Monday 2 December 2013

Books read in November

Last month was rather a slow reading month for me it seems... though it certainly did not seem like it at the time. I read five books, a little less than my average six to eight, but that's fine, I no longer stress over numbers and prefer to deliberate more over whether I actually enjoyed what I read. And the answer to that is 'Yes, I did'.

Here are those five books:

75. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. The author travels from London, right across Europe and Asia to Japan and back again via Siberia. I found this a bit slow at times, at other times it was very interesting particularly when dealing with the people he met. I got an excellent idea of the frozen wastes of Siberia from it and that's mainly what I remember best about this travelogue.

76. The Dragon's Eye by Dugold A. Steer. A YA fantasy, recommended by my grand-daughter and I have to say I enjoyed it rather a lot. Lot's of skullduggery regarding dragons.

77. Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae. Crafty crime yarn (sorry...) Very enjoyable.

78. Dolphins Under the Bed by Sandra Clayton. Part one of a trilogy of sailing travel books, of course I read book two first... typical. Enjoyed this one just as much anyway. It charts the couple's first trip down the north coast of France, across the Bay of Biscay, along the Spanish and Portuguese coast to the Med. Very chatty style of writing and nice descriptions of the coastal areas of various countries. Annoyingly the library does not have book three. In my opinion this is a heinous crime and ought to be punishable by something very nasty indeed.

79. Helliconia Spring by Brian W. Aldiss. My first book for Carl's Sci-Fi Experience.

So, five books ranging from good, to very good, to 'amazing'. Which book was amazing and therefore my favourite book of the month? Helliconia Spring. It reminded me why I love classic science fiction SO much and that I really must read a lot more of it next year.

I'm currently reading two books. The first is, Jaguars Ripped my Flesh by Tim Cahill. This is a book of travel 'essays' really. He's had adventures all over the world and written a number of very good books about his travels and experiences. Enjoying this very much. And secondly, The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold. I'm fair galloping through this one as it's a wildly entertaining space opera romp. There are a lot more in this series and I can see me reading quite a few of them next year.

So, here we are in December once again. I say 'once again' because I can't believe how quickly this year has flashed by. It's frightening. Never mind... there are always good books to read and thank goodness for that.

Happy December and 'Christmas' reading for those that do that. I have one or two myself that I might indulge in.



Kailana said...

I need to read more classic sci-fi, too. Carl sent me a list last night so I could try and get to some in January! :)

Cath said...

Any chance you might share the list on your blog, Kelly? :-)

Peggy Ann said...

5 is nothing to sneeze at though Cath! Looks like a pretty good month to me!

Cath said...

Peggy: It's not bad and like I said, it doesn't worry me any more. And when I start doing jig-saws again it will go down even more as once I start a puzzle I can't leave it alone!

Penny O'Neill said...

Well, Cath, to me this is a hearty read. You always give me insight into some books I might not otherwise read. When I get to them; well, that might be another story, but, I do so appreciate what you say here.

I can't wait for my grandchildren to start recommending books to me.

DesLily said...

wow you did great.. i think i read 2 last month and dragging on the one I am trying to read! sheesh!

still blaming it on not feeling's been almost a year now and the meds now are making me loose all interest in everything... :o(

Cath said...

Thanks, Penny, I'm glad I give you some ideas as to what to read. My work here is done. LOL!

I find it's one one of life's little pleasures when your grandchildren recommend books to you. You have a lot of fun to come.

Thanks Pat. I'm hoping 2014 will be a better year for you.

Nan said...

I think I read the Bazaar book many, many years ago, and came away thinking he wasn't a very good writer, and I've never tried anything since. :<) I do however adore a book by his (former, I think) sister-in-law, Phyllis Theroux called Night Lights. How I loved that book. And I just read her son, whom she writes about in the book is engaged to Jennifer Anniston!

Cath said...

Nan: I don't think I minded the writing so much as the fact that he's a bit miserable and always seems to see the worst in people and places. For all that, I did enjoy it.

Heavens it's a small world! We see his son, Louis, on TV here in the UK, doing documentaries about strange people.