June Book Wrap-Up


Sorry for the mini-hiatus.  Work has been killer and I feel like I live at the office/on the bus.  I’m exhausted and prepping to go home next week (!!!!!!!).  I’ve bought a new, supposedly better digital camera which isn’t working (pictures are coming out distorted with strange, sometimes neon, colors mixed in.  Not right.  So I’ve got to try and exchange it on Saturday.  Ugh.

Anyhow, now for the books!

Books Completed:  6

  • Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre
  • The Prince of Mist – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Girls – Lori Lansens
  • Love in the Present Tense – Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy
  • Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen

Books Abandoned:  2

  • The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts – Louis De Bernieres
  • If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – Jon McGregor

Books in Progress:  1

  • Between the Assasinations – Aravind Adiga

Had a few quick reads this month, and a few books I couldn’t get into.

Favorite book was without a doubt Zafon’s The Prince of Mist.  Yes, it was a young adult book, but Zafon is possibly one of my favorite authors, so anything he writes is golden.

Worst book was most certainly the pretentious piece of crap otherwise known as If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things.  At first, I was really hopeful and really into the book.  Until I reached page 10 of having no names, no distinguishing setting, nothing.  No specifics.  It was the most God awful thing I’ve ever tried to read.  And the book came across as being really self righteous about itself.  Annoying.  “Something terrible” is hinted at having happened, but they never say what or to whom… not that it would matter as there are no character names.  I made it to page 80-something and finally flipped to the end and read the last 5-10 pages. Mystery solved, end of story.

Right now I’m reading Adiga’s second book (first was The White Tiger), Between the Assassinations, and I have to say I’m not disappointed in the least.  Adiga is definitely gaining ground on my top 10 author list.

This month, as I’m traveling back to the USA for (nearly) two weeks, I’m taking a couple of thick books with me so I’m occupied.  I’ll be reading Kingsolver’s Orange Prize Winner, The Lacuna.   I can’t tell you how excited I am about it.  I’ll also be reading the Booker Prize Winner, Wolf Hall, which I had swore not to read simply because I never like Booker winners… but I’ve heard really good things from the average reader about this one, so I’m going to give it a go.

Well, that’s all for now.  Hopefully I’ll have a chance to update a bit more this weekend.  I’m working up until the day I fly, so I might be packing and sorting a few things out (like the damn camera) this weekend, and I think I have a tentative date with my J on Monday, so we’ll have to see.

Anyhow.

Steph

PS – The weather here has been so freaking fantastic.

PPS – I need to do an entry about our Brighton trip!  Crap crap crap crap.

If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.

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