08 June, 2013

Book Round-Up

Of the 49 books I've read so far this year:

30 were fiction or drama, with the rest made up of biography, history, letters, essays, psychology, reportage, blogs, economics and language.

The books I'd read again would be any of the Wodehouse and Camilleri, the Racine, the Shakespeare and the Stendhal.

Authors whose other books I'm now going to look at, because I enjoyed the book of theirs that I read (there  must be a more elegant way to say that!) are (as well as those mentioned above of course): Youssef Ziedan (Azazeel), Roger Mortimer (Dear Lupin), William Dalrymple (The Last Mughal), Tim Parks (Europa), Tom Holland (Rubicon).

Authors whom I will never read again, based on their showing this time round: Katherine Boo (Behind the Beautiful Forevers - hated it, hated it, hated it! Condescending, insincere, unoriginal, coy, grating, humourless, strained), Edward Docx (Pravda - jejune. Why do people rate him?), Richard Ford (The Sportswriter - typical "big American novel writer", casually racist and sexist, parochial, faux-folksy, boring and dishonest - blecchh!).


Blogger mango said...

See, Blobs, she did it again here. Maybe you could prevail upon her to get you the Egypt one in compensation. That is if you want to read it.

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