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Book Report: July 2014

Book Report: July 2014

This is super late. If you really want to know why I am only posting this now and why I haven’t been keeping you updated, I just moved to a new place. Hurrah? Hurrah! And I am still in the process of transferring my Internet account to our new humble hole.

So yeah, I’m using my break time at the office to blog. Here’s the July Report (plus the first ten days of August):

Books Finished:

  • Fear of Flying by Erica Jong – 4 out of 5 stars. I didn’t give a flying fuck about morality when I read this. Yeah, I just typed fuck because this is about a woman’s search for a zipless fuck. It’s our August book of the month. (Php 648.00, Fully Booked – Rockwell, July 12)
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – 5 out of 5 stars. Read with Kristel, Maria, and Monique. This is such a great book that I managed to post a review of it a few days after I finished it. A discussion over lunch with two of my reading buddies topped off my HoL reading experience.
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – 5 out of 5 stars. I’m a fan! Each character in this book is just so real.
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – 3 out of 5 stars. Our September book of the month. I’m ahead because I only borrowed Monique‘s copy. Should I get my own copy? If you read my rating again, you’ll find out the answer to it.
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – 4 out of 5 stars. Our July book of the month. This is my second serving of Dickens and I think there’s still space for me for more.

Currently Reading:

  • The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer – Currently on page 69 of 267. Gordimer’s death pushed me to read this. I’ve paused for a couple of weeks and now I’m back on track.
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – Currently on page 211 of 604. Now I can really face this again. I have more time for I am done with my required readings and I’m done unpacking my stuff. Wooh!

New Books:

  • A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion – Didion is known for her nonfiction, but her fiction is also great. (Php 250.00, Undertow Books, July 21)
  • The Bridge of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart – How can you resist that cover? (USD 14.00, The Book Depository, June 26)
  • The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz – From a Polish Nobel laureate. (Php 200.00, Undertow Books, July 21)
  • Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman – My second Grossman. I haven’t read him yet, but I can’t resist this copy. (Php 200.00, Indio Bravo, July 23)
  • Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser – Instead of refunding money from TBD, I refunded a book. (USD 12.27, The Book Depository, July 31).
  • The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion – Another novel from someone whom I think will be another favorite writer. (Php 250.00, Undertow Books, July 21)
  • The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantes – This is also another refund. (USD 10.50, The Book Depository, July 31)
  • Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth – A National Book Award winner. I’m not keen on those winners, but since I have too many of those books, it wouldn’t hurt to add another one. (Php 180.00, Indio Bravo, July 23)
  • Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick Hamilton – Yes, this is an NYRB Classics month. (Php 646.20, Fully Booked – BGC, August 2)
  • View with a Grain of Sand by Wisława Szymborska – From another Polish Nobel laureate. (Php 300.00, Undertow Books, July 21)
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21 Comments

  1. Monique says

    Wow, new template! I love clean templates like this. Very nice. :)
    Okay, which Didion book should I start with? :)

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  2. I loved A Tale of Two Cities when I read it a few years ago! I always look at Wolf Hall and wonder if it would interest me though, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you think!

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  3. Gave Fear of Flying a four too. Enjoyed the Isadora pandemonium. What was your first Dickens? More or less the same pacing, style etc. as ATo2C?

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    • My first is Great Expectations. I was able to adapt easier into it than I did with ATo2C. Pacing is similar though, and the endings are both heartbreaking.

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  4. I had a good time with A.J. Fikry. Glad to see you enjoyed House of Leaves; I’ve heard great things and have been interested in reading this, too.

    Happy Reading!

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  5. Play It As It Lays and House of Leaves: noted.
    I echo with Monique. I love this new layout. :)
    P.S. You moved to a new place again??? Hehe. Have a lovely August, Angus!

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  6. I have Philip Roth on my shelves, but I have not read him yet.
    BTW, how many lists/collections do you follow? :)

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    • I’ve read Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus. It didn’t quite like it. :D

      I’m following these lists:
      Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Booker Prize, Book Critics Circle Award (priority) IMPAC Award, Folio Prize (priority), Time (priority), Modern Library, Radcliffe’s Rival, The Novel 100 (priority) and my Nobel list. :D

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