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#Non-Fiction: 2022

  1. John Adams – David McCullough
  2. A Cultural History of Causality – S. Kern
  3. The Dawn of the Belle Epoque – M. McAuliffe
  4. The Crossroads of Should and Must – E. Luna
  5. A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson (travelogue)

 

#Non-fiction:  2021

  1. AI  SuperpowersKai-Fu Lee – Excellent!  5 star
  2. Society 4.0B. de WitReview
  3. How Fascism WorksJason StanleyREVIEW
  4. Kill SwitchAdam JentlesonREVIEW
  5. Pure White and Deadly – J.YudiknREVIEW
  6. A Promised LandBarack Obama  REVIEW
  7. The Jakarta MethodVincent Bevins  REVIEW 
  8. The Dead Are ArisingLes PayneREVIEW
  9. How to Make a Slave and Other Essays  – Jerald Walker    REVIEW
  10. Dying of WhitenessJonathan Metzl   REVIEW
  11. The Origins of TotalitarianismHannah Arendt  REVIEW
  12. Talking To My Country – Stan Grant REVIEW
  13. Wayward Lives – Saidiya Hartman (criticism) REVIEW
  14. Rembrandt and the Female Nude – E. Sluijter REVIEW
  15. Classical Art: From Greece to Rome – M. Beard REVIEW
  16. Has China Won? – K. Muhbubani REVIEW
  17. Gulag Archipelago vol 1 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn REVIEW
  18. Henri Matisse: Rooms with a View – S. Neilsen Blum REVIEW
  19. Bloodlands – T. Snyder –  REVIEW
  20. The Betrayal – W. R. Corson (1968) REVIEW
  21. Entangled Life – M. Sheldrake REVIEW
  22. How the Word is Passed – Clint Smith  REVIEW
  23. The Grand Chessboard – Zbigniew Brzezinski  REVIEW
  24. Anseo – Úna-Mingh Kavanaugh  REVIEW 
  25. Ghost Wars – Steve Coll (2004)  REVIEW
  26. Een Klein Land Met Verre Uithoeken – Floor Milikowski  REVIEW
  27. Revolusi – David van Reybrouck  REVIEW  Longlist Brusse  Prize 2021
  28. Urk – M. Declercq  REVIEW  Longlist Brusse Prize 2021
  29. Mediocre – Ijeoma Oluo REVIEW
  30. Zero Fail (2021) – Carol Leonnig REVIEW
  31. Catch and Kill (2019) – Ronan Farrow REVIEW
  32. Everything Happens for a Riesling – G. de Morgan  REVIEW
  33. A Black Women’s  History of the United States – Daina Ramey Berry  REVIEW
  34. The AnarchyW. Dalrymple REVIEW
  35. Say Nothing – P. R. Keefe winner 2019 National Book  Critic’s Circle Award NFREVIEW
  36. Body Count – Paddy Manning finalist 2020 Australian Walkley Award – REVIEW
  37. How to Do Nothing – J. Odell – REVIEW
  38. How to Make A Slave – J. Walker finalist 2020 National Book Award  – REVIEW
  39. Don’t Touch My Hair – Emma Dabiri  – REVIEW

Literature:

  1. Essayism – Brian Dillon – Review
  2. Nolan on Bradbury – W.F. Nolan – 2013  READ
  3. The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 – J. Shapiro  2015  READ

#ReadIreland

  1. The Spaces of Irish Drama – H. Lojek   READ
  2. The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir – Samantha Power – 2019 READ
  3. The Irish Writer and the World – Declan Kiberd  (2001)   READ

#AusReadingMonth2020

  1. Hazelwood – T. Doig – #AusReadingMonth2020 – #NonficNov 2020
  2. We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know – Sophie McNeill#AusReadingMonth2020
  3. Fallen – Lucie Morris-Marr#AusReadingMonth2020
  4. Comrade Ambassador – S. FitzGerald #AusReadingMonth2020 – #NonficNov 2020
  5. City On Fire: The Fight For Hong KongA. Dapiran #AusReadingMonth2020 – #NonficNov
  6. The Altar Boys – S. Smith #AusReadingMonth2020 – #NonficNov 2020
  7. Penny Wong – M. Simons #AusReadingMonth2020 – #NonficNov 2020
  8. After the Count – Stephanie Convery #AusReadingMonth2020  #NonFicNov

Memoir:

  1. My Vanishing Country – B. Sellers (2020) – Review
  2. Sightlines – K. Jamie – READ
  3. Surrender – Joanna Pocock (2019) – READ
  4. Heavy – Kiese Laymon – Review

Essays:

  1. The Fire This Time – editor Jesmyn Ward – 2016 – Review
  2. Critics, Monsters and Fanatics – C. Ozick – Review
  3. Just Us – C. Rankine – Review
  4. We Live for the We – D. McClain – Review

Biography:

  1. Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait – Denys Turner – 2013 READ
  2. The Churchill Factor – Boris Johnson  – READ
  3. Master of the Senate – R. Caro – READ
  4. Saul Steinberg: A Portrait – D. Bair – Review
  5. Penny Wong – M. Simons #AusReadingMonth2020 – #NonficNov 2020

History

  1. The Influence of George Soros – Emily Tamkin – Review
  2. Tears We Cannot Stop – M. Dyson – Review
  3. The Accidental President – A.J. Baime – Review
  4. Democracy In Black – E. S. Glaude jr. – Review
  5. How To Be An Anti-rascist – I.X. Kendi – Review
  6. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander – Review
  7. Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates – Review
  8. Brown is The New White – Steve Phillips – Review
  9. Nixon at the Movies: A Book about Belief – M. Feeney – 2004  READ
  10. Unmaking of the Presidency – S. Hennessey, B.Wittes  READ
  11. From Russia with Blood – Heidi Blake (2019)  READ
  12. Hit List:  Mysterious Deaths Witnesses JFK Assassination  (2013) READ
  13. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died – J.W. Douglass –  READ
  14. Mary’s Mosaic: CIA Conspiracy to Murder JFK, Mary Meyer– P. Janney READ
  15. The Secret Team: CIA and Allies  – L. Fletcher Prouty (1972) – READ

Economics/Politics:

  1. The Room Where It Happened – John Bolton – Review
  2. Too Much and Never Enough – Mary Trump – Review
  3. White Too Long – Robert P. Jones – Review
  4. Donald Trump v. The United States – M. Schmidt – Review
  5. Compromised – Peter Strozk – Review
  6. The China Model Daniel Bell – Review
  7. Front Row at the Trump Show – J. Karl – Review
  8. A Warning – Anonymous 2019 – Review

Science

  1. The Best Australian Science Writing 2017  M. Sleazak, E. Johnston
  2. Cosmic Chronicles: A user’s guide to the universe Fred Watson
  3. Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Elizabeth Rush
  4. The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder – Sean McFate
  5. The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future – David Wallace-Wells
  6. Good Reasons for Bad Feelings –  Randolph Nesse
  7. Wild sea: a history of the southern ocean – J. McCann   READ

#Non-fiction 2019

Non-fiction  2019

Memoirs/personal essays

  1. A Woman’s Experiences in the Great War – L. Mack
  2. Thick – Tessie Cottom
  3. Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger  – F. Wright
  4. Can You Tolerate This? – A. Young –>   #HiddenGem  most recommended
  5. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  6. The First Casualty – Peter Greste
  7. We Can Make a Life – C. Henry
  8. Le Lambeau – P. Lançon
  9. Aunts Up the Cross – R. Dalton
  10. Memoir: J McGahern
  11. Everywhere I LookH. Garner
  12. The Thinking Woman – J. van Loon
  13. Boys Will Be Boys – Clementine Ford
  14. Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers S. Sheriden
  15. True Stories – Helen Garner

Biography:

  1. In Extremis: War Correspondent Marie Colvin – L. Hilsum
  2. Sisters In Law (S. Day ‘O Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg) – L. Hirshman
  3. Pulitzer – J. McGrath Morris
  4. The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke – J.C. Stewart
  5. No Friend but the Mountains – B. Boochani
  6. Teacher – G. Stroud
  7. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – D. Blight
  8. Fouché – E. de Waresquiel
  9. Je suis fou de toi – D. Bona (Jeanne Voilier and lover poet Paul Valéry)
  10. Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook – J. Kent
  11. James Tiptree, jr. The Double Life Alice Sheldon – J. Phillips
  12. Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing – Ashleigh Wilson

Theatre

  1. Twenty-First Century American Playwrights – C. Bigsby
  2. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write – S. Ruhl
  3. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: 13 critical essays – editor S. Shannon

Health

  1. All-Day Fat Burning Diet – Y. Elkaim (…I lost weight!)

History

  1. Deep Time Dreaming – B. Griffiths
  2. Age of Eisenhower – W. Hitchcock
  3. The Mueller Report – R. Mueller
  4. The Art of Time Travel – T. Griffiths
  5. Stamped From the Beginning – I.X. Kendi
  6. The History of the Church – Eusebius
  7. The Twelve Caesars – Suetonius
  8. The Billion Dollar Spy – D. Hoffman
  9. America’s War for the Greater Middle East A. Bacevich
  10. These Truths – Jill Lepore
  11. Ghosts of the Tsunami R. L. Parry
  12. Sea People – C. Thompson   NSW General History Award 2019
  13. Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin – Dr. Fiona Hill
  14. Blowout – Rachel Maddow

Social History

  1. Evicted: Poverty and Profit – M. Desmond
  2. The Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture – S. Pinsker
  3. The Coddling of the American Mind – G. Lukianoff, J. Haidt –>   #MustRead  #Eye-opener!!

Literature

  1. Writers on Writers: Patrick White – Christos Tsiolkas
  2. Poemcrazy – S. Wooldridge
  3. On Poetry – Glyn Maxwell
  4. The British Short Story – A. Maunder
  5. The Cambridge Introduction to The American Short Story – M. Scofield
  6. Moby-Dick as Philosophy – M. Anderson
  7. Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll – G. Beer
  8. Literary Brian Friel Companion – M. Snodgrass
  9. Essay: From Monaghan to the Grand Canal ( Dublin) – S. Heaney 
  10. The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe – S. Peeples

Indigenous (Aboriginal, Indonesian)

  1. The Tall Man – Chloe Hooper
  2. Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – editor Anita Heiss
  3. Indonesia etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation – E. Pisani
  4. Not Just Black and WhiteLesley and Tammy Williams

True Crime

  1. The Arsonist – C. Hooper
  2. Trace: who killed Maria James?
  3. The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island C. Hooper

Science

    1. The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 – editor J. Pickre
    2. Dr Space Junk vs Universe: Archaeology the Future – A. Gorman #AUSReadingMonth

Art:

  1. The American Dream: American Realism 1945-2001

#Non-fiction 2018

 

Non-fiction  2018

  1. Seamus Heaney – H. Vendler – READ  (7 essays) – READ  (biography)
  2. The Path to Power – R. Caro (LBJ) – READ
  3. Means of Ascent – R. Caro (LBJ) – READ
  4. The Hidden Life of Trees –  P. Wohlleben – READ
  5. Wild Kingdom – S. Moss – READ
  6. Psychanalyse de Victor Hugo –   C. Baudouin – READ
  7. Art Chrétien / Art Sacré – Isabelle Saint-Martin – READ  L’ Art France 19th-20th C
  8. (difficult read…too many quotes art historians….not much  analysis!)
  9. Victor Hugo,  vol 1   Avant l’exile – J. Hovasse – READ (1159 pg)  (biography)
  10. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze – P.  Hessler – READ
  11. Border – K. Kassabova – READ
  12. Mapping Irish Theatre – C. Morash/S. Richards – READ
  13. Tracker -A. Wright – READ
  14. Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds – P. Paquet – READ (biography)
  15. Quicksilver – N. Rothwell – READ  (6 essays)
  16. Best Words, Best Order: Essays on Poetry (16 essays) – READ
  17. A Writing Life Helen Garner and Her Work – B. Brennan – READ  (biography)
  18. Blood in the Water – H. Thompson – READ
  19. Feeling the Heat – J. Chandler – READ
  20. Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays in Hunger – F. Wright – READING
  21. The Trauma Cleaner – S. Krasnostein – READ (biography)
  22. Locking Up Our Own – J. Forman jr. – READ
  23. Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor – S. Fenwick – READ (biography)
  24. The Butchering Art – L. Fitzharris – READ
  25. Wounds – F. Keane – READ
  26. Kitchen Sink Realisms – D. Chansky – READ
  27. Her Father’s Daughter – A. Pung  – READ
  28. Saga Land – R. Fidler and K. Gislason – READ
  29. Brit(ish) – A. Hirsch – READ
  30. Essays: The Australian Face (editor C. Menzies-Pike) – READ (17 essays)
  31. How To Get There – M. Mackellar – READ (memoir)
  32. Deep South – P. Theroux – READ
  33. A Very Expensive Poison – L. Harding – READ
  34. Why Horror Seduces – M. Clasen – READ
  35. Islander: Journey Around Our Archipelago – P. Barkham (NF) – READ
  36. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories – M. McKenna (NF) – READ
  37. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – W. Shirer – READ
  38. Berthe Morisot – D. Bona ( biography) – READ (french edition) – (biography)
  39. Chateaubriand – Jean-Claude Berchet – READ (french edition) – (biography)
  40. Letters From a Stoic – Seneca – READ
  41. The Revolutionary Road – L. Pryce – READ (Iran)
  42. Darkness Visible – W. Styron – READ (memoir/essay)
  43. Our Man in Charleston – C. Dickey – READ
  44. A Spy Named Orphan – R. Philipps – READ  (biography)
  45. Hawthorne – Henry James – READ (essay/biography)  176 pages
  46. The Pillow Book – Sei Shonagon – READ
  47. A Vindication of the Rights of Women – M. Wollstonecraft – READ
  48. A Kim Jong-IL Production – Fischer, P. – READ
  49. The Enigmatic Mr. Deakin – J. Brett – READ #AWW2018  (biography)
  50. Atomic Thunder – E. Tynan – READ #AWW2018
  51. The Life of Johnson – T. Boswell – READ #Classic – (biography)
  52. Maupassant – F. Martinez – READ (biography)
  53. Just Enough Liebling – J. Liebling – READ
  54. James Wright: A Life in Poetry – J. Blunk – READ  (biography)
  55. An Ordinary Day – Leigh Sales  – READ  #AWW2018
  56. Looking for Lorraine – I. Perry – READ (biography)
  57. Nobel Streven  – F. van Oostrom – READ    WINNER!  #LibrisPrijs2018  Dutch history
  58. De Sigarenfabriek van Isay RottenbergH/S Rottenberg – READ  Dutch History
  59. Thorbecke Wil Het – R. Aerts – READwinner Prinsjesboekenprijs  (best political book)
  60. Adieu Montaigne – J. Delacomptée – READ  ( 50%…gave up, read why!)
  61. Pulitzer – J. McGrath Morris (biography) – READ  #NonFicNov
  62. Christ Stopped at Eboli – C. Levi – READ  #NonFicNov
  63. Evicted: Poverty and Profit – M. Desmond – READ  #NonFicNov
  64. The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 – editor J. Pickrell – READ  #NonFicNov
  65. Moby-Dick as Philosophy – M. Anderson – READ
  66. The History of the Church – Eusebius – READ
  67. Alice in Space – G. Beer (literary criticism)  – READ
  68. In Extremis: War Correspondent Marie Colvin – L. Hilsum – READ  #TBRnovember2018
  69. Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – Editor Anita Heiss – READ  #AWW2018
  70. Indonesia etc. – E. Pisani – READ  #WorldFromMyArmchair
  71. The Tall Man – Chloe Hooper – READ #AWW2018  2009 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize
  72. Sisters In Law – L. Hirshman (S. Day O’Connor/Ruth Bader Ginsberg) – READ
  73. The Rich Brew – S. Pinsker – READ

Week 5: (Nov. 26 to 30) – New to My TBR (Katie @ Doing Dewey): It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

  1. Here is my list of YOUR books….that I want to read (TBR).
  2. It’s important to read outside of your experience,
  3. …outside of your time,
  4. …outside of your comfort zones.
  5. That is the most important take-away   2018 #NonFicNov!
  1. I’ve sifted through 73 posts and
  2. always found 2 books I’d like...
  3. …be it about:
  4. theatre, mental health, race, parenting and play, politics
  5. …memoir, foodie, travel, basic income, health issues, women’s rights
  6. …US First ladies, true crime (…not my comfort zone!)
  7. …essayism, perfect storms, tsunami’s, or inspirational books
  8. …like Educated, Tools of the Titans, In praise of Slow,
  9. …Daring Greatly
  10. …Living alone and Liking it and
  11. …C. Strayed’s Wild.

 

  • Thanks  to the readers for sharing your best non-fiction!
  • Thanks to hosts…
  1. Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves
  2. Katie at Doing Dewey
  3. Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness,
  4. Julz at Julz Reads,
  5. Rennie at What’s Nonfiction
  6. #NonFicNov

Jade@ReadingWithJade

  1. Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
  2. One Woman Walks Wales by Ursula Martin

Kazan @AlwaysDoing

  1. Command and Contorl – E. Schlosser
  2. The Clothing of Books – J. Lahiri

Angela @LiteraryWanderer

  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – N. deGrasse Tyson
  2. In Harms Way – D. Stanton

Kate @BooksAreMyFavoriteAndBest

  1. Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee
  2. My Salinger Year – J. Rakhoff

Julie @JulzReads

  1. Hell is S Green – Lt. W. Diebold
  2. The Unexpected Truth About Animals – L. Cooke

Allison @MindJoggle

  1. Prairie Fires – C. Fraser
  2. Unbroken – L. Hillenbrand

Rachel @Hibernator’sLibrary

  1. Killers of the Moon Flower – D. Grann
  2. Them – B. Sasse

Sue @WhisperingGums

  1. House of Grief – H. Garner
  2. Isaac’s Storm – E. Larson

Cathy @746Books

  1. The Empty Space – P.  Brook
  2. What is Theatre? – E. Bentley

Helen @SheReadsNovels

  1. A Tudor Christmas – A. Weir
  2. The Plantagenets – D. Jones

Debbie Rogers@ExUrbanis

  1. In Pursuit of  Memory – J. Jebelli
  2. The Paper Garden – M. Peacock

Emma @WordsAndPeace

  1. Democracy in Chains – N. MacLean
  2. Fear – B. Woodward

Tina @ TbrEtc

  1. Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates
  2. I‘d Rather Be Reading – A. Bogel

Katherine @TheWriterlyReader

  1. NeuroTribes – S. Silberman
  2. Thunderstruck – E. Larson

Deb Nance @Readerbuzz

  1. Leonardo da Vinci – W. Isaacson
  2. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of The Supreme Court – J. Toobin

Ellie @CuriosityKilledTheBookworm

  1. The Idiot Brain – D. Burnett
  2. Born a Crime – T. Noah

Raidergirl3 @AnAdventureInReading

  1. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – M. McNamara
  2. The Ghost Map – S. Johnson

Reese @Typings

  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – F. Douglass
  2. Essayism – B. Dillon

Rory @LiteraryMixtape

  1. Fire Season – P. Connors
  2. John Muir and the Ice That Started a fire

Margaret @BooksPlease

  1. Painting as a Pastime – W. Churchill
  2. Why We Sleep – M. Walker

Tara @Running ‘n’ Reading

  1. The Line Becomes a River – F. Cantú
  2. Educated – T. Westover

Brona @Brona’sBooks

  1. Ghosts of the Tsunami – R. Parry
  2. The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire – C. Hooper

Iliana @Bookgirl’s Nightstand

  1. How to Travel Without Seeing:  Dispatches New Latin America – A. Neuman/J.Lawrence
  2. Code Girls – L. Mundy

Sarah @Sarah’s Bookshelves

  1. I Am. I Am, I Am – M. O’Farrell
  2. Red Notice – B. Browder

Tina says @BooksAreMyThing

  1. The Newcomers – H. Thorpe
  2. Shoe Dog – P. Knight

Louise @AStrongBeliefInWicker

  1. The Art of Frugal Hedonism – A. Raser-Rowland
  2. The Art of Living Alone and Loving It – J. Mathews

Susie @NovelVisits

  1. From the Corner of the Oval – B. Dorey-Stein
  2. Forty Autumns – N. Willner

Rennie @What’sNonfiction?

  1. The Library Book – S. Orlean
  2. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen – L. Colwin

Andi @Estellasrevenge

  1. We Were Eight Years in Power – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Eloquent Rage – B. Cooper

Paula @BookJotter

  1. Why Do  Birds Suddenly Disappear – L. Parikian
  2. Suffragette: The Battle for Equality – D. Roberts

Michael @InexhaustibleInvitations

  1. Hunger – R. Gay
  2. Hope in the Dark – R. Solnit

Nikimags @SecretLibraryBlog

  1. The Light in the Dark – H. Clare
  2. If They Only Didn’t Speak English – J. Sopel

Valorie Grace Hailinan @BooksCanSaveALife

  1. Great Tide Rising – K. Moore
  2. The Wilderness Warrior – D. Brinkley

Stacey @UnrulyReader

  1. Heating Cooling: 52 Micro Memoirs – B. Fennelly
  2. We’re Going to Need More Wine – G. Union

Maphead @Maphead’sBookblog

  1. Playing With Fire – L. O’ Donnell
  2. When They Come for Us We’ll be Gone – G. Beckerman

Melissa @I’dRatherBeAtPemberley

  1. War on Peace – Ronan Farrow
  2. So You Want to Talk About Race – I. Olou

B.I.P @BuriedInPrint

  1. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus – C. Mann
  2. Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet – C Off

Dana @LittleLovelyBooks

  1. Sons and Soldiers – B. Henderson
  2. Never Caught – E. Dunbar

Lou @LouLouReads

  1. The Vaccine Race – M. Wadman
  2. The Radium Girls – K. Moore

JoAnn @LakesideMusing

  1. Waking Up White – D. Irving
  2. White Fragility – R. DiAngelo

Kelly @StackedBooks

  1. All You Can Ever Know – N. Chung
  2. A Dream Called Home – R. Grande

Eva @ThePaperbackPrincess

  1. The Blood of Emmett Till – T. Tyson
  2. Shrewed – E. Renzetti

Kay @WhatMeRead

  1. The Last White Rose – D. Seward
  2. (posted only 1 book)

Karen @BookerTalk

  1. Do No Harm – H. Marsh
  2. The Wicked Boy – K. Summerscale

Carrie @Other WomensStories

  1. Betty Ford – L. McCubbin
  2. Upstairs at the White House – J.B. West

Jean @HowlingFrog

  1. Danubia – S. Winder
  2. Meeting the Remarkable Manuscripts – C. de Hamel

Brandy @ReadingBeyond

  1. Factfulness – Hans Rosling
  2. Destiny of the Republic – C. Millard

Melissa @MelissaFirman

  1. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – D. Pink
  2. On Writing: A. Memoir of the Craft – S. King

Heather @BasedOnATrueStory

  1. Have Dog Will Travel – S. Kuusisto
  2. The New Farm – B. Preston

Amanda @GunInActOne

  1. A Higher Loyalty – James Comey
  2. Killing Pablo – M. Bowden

O @QuaintAndCuriousVolumes

  1. Virginia Woolf – M. Whitworth
  2. The Letters of Vriginia Woolf vol 1

Rita @BookishRita

  1. Eating Animals – J. Foer
  2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Y. Harari

Katie @DoingDewey

  1. Black Ink – S. Stokes
  2. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicone Valley Startup – J. Carreyrou

Sue @BookByBook

  1. H is for Hawk – H. MacDonald
  2. Happiness is a Choice You Make – J. LeLand

Dee @Dee’sBookblog

  1. The Sun Does Shine – A. Hinton
  2. Bloodsworth – T. Junkin

Lisa @ANZLitLovers

  1. Letting Go – C. Corke
  2. 1947: When Now Begins – E. Åsbrink

Lance @SportsBookGuy

  1. I could not find a #NonFicNov post
  2. ….just a few of his sportbook reviews (..ho…hum)

Jaymi @OrangeCountyReaders

  1. Behind Enemy Lines – M. Cohn
  2. Ghost in the Wires – K. Mitnick

Sharlene @RealLifeReading

  1. The Diary of a Bookseller – S. Bythell
  2. (I read her other books!)

Beth @Bibliobeth

  1. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – M. Roach
  2. Mapping the Mind – R. Carter

MaryR @BibliographicManifestations

  1. Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell – D. Yaffe
  2. Soul Food: The Suprising Story of Ameican Cuisine – A. Miller

Cathy @WhatCathyReadNext

  1. Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink – A. McCarten
  2. Memory-Hold-The-Door – J. Buchan

Heather @Gofita’sPages

  1. These Truths: A History of the US (chunkster!) – Jill Lepore
  2. The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote – E. Weiss

Juliana @The[Blank]Garden

  1. A Secret Sisterhood – E. Midorikawa
  2. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath – G. Crowther

Molly @SilverButtonBooks

  1. Grit – A. Duckworth
  2. 1000 Books to read Before You Die (2018) – J. Mustich

Lynn @Smoke&Mirrors

  1. The New Jim Crow – M. Alexander
  2. The Boys in the Boat – D.J. Brown

Hannah @TheCozyReadingNook

  1. Bringing Up Bébé – P. Druckerman
  2. Play: how it shapes the Brain – S. Brown jr.

Rebecca @BookishBeck

  1. The Book of Separation – T. Mirvis
  2. Memories of a Catholic Childhood – M. McCarthy

Katheleen @SMS NonfictionBookReviews

  1. There’s a Boy in Here – J. Barron
  2. Making Peace with Autism – S. Senator

Lory @TheEmeraldCity

  1. I Don’t Want to Talk About It – T. Real
  2. Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales – M. von Franz

Joli @LiteraryQuicksand

  1. Educated – T. Westover
  2. (posted only 1 book)

Kim @SophisticatedDorkiness

  1. Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama – D. Pfeiffer
  2. West Wingers – G. Raghavan

Vera @UnfilteredTales

  1. Tools of Titans – T. Ferris
  2. Daring Greatly – B. Brown#

#Non-fiction 2017

Non-fiction:  2017

  1. Badinter, E. – Le pouvoir au féminin
  2. Milligan, L. – Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell
  3. Bautman, E. – The Possessed
  4. Mac Cormaic, R. – The Supreme Court
  5. Zapruder, M. – Why Poetry?
  6. Tóibin, C. – On Elizabeth Bishop
  7. Brodsky, J. – On Grief and Reason
  8. White, H.   Essay: Without America: Australia in the New Asia
  9. Scott-Mobley, J. – Female Bodies on the American Stage
  10. Barry, B. – Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines
  11. Canetti, E. – The Voices of Marrakesh
  12. Du Bois, W.E.B. – Of Our Spiritual Striving
  13. Mahood, K. – Position Doubtful
  14. Franklin, R. – Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
  15. Eltchanihoff, M. –  Dans la tête de Marine Le Pen
  16. Fosse, J. –  An Angle Walks Through the Stage
  17. Galbraith, J.K. – The Great Crash, 1929 – READ…interesting!
  18. Veil, S. – Un Vie
  19. Greenwald, G. – No Place to  Hide – READ….”eye-opener”
  20. Trumpington, J. – Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir
  21. Hegarty, N. – The Story of Ireland
  22. White, E.B. – Collection of Essays
  23. Hochschild, A. – Strangers in their own Land – READ…very interesting!
  24. Brands, H.W. – The General and the President
  25. Tye, Larry – Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon 
  26. Jablonka, I. – Laëtitia
  27. Sophocles’ ‘Oepidus The King: a Reader’s Guide – S. Sheehan
  28. Jones, L. – Foxes Unearthed – READ…interesting!
  29. Kaplan, G. – Bird Minds – READ…very good Australian non-fiction
  30. Peraino, K. – A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman and Birth of Modern China
  31. Brown, E. – The Bloody Mary Book
  32. Lee, L. – Village Christmas – READ….quaint
  33. Massimino, M. – Spaceman
  34. Levingston, S. – Kennedy and King 
  35. Lamb, K. – Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather
  36. Massie, R. –  Catherine the Great
  37. McCoole, S. – Easter Widows
  38. Ogien, R. – My Thousand and One Nights
  39. Prescott, T. – Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century
  40. Rebanks, J. – The Shepherd’s Life
  41. Katz, Yaakov – Weapon Wizards
  42. Robinson, M. – The Death of Adam – READ…..bah!
  43. Verdier, F. – Passagère du Silence
  44. Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi – Dear Ijeawele
  45. Sayarer, J. Interstate – READ
  46. Lewis-Stempel, J. – The Running Hare
  47. Sinha, M. – The Slave’s Cause – READ….very academic
  48. Wood, L. – Walking the Nile
  49. Shestokas, D. – Constitutional Sound Bites – READ…informative
  50. Williamson, G. – The Best Australian Essays 2016
  51. White, R.C. – American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
  52. Briant, L. – Propaganda and Counter-Terrorism
  53. Lahr, J. – Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh: Tennessee Williams
  54. White, R.C. – American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
  55. Tuchman, B. – A Distant Mirror – READ…interesting
  56. Viner, K. – How Technology Disrupted The Truth – READ …interesting essay
  57. De Tocqueville, A. – Democracy in America – READ…classic!
  58. Plutarch – Plutarch’s Lives
  59. Paxton, R. – The Anatomy of Fascism 
  60. Meade, M. – Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This
  61. Paine, T. – Common Sense
  62. Leovy, J. – Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
  63. Plato – The Republic
  64. Yong, E. – I Contain Multitudes
  65. Madigan, K. – Medieval Christianity: A New History
  66. Sands, P. – East West Street 
  67. Vinciguerra, T. – Cast of Characters
  68. McLennan, C. – Salt Water
  69. Butterss, P. – The Life and Work of C.J. Dennis
  70. Taylor, R. – Into the Heart of Tasmania
  71. Ormsby, E. – Silk Road
  72. Pao, E. – Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
  73. Citron, D.K. – Hate Crimes in Cyberspace
  74. Gaiman, N. – Norse Mythology
30
Oct

#NonficNov: Week 1 Year in Non-Fiction

  • Week 1: (Oct 28 to Nov 01)
  • Hashtag: #NonficNov
  • Hosted by:  Julz of Julz Reads

 

  • Stats:  books read between  –>  01 November 2018 – 31 October 2019
  • Read 61 non-fiction books –> 29% of total books read
  • Most read:  (see list)
  • Favoriet non-fiction: –>   Everywhere I LookH. Garner

Conclusion:

  1. This was a book I did not want to end.
  2. Garner’s insights for instance  about Russel Crowe’s filmography
  3. or an Australian Ballet company were mesmerizing.
  4. But my favorite essay was ‘The Insults of Age”.
  5. This will be recognizable for every 60+’er!
  6. Helen Garner’s writing is clean and crisp
  7. ..nothing is slick or shallow.
  8. It is “reading caviar” !

 

Reviews:

Memoirs/personal essays

  1. A Woman’s Experiences in the Great War – L. Mack
  2. Thick – Tessie Cottom
  3. Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger  – F. Wright
  4. Can You Tolerate This? – A. Young –>   #HiddenGem  most recommended
  5. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  6. The First Casualty – Peter Greste
  7. We Can Make a Life – C. Henry
  8. Le Lambeau – P. Lançon
  9. Aunts Up the Cross – R. Dalton
  10. Memoir: J McGahern
  11. Everywhere I LookH. Garner
  12. AxiomaticM. Tumarkin

 

Biography:

  1. In Extremis: War Correspondent Marie Colvin – L. Hilsum
  2. Sisters In Law (S. Day ‘O Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg) – L. Hirshman
  3. Pulitzer – J. McGrath Morris
  4. The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke – J.C. Stewart
  5. No Friend but the Mountains – B. Boochani
  6. Teacher – G. Stroud
  7. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – D. Blight
  8. Fouché – E. de Waresquiel
  9. Je suis fou de toi – D. Bona (Jeanne Voilier and lover poet Paul Valéry)
  10. Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook – J. Kent
  11. James Tiptree, jr. The Double Life Alice Sheldon – J. Phillips

 

Theatre

  1. Twenty-First Century American Playwrights – C. Bigsby
  2. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write – S. Ruhl
  3. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: 13 critical essays – editor S. Shannon

 

Health

  1. All-Day Fat Burning Diet – Y. Elkaim (…I lost weight!)

 

History

  1. Deep Time Dreaming – B. Griffiths
  2. Age of Eisenhower – W. Hitchcock
  3. The Mueller Report – R. Mueller
  4. The Art of Time Travel – T. Griffiths
  5. Stamped From the Beginning – I.X. Kendi
  6. The History of the Church – Eusebius
  7. The Twelve Caesars – Suetonius
  8. The Billion Dollar Spy – D. Hoffman
  9. America’s War for the Greater Middle East A. Bacevich
  10. These Truths – Jill Lepore
  11. Ghosts of the Tsunami R. L. Parry

 

Social History

  1. Evicted: Poverty and Profit – M. Desmond
  2. The Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture – S. Pinsker
  3. The Coddling of the American Mind – G. Lukianoff, J. Haidt –>   #MustRead  #Eye-opener!!

 

Literature

  1. Writers on Writers: Patrick White – Christos Tsiolkas
  2. Poemcrazy – S. Wooldridge
  3. On Poetry – Glyn Maxwell
  4. The British Short Story – A. Maunder
  5. The Cambridge Introduction to The American Short Story – M. Scofield
  6. Moby-Dick as Philosophy – M. Anderson
  7. Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll – G. Beer
  8. Literary Brian Friel Companion – M. Snodgrass
  9. Essay: From Monaghan to the Grand Canal ( Dublin) – S. Heaney 
  10. The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe – S. Peeples
  11. George Eliot: Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writing
  12. The Complete Essays  – M. de  Montaigne

 

Indigenous (Aboriginal, Indonesian)

  1. The Tall Man – Chloe Hooper
  2. Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – editor Anita Heiss
  3. Indonesia etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation – E. Pisani
  4. Not Just Black and WhiteLesley and Tammy Williams

 

True Crime

  1. The Arsonist – C. Hooper
  2. Trace: who killed Maria James?
  3. The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island C. Hooper

Science

  1. The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 – editor J. Pickre

 

 

31
Jan

#Classic: Moby Dick

 

Quickscan:    Mixture  of plots:

1. Overcoming the Monster: (the White Whale)
3. Quest: (Destroy the White Whale)
4. Voyage and Return: (whaling trip on the Pequod)
5. Comedy: (Stubb dialogue)
6. Tragedy: (Dead of Queeseg)
7. Rebirth:  Ishmael (character survives  after so many perils)
9. Rebellion against the one: (Starbuck thinks of killing Ahab to save ship/crew)

 

 

Characters:   my favorites….

Ishmael:

  1. The narrator in the book, not only relaying the story
  2. …but going on at length about whale facts and
  3. various philosophical questions.

Queequg:

  1. He demonstrates that despite one’s appearance
  2. people have more in common than they believe.
  3. Queequg also brings life through death. (coffin is float for survival)

 

Secret motto:

  1. Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!
  2. Ahab howls these words as harpoon iron is devoured the baptismal blood.
  3. ”I baptize thee, not in the name of the Father, but in the name of the Devil.”
  4. Captain Ahab is speaking to his harpoon as it tastes whale blood for the first time.
  5. The quote is significant because Herman Melville wrote to his
  6. …friend Nathaniel Hawthorne that
  7. ..the line was the book’s secret motto.

 

Conclusion:

  1. On the most basic level, the White Whale in the novel
  2. is the object of Ahab’s obsession.
  3. Everything in the plot of Moby-Dick is directed
  4. …toward the final, tragic confrontation between
  5. …Ahab, his crew, and the White Whale.
  6. The White Whale wins the fight.
  7. Ahab and nearly the entire crew of the Pequod die.
  8. The fact that the White Whale cannot be beaten
  9. ….contributes to the way it is used as a symbol.
  10. Power of Moby Dick is symbolic of God.
  11. Symbol of a force man cannot defeat.
  12. Pursuit of God: Ahab purses God in a manner driven by hate
  13. vengeance rather than something peaceful.

 

Last thoughts:

  1. Ch 1-54  is worth the read….but then I hit a wall!
  2. Ch 55-100….it was a ‘touch and go’ endeavor to keep reading!
  3. There’s a lot of scrimshaw and blubber!
  4. The last 30 chapters finally capture my attention again.
  5. This book would be much improved
  6. without the whaling tutorial! (ch 56)
  7. Sometimes tiresome and challenging
  8. is a compliment about a classic book.
  9. It’s like climbing a mountain….hard work
  10. …but the view is terrific when you get to the top!
  11. Now…the view from the top
  12. …wasn’t worth the hike.
  13. #YouHaveBeenWarned

 

My notes:

November 29, 2018

Learning some basic concepts that play an important role in Moby Dick

Metaphysical – concept focused on the theories of human nature
Transcendentalism – people and nature were inherently good
Melville mixes his love of metaphysics + adventure story.
Melville creates well rounded characters
…who have a good and a
…..”dark side” (obsession with a whale).
December 1,  2018
I know this book will be a challenge…but I am ready for it!
The first paragraph describes my start
“…whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul…”.

December 2, 2018

Slowly moving forward:

Moby Dick covers just about every concept
we read about in books: revenge, death, duty,
freewill vs fate, friendship, madness…
the book feels like the gold-standard for all other novels I’ve read!

December 6, 2018

Starting ch 28 ….now we finally meet Ahab!

December 7, 2018

30 pages a day…

December 11, 2018

Ch 70: I pushed through ch 54-70 which is more or less

a tutorial on whales, harpooning,
the blubber room and why sharks love whale meat!
Ch 1-54 is a good narrative….I expect once we get back to the conflict
…Ahab vs Moby Dick on the high seas.
..the book will recapture its adventerous tone!
December 15, 2018

Ch 94: More whaling…stay away from whale spuits,

fin back whales look similar to sperm whale.
..don’t be fooled!
Knives in blubber room are so sharp
…crew could slice off toes. Jick.
The only chapter with some narrative was
about the man on ship Jerpboam
…who thought he was the angel Gabriel.

January 9, 2019

Finshed during the Christmas holidays.

1
Jan

2019 Monthly Planning + Reading Stats 2018

January 2019

READ:

  1. George Eliot: Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings – READ  #ClassicMasterList

 

READING:

  1. Moby Dick – H. Melville – READING    ch 94/135  #ClassicMasterList
  2. How Does a Poem Read – J. Ciardi – READING  pg 205/399
  3. Two Moons – Jennifer Johnston – READING  #ReadIreland   pg 155/231

 

December 2018     Reading stats 2018

  1. 63 fiction
  2. 73 non-fiction
  3. 20 French books
  4. 18 plays
  5. 13 posts about poems/poet
  6. 105 short stories
  7. 105 essays

READ:

  1. The History of the Church – Eusebius – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. Satires – Horace – READ #ClassicMasterList
  3. Moby-Dick as Philosophy – M. Anderson – READ
  4. Axiomatic – M. Tumarkin – READ  Winner of the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award 2018
  5. Alice in Space – G. Beer (literary criticism)  – READ
  6. Downstairs No UpstairsBrian Friel (short story) New Yorker 24.08.1963 – funny! – READ
  7. Go, Went, Gone – J. Erpenbeck – READ
  8. Literary Brian Friel Companion – M. Snodgrass – READ    #ReadIreland
  9. Essay: From Monaghan to the Grand Canal ( Dublin) – S. Heaney  – READ #ReadIreland
  10. The Pull of the Moon – Julie Paul – READ  (12 short stories)  #CanBookChallenge
  11. The Hummingbird – K. Hiekkapelto – READ  #TBR since 2015!
  12. Speaking Up – G. Triggs #AWW2018 – DNF…not my kind or writer
  13. In Extremis: War Correspondent Marie Colvin – L. Hilsum – READ  #TBRnovember2018
  14. Philadelphia , Here I Come! – Brian Friel (play)- READ  #ReadIreland
  15. Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – editor Anita Heiss (NF) – READ  #AWW2018
  16. Indonesia etc – E. Pisani – READ #WorldFromMyArmchair
  17. The Tall Man – Chloe Hooper – READ #AWW2018  2009 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize
  18. The Christmas Carol – C. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  19. Sisters In Law (S. Day ‘O Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg) – L. Hirshman – READ
  20. Infinity  – Hannah Moscovitch (play) – READ #CanBookChallenge
  21. American Poetry Review – editor E. Scanlon – READ  Vol 47 Nov/Dec no. 6
  22. Saints and Sinners Edna O’Brien (short stories) – READ  only  4 /10  good  #ReadIreland
  23. The New Yorker    24-31 December 2018 – READ
  24. The Evening of the Holiday – S. Hazzard – READ
  25. The Rich Brew – S. Pinsker – (NF)  READ

 

November 2018

  1. The Aeneid – Vrigil – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. Mythos – Stephen Fry (audio book) – READ
  3. A Raisin in the Sun – L. Hansberry (play) – READ  Best Play 1959 NY Drama Critic’s Circle
  4. David Copperfield – C. Dickens – READ #ClassicMasterList (audio and paperback)
  5. Poets Corner – editor J. Lithgow – READ (audio book)
  6. Great Expectations – C. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Pulitzer – J. McGrath Morris ( biography) – READ
  8. Rosmersholm – Henk Ibsen (play) – READ   #ClassicMasterList
  9. The Lusiads – L. Vaz de Camões – READ (epic poem)  #ClassicMasterList
  10. Electra – Sophocles – READ #ClassicMasterList
  11. The Knights Tale – Chaucer – READ #ClassicMasterList
  12. Mrs. Dalloway – V. Woolf – READ #ClassicMasterList
  13. Evicted: Poverty and Profit – M. Desmond – READ  #NonFicNov
  14. Kilonova (poem) – A. Sometimes – READ  #AWW2018
  15. To Our Miscarried One, Age Fifty Now (poem) – S. Olds –  READ #PulitzerPrize 2013
  16. The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 – editor J. Pickrell – READ  #NonFicNov
  17. Death of a Salesman – A. Miller – READ- Pulitzer Prize Drama 1949 – #ClassicMasterList

 

October 2018

  1. Our Mutual Friend – C. Dickens – READ   #ClassicMasterList
  2. Je reste ici  – M. Balzano (longlist Prix Fémina 2018) – READ
  3. Mãn – K. Thuy – READ  #CanBookChallenge
  4. An Ordinary Day (NF) – Leigh Sales – READ  #AWW2018
  5. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  6. The Keys of My Prison – F. Wees – READ  #CanBookChallenge
  7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Ann Brontë – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  8. Zolitude – Paige Cooper (14 short stories) – READ #CanBookChallenge
  9. An Ocean of Minutes – T. Lim – READ #CanBookChallenge
  10. French Exit P. deWittREAD #CanBookChallenge
  11. March Violets – P. Kerr (CF) – READ
  12. Looking for Lorraine – I. Perry – READ
  13. Nobel Streven F. van OostromREAD  #LibrisPrijs2018  shortlist Best Dutch History Book
  14. Thorbecke Wil Het – R. Aerts – READwinner Prinsjesboekenprijs  (best political book)
  15. De Sigarenfabriek van Isay RottenbergH/S Rottenberg – READ 
  16. ….#LibrisPrijs2018  shortlist Best Dutch History Book
  17. Adieu Montaigne – J. Delacomptée – READ  ( 50%…gave up, read why!)
  18. Frankenstein – M. Shelley – READ   #RIPXIII   and #CCdare

 

September 2018

  1. The Raven – E.A. Poe – READ  #RIPXIII
  2. Dark Entries – R. Aickman (6 short stories) – READ #RIPXIII
  3. A Vindication of the Rights of Women – M. Wollstonecraft – READ
  4. Our Man in Charleston – C. Dickey (NF) – READ  #20BooksOfAutumn
  5. The Pillow Book – Sei Shonagon –  READ
  6. The Life of Johnson – J. Boswell – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Hawthorne – Henry James – READ  #RIPXII
  8. A  Kim Jong-IL Production – Fischer, P. – READ  #20BooksOfAutumn
  9. The Bed-Making Competition – A. Jackson – READ #AWW2018
  10. Atomic Thunder – E. Tynan (Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017 History) – READ #AWW2018
  11. The Enigmatic Mr. Deakin – J. Brett – READ #AWW2018  Nat Biography Award 2018
  12. Patrick Kavanagh – Irish poet poem  – READ
  13. Audition – S. Sayarfiezadeh – READ (short story) #DealMeIn2018
  14. The River in the Sky – Clive  James ( epic poem…reading it line for line) – READ
  15. Just Enough Liebling – J. Liebling (NF) – READ
  16. Washington Black – Esi  Edugyan – READ #CanBookChallenge (shortlist Man Booker)
  17. Don’t Call Us Dead – D. Smith – READ (collection of poems)
  18. Nooit Meer Slapen – W.F. Hermans- READ  Dutch – in translation Beyond Sleep
  19. James Wright: A Life in Poetry (NF) – J. Blunk – READ
  20. Pensées – B. Pascal – READ

 

August 2018

  1. Pride and Prejudice – J. Austen – Re-READ
  2. Letters From a Stoic – Seneca – READ
  3. The Angel of the Odd – E.A. Poe – READ  (short story)
  4. The Birthday of the Infanta – O. Wilde – READ (short story)
  5. The Masnavi Book vol 1 –  Rūmī (poet of Sufism Islamic mysticism) – READ
  6. Myths from Mesopotamia – (Anonymous)  trans. S. Dalley – READ
  7. Nation – T. Pratchett – READ
  8. Means of Ascent – R. Caro – READ (non-fiction)
  9. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal – READ  (french edition)
  10. Chateaubriand – Jean-Claude Berchet READ  (french edition)
  11. Trois femmes puissantes – M. NDiaye – READ (french edition) Prix Goncourt 2009
  12. Le Roman de la Rose – De Lorris, G. et De Meun, J. – READ (french edition)
  13. The Revolutionary Road – L. Pryce – READ (Iran)
  14. Une Vie – G. de Maupassant – READ  (french edition)
  15. Maupassant – F. Martinez – READ  (french edition) (biography)
  16. Darkness Visible – W. Styron – READ (essay/memoir)
  17. Between Riverside and Crazy – S. Guirgis – (Pulitzer Prize 2015) (play – READ
  18. The OutrunA. Liptrot – READ
  19. L’Éspoir – A. Malraux – READ/ DNF …here’s why!

 

July 2018

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – W. Shirer – READ ….chunkster!
  2. Berthe Morisot  –  D. Bona – READ  (french editon)
  3. Women In Love – D.H. Lawrence – READ – …intense book!
  4. The Dispossessed – U. Le Guin – READ
  5. The Sun Also Rises – E. Hemingway – READ
  6. View From the Cheap Seats – N. Gaiman – READ (essays)
  7. The Deerslayer – James Fenimore Cooper – RE–READ – classic  Fini
  8. Like a House on Fire – C. Kennedy – READ (15 short stories)
  9. Victor Hugo: Romancier de l’abîme editor J. Hiddleston – READ (11 essays)

 

June 2018

  1. Brit(ish) – A. Hirsch – READ
  2. Jenna’s Truth – N.L. King – READ
  3. A Spy Named Orphan – R. Philipps – READ
  4. The End of Seeing – C. Collins – READ
  5. Australian A. Kissane ‘Flannel Flowers’ – READ (poem)
  6. Essays: The Australian Face (editor C. Menzies-Pike) – READ (17 essays)
  7. Pipeline – D. Morisseau – READ (play)
  8. Americanah – C.N. Adichie – READ
  9. Saga Land – R. Fidler, K. Gislason – READ
  10. How to Get There – M. Mackellar – READ
  11. Very Expensive Poison – L. Harding – READ
  12. Deep South – P. Theroux – READ
  13. Islander: Journey Around Our Archipelago – P. Barkham – READ
  14. Why Horror Seduces – M. Clasen – READ
  15. Rice – Michele Lee – READ (play)
  16. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories – M. McKenna (NF) – READ
  17. The Redemption of Galen Pike – C. Davies (short stories) – READ
  18. Flowers For Algernon – D. Keyes – READ
  19. The Serious Game – H. Söderberg – READ
  20. Judge and His Hangman – F. Dürrenmatt – READ
  21. Hunting the Wild Pineapple – T. Astley – READ (8 short stories)
  22. Down These Green Streets – D. Burke – READ

 

May 2018

  1. Her Father’s Daughter – A. Pung – READ
  2. Who’s Afraid? – M. Lewis – READ
  3. Cardinal – L. Milligan – READ (non-fiction)
  4. The Drover’s Wife – L. Purcell – READ (play)
  5. Broken – M.A. Butler – READ (play)
  6. Psynode – M.J. Ward – READ (YA)
  7. Do Not Go Gentle – P. Cornelius – READ (play)
  8. The Golden Bowl – H. James – READ (classic)
  9. Closing Down – S. Abbott – READ (SF)
  10. Too Easy – J.M. Green – READ (CF)
  11. This Mortal Coil – E. Suvada – READ (YA)
  12. Aletheia – J.S. Breukelaar – READ (Horror)
  13. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute:StoriesG. Paley – READ
  14. Wounds – F. Keane – READ  winner Best Irish Non-fiction 2017
  15. Kitchen Sink Realisms – D. Chansky – READ
  16. Memories of Youghal – W. Trevor – READ (short story)

 

April 2018 

  1. The Museum of Modern Love – H. Rose – READ – Stella Prize 2017
  2. Extinctions – J. Wilson – READ – Miles Franklin Award 2017
  3. Thea Astley’s Writing: Magnetic North Kerryn GoldsworthyREAD
  4. Feeling the HeatJ. ChandlerREAD  – Chandler Best Freelanc Journalist 2017
  5. The Acolyte  – T. Astley – READ – Miles Franklin Award 1972
  6. From the Wreck – J. Rawson – READ – Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF novel
  7. Girl Reporter – T. Roberts – READ – Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF novella
  8. The Green Road – A. Enright – READ
  9. Feel Free – Z. Smith (31 essays) – READ
  10. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin – READ – Hugo Award 2016
  11. Autumn – A. Smith – READ
  12. Dying in the First Person – N. Sulway – READ
  13. The Third Policeman – F. O’ Brian – READ
  14. The Trauma Cleaner – S. Krasnostein – READ – Victorian Premier’s Award 2018
  15. Locking Up Our Own   –  J. Forman jr.  – READ Pulitzer Prize 2018
  16. Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor –  S. Fenwick – READ
  17. Fahrenheit 451 – R. Bradbury – READ
  18. The Butchering Art – L. Fitzharris – READ
  19. 1984 – G. Orwell – READ
  20. Winesburg, Ohio – S. Anderson – READ
  21. The Hate Race – M. B. Clarke – READ
  22. Dark Lies the Island – K. Barry (13 short stories) – READ
  23. Rubik – E. Tan (15 short stories) – READ
  24. Ironweed – W. Kennedy – READ
  25. Soon – L. Murphy – READ

 

March 2018:

  1. Seamus Heaney – H. VendlerREAD
  2. Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds – P. Paquet – READ
  3. Without America  – Quarterly Essay, vol. 68;  White, H. 16.11.2017 – READ
  4. Short story: Deer Season – K. Barry – READ  (The New Yorker)
  5. Short story: You Know How It Is – A. Spargo-Ryan – READ
  6. Short story: The Island and the Calves – Dermot Healy – READ
  7. Midwinter  Break – B. MacLaverty – READ
  8. The Weir – C. McPherson – READ
  9. Mapping Irish Theatre – C. Morash and S. Richards – READ
  10. A Long Long Way – S. Barry – READ
  11. Tracker – A. Wright – READ  abandoned…read why!
  12. Poem: Inniskeen Road: July Evening – P. KavanaghREAD
  13. Quicksilver – N. Rothwell – READ    (6 essays)
  14. Flame Tip – K. Thompson – READ (short fictions, Tasmania)
  15. The Divine Comedy – Dante – READ 
  16. The Nightingale – K. Hannah – READ  abandoned…read why!
  17. Best Words, Best Order: Essays of Poetry – S.  Dobyns – READ
  18. Play: Two Pints – Roddy Doyle – READ
  19. Play: Alice Trilogy – T. Murphy – READ
  20. Essay:  Aussie Albert – Julian Bull – READ
  21. Essay: Dancing Lessons for Writers – Z. Smith – READ
  22. A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work – B. Brennan – READ
  23. Blood in the Water – H. Thompson – READ

 

February 2018:

  1. Tartuffe – Molière – READ
  2. Girls and Boys – D. Kelly – READ
  3. The Path to Power – R. Caro – READ
  4. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze – P.  Hessler – READ
  5. Couleurs de l’incendie – P. Lemaître – READ
  6. La Prophétie de Langley – P. Pouchairet – READ
  7. Psychanalyse de Victor Hugo – C. Baudouin – READ
  8. Art Chrétien / Art Sacré – Isabelle Saint-Martin) – READ (difficult…score 1/5)
  9. Victor Hugo: 1802-1851 – J.M. Hovasse – READ – FINI !! (1159 pg) = 4 books!
  10. Border – K.  Kassabova – READ

 

January  2018:              

  1. Là-bas, août est un mois d’automne – B. Pellegrino – READ
  2. Wild Kingdom – S. Moss – READ
  3. St. Joan – G.B. Shaw (play) – READ
  4. Feather Your Nest A. O’Brien (short story) – READ
  5. In With A Chance – K. Murray (short story) – READ
  6. Bottle Party – J. Collier (short story) – READ
  7. The New Yorker  dd 01.01.2018 – READ
  8. Enemy Within – Quarterly Essay, vol. 63;  Watson, Don,  16.09.2016 – READ
  9. The Hidden Life of Trees –  P. Wohlleben – READ
  10. The Left Hand of Darkness – U. Le Guin – READ
  11. The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border – G. Carr – READ
  12. Towards Mellbreak – M. Bragg – READ
  13. The Glass Canoe – D. Ireland – READ
3
Dec

#Non-fiction: Moby Dick as Philosophy

 

Conclusion:

  1. The author’s goal:
  2. link Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
  3. with the philosophical insights of
  4. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Nietzsche.
  5. I was searching for enlightenment about
  6. philosophy vs Melville’s Mody Dick but
  7. felt more confused at the end of the book
  8. …than at the beginning.
  9. Writing style helps to establish an author’s unique perspective.
  10. It helps our understanding of how they tell their stories.
  11. I got no help from Mark Anderson.
  12. While dealing with the grandeur of philosophy 
  13. insignificant wording just isn’t going to cut it.
  14. Anderson’s elaborate word choice
  15. …combined with  complicated sentence structure
  16. made this complex book….even more of a challenge.
  17. It is no wonder after 50% I started to skim
  18. …for only information about Melville and left
  19. the author to go down other rabbit holes.
  20. I did not follow him!

 

Last thoughts:

  1. Mark Anderson’s flame that drives his passion for
  2. metaphysical speculation
  3. …felt like the fires of purgatory for me….a punishment.

 

11
Mar

#ClassicsClubList 2019-2020-2021

2021: Classics     Planning

Here is my reading list:

  1.  19th C Classic: Iola Leroy – Frances E.W. Harper (1892)
  2.  20th C Classic: The Ways of White Folks: Stories – Langston Hughes (1934)
  3.  Classic by a woman: Their Eyes Were Watching God: – Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  4. Classic in translation: The River Between – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (1965)
  5. Classic BIPOC Author: The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (1970)
  6. Classic new  Author: Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy, – Naguib Mahfouz (1956)
  7. Classic favorite Author: Notes of  Native Son – J.Baldwin (1955)
  8. Classic with animal in title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (1969)
  9. Children’s Classic: The House of Dies Drear – Virginia Hamilton (1968)
  10. Humorous Classic: Not Without Laughter – Langston Hughes (1930)
  11. Travel Classic: The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon (1956)
  12. Classic Play: Funnyhouse of a Negro – Adrienne Kennedy (1964)

 

2020:  Classics

  1. Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand 
  2. RunawayAlice Munro (8 short stories)  winner Nobel Prize 2013
  3. The Quiet American – G. Greene
  4. The Crucible – A. Miller   play
  5. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  6. The Lottery S. Jackson   short story
  7. A Doll’s  House – H. Ibsen   play
  8. The Martian Chronicles – R. Bradbury

 

2019:   Classics

  1. Pascal, B. – Pensées
  2. Shelley, M.  – Frankenstein
  3. Stendhal – La Chartreuse de Parme (french edition)
  4. Miller A.  – Death of a Salesman – (play)
  5. Vaz da Camões, L.  – The Lusiads (epic poem)
  6. Alighieri, Dante  – The Divine Comedy
  7. Doyle, Arthur Conan – The Hound of the Baskervilles
  8. Hermans, W.F. Nooit Meer Slapen (Beyond Sleep)
  9. De Lorris, G. et De Meun, J. – Le Roman de la Rose
  10. Woolf, V. – Mrs. Dalloway
  11. Wollstonecraft, M.  – A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  12. Virgil –The Aeneid 
  13. Cooper, J.F. – Deerslayer
  14. Hemingway, E. – The Sun Also Rises
  15. James, H. – The Golden Bowl
  16. Shirer, W. – The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
  17. Seneca – Letters From a Stoic
  18. Dickens, C. – Our Mutual Friend
  19. Dickens, C. – David Copperfield
  20. Dickens, C. – Great Expectations
  21. Sei Shonagon –The Pillow Book
  22. Chaucer – The Knights Tale
  23. Maupassant, G. de  –  Une vie
  24. Caro, R.Means of Ascent (LBJ) modern classic non-fiction
  25. Sophocles – Electra  (play)
  26. Ibsen, I. – Rosmersholm  (play)
  27. Bronte, A. – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  28. Boswell, J. – The Life of Samuel Johnson
  29. Austen, J  – Pride and Prejudice 
  30. Anonymous, – Myths from Mesopotamia – trans. S. Dalley
  31. Horace, – Satires
  32. Eusebius,   – The History of the Church
  33. Eliot, G. – Selected Essays, Poems and other Writings
  34. Dickens, C.  – The Christmas Carol
  35. Shakespeare, W.  – Midsummer Night’s Dream
  36. Shakespeare, W.  – Othello
  37. Shakespeare, W. – Hamlet
  38. Shakespeare, W. – Richard II 
  39. Melville, H.  – Moby Dick
  40. Du Maurier, D.  – Rebecca
  41. Anonymous  – Beowulf
  42. Chopin, K. – The Awakening
  43. Plato – The Symposium
  44. O’ Connor, Flannery – The Selected Stories
  45. Suetonius – The Twelve Caesars
  46. Conrad, J. – The Heart of Darkness
  47. Fitzgerald, F.S. – The Great Gatsby
  48. Dickens, C.  – A Tale of Two Cities
  49. Eliot, G. – The Mill on the Floss
  50. Poe, E.A.  – The Portable Edgar Allan Poe, 28 tales

 

Short stories:

  1. The Angel of the Odd – E.A. Poe (The Complete Short Stories)
  2. The Birthday of the InfantaO. Wilde ( The Works of Oscar  Wilde)
11
Mar

Monthly Planning

October 2022:

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September 2022:

  1. Wrap-Up BooksOfSummer22
  2. Walkley Prize Longlist 2021  P. Hartcher – REVIEW
  3. Ring Shout –   RIPXVII   P. Djèlí Clark (novella) – REVIEW
  4. The Colour of Magic –  RIPXVII Terry Pratchett (fantasy)  – REVIEW
  5. Wrong Man Down –   RIPXVII J. Masinton (CF) – REVIEW
  6. RIPXVII Reading Challenge – book list
  7. September 8 2022London Bridge Is Down   (RIP Queen Elizabeth 1926-2022)
  8. The Man Who Could Move Clouds – I. Rojas-Contreras (memoir) – REVIEW
  9. Unaccompanied – J. Zamora (poems) – REVIEW
  10. Holly and the Nobodies –  RIPXVII   Ben Pienaar (novel) – REVIEW
  11. Sa préféerée – Sarah Jollien-Fardel (novella) 200 pg – READING

 

August 2022: 

  1. Until Justice Be Done (2021) (NF) – K. Masur (NF) – REVIEW
  2. Stages of Struggle: Modern Playwrights – J. DiGaetani (NF) – REVIEW
  3. Unfollow Me – J. Busby  (NF) – REVIEW
  4. Why We Did It– Tim Miller (2022) NF – REVIEW
  5. Everything Flows – Vasily Grossman – REVIEW
  6. Gordo – J. Cortez (12 stories) – REVIEW
  7. Lungs – Duncan MacMillian (2011) play – REVIEW
  8. August books by the pool! – Mini Reviews

 

July 2022:

  1. La Cousin Bette – H. Balzac – REVIEW
  2. Profession du père – Sorj Chalandon (France) – REVIEW
  3. Invisible Storm – Jason Kander (memoir)  (NF) (NF)- REVIEW
  4. Portrait of an Unknown WomanDaniel SilvaREVIEW
  5. Le Dieu de Dostoïevski Marguerite Souchon (France) (NF)- REVIEW
  6. Thank You For Your Servitude  (2022)- M. Leibovich (NF) – REVIEW
  7. Devil in the Blue Dress – W. Mosley (CF) – REVIEW

 

Juni 2022:

  1. #20BooksOfSummer22 Reading List
  2. Flyboy in the Buttermilk – Greg Tate (NF) – REVIEW
  3. Mildred Pierce – James M. Cain – REVIEW
  4. Stony the Road (NF) – H.L. Gates jr. (USA) – REVIEW
  5. All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep – A. Henry  (NF) – REVIEW
  6. Beachmasters – Thea Ashley (Australia) REVIEW
  7. Hooked: Art and Attachment – Rita Felski (NF)  (USA) – REVIEW
  8. The Periodic Table – Primo Levi (Italy) REVIEW
  9. Living By the Word – Alice Walker (NF)  (USA) – REVIEW
  10. When Harlem Was In Vogue – D. Lewis (NF) (USA) – REVIEW
  11. The Crown Ain’t Worth Much – (50 poems) Hanif Abdurraqib – REVIEW
  12. Le Dernier Jour d’un Condamné  – Victor Hugo – REVIEW

 

May 2022:

  1. May READING LIST
  2. Cézanne: Puissant et solitaireM. Hoog – REVIEW
  3. Le maniérisme –  P.  Falguières  – REVIEW
  4. Freezing Order  (2022)- B. Browder – REVIEW
  5. Rescue – Joseph Conrad – REVIEW
  6. Bring the War Home – K. Belew – REVIEW
  7. Silver – Chris Hammer – REVIEW
  8. Writing Deep Scenes – M. Alderson – REVIEW
  9. Caravaggio – José Frèches – REVIEW

 

April 2022:

  1. April READING LIST
  2. Tunnel 29 – H. Merman – REVIEW
  3. Tiger Girl – Pascale Petit – REVIEW 
  4. Les délassiés – T. Porcher – REVIEW
  5. Le fagot de ma mémoire – S. Diagne – REVIEW
  6. The Road to Unfreedom – T. Snyder – REVIEW
  7. The Age of the Strongman – G. Rachman – REVIEW
  8. La guerre des idées – E. Bastié – REVIEW
  9. The Browning Version – T. Rattigan – REVIEW
  10. The King of Warsaw – T. Szczepan – REVIEW
  11. Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission Y. Katz – REVIEW
  12.  

 

March 2022:

  1. #ReadingIrelandMonth22  March  READING LIST
  2. #ReadingIrelandMonth22  5 FAVORITE IRISH ACTORS
  3. #DutchDictionary
  4. Burns Family Crest + Irish Sweaters
  5. Abelard and Heloise  – H. Waddell (historical fiction)
  6. The Shining City – C. McPherson (play)
  7. Theatre & Ireland – L. Pilkingkton
  8. Still Life – Ciaran Carson (poetry)
  9. Patrick Kavanagh: A Biiography – Antoinette Quinn
  10. The Best of Frank O’Connor – F. O’Connor (essays)
  11. The Canterville Ghost – O. Wilde (novella)
  12. On Blueberry Hill – S. Barry (play)
  13. The Humours of Bandon – M. McAuliffe
  14. Portia Coughlan – Marina Carr (play)

 

February 2022:

  1. #MountTBR 2022 UPDATE and February READING LIST
  2. A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson (travelogue)
  3. John Adams – David McCullough  (biography)
  4. King Charles III – Mike Bartlett (play)
  5. All That She Carried – T. Miles (NF)
  6. Red Velvet – L. Chakrabarti (play)
  7. Big White Fog – T. Ward (play)
  8. Redeployment – P. Klay (12 short stories)
  9. Macbeth – W. Shakespeare (play)
  10. Last Night – James Salter (10 short stories)
  11. No Man’s Land – H.Pinter (play)
  12. No Name in the Street – James Baldwin
  13. Dancing Lessons – Olive Senior (novel)
  14. Unbound – Tarana Burke (memoir)
  15. Sweat – Lynn Nottage (play)

 

January 2022:

  1. #MountTBR 2022 January  Reading LIST
  2. #Challenges The New Yorker 2022 short stories
  3. The Housekeeper and the Professor – Y. Ogawa (novella)
  4. Thomas Becket – J. Guy (NF)
  5. The Confessions of Nat Turner – W. Styron (novel)
  6. Out of Africa – I. Dinesin (memoir)
  7. A Cultural History of Causality – S. Kern (NF)
  8. The Silence of the Sea – Y. Sigurdardottir (CF)
  9. The Hummingbird – K. Hiekkapelto (CF)
  10. The Hunting Dogs – J.L. Horst (CF)
  11. Kolymsky Heights – L. Davidson (CF)
  12. Gaudy Night – D. Sayers (CF)
  13. Collected Stories – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  14. Captians Courageous – R. Kipling (novella)
  15. The Dawn of the Belle Epoque – M. McAuliffe (NF)
  16. The Art of Racing in the Rain – G. Stein (novel)
  17. The Collected Short Plays –  Thornton Wilder, Volume I (plays)
  18. Separate Tables – R. Rattigan
  19. The Crossroads of Should and Must – E. Luna
  20. A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin (short stories)

 

December 2021:

  1. Passing – Nella Larsen (126 pg) 1929  (novella) REVIEW
  2. Bodies of Men – Nigel Featherstone (267 pg). REVIEW
  3. Disgraced – Ayad Akthar (play)  REVIEW
  4. Roseanna – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö  REVIEW (CF)
  5. In the New World – Lawrence Wright (307 pg) 1987  REVIEW (NF)
  6. Things I Have Withheld – Kei Miller (199 pg) 2021  REVIEW (NF)
  7. Plot and Structure – J.S. Bell (240 pg )   2004 REVIEW (NF)
  8. The Figure of the Detective – C. Brownson   (216 pg) 2014  REVIEW (NF)
  9. #Dutchman Max Verstappen wins Formula 1 World Championship…celebration!

 

November 2021:

  1. BloodsWallace Terry (320 pg) 1984 (NF)  REVIEW
  2. #NonficNov  reading list for November 2021
  3. #NonficNov Wk 1 –  My year of non-fiction (48 books)
  4. I’m Ready Now – Nigel Featherstone (156 pg) 2012 (novella)  REVIEW
  5. Vertigo – Amanda Lohrey (144 pg) 2019 (novella)  REVIEW
  6. #NonficNov Wk 2 – Pairings
  7. Pushout  – M.W. Morris ((303 pg) 2018 (NF)  REVIEW
  8. The Little Devil in America -398 pg) H. Abdurraqib (300 pg) (essays) 2021 REVIEW
  9. The Year of Living Dangerously – C. Koch (224 pg) 1978  REVIEW
  10. Basics to Brillance – Donna Hay (398 pg)  (cookbook) 2017 REVIEW
  11. Black and British: A Forgotten History – David Olusago (639 pg) 2016 (NF)  REVIEW
  12. Coda – Thea Astley (188 pg) 1994 (novella)  REVIEW
  13. Tea and Sympathetic Magic – Tansy Roberts (73 pg) 2021 (novella)  REVIEW
  14. How the Word Is Passed – Clint Smith (336 pg) 2021 (NF)  REVIEW
  15. #NonficNov Wk 3 – Be/Ask/Become the Expert
  16. Crusade – Amos Oz (92 pg) 1971 (novella)  REVIEW
  17. The Newspaper of Claremont Street – E. Jolley (128 pg)  1981  (novella) – REVIEW
  18. Empire of Pain – P. R. Keefe (NF)  ….excellent!!  – REVIEW
  19. #NonficNov Wk 4 – “Jaw-dropping”  books
  20. Hell of a Book – Jason Mott (320 pg) 2021 (novel)  Winner National Book Award 2021 REVIEW
  21. Australian Food – Bill Grannger  2020  REVIEW
  22. The 1619 Project: The New American Origin Story – Nikole Hannah-Jones (590 pg) REVIEW

 

October 2021:

  1. Everything Happens for a Riesling – G. de Morgan  REVIEW
  2. After Lives – A. Gurnah (Nobel Prize Literature 2021)  REVIEW
  3. XMAS 2021
  4. Read-A-Thon 23 Oct 2021
  5. #BackToTheClassics  Challenge – Completed

 

September 2021:

Taking a short reading break…..for 4 weeks.

 

August 2021:

  1. Mémoires d’ Hadrien – M. Yourcenar  REVIEW
  2. Rien où poser sa tête – F. Frenkel  REVIEW
  3. Voyage au centre de la terre – J. Verne  REVIEW
  4. Gouverneurs de la rosée – J. Roumain  REVIEW
  5. Les enfants sont les rois – D. de Vigan  REVIEW

July 2021:

  1. La maison du chat qui pelote – H. Balzac (1830)  REVIEW
  2. La cagnotte – E. Labiche (1864)  REVIEW
  3. Pour une nuit d’amour – E. Zola (1880)  REVIEW
  4. Le Bourgeois gentilhomme – Molière (1670)  REVIEW
  5. J’Accuse – Émile Zola   REVIEW
  6. Âme brisée – A. Mizubayashi  REVIEW
  7. Charlotte – D. Foenkinos  REVIEW
  8. 4 French Films – REVIEW
  9. Le Dossier 113 – E. Gaboriau  REVIEW
  10. Une amie de la famille – J. Laclavetine  REVIEW
  11. La promesse de l’aube – Romain Gary  REVIEW
  12. Sign-up “Summer reading in other languages”
  13. Salammbô – G. Flaubert  REVIEW
  14. Henri Matisse: Rooms with a view – S. Blum  REVIEW
  15. #Paris In July   FINI!

June 2021:

  1. John – Annie Baker (play)   REVIEW
  2. Entangled Life – M. Sheldrake REVIEW (NF)
  3. A Killing Spring – G. Bowen REVIEW (CF)
  4. The Sense of an Ending – J. Barnes REVIEW
  5. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead – Agatha Christie REVIEW (1952) (CF)
  6. The Birdwatcher (2016) – W. Shaw  (CF) – REVIEW
  7. Fer-de-Lance (1934) – Rex Stout (CF) REVIEW
  8. Zero Fail (2021) – Carol Leonnig REVIEW
  9. Catch and Kill (2019) – Ronan Farrow REVIEW
  10. Darktown (2016) – T. Mullen (CF) REVIEW
  11. The Prophets – R. Jones Jr. (2021) REVIEW
  12. Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme – Molière  REVIEW 
  13. Secrets Never Told – Dermot Bolger  REVIEW

May 2021:

  1. The Long Fall – Walter Mosely REVIEW
  2. The Door – Magda Szabo REVIEW
  3. Station Eleven – E. St. John Mandel REVIEW
  4. Palace Walk – N. Mahfouz REVIEW
  5. The Committed – Viet Thanh Nguyen REVIEW
  6. Mediocre – Ijeoma Oluo REVIEW
  7. Gulag Archipelago vol 1 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn REVIEW
  8. Nobody Knows My Name – James Baldwin (essays) REVIEW
  9. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison REVIEW
  10. Talking To My Country – Stan Grant REVIEW
  11. Wayward Lives – Saidiya Hartman (criticism) REVIEW
  12. Rembrandt and the Female Nude – E. Sluijter REVIEW
  13. Classical Art: From Greece to Rome – M. Beard REVIEW
  14. Has China Won? – K. Muhbubani  REVIEW
  15. Henri Matisse: Rooms with a View – S. Neilsen Blum REVIEW
  16. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsun (1917)REVIEW
  17. Stories from the Warm Zone – Jessica Anderson (1987)REVIEW
  18. Classical Art – M. Beard REVIEW
  19. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – R. Carver (1981) REVIEW
  20. Bloodlands – T. Snyder –  REVIEW
  21. The Blue Clerk – Dionne Brand (2018) REVIEW
  22. Fire Front – edited by Alison Whittaker (2020) REVIEW
  23. The Betrayal – W. R. Corson (1968) REVIEW
  24. A Baker’s Dozen – Dorothy Hewett (2001) REVIEW
  25. The Lost Arabs – Omar Sakr  REVIEW
  26. The New Ships – Kate Duignan  REVIEW
  27. The Wall – John Hersey (1950)…too long, skimmed, AWFUL
  28. Ghostspeaking – Peter Boyle (2016) REVIEW
  29. The Collected Stories (30) of Jean Stafford – J. Stafford  1970 Pulitzer Prize  REVIEW
  30. Reaching Tin River – Thea Astley  REVIEW

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April 2021:

  1. The Guilded Auction BlockShane McCrae (22 poems)  REVIEW  #PoetryMonth 2021
  2. Revolusi – David van Reybrouck  REVIEW  Longlist Brusse  Prize 2021
  3. Urk – M. Declercq  REVIEW  Longlist Brusse Prize 2021
  4. SurgeJay Bernard –  REVIEW #PoetryMonth 2021
  5. Een Klein Land Met Verre Uithoeken – Floor Milikowski  REVIEW
  6. Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel – Z. N. Hurston (1937) REVIEW
  7. Ghost Wars – Steve Coll (2004)  REVIEW
  8. Song of the Crocodile – Nardi Simpson  REVIEW
  9. Hiroshima – J. Hersey  REVIEW

March 2021

  1. Poem:  “Still”  – Felicia Olusanya (aka FeliSpeaks)  #ReadingIrelandMonth21
  2. The Origins of Totalitarianism – Hannah Arendt  REVIEW
  3. The Awkward Black Man – Walter Mosley  REVIEW
  4. Pure, White and Deadly – J. Yudkin   REVIEW
  5. Anseo – Úna-Mingh Kavanaugh  REVIEW  #ReadingIrelandMonth21
  6. Why the Moon Travels – Oein DeBhairduin  REVIEW   #ReadingIrelandMonth21
  7. Ulster American – David Ireland  REVIEW  #ReadingIrelandMonth21
  8. A Promised Land – Barack Obama  REVIEW
  9. Irish Short Stories – J. McGahern, W. Trevor, C. Keegan   REVIEW #ReadingIrelandMonth21
  10. The Jakarta Method – Vincent Bevins  REVIEW
  11. It’s Almost Spring!
  12. Still Cold!
  13. Spring?…it doesn’t feel like it!
  14. The Ways of White Folks – Langston Hughes (14 short stories)  REVIEW
  15. The Grand Chessboard – Zbigniew Brzezinski  REVIEW
  16. The House of Dies Drear – V. Hamilton REVIEW

February 2021

  1. Society 4.0 – B. de Wit – Review
  2. How Fascism Works – Jason Stanley – REVIEW
  3. Kill Switch – Adam Jentleson – REVIEW

January 2021

  1. Girl, Woman, Other –  Bernardine Evaristo  – REVIEW
  2. Heads of Colored People – Nafissa Thompson-Spires  (12 short stories)  REVIEW
  3. A Black Women’s  History of the United States – Daina Ramey Berry  REVIEW
  4. AI  Superpowers – Kai-Fu Lee – Excellent!  5 star

December 2020:

  1. The AnarchyW. Dalrymple
  2. The Topeka School – B. Lerner  finalist 2020 Pulitzer Prize Fiction
  3. A Treasury of African-American Christmas Stories – ed. J. Collier-Thompson
  4. After the Count – Stephanie Convery finalist 2020 Australian Walkley Award
  5. Say Nothing – P. R. Keefe winner 2019 National Book  Critic’s Circle Award NF
  6. Iola Leroy – F. Walker
  7. Merry Christmas 2020
  8. Reading Challenges 2021
  9. Body Count – Paddy Manning finalist 2020 Australian Walkley Award
  10. How to Do Nothing – J. Odell
  11. How to Make A Slave – J. Walker finalist 2020 National Book Award NF
  12. The Yield – T.J. Winch – winner 4 major Australian literary prizes
  13. The Dead Are Arising – Les Payne  winner 2020 National Book Award NF
  14. Don’t Touch My Hair – Emma Dabiri    #ReadingIrelandMonth21
  15. Dying of Whiteness – J. Metzl
  16. The Tradition – Jericho Brown  winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  17. There There – Tommy Orange (debut novel)

November 2020

  1. #AusReadingMonth2020  SIGN-UP post
  2. #AusReadingMonth2020  WRAP-UP  post
  3. HazelwoodT. Doig – finalist 2020 Australian Walkley Award
  4. Nganajungu YaguC. P. Green – winner 2020 Victorian Premier’s Award – (poetry)
  5. Fall On Me – Nigel Featherston#AusReadingMonth2020  #NovNov
  6. We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know – Sophie McNeill – finalist 2020 Australian Walkley Award
  7. Fallen – Lucie Morris-Marrwinner 2020 Australian Walkley Award
  8. Argosy – Bella Li#AusReadingMonth2020 – (poetry)
  9. Pearly Gates – Owen Marshall#AusReadingMonth2020
  10. Comrade Ambassador – S. FitzGerald #AusReadingMonth2020 – #NonficNov 2020
  11. City On Fire: The Fight For Hong KongA. Dapiran finalist 2020 Australian Walkley Award
  12. Dolores – L.A. Curtis  #AusReadingMonth2020  #NovNov
  13. The Altar Boys – S. Smith finalist 2020 Australian Walkley Award
  14. Icefall – S. Gunn #AusReadingMonth2020  #NovNov
  15. Penny Wong – M. Simons  finalist 2020 Australian Walkley Award
  16. #NonFicNov   WEEK 3  Be/Ask/Become the Expert  (list)
  17. #NonFicNov   WEEK 1 My favorite non- ficton books 2020 (list)
  18. #NonFicNov    list of ALL  my non-fiction books 2020
  19. #NonFicNov  WEEK 4  New to my TBR (list)
  20. Walking with Ghosts – Gabriel Byrne (memoir) #NonficNov 2020
  21. Things I Thought ToTell You Since I Saw You Last – P. Layland
  22. winner 2019 Kenneth Slessor Prize (poetry)
  23. Simpson Returns: A Novella – W. Macauley – #AusReadingMonth2020  #NovNov
  24. Empirical – Lisa Gorton (poetry) – #AusReadingMonth2020 – (poetry)
  25. Waiting For the Past – Les Murray winner 2015 QLD Literary Award (poetry)
  26. An Item From the Late News – T. Astley  #AusReadingMonth2020

October 2020:

  1. The Influence of George Soros – Emily Tamkin – Review
  2. We Live for the We – D. McClain – Review

September 2020:  I promise to read more books….as life is returning to a new normal.

  1. White Too Long – Robert P. Jones
  2. Donald Trump v. The United States – M. Schmidt
  3. Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump  – P. Strzok
  4. The Fire This Time – editor Jesmyn Ward
  5. Rage – Bob Woodward
  6. Just Us – C. Rankine
  7. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
  8. Heavy – Kiese Laymon
  9. Caste – I. Wilkerson

August 2020:

  1. #CCSPIN nr 24  reading list
  2. Summer Lockdown….not over yet (journal)
  3. Summer Lockdown….second wave? (journal)
  4. Summer Lockdown…August? (journal)
  5.  Les années – Annie Ernaux – Review
  6. Deacon King Kong – James McBride – Review ( #ccspin nr 24)

Journals:  April, May, June, July, August:

  1. Corona Lockdown Reading List
  2. #Corona  Break  21.03.2020 (journal)
  3. #Corona Update: 26.03.2020 (journal)
  4. #Corona Update: 13.04.2020 (journal)
  5. #Corona Update: 29.04.2020 (journal)
  6. #Corona Update: 16.05.2020 (journal)
  7. Summer Soltice 2020
  8. Summer Walk in Covid Lockdown 2020 (journal)
  9. Summer Lockdown….life goes on 2020 (journal)
  10. ummer Lockdown….not over yet (journal)
  11. Summer Lockdown….second wave? (journal)
  12. Summer Lockdown…August? (journal)

July 2020:

  1. Summer Walk in Covid Lockdown 2020 (journal)
  2. Summer Lockdown….life goes on 2020 (journal)
  3. The Room Where It Happened – John Bolton – Review
  4. Too Much and Never Enough – Mary Trump – Review
  5. Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul – Review

June 2020:

  1. Reading List: Books You Should Read About Black Lives
  2. Reading List: #20BooksOfSummer20
  3. Tears We Cannot Stop – M. Dyson – Review
  4. The Accidental President – A.J. Baime – Review
  5. Democracy In Black – E. S. Glaude jr. – Review
  6. Jean Barois – R.M. de Gard – Review
  7. D’un cheval l’autre – Bartabas (Clément Marty) – Review
  8. How To Be An Antirascist – I.X. Kendi – Review
  9. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander – Review
  10. Bolívar – Marie Arana  Review
  11. Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates – Review
  12. Summer Soltice 2020

May 2020:

  1. L’Été – Albert Camus – Review
  2. The Moviegoer – Percy Walker – Review
  3. Tu seras un homme, mon fils – P. Assouline (2020) – Review
  4. D’un cheval l’autre – Bartabas (2020) – Review
  5. Thérèse Raquin – Emile. Zola – Review
  6. Brown is The New White – Steve Phillips – Review
  7. My Vanishing Country – B. Sellers (2020) – Review
  8. How To Live – Helen Rickerby (poetry)

April 2020:   

  1. Corona Lockdown Reading List
  2. #Corona  Break  21.03.2020 (journal)
  3. #Corona Update: 26.03.2020 (journal)
  4. #Corona Update: 13.04.2020 (journal)
  5. #Corona Update: 29.04.2020 (journal)
  6. #Corona Update: 16.05.2020 (journal)
  7. The China ModelDaniel Bell – Review
  8. Essayism – Brian Dillon – Review
  9. Critics, Monsters and Fanatics – C. Ozick – Review
  10. Thomas Aquinas – Denys Turner – Review
  11. Saul Steinberg: A Portrait – D. Bair – Review
  12. Shosha – I.B. Singer (fiction) – Review
  13. The Orphan Master’s Son – A. Johnson (fiction) – Review
  14. Front Row at the Trump Show – J. Karl – Review

March 2020:   #ReadingIrelandMonth20*

  1. The Lottery – S. Jackson  #Classic  short story
  2. A Doll’s  House – H. Ibsen  #Classic play
  3. The Martian Chronicles – R. Bradbury
  4. Passage to India – E. Forster – #Classic
  5. Julius Caesar – Shakespeare  #Classic
  6. Woman of No Importance – Oscar Wilde  #Classic play*
  7. The Christmas Tree – Jennifer Johnston*
  8. The WakeT. Murphy   play*
  9. Station Island – Seamus Heaney (67 poems)*
  10. Lady Gregory and the National Theatre – E. Remport*

February 2020:

  1. Unmaking of the Presidency – S. Hennessey, B. Wittes
  2. Oslo – J.T. Rodgers  winner Tony Award Best Play 2017
  3. Runaway – Alice Munro (8 short stories)  winner Nobel Prize 2013 #Classic
  4. A Very Stable Genius – C. Leonnig, P. Rucker
  5. A Warning – Anonymous
  6. The Things They Carried – T. O’Brien
  7. Indivisible – L. Greenberg
  8. The Quiet American – G. Greene   #Classic
  9. The Crucible – A. Miller  #Classic play
  10. Animal Farm – George Orwell   #Classic
  11. The Real Thing – Tom Stoppard winner Tony Award Best Play 1984
  12. Hard Times – C. Dickens  #Classic

January 2020

  1. The Churchill Factor – Boris Johnson
  2. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died – J.W. Douglass, Pete Larkin 
  3. Mary’s Mosaic:  The CIA Conspiracy to Murder JFK and Mary Pinchot Meyer- P. Janney
  4. Hit List – R. Belzer and D. Wayne
  5. Nolan on Bradbury – W.F. Nolan
  6. Master of the Senate – R. Caro  
  7. The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir – Samantha Power
  8. The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 – J. Shapiro
  9. Nixon At The Movies – Mike Feeney  
  10. From Russia with Blood – Heidi Blake
  11. The Spaces of Irish Drama – H. Lojek
  12. The Secret Team – L. Fletcher Prouty
  13. The Irish Writer and the World – Declan Kiberd  (2005)
  14.  Wild Sea: a history of the southern ocean – Joy McCann #AWW2020
  15. Moth Snowstorm Nature and Joy – M. McCarthy
  16. The High Places – Fiona McFarlane (13 short stories) #AWW2020
  17. Icefall – Stephanie Gunn  Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF Novella   #AWW2020
  18. Marriages – ( 6 short stories) – Amy Witting  #AWW2020
  19. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand  #Classic
  20. Transparency – (play) – Suzie Miller
  21. Surrender – Joanna Pocock (memoir)  #WorldFrromMyArmchair (American North West)
  22. Sightlines – K. Jamie
  23. Flèche – Mary Jean Chan (50 poems) #Winner Costa Award Poetry 2019

December 2019   (…less reading this month)

  1. Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers  – S. Sheriden
  2. Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other ThingAshleigh Wilson
  3. War and Peace L. Tolstoy (audio book )….after eye surgery)
  4. Blowout Rachel Maddow
  5. Drylands – Thea Astley
  6. Catching Teller Crow – A. and E. Kwaymullina
  7. True StoriesHelen Garner

November 2019:

  1.  The American Dream: American Realism 1945-2001
  2.  A Kindness Cup Thea Astley
  3. The Endsister Penni Russon – READ
  4. Sea PeopleC. Thompson – READ – NSW 2019 History Award
  5. Boys Will Be Boys – Clementine Ford
  6. Dr Space Junk vs Universe  – A. Gorman 
  7. The Phoenix YearsM.  O’Dea
  8. An Unconventional Wife – M. Hoban
  9. Adani: Following Its Dirty Footsteps – L. Simpson
  10. It’s Raining in MangoThea Astley
  11. Troll HuntingGinger Gorman
  12. The Thinking WomanJ. van Loon
  13. Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin – Dr. Fiona Hill

October 2019:

  1. Tide of Stone – Kaaron Warren – READ
  2. Imp of the Perverse – E.A. Poe – READ
  3. Short Blogging Break….in hospital!
  4. Update: Amen…
  5. Update: Be back soon…
  6. Update: Drinks Are On Me!

September 2019 –   RIP XIV Reading List

  1. All-Day Fat Burning Diet – Y. Elkaim – READ (…excellent, and I lost weight!)
  2. Everywhere I Look (essays) – Helen Garner – READ #AWW2019
  3. The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe (essays) – S. Peeples   READ #RIPXIV #NonFicNov (early)

Summer Reading  August:

  1. Driving Into The SunM. PolainREAD
  2. The Shepherd’s HutT. WintonREAD – Bah!
  3. Tin Man – S. Winman – READ
  4. The Hate U Give – A. Thomas – READ
  5. Brother – David Chariandy  – READ
  6. Crocodile Tears – M. O’ Sullivan – READ (Irish Detective Leo Woods #1)
  7. Aquarium – David Vann – READ
  8. Insistance – A. Darcy – READ (Irish poet, 18 poems)
  9. The Barracks – J. McGahern – READ
  10. Are Friends Electric? – Helen Heath – READ (New Zealand poet, 57 poems)
  11. Red Ribbons – L. Phillips – READ (CF)
  12. Exit West – M. Hamid – READ
  13. The Twelve – S.Neville – READ  (Irish Noir)
  14. Harbour Lights – D. Mahon (25 poems by Irish poet) – READ
  15. The Radio (32 poems) – Irish poet L. Flynn (shortlist 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize) – READ
  16. The Boys of Bluehill – E. Ní Chuilleanáin – READ (40 poems, Irish poet)
  17. Now We Can Talk Openly about Men – Martina Evans – READ
  18. Show Them a Good Time – Nicole Flattery  (8 short stories) – READ
  19. My Name is Revenge – A. K. Blunt – READ
  20. Milkman – Anna Burns – READ
  21. Cane – Jean Toomer – READ
  22. Lemons in the Chicken WireREAD (50 poems)
  23. Fast Talking PI – Selina Tusitala Marsh – READ (32 poems)
  24. ParangOmar Musa READ (27 poems)
  25. The Empty Family –  C. Tóibin (9 short stories) – READ
  26. Fancies and Goodnights – J. Collier  (32 short stories) – READ
  27. America’s War for the Greater Middle East A. Bacevich – READ
  28. My Name is Leon – Kit de Waal – READ
  29. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor – READ
  30. The Billion Dollar Spy – D. Hoffman – READ

July:

  1. The First Casualty – Peter Greste – READ
  2. Max Havelaar – Multatuli – READ
  3. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write – S. Ruhl – READ
  4. These TruthsJill LeporeREAD
  5. The Weir – Conor McPherson – READ
  6. Et Soudain, La Liberté – E. Pisier, C. Laurent – Prix Marguerite Duras 2017 – READ
  7. Fouché – E. de Waresquiel – READ
  8. Le jour d’avant – S. Chalandon – READ
  9. Retour à Killybegs – S. Chalandon – READ
  10. Je suis fou de toi – D. Bona – READ
  11. French cooking for #ParinInJuly….
  12. Mousse aux éclats de chocolat (2019)
  13. Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier – READ
  14. Wrap-up #Paris in July
  15. Wake in Fright – K. Cook – READ
  16. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – G. Honeyman – READ ( Stunning!)

June 2019

  1. Glengarry Glen Ross D. Mamet – READ 
  2. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams – READ
  3. Waiting for Godot – S. Beckett – READ
  4. Twenty-First Century American Playwrights – C. Bigsby – READ
  5. The Mueller ReportREAD
  6. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – D. Blight – READ
  7. Stamped From the Beginning – I.X. Kendi – READ
  8. The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke – J.C. Stewart READ
  9. The Arsonist – C. Hooper – READ
  10. Himself – Jess Kidd – READ
  11. James Tiptree, jr. The Double Life Alice Sheldon – J. Phillips – READ
  12. Ghosts of the Tsunami R. L. Parry NF – READ
  13. Indecent (play) – Paula Vogel READ
  14. The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne – READ
  15. The Coddling of the American Mind – G. Lukianoff. J. Haidt – READ
  16. Astonished Dice – G. Cochrane (short stories) – READ
  17. We Can Make a Life – C. Henry – READ
  18. Seeing Yellow (poetry) – E. Bourke – READ shortlist Irish Times Poetry Award 2019
  19. Negroni  #Cocktail…relaxing during Negroni week (24-30 June)
  20. From a Low and Quiet Sea Donal Ryan- READ

May 2019

  1. The Radio RoomCilla McQueen (34 poems) – READ
  2. The Almighty Sometimes – Kendall Feaver (play) – READ WINNER   NSWLiteraryAward2019
  3. Tilt Kate Lilley – READ (38 poems)  Winner Victorian Premier’s Award 2019
  4. OlioTyehimba Jess – READ – Pulitzer Prize 2017 for poetry (pg 231)
  5. Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth CookJ. Kent – READ   (memoir)
  6. The Lebs – M.M. Ahmad – READ WINNER   NSWLiteraryAwards2019
  7. This  Mortal BoyF. Kidman – READ –  WINNER Ockham Prize for Fiction 2019
  8. Black is the New WhiteN. Lui – READ – WINNER NSW Lit Prize for Playwriting 2018
  9. RitualMaxine Beneba Clarke (poem) – READ
  10. No Friend but the Mountains B. Boochani – READ WINNER  NSWLiteraryAwards2019
  11.  
  12. No Friend but the Mountains – B. Boochani – READ WINNER
  13. ….Australia National Biography Award 2019
  14.  
  15. Not Just Black and WhiteL and T Williams, mother and daughter – READ
  16. Wade in the WaterTracy K. Smith, US Poet Laureate – READ (32 poems)
  17. The Thurber CarnivalJames Thurber – READ (essays)
  18. On Poetry Glyn Maxwell – READ (NF)
  19. BlakworkAlison Whittaker (94 poems) – READ “Cotton On” (pg 15)
  20. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle (13 essays) – editor S. Shannon – READ
  21. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  – E. Ablee READ  (play)
  22. Title poem: “Blakwork” Alison Whittaker – READ  (pg 3)
  23. Noises Off – M. Frayn – READ  (play)
  24. Fences – A. Wilson – READ  (play)
  25. Streetcar Named Desire – T. Williams – READ

April 2019

  1. The Bridge – E. Gandolfo – READ #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  2. Too Much LipM. LucashenkoREAD #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  3. AxiomaticM. TumarkinREAD #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019 (essays)
  4. Little Gods – J. Ackland – not available in Netherlands! #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  5. The Erratics – Laveau-Harvie – not available in Netherlands!  WINNER #StellaPrize 2019
  6. Pink Mountain on Locust IslandJ.M. LauREAD #StellaPrize Shortlist 2019
  7. Monte Carlo – P. Terrin – READ #LonglistDublintLiteraryPrize2019
  8. Aunts Up the Cross – R. Dalton – READ #AWW2019
  9. Le LambeauP. Lançon – READ  #PrixFémina2018, #PrixRenaudot2918 (special prize)
  10. Reservoir 13J. McGregor -READ #ShortlistDublintLiteraryPrize2019
  11. Home FireK. Shamsie – READ #ShortlistDublintLiteraryPrize2019
  12. Can You Tolerate This?A. Young – READ  #AWW2019 (essays)
  13. Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger F. Wright – #AWW2019 (essays)
  14. The Everlasting Sunday R. Lukins – READ #ShortlistNSWLiteraryAward2019
  15. Boy Swallows UniverseT. Dalton – READ WINNER   NSWLiteraryAwards2019
  16. Deep Time DreamingB. Griffiths – READ WINNER   NSWLiteraryAwards2019
  17. Border DistrictsG. Murnane – READ #ShortlistNSWLiteraryAward2019
  18. Scrublands C. Hammer – READ #ShortlistNSWLiteraryAward2019
  19. The CageL. Jones – READ #ShortlistOckhamNewZealandBookAwards2019
  20. The FactsT. Lloyd – READ (poetry) #ShortlistOckhamNewZealandBookAwards2019
  21. The New TestamentJericho Brown (41 poems) – READ #NationalPoetryMonth2019
  22. Water & PowerG. Fanning (30 poems) – READ #NationalPoetryMonth2019
  23. #Dublin Literary Award 2019 Shortlist – read-athon
  24. #NSW Premier’s Award 2019 Shortlist – read-a-thon
  25. #Ockham New Zealand Award 2019 Shortlist – read-a-thon
  26. #Kerry Group Irish Novel of 2019 Shortlist – read-a-thon
  27. #Stella Prize 2019 Shortlist – read-a-thon

March 2019

  1. Shirley – C. Bronte – READ  #ClassicMasterList*  (#DNF…here is why!) (BAH!)
  2. The Goat’s Song – D. Healy – READ  #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  3. A Poet’s Dublin – Eavan BolandREAD #ReadingIrelandMonth19  (35 poems)
  4. Saints and Sinners – E. O’BrienREAD  #ReadingIrelandMonth19 (short stories)
  5. Two Moons – Jennifer Johnston (Dublin, 1930) – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  6. The Wrong Country: Essays on Modern Irish Writing – G. Dawe – READ
  7. Come On Home – Phillip McMahon (play) – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  8. A Slanting of the Sun – Donal Ryan – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19 (20 stories)
  9. Memoir – John McGahern – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  10. Happy St. Patrick’s Day !
  11. Lally the Scut – Abbie Spallen (play) – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  12. When  All Is SaidAnne Griffin – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  13. Travelling In A Strange LandD. Park – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  14. A Ladder To The SkyJohn Boyne – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  15. The Cruelty MenEmer Martin – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  16. Normal People Sally Rooney – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  17. The HoarderJess Kidd – READ #ReadingIrelandMonth19
  18. The Art of Time Travel – T. Griffiths – READ (NF)

February 2019

  1. The Twelve Caesars – Suetonius READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. The Heart of DarknessJ. Conrad – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  3. Hamlet – W. ShakespeareREAD  #ClassicMasterList
  4. Beowulf – Unknown – READ  #ClassicMasterList  (Translation: Seamus Heaney)
  5. The Great Gatsby – F.S. Fitzgerald – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  6. The Tale of Two CitiesC. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. The Merchants of Truth – J. Abramson – DNF  read first 50 pages….. short review
  8. The Mill of the Floss – G. Eliot – READ  #ClassicMasterList 
  9. Chimerica – Lucy Kirkwood – READ (play)
  10. The British Short Story – A. Maunder – READ (NF)
  11. Thick Tressie McMillian CottomREAD (NF)
  12. The Cambridge Introduction to The American Short Story – M. Scofield READ (NF)
  13. The Screwfly Solution – James Tiptree jr. (aka Alice Sheldon) – READ (SF novelette)
  14. Short Stories:  3 by James Tiptree jrREAD  (…not her best worik, unfortunately)
  15. Edgar Allan Poe: 28 tales – E. A. Poe – READ #ClassicMasterList
  16. The Count of Monte Cristo – A. DumasREAD #ClassicMasterList*
  17. The Complete Essays  – M. de  Montaigne – READ #ClassicMasterList*  (BAH!)
  18. Snuff – T. Pratchett – READ  (Watch City #8;  Discworld #39/41)
  19. Valentine’s Day February 14

January 2019

  1. George Eliot: Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writing – READ  (NF)
  2. The Spell by Katie Ford – READ  02.01.2019
  3. Writers on Writers: Patrick White – Christos Tsiolkas – READ    (NF)
  4. The Age of Eisenhower – W. Hitchcock – READ  (NF)
  5. The New Yorker – dd  07.01.2019 – READ
  6. Trace: who killed Maria James? – R. Brown – READ  #AWW2019  (NF)
  7. Poemcrazy – S. Wooldridge – READ (NF)
  8. Blood Lyrics – K. Ford ( collection of 40 poems)  READ
  9. Boy Overboard – P. Cornelius – READ  #AWW2019
  10. Midsummer Night’s Dream – W. Shakespeare – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  11. Moby Dick – H. Melville – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  12. Othello – W. Shakespeare – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  13. A Woman’s Experiences in the Great WarL. Mack – READ #AWW2019
  14. Rebecca – D. du Maurier – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  15. Richard II – W. ShakespeareREAD  #ClassicMasterList
  16. The Awakening – K. Chopin – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  17. The Symposium – Plato – READ    #ClassicMasterList
  18. The Complete Stories  – F. O’ Connor – READ #ClassicMasterList  31/31

December 2018       Reading stats 2018 63 fiction 73 non-fiction 18 plays 13 posts about poems/poet 105 short stories 105 essays READ:

  1. The History of the Church – Eusebius – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. Satires – Horace – READ #ClassicMasterList
  3. Moby-Dick as Philosophy – M. Anderson – READ
  4. Axiomatic – M. Tumarkin – READ  Winner of the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award 2018
  5. Alice in Space – G. Beer (literary criticism)  – READ
  6. Downstairs No UpstairsBrian Friel (short story) New Yorker 24.08.1963 – funny! – READ
  7. Go, Went, Gone – J. Erpenbeck – READ
  8. Literary Brian Friel Companion – M. Snodgrass – READ    #ReadIreland
  9. Essay: From Monaghan to the Grand Canal ( Dublin) – S. Heaney  – READ #ReadIreland
  10. The Pull of the Moon – Julie Paul – READ  (12 short stories)  #CanBookChallenge
  11. The Hummingbird – K. Hiekkapelto – READ  #TBR since 2015!
  12. Speaking Up – G. Triggs #AWW2018 – DNF…not my kind or writer
  13. In Extremis: War Correspondent Marie Colvin – L. Hilsum – READ  #TBRnovember2018
  14. Philadelphia , Here I Come! – Brian Friel (play)- READ  #ReadIreland
  15. Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – editor Anita Heiss (NF) – READ  #AWW2018
  16. Indonesia etc – E. Pisani – READ #WorldFromMyArmchair
  17. The Tall Man – Chloe Hooper – READ #AWW2018  2009 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize
  18. The Christmas Carol – C. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  19. Sisters In Law (S. Day ‘O Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg) – L. Hirshman – READ
  20. Infinity  – Hannah Moscovitch (play) – READ #CanBookChallenge
  21. American Poetry Review – editor E. Scanlon – READ
  22. Saints and Sinners Edna O’Brien (short stories) – READ  only  4 /10  good  #ReadIreland
  23. The New Yorker    24-31 December 2018 – READ
  24. The Evening of the Holiday – S. Hazzard – READ
  25. The Rich Brew – S. Pinsker – (NF)  READ
  26. American Poetry Review – editor E. Scanlon – READING  pg 27/44 Vol 47 Nov/Dec no. 6

November 2018 PRIX  LITTERAIRE FRANCAIS LONGLIST  2018

  1. The Aeneid – Vrigil – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. Mythos – Stephen Fry (audio book) – READ
  3. A Raisin in the Sun – L. Hansberry (play) – READ  Best Play 1959 NY Drama Critic’s Circle
  4. David Copperfield – C. Dickens – READ #ClassicMasterList (audio and paperback)
  5. Poets Corner – editor J. Lithgow – READ (audio book)
  6. Great Expectations – C. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Pulitzer – J. McGrath Morris ( biography) – READ
  8. Rosmersholm – Henk Ibsen (play) – READ   #ClassicMasterList
  9. The Lusiads – L. Vaz de Camões – READ (epic poem)  #ClassicMasterList
  10. Electra – Sophocles – READ #ClassicMasterList
  11. The Knights Tale – Chaucer – READ #ClassicMasterList
  12. Mrs. Dalloway – V. Woolf – READ #ClassicMasterList
  13. Evicted: Poverty and Profit – M. Desmond – READ  #NonFicNov
  14. Kilonova (poem) – A. Sometimes – READ  #AWW2018
  15. To Our Miscarried One, Age Fifty Now (poem) – S. Olds –  READ #PulitzerPrize 2013
  16. The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 – editor J. Pickrell – READ  #NonFicNov
  17. Death of a Salesman – A. Miller – READ- Pulitzer Prize Drama 1949 – #ClassicMasterList

October 2018

  1. Our Mutual Friend – C. Dickens – READ   #ClassicMasterList
  2. Je reste ici  – M. Balzano (longlist Prix Fémina 2018) – READ
  3. Mãn – K. Thuy – READ  #CanBookChallenge
  4. An Ordinary Day (NF) – Leigh Sales – READ  #AWW2018
  5. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  6. The Keys of My Prison – F. Wees – READ  #CanBookChallenge
  7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Ann Brontë – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  8. Zolitude – Paige Cooper (14 short stories) – READ #CanBookChallenge
  9. An Ocean of Minutes – T. Lim – READ #CanBookChallenge
  10. French Exit P. deWittREAD #CanBookChallenge
  11. March Violets – P. Kerr (CF) – READ
  12. Looking for Lorraine – I. Perry – READ
  13. Nobel Streven F. van OostromREAD  #LibrisPrijs2018  shortlist Best Dutch History Book
  14. Thorbecke Wil Het – R. Aerts – READwinner Prinsjesboekenprijs  (best political book)
  15. De Sigarenfabriek van Isay RottenbergH/S Rottenberg – READ 
  16. ….#LibrisPrijs2018  shortlist Best Dutch History Book
  17. Adieu Montaigne – J. Delacomptée – READ  ( 50%…gave up, read why!)
  18. Frankenstein – M. Shelley – READ   #RIPXIII   and #CCdare

September 2018    RIPXIII reading list

  1. The Raven – E.A. Poe – READ  #RIPXIII
  2. Dark Entries – R. Aickman (6 short stories) – READ #RIPXIII
  3. A Vindication of the Rights of Women – M. Wollstonecraft – READ
  4. Our Man in Charleston – C. Dickey (NF) – READ  #20BooksOfAutumn
  5. The Pillow Book – Sei Shonagon –  READ
  6. The Life of Johnson – J. Boswell – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Hawthorne – Henry James – READ  #RIPXII
  8. A  Kim Jong-IL Production – Fischer, P. – READ  #20BooksOfAutumn
  9. The Bed-Making Competition – A. Jackson – READ #AWW2018
  10. Atomic Thunder – E. Tynan (Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017 History) – READ #AWW2018
  11. The Enigmatic Mr. Deakin – J. Brett – READ #AWW2018  Nat Biography Award 2018
  12. Patrick Kavanagh – Irish poet poem  – READ
  13. Audition – S. Sayarfiezadeh – READ (short story) #DealMeIn2018
  14. The River in the Sky – Clive  James ( epic poem…reading it line for line) – READ
  15. Just Enough Liebling – J. Liebling (NF) – READ
  16. Washington Black – Esi  Edugyan – READ #CanBookChallenge (shortlist Man Booker)
  17. Don’t Call Us Dead – D. Smith – READ (collection of poems)
  18. Nooit Meer Slapen – W.F. Hermans- READ  Dutch – in translation Beyond Sleep
  19. James Wright: A Life in Poetry (NF) – J. Blunk – READ
  20. Pensées – B. Pascal – READ

August 2018

  1. Pride and Prejudice – J. Austen – Re-READ
  2. Letters From a Stoic – Seneca – READ
  3. The Angel of the Odd – E.A. Poe – READ  (short story)
  4. The Birthday of the Infanta – O. Wilde – READ (short story)
  5. The Masnavi Book vol 1 –  Rūmī (poet of Sufism Islamic mysticism) – READ
  6. Myths from Mesopotamia – (Anonymous)  trans. S. Dalley – READ
  7. Nation – T. Pratchett – READ
  8. Means of Ascent – R. Caro – READ (non-fiction)
  9. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal – READ  (french edition)
  10. Chateaubriand – Jean-Claude Berchet READ  (french edition)
  11. Trois femmes puissantes – M. NDiaye – READ (french edition) Prix Goncourt 2009
  12. Le Roman de la Rose – De Lorris, G. et De Meun, J. – READ (french edition)
  13. The Revolutionary Road – L. Pryce – READ (Iran)
  14. Une Vie – G. de Maupassant – READ  (french edition)
  15. Maupassant – F. Martinez – READ  (french edition) (biography)
  16. Darkness Visible – W. Styron – READ (essay/memoir)
  17. Between Riverside and Crazy – S. Guirgis – (Pulitzer Prize 2015 play ) – READ
  18. The OutrunA. Liptrot – READ
  19. L’Éspoir – A. Malraux – READ/ DNF …here’s why!

July 2018

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – W. Shirer – READ ….chunkster!
  2. Berthe Morisot  –  D. Bona READ  (french editon)
  3. Women In Love – D.H. Lawrence – READ – …intense book!
  4. The Dispossessed – U. Le Guin – READ
  5. The Sun Also Rises – E. Hemingway – READ
  6. View From the Cheap Seats – N. Gaiman – READ (essays)
  7. The Deerslayer – James Fenimore Cooper – RE–READ – classic  Fini
  8. Like a House on Fire – C. Kennedy – READ (15 short stories)
  9. Victor Hugo: Romancier de l’abîme editor J. Hiddleston – READ (11 essays)

June 2018

  1. Brit(ish) – A. Hirsch – READ
  2. Jenna’s Truth – N.L. King – READ
  3. A Spy Named Orphan – R. Philipps – READ
  4. The End of Seeing – C. Collins – READ
  5. Australian A. Kissane ‘Flannel Flowers’READ (poem)
  6. Essays: The Australian Face (editor C. Menzies-Pike) – READ (17 essays)
  7. Pipeline – D. Morisseau – READ (play)
  8. Americanah – C.N. Adichie – READ
  9. Saga Land – R. Fidler, K. Gislason – READ
  10. How to Get There – M. Mackellar – READ
  11. Very Expensive Poison – L. Harding – READ
  12. Deep South – P. Theroux – READ
  13. Islander: Journey Around Our Archipelago – P. Barkham – READ
  14. Why Horror Seduces – M. Clasen – READ
  15. Rice – Michele Lee – READ (play)
  16. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories – M. McKenna (NF) – READ
  17. The Redemption of Galen Pike – C. Davies (short stories) – READ
  18. Flowers For Algernon – D. Keyes – READ
  19. The Serious Game – H. Söderberg – READ
  20. Judge and His Hangman – F. Dürrenmatt – READ
  21. Hunting the Wild Pineapple – T. Astley – READ (8 short stories)
  22. Down These Green Streets – D. Burke – READ

May 2018

  1. Her Father’s Daughter – A. Pung – READ
  2. Who’s Afraid? – M. Lewis – READ
  3. Cardinal – L. Milligan – READ (non-fiction)
  4. The Drover’s Wife – L. Purcell – READ (play)
  5. Broken – M.A. Butler – READ (play)
  6. Psynode – M.J. Ward – READ (YA)
  7. Do Not Go Gentle – P. Cornelius – READ (play)
  8. The Golden Bowl – H. James – READ (classic)
  9. Closing Down – S. Abbott – READ (SF)
  10. Too Easy – J.M. Green – READ (CF)
  11. This Mortal Coil – E. Suvada – READ (YA)
  12. Aletheia – J.S. Breukelaar – READ (Horror)
  13. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute:StoriesG. Paley – READ
  14. Wounds – F. Keane – READ  winner Best Irish Non-fiction 2017
  15. Kitchen Sink Realisms – D. Chansky – READ
  16. Memories of Youghal – W. Trevor – READ (short story)

April 2018 

  1. The Museum of Modern Love – H. Rose – READ – Stella Prize 2017
  2. Extinctions – J. Wilson – READ – Miles Franklin Award 2017
  3. Thea Astley’s Writing: Magnetic North Kerryn GoldsworthyREAD
  4. Feeling the HeatJ. ChandlerREAD  – Chandler Best Freelanc Journalist 2017
  5. The Acolyte  – T. Astley – READ – Miles Franklin Award 1972
  6. From the Wreck – J. Rawson – READ – Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF novel
  7. Girl Reporter – T. Roberts – READ – Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF novella
  8. The Green Road – A. Enright – READ
  9. Feel Free – Z. Smith (31 essays) – READ
  10. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin – READ – Hugo Award 2016
  11. Autumn – A. Smith – READ
  12. Dying in the First Person – N. Sulway – READ
  13. The Third Policeman – F. O’ Brian – READ
  14. The Trauma Cleaner – S. Krasnostein – READ – Victorian Premier’s Award 2018
  15. Locking Up Our Own   –  J. Forman jr.  – READ Pulitzer Prize 2018
  16. Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor –  S. Fenwick – READ
  17. Fahrenheit 451 – R. Bradbury – READ
  18. The Butchering Art – L. Fitzharris – READ
  19. 1984 – G. Orwell – READ
  20. Winesburg, Ohio – S. Anderson – READ
  21. The Hate Race – M. B. Clarke – READ
  22. Dark Lies the Island – K. Barry (13 short stories) – READ
  23. Rubik – E. Tan (15 short stories) – READ
  24. Ironweed – W. Kennedy – READ
  25. Soon – L. Murphy – READ

March 2018:

  1. Seamus Heaney – H. VendlerREAD
  2. Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds – P. Paquet – READ
  3. Without America  – Quarterly Essay, vol. 68;  White, H. 16.11.2017 – READ
  4. Short story: Deer Season – K. Barry – READ  (The New Yorker)
  5. Short story: You Know How It Is – A. Spargo-Ryan – READ
  6. Short story: The Island and the Calves – Dermot Healy – READ
  7. Midwinter  Break – B. MacLaverty – READ
  8. The Weir – C. McPherson – READ
  9. Mapping Irish Theatre – C. Morash and S. Richards – READ
  10. A Long Long Way – S. Barry – READ
  11. Tracker – A. Wright – READ  abandoned…read why!
  12. Poem: Inniskeen Road: July Evening – P. KavanaghREAD
  13. Quicksilver – N. Rothwell – READ    (6 essays)
  14. Flame Tip – K. Thompson – READ (short fictions, Tasmania)
  15. The Divine Comedy – Dante – READ 
  16. The Nightingale – K. Hannah – READ  abandoned…read why!
  17. Best Words, Best Order: Essays of Poetry – S.  Dobyns – READ
  18. Play: Two Pints – Roddy Doyle – READ
  19. Play: Alice Trilogy – T. Murphy – READ
  20. Essay:  Aussie Albert – Julian Bull – READ
  21. Essay: Dancing Lessons for Writers – Z. Smith – READ
  22. A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work – B. Brennan – READ
  23. Blood in the Water – H. Thompson – READ

February 2018:

  1. Tartuffe – Molière – READ
  2. Girls and Boys – D. Kelly – READ
  3. The Path to Power – R. Caro – READ
  4. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze – P.  Hessler – READ
  5. Couleurs de l’incendie – P. Lemaître – READ
  6. La Prophétie de Langley – P. Pouchairet – READ
  7. Psychanalyse de Victor Hugo – C. Baudouin – READ
  8. Art Chrétien / Art Sacré – Isabelle Saint-Martin) – READ (difficult…score 1/5)
  9. Victor Hugo: 1802-1851 – J.M. Hovasse – READ – FINI !! (1159 pg) = 4 books!
  10. Border – K.  Kassabova – READ

January  2018:              

  1. Là-bas, août est un mois d’automne – B. Pellegrino – READ
  2. Wild Kingdom – S. Moss – READ
  3. St. Joan – G.B. Shaw (play) – READ
  4. Feather Your Nest A. O’Brien (short story) – READ
  5. In With A Chance – K. Murray (short story) – READ
  6. Bottle Party – J. Collier (short story) – READ
  7. The New Yorker  dd 01.01.2018READ
  8. Enemy Within – Quarterly Essay, vol. 63;  Watson, Don,  16.09.2016 – READ
  9. The Hidden Life of Trees –  P. Wohlleben – READ
  10. The Left Hand of Darkness – U. Le Guin – READ
  11. The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border – G. Carr – READ
  12. Towards Mellbreak – M. Bragg – READ
  13. The Glass Canoe – D. Ireland – READ

December 2017:

  1. The Best Australian Essays 2016 – (editor)  G. Williamson
  2. On Elizabeth Bishop – C. Tóibin
  3. Female Bodies on the American Stage – J. Scott-Mobley
  4. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  5. The Mysterious Affair at Styles – A. Christie
  6. Their Brilliant Careers – R. O’Neill
  7. Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell  – L. Milligan  2017 Walkley Award
  8. Power Without Glory – F. Hardy   
  9. Why Poetry? – M. Zapruder    
  10. The Supreme Court  – R. Mac Cormaic
  11. Essay: The Poetry of  Systems by A. Levy
  12. Poem: Emotional Astronomer by B. Lovell           
  13. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall – G. King
  14. The New Yorker Magazine – 18-25 December
  15. XMAS  Readings week 50
  16. XMAS  Readings week 51
  17. XMAS  Readings week 52
  18. 31 December 2017
  19. Goodbye….2017

November 2017:

  1. L’ orde du jour – E. Vuillard ( winner Prix Goncourt 2017)
  2. L’Art de perdre – A. Zeniter – READ
  3. My Place – S. Morgan
  4. Cloudstreet – T. Winton                                      
  5. True History of the Kelly Gang – P. Carey
  6. The Old Wives Tale – A. Bennett
  7. Cast of Characters – T. Vinciguerra
  8. Silk Road – E. Ormsby –
  9. The Grief Hole – K. Warren                             
  10. Lord of the Flies – W. Golding
  11. L’ami – G. Xingjian
  12. The Hands – S. Orr
  13. The Life and Work of C.J. Dennis – P. Butterss
  14. A Boat Load of Home Folk – T. Astley                           
  15. A Town Like Alice – N. Shute
  16. Love and Summer – W. Trevor
  17. L’Art de perdre – A. Zeniter (winner Prix Goncourt des lycéens 2017)
  18. Essay:  Why She Broke – H. Garner
  19. Position Doubtful – K. Mahood
  20. Into the Heart of Tasmania – R. Taylor
  21. Portable Curiosities – J. Koh          

October 2017:

  1. Salt Water – C. McLennan – READ                      
  2. A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman and Birth of Modern China – K. Peraino   –  READ
  3. Whose Body? (1923)  D. Sayers – READ
  4. The Anatomy of Fascism – R. Paxton – READ
  5. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh – READ
  6. Jan Maelwael Dutch medieval painter (1370-1415) – P. Roelofs – READ
  7. Essays Collection by E.B.White     READ
  8. Tsubaki – A. Shimazaki  –  READ (French)
  9. The Celery Stalks at Midnight – J. Howe – READ
  10. Portable Curiosities – J. Koh – READ
  11. The Dry – J. Harper – READ
  12. Famine – T. Murphy (play) – READ

September 2017:

  1. Seul dans Berlin  –  H. Fallada – READ (French)
  2. La Serpe – P. Jaenada – READ (French)
  3. The Persians – Aeschylus – READ
  4. Plutarch’s Lives Vol 1 – Plutarch – READ
  5. Oepidus Rex – Sophocles – READ
  6. The Union Buries Its Dead – H. Lawson – Short Story – READ
  7. Common Sense – T. Paine – READ
  8. The Slow Natives  – T. Astley (Australian writer) – READ
  9. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life  – Ruth Franklin  (biography) – READ
  10. The General vs. The President – H.W. Brands – READ
  11. Spaceman – M. Massimino – READ
  12. Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? – M. Meade (biography) – READ
  13. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change – E. Pao – READ
  14. East  West Street – P. Sands – READ
  15. The Sheltering Sky – P. Bowles – READ

August 2017:     Hug Your Dog Start Reading!

  1. Ghettoside by J. Levoy – READ
  2. Scoop – E. Waugh – READ
  3. Loving – H. Green – READ
  4. I, Claudius – R. Graves – READ
  5. The African Queen – C. S. Forester – READ
  6. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon – L. Tye – READ
  7. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien – READ
  8. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence – READ
  9. Une femme à Berlin – M. Hillers (anonymous) – READ (French)
  10. The Way of All  Flesh – S. Butler  – READ
  11. Lincoln in the Bardo – G. Saunders – READ
  12. Une Vie – S. Veil – READ  (French)
  13. Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien  – READ
  14. Retour à Killybegs – Sorj Chalandon – READ  (French)
  15. Seven Plays ‘True West’ – Sam Shepard – READ
  16. Principles of Angels – Jaine Fenn – READ….stopped after 25%….bah!
  17. Shatterday and Other Stories – H. Ellison  11/11  – READ
  18. Short Story – W. Trevor  The Piano Teacher’s Pupil – READ
  19. The New Yorker Magazine – 24 July 2017

July 2017:     #6Degrees of Separation Meme

  1.  An American Tragedy – T. Dreiser  – READ
  2. Dear Ijeawele – C.N. Adichie – READ
  3.  The Martian – A. Weir – READ
  4.  Open and Shut – D. Rosenfelt – READ
  5.  First Degree – D. Rosenfelt – READ
  6.  Doomsday Book – C. Willis – READ
  7.  The Bloody Mary Book – E. Brown  – READ
  8.  Kennedy and King – S. Levingston – READ
  9. Coming Up Trumps:  Memoir – J. Trumpington  – READ
  10. The New Yorker Magazine  26 June 2017
  11. The New Yorker Magazine   03 July 2017
  12. The New Yorker Magazine – July 10 – 17 2017
  13. French composer Darius Milhaud…who?
  14. Les ChouansBalzac – READ
  15. Rue des Boutiques Obscures  – P. Modiano
  16. Vaster Than Empires and More Slow – U. Le Guin  – READ
  17. The Alligators – J. Updike – READ
  18. You’ll Never Know, Dear, How Much I Love You – READ – J. Updike

Juni 2017:     New Reading Strategy   ‘Slow Down….’

  1. MedeaEuripides – READ
  2. Brideshead RevisitedE. Waugh  – READ
  3. Pale FireV. Nabokov – READ
  4. As I Lay DyingW. Faulkner – READ
  5. The Sympathizer –  V.T. Nguyen  – READ
  6. Dear LifeAlice Munro  – READ
  7. RagtimeE.L. Doctorow – READ
  8. Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh J. Lahr – READ
  9. American UlyssesR. White jr. – READ
  10. Walking the NileL. Wood  – READ
  11. The Death of the Heart E. Bowen  – READ
  12. The Running Hare J. Lewis-Stempel – READ
  13. Under the NetI. Murdoch – READ

May 2017:    Book Tag

  1. Breitner’s Amsterdam (G. Breitner, Dutch artist) – K. Keijer – READ (Dutch)
  2. MondriaanH. Janssen READ (Dutch)
  3.  L’ Aventure des Cathédrales G. Denizeau – READ (French)
  4. Passagère du silenceF. Verdier – READ (French)
  5. Go Tell It on the Mountain James BaldwinREAD
  6. The RepublicPlato READ
  7. Les ChouansH. Balzac – READ (French)
  8. Fellowship of the Ring(Tolkien) – READ
  9. Angle of ReposeW. Stegner – READ
  10. Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis (play) – J. Pommerat – READ

April 2017    My reading was going nowhere….Mindy

  1. Essays: Michael Sweerts: Another Dimension  S. Schama (art critic) – READ
  2. Non- fiction: Medieval Christianity: A New History ( K. Madigan) READ
  3. La baronne meurt à cinq heures (2011) – READ   (French)
  4. #CrimeFiction: The Dying Detective  L. Persson – READ
  5. The Wednesday Club  – K. Westö – READ
  6. French: Outside: Papiers d’un jour (M. Duras) – READ   (French)
  7. Monet (G. Goeffroy) – READ   (French)
  8. Immortelle randonnée (J.C. Rufin) READ   (French)
  9.  Les petits chevaux de Tarquinia (M. Duras) – READ   (French)
  10. Les fous de GuerneseyF. Lenormand – READ   (French)
  11. Eugène Boudin L’atelier de la lumièreA. Haudiquet – READ   (French)
  12. Van Gogh, Maître de la couleurG. Denizeau – READ  (French)
  13. MonetG. Denizeau – READ   (French)
  14. Claude Monet, sa vie, son temps, son oeuvreG. Geffory – READ   (French)

March 2017:      Starting over….  new blog

  1. The Fellowship of the RingREAD  ch 1-6 READ
  2. Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (H. Mantel) – READ
  3.  Bleak House (C. Dickens) – READ
  4.  Catherine the Great (R. Massie) – READ
  5. Dans la tête de Marine Le Pen (M. Eltchanihoff) – READ
  6. Chez Soi (M. Chollet) – READ
  7. En Attendant Bojangles (O. Bourdeaut) – READ
  8. Ça Ira (1) Fin de Louis -play ( J. Pommerat) – READ
  9. Progaganda and Counter Terroism (E. Briant) – READ
  10. The Well Dressed Explorer  (Thea Astley) – READ
  11. Israel   (D. Gordis) – READ
  12. Life and Fate (V. Grossman) – READ
  13. Escape Hatch (V. Makanin) – READ
  14. Essays: (4)
  15. What Neil Gaiman Teaches Us About Survival –  (M. Miller) – READ
  16. Remembering the Dead – (R. Long) – READ
  17. Remapping history, Reclaming memory A. Wilson play (J. H. Scott) – READ
  18. Bleak House: Dead Mother’s Property (H. Schor) – READ