When I first started this blog (over ten years ago now!), I intended to review every book I read. Even by September 2008, I was already talking about that intention in the past tense, and by now I have to admit that it’ll never happen. I read too much and blog too little.
But perhaps I can manage a monthly roundup? A few sentences on each book? We’ll see. Inspired by A Cocoon of Books, anyway, I’m going to try. So here’s what I read in August. How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments below.
The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov
A wry, darkly comic novel about Moldovans desperately trying to emigrate to Italy. I found it more sad than funny, but very much enjoyed the ride. It also gave me an insight into the country I was travelling through.
Syrian Notebooks by Jonathan Littell
A journalist’s account of the Homs uprising in the early days of the Syrian civil war. It’s pretty much just a printing of his reporter’s notebook, so some parts are more interesting than others and it can get quite repetitive, but it gave a good insight into both the situation in Syria and the day-to-day reality of being a war reporter.
Eye by Marianne Micros
A collection of short stories by a Greek-American retired English professor. Many of the stories are inspired by classical mythology and folk tales, but most have contemporary settings. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of different elements and the inclusion of myths from various cultures. (Update: full review now available here.)
Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea by Marie Munkara
Wow, I actually managed a review of this one! Read it here.
Radical Happiness by Lynne Segal
What if all our attempts at happiness were failing because we take an individualistic approach to something that can better be achieved collectively? It would explain a lot about the state we’re in.
Overall, my favourite read of the month was Marie Munkara’s, for the reasons I gave in my review. But it was a satisfying month’s reading overall, with a nice balance of different types of book. To be honest, I may even have missed one or two because I am piecing this together retrospectively. This month, I plan to keep better records.
What was your favourite read last month? Let me know in the comments.