November 3, 2016

Books I Have Read (October 2016)

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 10:17 am
  1. No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym – This was so disappointing! Characters that I just did not like. A woman who intentionally meddles in other people’s lives for reasons I cannot understand. A separated man who makes advances to a 19 year old girl. The only scene I enjoyed was when Dulcie realizes that Aylwin has fallen for her niece! And in the end it looks Dulcie ends up with Aylwin who I can’t find anything redeemable about him.
  2. Angel CatBird Vol 1 by Margaret Atwood – Don’t be fooled that this is written by Atwood because it read like a campy B-comic.
  3. The Beige Man by Helene Tursten – Finally a Nordic detective not as screwed as Hole or Wallander. Interesting working relationship with the team. I need to find more from this author.
  4. The Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa – Since I haven’t read a lot of Japanese authors, I had to compare this to Murakami. We do get the female perspective but still dysfunctional characters in ordinary situations. I found it creepy in some ways.
  5. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie – This was a better constructed book that Americanah and I wished I read this first. However I still feel distant from the story. Maybe because being Filipino I have a different experience?
  6. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo – One of my dreams is to visit one of the Nordic countries but reading all of these Nordic crime books don’t give a very good picture of those countries. Neo-Nazism, assaults, assassinations, etc. In this book, Harry has a very interesting relationship with his partner Ellen which was unfortunately cut short. I wished there were more books with Ellen since they make a good team.
  7. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – This was still fun but if I didn’t read this right after it was released some of the pop culture references would fall flat. If I want to distract myself and need a quick book, this series would be it. I enjoyed that there wasn’t any big romance in it like most YA.
  8. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn – This was a good combination of Victorian mystery interspersed with smoldering scenes between Julia and Nicholas. If this was a regular historical romance, the mystery would most likely be sub-par. I do wish I read this quickly instead of putting it down for a couple of days because I lost the momentum of the story. This would be a wonderful series to go back to if I can find more books!
  9. Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books by Nick Hornby – I am always fascinated with what people read. This book is a collection of columns that Nick Hornby wrote about the books he bought and read. Just like any ordinary person, Hornby also has a tendency to buy aspirational books, things he wants to read but probably will never read. Most of the books he talked about don’t interest me (music, sports, etc) but I always look forward for his reviews on books that I have read. Interesting to note that he was introduced to YA and enjoyed it! I wish I did not read this book as a novel but as a collection of short stories because it took me forever to finish.
  10. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West – There were essays that I liked and could relate however there were those that I was ambivalent with.

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