding up?
As for the bookish bits, I read seven books last months:
Birds of a Feather (Jaqueline Winspear)
Falling Man (Don DeLillo)
Curtain (Agatha Christie)
Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)
The Burry Man’s Day (Catriona McPherson)
The Zero (Jess Walter)
The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón)
Most of those were for uni (the 9/11 books and Curtain), but assigned reading is still reading and often pretty awesome. I mean, I had to read an Agatha Christie mystery! 😀 Also, things I learned from those readings: I wish DeLillo would quit writing novels and focus on non-fiction instead (his robot-like dialogues are creeping me out), the 9/11 report is much more accessible than I thought but the graphic adaptation is not successful and open endings in suspenseful twisty fiction are just plain mean.
The rest of my reading was mysteries (of course) and Atwood’s dystopia Oryx and Crake, which I’ve only been trying to get around to for about two years. I finally read it this year for the Canadian Authors Challenge 2010, now I only have to read 2 more for this one and I might actually complete one challenge. Did I mention that I tend to forget about challenges? Anyway, Oryx and Crake is pretty amazing and now I can read Year of the Flood, though I can’t imagine it’s as good as Oryx.
Both the mysteries I read were sequels, and I enjoyed them both. I’ve gotten better at not letting the esoteric, psychic stuff in the Maisie Dobbs series bother me and got a kick out of learning about the White Feather Campaign (Nicoletta Gullace’s The Blood of Our Sons seems to be the best book to find out more about that. Any other recs?). The second Dandy Gilver book, The Burry Man’s Day is also a great follow-up and if you enjoy historical mysteries and are interested in Scotland after WWI, give Dandy are chance.
I’ll make the round now, to see what everyone else’s reading in november was like!