Saturday, 11 February 2012
A Game of Thrones - George R R Martin (loved it!)
Children of Men - PD James (I was expecting to love it, but found it strangely disappointing)
Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck (can't believe I hadn't read this before. Bit miserable ain't it? Dead mice, dead dogs, dead puppies, dead women...)
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (a re-read for work)
A View from the Bridge - Arthur Miller (another re-read for work)
A Clash of Kings - George RR Martin (I still love it!)
Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller (enjoyed this)
No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (cinematic prose)
Night of the Iguana - Tennessee Williams (sultry, seedy and um, lizardy)
A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin (I was reading this for bloody weeks. Need a break!)
White Oleander - Janet Fitch (don't be sucked in by the poetic prose - it's just chick lit)
Home - Toni Morrison (a bit underwhelming)
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver (pretty dire)
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks (a re-read. Enjoyable but typical Banks - great premise and build up but shame about the ending)
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner (absolutely brilliant)
Even the Dogs - Jon McGregor (weirdly I read this after As I Lay Dying - which it's directly influenced by. I quite enjoyed a lot of it, but sometimes it seemed a bit forced)
Brick Lane - Monica Ali (couldn't finish it. Page 178).
The Song of Achilles - Madeleine Miller (essentially a romance genre novel wrapped up in a bit of Homer. Quite disposable)
Oedipus the King - Sophocles, trans. Robert Bagg (a more modern translation. Jarred in a few places. I'd also prefer a bit more gloomy melancholia)
Just My Type: A Book about Fonts - Simon Gafield (loved it! Who doesn't love a good font/typeface?)
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood (quite fun but a little forced in places)
Much Ado About Nothing (a re-read for work)
The Lacuna - Barabara Kingsolver (I found this a bit of a drag in places but some of the American history was quite interesting - McCarthy era red witch-hunts)
A Feast for Crows - George R R Martin (a bit slow in places and missing loads of characters. Definitely the weakest of the bunch so far)
Family Album - Penelope Lively (my first by her. Terribly middle class but quite enjoyable. Not sure there really was an awful dark family secret though)
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (a re-read. She's still one of my favourite writers)
22.11.63 - Stephen King (seriously is this for real? YAWN)
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (yeah this was quite fun)
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates (despite some really moving parts didn't grab me as much as I thought it would)
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