Thursday, October 16, 2008

September in Review

Three of the four books I read in September were for the R.I.P. III Challenge, and made for fun, seasonal reading and some interesting travels. My reading took me first to Hawthorne, Massachusetts with a side trip to Misery Island on Halloween night, then to an unnamed but probably European country where we tried to outrun death, then to Darfur and the harsh reality there, and last to France in the mid eighteenth century, first in Paris then in Grasse where I learned how to make the "perfect" scent. All in all a good month for quality, if not quantity.

Books completed in September:
(click on the title to read my review)
39. Sisters of Misery - Megan Kelley Hall
40. Three Shadows - Cyril Pedrosa
41. The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur - Daoud Hari (with Dennis Michael Burke & Megan M. McKenna)
42. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Süskind

Favourite of the month:
I really enjoyed all of them so I don't think I can choose an outright favourite. But The Translator was the most educational, and the most important that I read this month since it made me more aware of the tragedy occurring in Darfur.

Books in: 4
Books out: 0
I was quite good and didn't buy or acquire much in September. I have a feeling this may change for October though since I'm itching to do some book shopping.

Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
My current status on all active challenges. See sidebar for links.

Ended in September:
Non-Fiction Five Challenge (May 1 - Sep. 30, 2008) - 6 out of 5 - completed!

R.I.P. III Challenge (Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2008) - 3 out of 4
Herding Cats Challenge (May 1 - Nov. 30, 2008) - 3 out of 3 - completed!
Orbis Terrarum Challenge (Apr. 1 - Dec. 20, 2008) - 5 out of 9
2nds Challenge (Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2008) - 0 out of 4
My Year of Reading Dangerously (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 7 out of 12
What's in a Name Challenge (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 4 out of 6
Graphic Novels Challenge (July - Dec. 2008) - 3 out of 3 - completed!
Reading Jane Austen (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 1 out of 2
Japanese Literature Challenge 2 (July 30, 2008 - Jan. 30, 2009) - 1 out of 3
1% Well-Read Challenge (May 1, 2008 - Feb. 28, 2009) - 2 out of 10
Book Awards II Challenge (Aug. 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) - 2 out of 10
2nd Canadian Book Challenge (July 1, 2008 - July 1, 2009) - 1 out of 13

Reading Japan - I've read 11 books so far this year (none in September).
Orange Prize Project - I've read 2 books so far this year (none in September).

Reading plans for October:
I'm so late posting this that October is already half over! I'm reading Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino now which will be my 4th for the R.I.P. challenge, officially completing that one. I'll be participating in the Read-a-thon tomorrow and some of the books I'm going to have on hand (will post a list tomorrow) are from the various challenges but ultimately I'm going to let my mood dictate what I read. After the read-a-thon, my focus will be on reading more international titles for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge, and maybe trying to catch up on My Year of Reading Dangerously. I also wouldn't mind reading something gothic, so I may try to fit some in. We'll just see how it goes.


  1. Oh my! I have to organize my blog a bit better, it's not bad but...

    I still wish I could have the courage to change it to 3 columns but way to afraid to loose my blog.

    I added the books I read and will be probably at 5o when the year is over.

    Your blog truly "rocks" it is addictive, love it. I did not realize GROTESQUE was such a long read...Japanese novels I read had a tendency to be like a lot of French books, on the short side.

    I am reading "THE THINGS THEY CARRIED" by Tim O'Brian, yes it is about Vietnam and this means war. However it is one of the best written books I have recently read and it is a lot about people, feelings and love. It is not a macho/war book, on the contrary. On the front cover it has those words:
    "A marvel of story telling...[THE THINGS THEY CARRIED]matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam but to anyone interested in the craft of writting as well"------New-York Times
    Beautiful reading.

  2. Sylvie - You could always save your template before you make any changes. That way if you don't like it you can go back to the current version. Thanks for saying my blog "rocks"! You made me smile! :)

    Grotesque is about 460 pages and relatively small print. I know what you mean, some Japanese novels tend to be rather short, the words chosen with care, kind of like haiku! But I've read a few chunky ones too, Murakami's got a few long ones.

    Sounds like you're really enjoying The Things They Carried. I look forward to your review once you're done.


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