I feel like I’m going against the grain on this one, but I’m going to have to say I wasn’t that impressed with Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai. I went into it with high expectations, but overall felt it was unevenly written. Continue reading
If you are Canadian, you have undoubtedly already read Us Conductors by Sean Michaels. I think everyone got it for Christmas. And even if you haven’t read it, you have heard amazing things about it and probably gave it to somebody for Christmas. It won the Giller after all, and for Canadians that is a big endorsement. Continue reading
Physically, I hate running. Philosophically, I think it is the perfect sport. It is cheap, environmentally friendly and feeds my desire for solitude. That is why I sought out Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley. I want to love running. I want to feel the joy that my friends feel when they’re running. I want to push myself to the limit (kind of). Continue reading
You had to know this was coming. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (review) has just been released in the UK, with a cover that is very different from the American one. I’m in no position to judge it objectively. The American cover has become burned on my brain. But what do you think?
I don’t normally participate in the wonderful meme, It’s Monday! What are you reading?, hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, but my 2015 is getting off to a slow start bookwise.
The Communist Cookbook by Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury. Love the cover, love the title, but the book just did not live up to my expectation. In fact, I felt so blah about it, that I’m not even going to review it. Was it me? Was it the book? Who knows. It just didn’t work.
ABOUT TO START
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels. This book has received a lot of acclaim in Canada, where it surprised everyone by winning the Giller Prize this year. I’m reading it as part of Jazz Age January hosted by Leah at Books Speak Volumes and to catch up with the brilliant CanLit podcast, Write Reads.
What is it about Dutch-Scando-wegian literature that makes me so uncomfortable? Admittedly, I have not read much, but what I have read always takes me to an uncomfortable place. It takes rather black and white issues and blurs them all together into innumerable shades of gray. Continue reading
I wasn’t going to participate in this Mini-Bloggiesta, but then I thought, why not? I’ve been so busy lately with other projects and travel that I’ve fallen woefully behind on EVERYTHING to do with my blog. I should take this opportunity to catch up with my blog and the blogging community.
So my To Do List:
write 2 reviews update archives clean out my feeder
- organize my to read list
- do one Bloggiesta challenge
comment on 5 blogs for Bloggiesta tackle the chaos that is my Twitter
This post is so woefully overdue that I almost wasn’t going to write it. Then I thought, hey, what’s the use of all this data just sitting here all by itself? I know there are numbers nerds out there, so I’m going to share.
Total books read
This is down from 2013, which was at 101. Do I have excuses? You bet i do! Do you care? Probably not.
The gender break down: Not bad, if I do say so myself!! And more female authors read than the year before. But am I giving male authors a fair chance?
The genre breakdown: Yowzers! Not a great split. And when you look at the gender breakdown of the authors, it’s even more depressing. Only 40% of the non-fiction I read was by women. Ponder to yourselves what that may mean. I think it means I don’t read many memoirs and that so-called serious books tend to be written by men, and yes, there is a problem with that.
Author’s Nationality: Looks like I read a lot of Americans this year. Again. But I also read many more Brits, and that was one of my goals now that I’m living permanently in the UK. And you can see that CanLit suffered as a result.
I also made up the category of Global. There were quite a few authors I read this year that truly are global citizens. For example, born in India, went to university in the US, and divides their time between the UK and India.
Where in the world my reading took me: Unfortunately, this neat little map does not show how much I read set in each country. So, for example, it looks like I did a lot of Russian reading, when in fact I read only one book set there. Australia, on the other hand, fared quite well in my reading in 2014.
I don’t often read spy thrillers, but when I do they will be by Chris Pavone. It’s like he gets me and knows what will hook me into an action packed read. Earlier this year I read and reviewed The Accident by Pavone and my love of it propelled me to read his first novel, The Expats. Continue reading