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October booklist

1.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

I listened to the audio a month or two ago, but I'm glad I went back and read the print book - I revel in the way Gaiman puts words together, and I appreciated it a lot more in print.I found the violence between father and son far, far more disturbing than Ursula. And suspecting just how much Gaiman based the main character on himself as a child makes me so, so sad.

2.  Without Fail, Lee Child

#6 in the series; nothing really new to say, but I loved it.

3.  How Reading Changed my Life, Anna Quindlen

Short, quick, and a bit repetitive, but doubtless pleasing to fellow book-lovers.

4.  Emma, Jane Austen

I love rereading things like this because I always notice new aspects! This time it was just how kind and good-hearted and selfless Miss Bates is - before I had gotten so caught up in her annoying (and played-for-comedy) characteristics that I didn't see what a genuinely GOOD person she was. Of course, this make's Emma's heartlessness towards her all the more painful to read.

5.  Persuader, Lee Child

#7, and it made me so nervous. Also, I think this is the first time we've seen Reacher up against someone he couldn't beat by brute force.

6.  Sandman # 1, Neil Gaiman

I feel bad about this, but ... I didn't really like it. I guess I'm going to have to accept that I just don't enjoy graphic novels as a format. They are SO much harder for me to comprehend than text. (I can't read pictures as well as most people, I guess?)

7.  Death of a Poison Pen, M.C. Beaton

Someone mentioned these as being great for Scottish flavor, and indeed they are! I don't read cozy mysteries that much, but I hope to be back to this series when I need a quick, relaxing read. I loved the small Scottish village and its people.

8.  One Flew Over the Onion Dome: American Orthodox Converts, Retreads & Reverts, Joseph David Huneycutt

Written with a lot of verve and humor and compassion.

9.  North & South, Elizabeth Gaskell

So the prose is flowery and the characters sometimes dripping with Victorian melodrama ... I still think this is one of THE most romantic classics ever.

10. The Wedding Wallah, Farahad Zama

I wish I could find the middle book in the series, but I'm glad I went ahead and read this third one anyway! I love the way it's written - I can't say it gives an accurate picture of India, since I haven't been there, but it seems to do a great job of portraying Indian life without being stereotypical. This one tackles some modern issues like gay rights in India, and I was a bit confused because what I thought was the key plotline didn't get resolved in this book ... but it was very enjoyable.

11.  Lost in Austen, Emma Webster

Choose your own adventure books stress me out because I want to read ALL the book and not miss anything, which makes for a lot of multiple-plots-at-once-ness. It's a bit of a gimmick and I wouldn't, like, pay money for this book ... but it made for a fun evening. I mean, Austen-based choose your own adventure, amiright?

12.  David & Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell

Listened to the audio; would have enjoyed it more in print. It's about how what we perceive as being advantages (wealth, strength, size) are often not, and that "underdogs" actually have the advantage many times (which means they aren't actually underdogs, but whatever.)

13. The Enemy, Lee Child

14. One Shot, Lee Child
15. The Hard Way, Lee Child

Now I'm binge-reading Lee Child. All great. All edge-of-your-seat, loose-sleep-over books. The Enemy was kind of a shock because it's suddenly set ten years *before* all the other books with no explanation, but in hindsight I do agree with Child that it's more effective emotionally coming where it does in the series rather than being first.

[edit] Poll won't work, editing being wonky, giving up for now. =P



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Nov. 1st, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Too bad the poll is being dumb! I'll just answer: I've not read any of those! But I should read Emma sometime.

Nov. 2nd, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhh... now I get the poll. :)

Are you giving up completely on Sandman? Or are you going to delve a little bit more into it? The more I read, the more I loved the series, but then, I like graphic novels.

And even though I like graphic novels quite a bit, it takes a good while to adjust to the format. It's awkward and slow-paced and stutter-y when I first get started. I am so 'aware' of reading the graphic novel and deciphering what is going on that I cannot get 'lost' in the novel in the way that I can with reading. But, eventually, it all starts to flow and I forget, like with books, that I am even reading and am just absorbed in the world.

I absolutely love that about books.. that I completely lose all concept of the fact that I am reading words on pages and am instead experiencing what is happening. It just takes practice and warm-up for the same thing to happen with graphic novels (for me).
Nov. 17th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'd read more Sandman if I had access to it (I got the first volume when it was free for kindle), but I'm not really willing to pay for it. :) I think I've just decided gn are not my preferred format. I can soldier through and enjoy a story anyway (like I did for the Fullmetal Alchemist and D.Gray-Man manga) but it doesn't make me want to seek out new ones to read.
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