Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The month in review - May

May turned out to be an odd month real stops and starts. Managed to read two books in a couple of days on a flight and then nothing for a week and a half. Still managed to be very good overall and a good month hitting the topical button with the David Mitchell and the discover something new button with The Cuckoo Boy and reminding myself, if that's needed of the power of something a bit older with the William Maxwell.

The Elephant had me laughing in places and the Carpenter's Pencil reminded me of a Pan's Labyrinth type world of dreams, love and brutality. As for Young Hitler well it came as not a great deal of surprise to find out he wasn't a good person to know even before he got into power.

Young Hitler by Claus Hant
Natasha by David Bezmozgis
The Elephant by Slawomir Mrozek
The Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
The Cuckoo Boy by Grant Gillespie
They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell

One point of trivia is that out of the eight books read more than half started with 'The' in the title. Just noticed that.

Hoping next month will carry on in the same vein. Managed to get it to a level where 7/8 books are being read which is great. Should mean a healthy total for the year as a whole.

Onwards and upwards...

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