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Complete List of Books Read in the Month of August 
1st-Sep-2006 01:30 am
Gorey02
251) Gardner, John. Grendel. (8/1/2006)
*252) Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day. (8/2/2006)
253) Fitzgerald, Penelope. The Blue Flower. (8/2/2006)
254) Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go. (8/3/2006)
255) Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha. (8/4/2006)
256) Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. (8/4/2006)
*257) Lessing, Doris. The Fifth Child. (8/6/2006)
258) DeLillo, Don. The Body Artist. (8/6/2006)
259) Kundera, Milan. Ignorance. (8/6/2006)
260) Amis, Martin. Time's Arrow; or, The Nature of the Offense. (8/7/2006)
261) Chabon, Michael. The Final Solution: A Story of Detection. (8/7/2006)
262) Barrie, J. M. Peter and Wendy. (8/8/2006)
263) Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. (8/9/2006)
264) Ishiguro, Kazuo. A Pale View of the Hills. (8/10/2006)
265) Morrow, James. City of Truth. (8/10/2006)
266) Ishiguro, Kazuo. An Artist of the Floating World. (8/12/2006)
267) Winterson, Jeanette. Sexing the Cherry. (8/13/2006)
268) Auster, Paul. City of Glass. (8/14/2006)
269) Auster, Paul. Ghosts. (8/14/2006)
270) Auster, Paul. The Locked Room. (8/15/2006)
271) Homes, A. M. Jack. (8/19/2006)
271) Faber, Michel. The Crimson and the White. (8/21/2006) - REVIEW NOT POSTED
272) Maugham, W. Somerset. Cakes and Ale. (8/24/2006)
273) Spark, Muriel. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. (8/24/2006) - REVIEW NOT POSTED
274) Wilde, Oscar. The Portrait of Mr. W.H. (8/25/2006) - REREAD
275) Coetzee, J. M. Foe. (8/25/2006)
276) Spark, Muriel. The Driver's Seat. (8/25/2006) - REVIEW NOT POSTED
*277) Lefcourt, Peter. The Dreyfus Affair. (8/27/2006)
278) Winterson, Jeanette. The Passion. (8/29/2006)
279) Pomfret, Scott and Scott Whittier. Nothing Personal. (8/29/2006)
280) Auster, Paul. Auggie Wren's Christmas Story. (8/30/2006)
281) Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. (8/30/2006)
*best books of the month

For reviews of the books listed above, go here. Watch out for spoilers!

If you have any recommendations for me on the basis of this list, by all means drop me a line! I'm always looking for suggestions. My New Year's Resolution was to read at least 200 books, which I've already done. I figure if I average one book a day for the rest of the year, I should be able to hit a yearly total of 400. MAYBE.

MONTHLY TOTAL: 31
YEARLY TOTAL (to date): 281

A busy and stressful month meant a lot less reading (even less than the sum total of books would suggest) than usual. Moreover, the great majority of what I did read--though highly "literary" by most standards--was singularly UNfun...though I did degenerate into reading a couple of fluffy gay romances late in the month. Still, Kazuo Ishiguro and Doris Lessing represented great discoveries, and I'm quite eager to read more of both authors (Lessing's sci-fi series, in particular). I definitely need refocus on my specific literary interests, regardless; it's high time that I revisit the Triangle list in a big way, for example. That will, hopefully, make things more enjoyable all around.
Comments 
1st-Sep-2006 10:05 am (UTC)
I always love to take a look at your reading list, and seeing what books you enjoyed most. I hope you have fun with next month's reading list, and good luck with your reading goals :-)
1st-Sep-2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
How do you find Doris Lessing's writing in general (aside from great)? What's her style like? Have you just read the one book?

She's one of those I've been meaning to pick up, but don't really know where to start.
1st-Sep-2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
I just finished the sequel to The Fifth Child, called Ben, in the World. It wasn't as good as its prequel, but still pretty strong.

To be honest, I'm not really sure how to describe Lessing's writing. Her prose is functional, first and foremost, and less distinctive stylistically. She's safely ensconced in modernism and the popular techniques of the first half of the 20th century, but I haven't yet seen anything experimental a la James Joyce or Virginia Woolf. Where to start with her writing probably depends upon what sorts of genres you like most since she's written pretty widely in a variety of them.

Sorry I can't be more helpful!
3rd-Sep-2006 03:53 am (UTC)
I suggest reading briefing for a decent into hell by her, very good, though a bit challenging of a read, worth it though.
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1st-Sep-2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I haven't liked Chabon's writing as much as some of the other younger white male American authors he's been compared to (particularly Eugenides), but I've only read two of his "minor" works. Which of his titles do you think is the best?
1st-Sep-2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
I love Michael Chabon's books. I take it since you read The Final Deception you have read his others?
1st-Sep-2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
I read The Mysteries of Pittsburgh a couple of months ago, but nothing of Chabon's other than that. Which of his titles do you think is the best?
2nd-Sep-2006 04:50 am (UTC)
Kavalier and Clay is the best one by him. I also liked his "kids" book, Summerland.
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1st-Sep-2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
*laughs* ACTUALLY, I haven't read any of them. Though the following three are already on my mental to-read long(LONG!)list:

confessions of max tivoli -- andrew sean greer
atonement -- ian mcewan
jonathan strange & mr norrell -- susanna clarke

Thanks for the recommendations!! ^___^
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1st-Sep-2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ian McEwan's written so much, though! I'm not sure if I'm ready to get addicted to yet another author just this minute. ^^;

I'm already worshipping Paul Auster and Kazuo Ishiguro as it is...
2nd-Sep-2006 08:22 am (UTC)
Atonement is beautiful, truly! I read it in a matter of days (I can't read as quick as I have a baby girl who demands a great deal of my attention :)

I loved the New York Trilogy. Not read anything else of his, what would you recommend - one book say?
2nd-Sep-2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
I personally really liked Auster's Timbuktu. It's really funny in places and narrated by a delightfully believable dog.
1st-Sep-2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
what did you think of Paul Auster's New York Trilogy?
1st-Sep-2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Pretty good, but I LOVE what he's done since then. ^_^
3rd-Sep-2006 07:45 am (UTC)
yeah, after reading the trilogy i immediately went on to read all of his works in a short time.

some of the stand-outs: Music of Chance, Book of Illusion, and I Thought My Father Was God [which he didnt write but did serve as editor along with the people of NPR, and was fascinating]

read any of them?
3rd-Sep-2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Not yet! Thus far, in addition to The New York Trilogy, I've read Auggie Wren's Christmas Story, In the Country of Last Things, and Timbuktu.
4th-Sep-2006 05:06 am (UTC)
highly recommended then
2nd-Sep-2006 10:53 am (UTC)
Oh WOW. That is a lot of reading for one month. I just got back into reading again (haven't really read a lot since middle school, and i'm 19) and I read four books this month and was proud of myself. Haha. Where do you find the time?
2nd-Sep-2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Well, for starters, I hardly ever watch TV. Given that the average American watches TV for more than 4 hours every day, if you replace that chunk of time with reading, you'll find it quite easy to read a book every other day, at least, depending upon its length. The rest is opportunity. There's no magic to it. ^_^
2nd-Sep-2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
That could be my problem. I might die without Without A Trace, CSI and Family Guy. Lol.
2nd-Sep-2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's normal; I'm weird. But we all have to get our fun somewhere, right? ^_~
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