Sunday, November 30, 2014

November reading roundup

How appropriate this little piece of art is at the moment, since I am currently reading McCarthy's Blood Meridian with my online group.  I've only just started chapter five but without a doubt, it's definitely the best book I've read this year.  Forget those lists of 2014 favorites I've been writing about  -- Blood Meridian blows them all away. I'll be hard pressed to find another book that I love this well over the next year.

down to business now. The books I was well in the mood to read in November are:

A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki 
This Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash

Dark Prophecy, by Marjorie Alan
Postscript to Poison, by Dorothy Bowers
Build My Gallows High, by Geoffrey Homes
Rustication, by Charles Palliser
Double Indemnity, by James M. Cain

The Disunited States, by Vladimir Pozner 

weird fiction/horror/fantasy/sci-fi
Revival, by Stephen King 
Our Lady of Pain, by John Blackburn (Valancourt ed.) 

other stuff in my reading life this month
 The book group is on a break, returning mid-December to discuss The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown.  I've already started to hear negatives from people -- based on comments, here's my thinking: people are way too caught up in little details and are missing the bigger picture.  

the smaller book group   just read A Tale for the Time Being this month -- again, the grumbles about detail. 

currently reading
Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy -- I have to say that the people in my online group are  incredibly intelligent and insightful, and it makes for an excellent reading experience.

Moriarity, by Anthony Horowitz

that's it -- I'm discovering that going with my gut on reading choices and not trying to be any kind of trendy is so liberating. Everyone should try it.

1 comment:

  1. Go with your gut! That's what I've been doing as the library piles surround me.

    I'm waiting for The Paying Guests to reappear so I can dig in. My friend did like it.


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