November 2, 2011 14 Comments
In October I read 17 books, which is more than most months (13-15). However, I’ll admit that 3 books I didn’t finish. Two of them, I read about 90 pages, and one I read 350 pages of before giving up.
It’s hard to make a definite choice, but I’d say Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott was my favorite book this month. I also very much enjoyed The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady and The Bomber.
Books I read
(Hover over the covers to see their titles and authors).
Titles in orange link through to their reviews.
The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French. Marylou is in her seventies and was poisoned by a radioactive material in the 1950s, while she was pregnant. She’s moved states just so she can be close to the doctor that experimented on her. She’s planning to kill him. 4.5 stars
The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam (DNF). I read this book for a Dutch book bloggers meeting. Everyone liked the book a lot. However, I found it boring, slow going, and didn’t care for the characters. I read 100 pages so I think I tried hard enough. DNF
The Lady and the Poet by Maeve Haran (DNF). Another one that I didn’t finish. This is a book from my TBR Slash challenge and I started quite happily, but didn’t get into it. DNF
The Bomber by Liza Marklund. At the Olympic Stadion in Stockholm a bomb has gone off and a person has died. Journalist Annika Bengtzon is very cleverly trying to find out about the background of the incident and the victim. She hasn’t much of a home life, which her husband and children resent. A great read! 4.5 stars
Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott. A woman who drives into a homeless family’s car takes them in after the mother of the family has to spend some time in hospital. Very good read! 5 stars.
The Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende. Historical fiction on a Caribbean island where a plantation owner takes in a slave girl and has a long standing relationship with her. 4 stars
Nothing by Blake Butler. Non-fiction about insomnia. Written in a very literary manner. Hard to follow sometimes, but also interesting and recognisable. 3 stars
Fauna by Alissa York. In Toronto, a number of people that are all interested in the welfare of animals become involved with each other. 4 stars
The Ugly Sister by Jane Fallon. A woman is spending her summer with her famous modelling sister in London. But is the sister really interested in her, the unsuccessful librarian? 4.5 stars
What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French. A woman has to deal with the fact that her husband has died in a car crash together with another woman. She can’t believe he had an affair and she does anything to find out the truth. 4 stars
My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock. Memoir about the author spending a year doing things she’s afraid of. Small things like phoning someone, and big things like skydiving and doing stand-up comedy. 4 stars
The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale. I didn’t like this enough to finish it. I stopped after page 350. DNF
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn. Memoir of the author trying to educate American women in eating more healthily. 4 stars
The Trout Opera by Matthew Condon. An 100-year old Australian man is kidnapped by the Olympic Committee as they want him to be present at the opening ceremony. He thinks back to his younger years while his great-niece is sorting out her problems before trying to locate him. 4 stars
Noorderzon [Gone Away] van Renate Dorrestein [Dutch]. A woman has disappeared and her fiancé is worried. According to her house mate, she may be suffering from memory loss after years of alcohol abuse. The fiancé doesn’t believe this. But the reader gets some indication that it might be true… One of my favorite Dutch writers. 3.5 stars
The Literary Circle by Marjolein Februari. A woman and a journalist are looking forward to their a former class mate, now famous for writing a successful book, coming to give a lecture in the small town. But the literary circle doesn’t seem so keen. 4 stars
Korte verhalen schrijven by Ton Rozeman. Tips for writing short stories, in Dutch. With a giveaway! 5 stars
Other Books Reviewed (click on the title to read the review):
Always on My Mind by Colette Caddle. Chick-lit. In a few months’ time, Molly Jackson will marry her fiancé Declan. But when she meets an old flame ánd Declan isn’t giving the wedding the priority he should, she starts to get second thoughts. 3.5 stars.
The Cosy Knave by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen. Rose, an older single woman, is murdered while in the company of several other villagers. Nobody saw what happened. Archibald Penrose, the local constable investigates the case. Very English, lots of fun names, lots of tea. 3.5 stars
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. After her mother dies in India, 16-year old Gemma is sent to boarding school in England, where she discovers an alternate world of magic. 3.5 stars
Lies by Michael Grant. The third in the Gone series. The struggle in the FARZ is continuing with children nearly ready to kill eachother. Some disturbing events make their lives even more uncertain than they already were. 4 stars
We All Ran into the Sunlight by Natalie Young. A fire happened in a French castle years ago. When the castle is put up for sale years later, the people involved in the fire have to revisit the past again. 3 stars
Other happenings on my blog:
I organised the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. This was the third time already and again, people had a great time, had lots of new visitors on their blog and discovered new blogs. Over 50 blogs gave away books.
The winner of the Ugly Covers Competition was announced.
I took part in the 24 Hour Readathon. I had great fun and read 3 books.
I presented 5 Best Books with Ghost Stories. Unfortunately, the 5 Best Books meme is finished. I loved doing it!
What was you favorite book this month?