March 2012

Books read:

  1. State of Wonder. Ann Patchett.
  2. The Icarus Girl. Helen Oyeyemi.
  3. Women readers and the ideology of gender in Old French verse romances. Roberta L. Krueger.
  4. An Equal Music. Vikram Seth.
  5. Ombria in Shadow. Patricia A. McKillip.
  6. The Book Thief. Markus Zusak.
  7. Victory of Eagles. Naomi Novik.
  8. The White Deer. James Thurber.
  9. Out of the woods: an armchair guide to trees. Will Cohu.
  10. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. N. K. Jemisin.
  11. Party Book. Sarah Fielding, compiler.

Best fantasy: Ombria in Shadow
Best new author: N. K. Jemisin
Best literary read: The Icarus Girl

Wow. Choosing a best fantasy was hard, especially when the contenders are Ombria in Shadow, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and The White Deer. My love for Patricia A. McKillip’s storytelling won out, but that doesn’t mean The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin or The White Deer by James Thurber were any less wonderful. It will be difficult to choose which of these two to review for my Sunday Review post tomorrow. (Well, I already know which one it is, since I’ve already written most of the review in my head…) I wish I had more money I could spare for books, because our public library doesn’t have the rest of Jemisin’s series and I want to read the rest. As it is, I suspect my next book purchase might be Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, being as I requested it from the public library a month ago and it’s still ‘in transit’, er…

I think we can safely say that I read more when I turn of the computer for the night at 9PM. (And when I’ve been traveling — I was on the train quite a bit.) Maybe this is a Lenten habit worth keeping.