02/2015

I only read 9 (yes, nine) books this month which is down considerably from usual,  but I was doing a close reading of 30 pages of Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon as well as losing hours hours to a great computer game, baking, visiting friends, etc.

Anyway!  Of the 9 books,  3 were fiction (including 1 classic and 1 graphic novel),  3 were mysteries and 3 were non-fiction.  The authors of 3 were women and 1 was translated (from Italian).  And! a full 8 (!)  were audio – listens – this is because I was also playing my new game “Avernum 2: Crystal Souls” in the background and listening takes longer than reading text.

GENERAL FICTION:
The Master Butcher’s Singing Club
by Louise Erdrich
2003 / 416 pages
read by Louise Erdrich 16h 42m
rating 7,5 (but it might be better than that – )

The Sheltering Sky
by Paul Bowles
1949 / 352 pages
read by Jennifer Connelly 10h 30m
rating:  6 /general fiction-  classic

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadirmitrou
2009 / 352 pages
rating:  9.33 / graphic fictional bio and philosophy

 

MYSTERIES:

Involuntary Witness
by Gianrico Carofiglio  (Italian)
translated by Patrick Creagh
2002 /290 pages
read by Sean Barrett 7h 30m
rating:  B+ / crime –  legal thriller

Faithful Place
by Tara French
2010/ 449 pages
read by Tim Gerard / 16h 17m
rating – C-

Baltimore Blues
by Laura Lippman
1997  / 384 pages
read by Deborah Hazlett 9h 55m
rating:  C-

NONFICTION:
Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
2007 / 704 pages
read by Edward Herrmann 21h 30m
rating:  8.75 – history/biography

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis
2003 / 288 pages
read by Scott Brick 10h 26m
rating:  8.75 / nonfiction – baseball-tech

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
by Dan Jones
2014 / 580 pages
read by Clive Chafer/ 20h 49m
rating: 9 – history of England

 

2 Responses to 02/2015

  1. jameswharris says:

    I also read nine books in February, and I’m impressed with myself if I came in even with you. Usually you read twice as many books as I do. So I’m reading more, and you less.

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  2. Good for you! 🙂

    I sometimes read too fast and it doesn’t really sink in. I don’t “appreciate” the good fiction, don’t really “learn” from the non-fiction. One of my goals has been to read more slowly when appropriate, and savor the good stuff. –

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