Archive for November, 2011

November 30th, 2011

» 24 Books: November

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, read by Simon Vance. So, I had NO clue what this was about when I picked up the audiobook. I’d been resisting it for a long time, like I do with most things that are wildly popular, but I love Simon Vance (he’s narrated Naomi Novik’s Temeraire books), and with audiobooks I never feel like I’ve wasted reading time on something I end up not loving. Anyway — turns out it’s a murder mystery, and I actually rather liked it. There were times it was pretty heavy-handed in its message, and times it was quite graphic, and the main character went a bit too Bella Swan for my taste, but it was an interesting read. If not for all of the raping, I would’ve called it fun.

On Canaan’s Side, by Sebastian Barry, read by Wanda McCaddon. This is another 2011 Booker finalist that I started without reading any kind of summary. My lesson this year: start reading summaries. It wasn’t a bad book at all, but it was yet another first-person end-of-life reflection, and I already know they don’t do much for me. Parts of it were very prettily written, but it was the same experience I had listening to The Finkler Question (last year’s winner) — my mind would drift and I’d kind of lose the thread of the story.

How Good Riders Get Good, by Denny Emmerson. This one’s a horse riding sports psychology book, and I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping it will be the kick in the pants I need to train harder this winter…

2011 Book Count: 41
January: 6
February: 2
March: 7
April: 3
May: 3
June: 3
July: 4
August: 3
September: 4
October: 3
November: 3

November 25th, 2011

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November 14th, 2011

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