August 2011

As usual, I am posting the list of books read in August. Though at Sarah’s suggestion, I will also list a ‘things made in August’, which will perhaps explain why this month’s reading list is a bit smaller than previous months’:

  1. Sunchild (beta). Hanna C. Howard.
  2. A Conspiracy of Kings. Megan Whalen Turner.
  3. When We Were Orphans. Kazuo Ishiguro.
  4. Serenity: Better Days. Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad.
  5. Fire and Hemlock. Diana Wynne Jones.

Best new read: Sunchild.
Best (only) reread: A Conspiracy of Kings.
Best disappointed read: When We Were Orphans.

Though Sunchild is still a WIP, it was still very enjoyable to read and I am honoured to have been one of those privileged to have read it as a beta reader. Even if A Conspiracy of Kings had any competition, those who know me would also know that it would have won that category hands down. As for When We Were Orphans, I found it the most disappointing of the books I have read by Ishiguro (and I loved Never Let Me Go). It felt like he only has one way to tell a story, and as interesting as that story may be, the form and technique with which he tells it was unexciting. Anyway.

Things made this month (and why I watched an inordinate amount of television and film via BBC iPlayer the past month):

— Gifts from Aunty Chera —

My best friend’s first baby gets preferential treatment: my first ever baby blanket, hat, and mitts are all gifts to my soon-to-be-born nephew Isaac. Since I have yet acquired the skill of being able to read while knitting or crocheting, I have watched iPlayer in lieu of reading as much this month. I still have another baby blanket for another little one to go! But fortunately I also have quite a bit plane traveling, so I’m sure I can squeeze some books in for September…

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