Books I read in October but did not blog about
1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Zafon. I enjoyed this book for its atmosphere, the use Barcelona between the world wars as a background, the idea of the library of forgotten book, the sense of being in a premall and preinternet book store and I liked the characters in the book. I think I preferred this book to his Angel's Game. I think any body who likes books might well like it. I did not blog on it mainly because there must already be fifty book blog posts on it.
2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne-This was to me a good Y A book about the holocaust. It is not, to me, on the level with Milkweed or The Book Thief but for sure it is worth reading. The day after I finished this my wife and I watched the movie. We enjoyed it. There are a few changes that took away a bit from the book but I thought the movie was better in showing the changes in the teenage girl, weaker in the ending and weaker in its treatment of the character of the mother. I was struck in the book where the family is so proud (and scared) when Hitler comes to dinner. It is mentioned that a member of the family is learning French, Hitler says "why would anyone want to do that?"
Books I posted about in October 2009
3. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea by Yuko Mishima
4. Barefoot in Fire: A Manila WWII Childhood by Barbara-Ann Gamboa Lewis-it is shame that this book is only available in Manila as it deserves a wide readership.
5. The Power Book by Jeanette Winterson-my first work by this author, it will not be my last.
6. The Flower Mat by Shigoro Yamamoto
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry-a very good Young Adult book that can be enjoyed by all ages.
8. The Secret History of the Lord of Musaki by Junichiro Tanizaki
9. Arrowroot by Junichiro Tanizaki (published by Vintage in the same book as # 8)-
10. Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki
11. Quicksand by Junichiro Tanizaki (he is now on my read everything he has written TBR list)
12. The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian-
13. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink-to me it seemed like one long cliche, others have liked it.
14. Four Short Stories from Crazy Iris and Other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath edited and introduced by Kenzaburo Oe. There are four more stories still to read and blog about in this wonderful and important book. I expect to read the remaining four stories in November.
Challenges I am currently reading for
The Japanese Literature Challenge 3-greatest challenge of them all to me-open up a new world of reading.
China Challenge-3 of 5 complete-I have until Sept 2010 5 books and will try for 10
Challenges I will join in November
The November Novella Challenge-read either one or four Novellas-(defined here as 70 to 120 pages)
The Really Old Classics Challenge-read one pre 1600 book by Feb 2010-just have to pick my book
Women Unbound Reading Challenge-I will read at least 8 books related to women's studies by Nov 2010
I may joint read books for these new challenges along with the Japanese Literature 3 Challenge and The China Challenge-