Read in September, reading in October

Read in September, reading in October

brilliant monthsThe month is coming to an end (I could have sworn September had another week, but no). I finished another five books this month:

  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami ★★★★☆
  • Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner ★★☆☆☆
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón ★★★★☆
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente ★★★★☆
  • De Duivenhoudsters (The Dovekeepers) by Alice Hoffman ★★★★★

De Duivenhoudsters (The Dovekeepers)I was extremely happy to finish 1Q84 (review here) and to finally read The Prisoner of Heaven (review here). Both were pretty darn good, but not perfect. Also far from perfect was Theories of International Politis and Zombies. I simply had to read it when I found it at my (academic) library, but it was a huge disappointment. I think the author either should have focussed more on fiction or take the whole ‘omg zombies’ joke to the next level. Not worth reading, really. The biggest surprise of the month was The Dovekeepers, a book I won by filling out a form at Manuscripta (along with a meet & greet with Alice Hoffman that is still to come). Winning came as a surprise as I had forgotten I had even entered, so I had virtually no expectations of the book. But the book is beautiful (and since I read it in Dutch: many kudos to the translators!). I might write a decent review in the future, but for now I can simply recommend it to everyone.

The Casual VacancyI started reading Catch-22. I enjoyed it for the first few pages, but as it is basically the same joke repeated page after page I got tired of it really quickly and for me it stops being funny when I read too many pages a day… This book doesn’t really have my priority for October.

I’m starting an internship and along with everything else this means working 5 days a week for the upcoming half year, so I have no idea how much reading I will get done in October. My main priorities are finishing The Casual Vacancy and reading for the Literary Others event (excited!). I started Giovanni’s Room slightly ahead of time, haha.

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