May in Books

I read the following books in May:

Ann Veronica (H.G. Wells)

Alton Locke (Charles Kingsley)

Hallucinating Foucault (Patricia Duncker)

Gigi (Colette)

American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)

Palestine (Joe Sacco)

The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood)

Seven books means it was a good reading month for me and I’m happy with the variety of the books I read.

Ann Veronica was an interesting example of Wells’ other works, I had only been familiar with his science fiction books before. But in Singled Out, Nicholson refers to Ann Veronica and luckily my library had a copy.

Alton Locke is another industrial novel which I read for uni. It is very interesting to see how the middle class viewed the political situation but often unsatisfactory resolved in the novel, or not resolved at all.

I chose Hallucinating Foucault because I really enjoyed another of Duncker’s works, Miss Webster and Chérif, before. And I was not disappointed, if you enjoy dark and twisty novels with an academic touch, try this one. Though these books always make me want to start smoking and dress all in black 😀 No worries, I settled for coffee and chocolate instead!

I have a collection of three of Colette’s works on my shelves, but I decided to savour it and read her famous Gigi. It’s fantastic and perhaps now I could try watching the film. I didn’t want to spoil my reading experience by watching it before, you never know they decide to make out of a book.

I also reread American Psycho and I have to say there is something to be said for rereads. I hardly remembered anything of the book, it’s been a couple of years, I only knew that I had liked it despite the gross parts. This time around I had a great time and laughed a lot, which I hope doesn’t mean I’ve grown psychopathic tendencies! Though I can’t recommend reading it on the commute; a woman sitting next to me read with me over my shoulder and since I had just gotten to the psycho slaughter porn, this made me feel more than a little self-conscious! Note-to-self: Remember to choose your commute reads more carefully!

Then I read my first comics journalism book, Joe Sacco’s Palestine, and as if the library felt that I should continue with Sacco’s oeuvre, they acquired two other books by him, in English. I knew there was a reason I liked that library.

And finally, I actually managed to read a book for my own challenge, The Penelopiad. Only took me 5 months, so embarrassing!

Hope everyone read some great books, anything I need to know about?


10 thoughts on “May in Books

  1. Libraries are awesome! 🙂

    I found American Psycho really funny too although I wasn’t brave enough to take it out on the train with me! It’s really more a biting satire rather than a full on gross horror story. It’s so over the top.

    The Foucault book sounds interesting.

  2. Congratulations on a wonderful reading month, Bina! I hope you post a review of ‘Hallucinating Foucault’ and ‘Gigi’ – they sound so fascinating! Your story about reading ‘American Psycho’ on the commute made me smile 🙂

    1. Thanks, Vishy! 🙂 I’ll try to write up reviews of those books, they are really great and gush-worthy.
      Just goes to show you should be more selective when it comes to books for the commute 😉

  3. I’ve also been meaning to read Ann Veronica since Singled Out! Btw, did you know that Virginia Nicholson has a new book out, this time about women in WW2? WANT.

    1. Definitely read Ann Veronica when you get the time, would love to hear your thoughts on it.
      She does? I want that one as well! She really does choose the best topics to write about 🙂

  4. I tried reading American Psycho but gave up on first chapter. I may have missed something…. everyone seems to rave about it! Congratulations Bina for another good reading month.

    1. I think it’s worth giving it another try. But although the it gets very violent and gross, the style doesn’t really change much from the first chapter. All for the sake of criticising consumer culture etc etc 😉

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