No bookish picture today as many of these books were library books from St Andrews and had to be returned before our move and the others were left at my parents house. The move is also the reason why this Reading Wrap Up is posted in almost the middle of January. As you can guess we had some problems getting an internet connection from the start. But I spent my time planning and writing blog posts so you can expect some diverse things in the next weeks.
When the future looks uncertain some women get married, others get divorced, yet more buy jewels and hundreds go into hiding. Just a few, a very few, give such opulent balls that the worlds seems for a moment to have titled on its axis. (Anne Sebba – Les Parisiennes)
November saw me not only boxing up my books but also everything else in our house to prepare for the move. It is a strange sensation to move again but I am very excited for all the new things to come. 2018 will be more of a new start than a new year usually is. But let’s not talk about the new year yet. November was also Nonfiction November, a challenge hosted by the lovely Olive at abookolive and Gemma at Non Fic Books to make people read more nonfiction. I practically raided my local library for reading material. Although I like nonfiction I don’t read too much of it during the year so this challenge is a great idea. I learned lots of new information in those weeks and if you did not participate this time I implore you to do so next year. Or just put the odd nonfiction book on your christmas wishlist and snuggle up with it on the couch on christmas day after eating way too much food and not being able to move anyway.
October seems to be the first month it becomes reasonably acceptable to stay in and read with a hot mug of tea beside you instead of going outside because of the weather. I fully embrace this and can’t wait for the winter months to follow although they come with early sundowns which is a pity if you actually want to do something. October sported a variety of books including sci-fi, thriller, a Margaret Atwood novel that has not been adapted by Netflix/Hulu yet (won’t take long I assume) and one „novel of the century“ that no-one has to read ever again in my opinion. Interested? Than please read on…
Susan Sontag is famous for her essays on aesthetic in photography, literature, and art. Her interviews with the Rolling Stone magazine had been published in book form in Germany at the end of last year and could be seen everywhere. On Photography made it unto my reading list a little later. This will be a combined review, but please keep in mind that it has been some time since I’ve read them both.
September was a busy month with some guests right at the beginning, lots of work inbetween and going on a short holiday at the end ourselves. That is why I didn’t read much last month as well as the fact that the books I did pick up just weren’t good.
In August, my Goodreads Reading Challenge was completed! (R. felt obliged to congratulate me and told me I seem to have too much free time.) Some different genres made it onto my reading list this month including a historical romance and a collection of columns. And because of the – as you will see – disappointing experience I had with Hogarth Press I have to ask:
Can you recommend any Shakespeare retellings?
A short catch-up on my rading in July: My Goodreads Reading Challenge is at 46 of 50 books, so everything is going great in that aspect and I did my first (and probably only) re-read of the year because I want to continue on with a guilty pleasure series that I started in 2015.