Since it's the last Sunday of the month, I guess it's time for my second reading retrospective. I started last month, by looking back at what I read in January 2002, the year that I started keeping track of the books I read. So returning today to the 2002 tab of my reading spreadsheet, I see that I only read two books in February. This probably isn't terribly surprising since it was near the end of February 2002 that we moved half-way around the world, from Japan to England.
If I remember correctly, I'd borrowed Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières from a friend and had to return it before we moved so I decided to try to fit it in. It's highly likely that I was a little distracted by packing and everything else an international move entails to really do justice to what I was reading. Plus I know that many people really like this one but I just really didn't, and only rated it 1/10! I didn't do reviews back then, just brief comments in my spreadsheet, and this is what I had to say of the book: "some parts incredibly boring, pathetic ending, total waste of time!" LOL. I do still remember being extremely annoyed by the ending. From my recent read of The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor, I think I understand a little better why. I think I simply have a hard time having sympathy for characters who essentially bring about their own unhappiness. I don't want to say more than that though for fear of spoiling either book.
I obviously returned the book, and then I took Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding with me for the trip. It was a reread for which I only said "still fun" and rated it 8/10. I don't remember exactly now but I suppose I decided to reread this one a) because I needed something light and easy to read, due to the stress of moving, and b) because we were headed to England after all! This reminds me that I haven't watched the movie, Bridget Jones's Diary, for a very long time. Maybe I'm due for a re-watch sometime soon.
And that was all I read 7 years ago this month! We had a lot of fun exploring London during those early days, as well as settling into our first flat there. Nowhere is perfect but we do have a lot of good memories from our time in England.
Do you remember what you were reading, seven years ago is probably too long so how about one year ago?
Back to 2009, this past week was a busy one, so not a great one for reading but I did finish An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was a little slow, but I quite enjoyed it. Now I'm about half-way through Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, which isn't saying much since the whole thing is only about 100 pages long. I plan to read a little bit more today and hopefully finish it up in the next day or so. Then that leaves me just a few days to try and fit in one more book for the 1% Well-Read Challenge which runs to the end of this month. I've got another short one lined up so wish me luck!
Also, I didn't receive a single book this week, so no Mailbox Monday for me tomorrow. I know I said in last week's Mailbox Monday post that I was going to refrain from buying any books for the rest of this month, and so far I haven't. But I'd like to know, is it cheating if I pre-order a book now that comes out at the beginning of March?
Week in Review:
Sunday Salon: From New York to Japan
Spring is in the air (Weekend Snapshot)
'The Story of Lucy Gault' (Review)
'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (Review)
Friday meme roundup