I use my blog like a memory device, because I am old and when I look back I want evidence that I didn’t completely fritter my time away. Sorry that the blog’s becoming totally self indulgent and I forgot my ‘pity the reader’ goal.
If you asked me what books I read last year or the year before, I would have no idea. So I decided I am going to log the books I read. Well, at least the ones that I’ve read till the very last page without skimming, because there are some I start and either realize I’ve read them before, or some that are just too darn draggy or where the subject matter is just not my thing.
So here’s my list for May and June. I will list them from most to least enticing. I always like to learn something from a book, be it about changing attitudes after a War or about how someone deals with illness and dying. All the books I’ve gravitated towards have been quite bleak and some positively scary, like Singapore Ground Zero, and that’s why I picked the Vintage Caper – to lighten the mood, but in the end I had to plough through it. Anyone have any ‘happy’ books to recommend?
1. The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamations – Yann Martel
2. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
3. Such a Long Journey – Rohinton Mistry
4. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
5. Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
6. Singapore Ground Zero – Michael Vatikiotis
7. The Vintage Caper – Peter Mayle (I love Peter Mayle and his light frothy style, but usually not all the books of one author, no matter how much you love them, are equally great. I found the plot thin, so I really dragged through this one. To be fair, the tone was totally male centric – James Bond-ish, so it didn’t appeal to me. But if you’re really into fine dining, womanizing and wines then you’ll love it.)