So this is what happens when most of my library requests become available at the same time. I become so busy reading that I don't have time for blogging about books.
That pretty much sums up my February.
Temple, Rob: Very British Problems. Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time.
Why: Saw it on the list of new titles at the library and thought it sounded interesting. What I didn't realize was that this is practically a collection of tweets. Not bad, though. Good for those "I want something to read that I can put down quickly" moments.
Louise Penny: Still Life
Why: I've read good reviews of this detective series and thought I'd give it a try. The Quebec setting was an extra incentive, as I haven't read too many books set in Quebec. (Actually, can't think of any off the top of my head.)
Anne Lamott: Bird by Bird
Why: Many positive reviews from people who love to write.
(However, as I wrote in my challenge update post, I'm not raving about this, though it was good. It's just that I'm not an aspiring writer of fiction.)
Marilynne Robinson: Housekeeping
Why: After Gilead, Home and Lila, I wanted to read Robinson's first novel, too.
My thoughts at this point (40 pages in):
- I know Robinson didn't read Lamott's Bird by Bird before writing this, but somehow the characters seem to be written in the way Lamott suggests to write them.
- I can sort of understand why many people have loved this, but I'm not fully convinced yet.
- If this had been the first book by Marilynne Robinson I read, would I have given Gilead a chance?
Alexander McCall Smith: Emma
Why: Because I am a Jane Austen fan, I've enjoyed other books by Alexander McCall Smith, and this fit nicely with the HelMet reading challenge.
(But really, why do I read modernizations of Austen's works, when I love the originals so much that nothing will ever compare? :) )
Heilika Pikkov: Minu Jeruusalemm (My Jerusalem)
Why: I've liked many other titles in this Estonian series. They're all written by people who live or have lived as expats in the country/city they write about, and the point is to give a personal perspective - their own experiences, not a tourist guide.
This writer is a young woman who lived in a convent in East Jerusalem to make a documentary film about one of the nuns. Sounded interesting to me - Jerusalem is a fascinating place, and I don't mind getting a glimpse of how documentaries are made.
(I read Estonian fairly fluently, though I probably miss a lot of nuances. One reason for me to read this series is to keep up my Estonian.)
And my only Kindle purchase was:
Katherine Reay: Lizzy and Jane
Why: It was a special offer ($0,99) and commended on Modern Mrs Darcy, so I thought I'd snap it up. See McCall Smith's Emma for other reasons... I might save this one for the summer, though.