• Nul Points by Tim Moore. An entertaining romp through the land of Eurovision Song Contest nul pointers.
  • River of Gods by Ian McDonald. Sweeping AltSF/cyberpunk set in India in 2047. Fantastic.
  • L'Affaire by Diane Johnson. Epitomizes summer reading. I did not, repeat not, buy this. Still and all, entertainingly unchallenging fluff.
  • Guru! by Zac O'Yeah. I'd read and *loved* Tandooriälgen. Guru is somewhat travel lit guide to India and its guru traditions. In Swedish.
  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. In the style of Amazon's "if you liked this, you'll also like": Ett Öga Rött (see above) and Kiffe Kiffe Demain. Bittersweet.
  • Tackar som frågar by Jennie Dielemans. Had a hard time getting into it, but enjoyed it by the end. Interesting byproduct: will never get a 3 phone... In Swedish.
  • The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead. Really interesting, different book. Intuitionist vs. empiricist elevator inspectors with race and gender issues, too.
  • Ensemble, c'est tout by Anna Gavalda. Loved the development of the relationships between damaged characters. Have not seen the movie. In French.
  • Rim by Alexander Besher. Decent (though not the best I've read in the genre) altSF/cyberpunk set in Japan in 2027.
  • Irish Fairy Tales "collected and annotated" by Joseph Jacobs. Had bought this on a trip to Ireland a few years ago with a mind towards using it. Finally sat down and read them.
  • Du är alltså svensk? by Lena Andersson. It was a good idea. Didn't like it. At all. In Swedish.
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Interesting, though subject matter less up my alley. Has grown on me more as I've thought about it.
  • Le petit Nicolas by Sempé-Goscinny. Essentially a children's book, bought in France with an eye towards using it down the road. Fun, kind of classic. In French.
  • Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin. The first in the Rebus series. A gift for snbg bought out of frustration when I couldn't find the 5th in Paul Johnston's Quintilian Dalrymple series (an alt-future Scottish detective series). Now I'll eventually get sucked into reading more of these, too...
  • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding. Oy. This became a battle of wills to finish. I usually like classics, but just could not get into this one and had to force myself to finish it.
  • Pure Drivel by Steve Martin. Yes, that Steve Martin. A collection of short stories. Fun, light. The Pleasure of My Company is still my favorite of his.
  • Moi, Tituba sorcière... by Maryse Condé. This had been recommended to me years ago and had been sitting on my shelf almost as long. Historical fiction account of Tituba and the Salem witch trials. In French.
  • Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. I'd read and loved Cloud Atlas. Now I've read and love Ghostwritten. Should have read them in reverse order. His ability to write in different voices is impressive.
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon. Love, love, love this book. Clever, interesting. (Again, like Amazon: If you liked Philp Roth's Plot Against America, you might like this).
  • Ett öga rött by Jonas Hassen Khemiri. I'd heard so much about it and wanted to read it before seeing more ads for the movie. Really liked it - maybe the language seemed more natural or familiar to my non-native Swedish self. I do have some reservations about some of the politics. In Swedish.
  • found this on in my shelf as well! still queuing... - dev null

summer reading

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This is what I read over summer vacation, chronological order - bottom first, top most recent. As I finished, I added to the stack.

Theme: The money-saving "it's on the bookshelf and I haven't read it yet" approach (with the exception of the last book, which I bought used a few days ago; some were recent gifts, too).

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  1. GreggBK 81 months ago | reply

    Very very well done! And for this, you deserve an award, Rumi:

    reading

    :-)

  2. ruminatrix 81 months ago | reply

    Sweet mother of all that is holy, you've been around flickr too long.

    That said, as I accept this award, I have a few words of gratitude. First, to you, snbg, for your work schedule and routine which gave me a lot of time and incentive to get this done. I'd also like to thank the miserable weather of Gothenburg, without whose help I might have been inspired to do other things like go for walks and take more photos. Finally, to the fine folks at Sterling airline and the lovely waiting rooms in Gothenburg and Nice for the additional hours to concentrate on a couple of the later works. Thank you all. I couldn't have done this without you!

  3. Trois Têtes (TT) 81 months ago | reply

    I have read just one of these books - and that was quite a while ago - then flickr took over my life - no certificate for me

  4. inoneear 81 months ago | reply

    Hehe, love the acceptance speech (surely you're too humble). Congrats!

    A lot of very interesting-sounding/looking books (some of which I've actually read!) stacked Babelesque. Someone should probably flag this "Literature porn"

    ...Now I really need to get me some Ian McDonald books on the double.

  5. ruminatrix 81 months ago | reply

    Thanks all. It was fun and I honestly liked, enjoyed, appreciated &/or got something (other than angst or annoyance) out of all but 2 of them. Oh, and I probably should have thanked a long (even by Swedish standards) summer break.

    @TT - hmmm, which one? I think I've narrowed it down to 3 possibilities.

    @i1e - Yes, the stack was pretty wobbly by the end. Looking at it again, River of Gods was in my top 3, so I'm curious how his others are.

    @dev null - in English or German? (I've wondered how a translation of this one is done).

  6. Trois Têtes (TT) 81 months ago | reply

    Norwegian Wood - I bought it to see what all the fuss was about - I didn't like it much but it is haunting when I think back on it - it didn't prompt me to read any more Murakami

  7. bakpacker 81 months ago | reply

    Nice to see that l'Affaire is near the bottom of your list.

  8. ruminatrix 81 months ago | reply

    @TT - substitute "bought" with "read" and you have summed up my take on it, too.

    @bakpacker: in l'Affaire's case, its placement preferentially wouldn't move it far from its current placement chronologically.

  9. devinlynnx 71 months ago | reply

    Everything Is Illuminated is on my list, as well. :)
    Happy readings!

  10. Dreaming ... 67 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Books and Magazines!!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  11. nothing/something 47 months ago | reply

    amazing :) i love to read.

  12. kisigler 24 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm a librarian and would love to use this photo for a book group flyer I'm creating. Would that be alright?

  13. LAURA~MATESKY 21 months ago | reply

    That is a lot of reading!! No pics for the summer maybe??? All tough reading books!! :) Bet those took a long time to read!! I love it!!!

  14. ruminatrix 21 months ago | reply

    Thanks - that was a particularly productive summer reading-wise. I think I've only come close one other time, but those were split into smaller stacks. It was nice to have a couple months and a lot of time on my hands... ahhh....I miss those days!

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