The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik
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November 1, 2010

Books read in October

This was a good month!  My reading was dictated by a group read and by the books that flooded into the library when I got back from my trip, but still. There wasn't a single book that was disappointing, and I read some books that I've been impatiently waiting for, and two classics that I wish I had discovered a long time ago.

Emma, by Jane Austen
A Vintage Affair, by Isabel Wolff (chicklit, but an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, in the interesting setting of a London vintage clothing store)
Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer (my favorite, among the three I've now read)
Bad Boy, by Peter Robinson
The Charming Quirks of Others, by Alexander McCall Smith
Murder at Mansfield Park, by Lynn Shepherd
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert, in a new translation by Lydia Davis,
A Question of Belief, by Donna Leon
An Expert in Murder, by Nicola Upson (this was a quick re-read, because I wanted to remember this book before I read the second in the series)
'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' from The Sketch Book, by Washington Irving
A Life Like Other People's, a gently funny and very (personally) moving memoir by Alan Bennett (of An Uncommon Reader) about his parents and his aunts
'Afterward,' by Edith Wharton

There's something nice about having a new month start on a Monday, with two good audiobooks in progress and a stack of books in print to look forward to.  I still have the new Simon Serrailler, from Susan Hill (starting that next), and Stephanie Barron's new Jane Austen mystery, then I'm planning to read Persuasion (the last time I'll read Jane Austen for the first time!) and A Game of Hide and Seek, by Elizabeth Taylor, for the Cornflower Book Group, for starters. :)

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Anonymous said...

Oh you will love Persuasion! I am so jealous that you get to experience it for the first time...I wish I still had the pleasure of discovering such a beautiful story! I can't wait to find out what you think.

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Your list is fantastic and right up my alley! I knew there was a reason I was a follower! :)

Vintage Reading said...

Can't wait for your thoughts on Persuasion. I've just re-read it and it's my favourite novel!

Marie said...

i hope you love persuasion :) that's probably my favorite austen. looks like you had a fabulous reading month in october!

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