At the start of the month I was in Ireland, where I enjoyed many walks on the beach. Then it was to New York, to meet the unforgettable Holly Golighty. Next my reading took me to Japan, and the life of an artist in the years before and after WWII. After that, I spent a summer by the sea in southern France. And then I ended the month in Russia. So I acquired quite a few literary airmiles this month! The best thing about armchair travelling though is no jetlag!
All of these books are on the original 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List, and I do feel a little more well-read as a result. I still have a very long way to go though, if the list is any indication.
(clicking on a title will take you to my review)
6. The Story of Lucy Gault - William Trevor
7. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
8. An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
9. Bonjour Tristesse - Françoise Sagan
10. The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy
It's really hard to choose a favourite this month as they were all pretty close in rating, but Breakfast at Tiffany's does stand out a little bit. Holly Golighty is such a fantastic character and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Capote's stories as much as I did since I haven't loved the other stuff of his I've read.
My least favourite would be The Story of Lucy Gault I suppose since I did have a hard time buying into the circumstances that underlie the whole story, but it was still worth reading and I'd like to try something else by Trevor sometime.
I'd like to read more by all of these authors actually, but the one I hope to read again the soonest would be Kazuo Ishiguro. I have one more title by him on my shelves, and some of his other books look quite intriguing too.
New-to-me authors: 2
Books in Translation: 2
Books in: 5 (2 won in giveaways)
Books out: 2 (for 3 year blogiversary giveaway)
The Year of Readers: Reading for the Book Wish Foundation.
Money raised this month: $10
Total raised to date: $33
Reading Challenges Progress Report
(see sidebar for current challenges)
Ended in February
1% Well-Read Challenge: COMPLETED!
Book Awards II Challenge: 5 read, 5 to go (by June 1, 2009)
2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?: 4 read, 9 to go (by July 1, 2009)
Dewey's Books Reading Challenge: 1 read, 4 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Lost in Translation Challenge: 5 read, 1 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
World Citizen Challenge: 0 read, 3 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
What's in a Name? 2 Challenge: 3 read, 3 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Manga Challenge: 0 read, 6 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Graphic Novels Challenge: 0 read, 6 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
ARC Reading Challenge: currently 2 read, 6 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Long-term Reading Projects (Total read in 2009)
Reading Japan Project: 3 (1 in March)
Orange Prize Project: 0
Reading plans for March
I've started off the month reading a couple of manga for Nymeth's Try Something New Mini-Challenge. I was hoping to read Colleen Gleason's latest, As Shadows Fade, next but Amazon Japan has failed me for once, and it looks like I won't get my copy for another couple of weeks. Instead, I think I'll focus on some of the review copies I have here waiting to be read, and maybe add something else just for fun into the mix later on in the month.