Books read in June 2011

Reading, Uncategorized

The Struggle – L.J. Smith
Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
The Fury – L.J. Smith
The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Amy Bender
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Swamplandia! – Karen Russel
Hairstyles of the Damned – Joe Meno
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
Assassination Vacation – Sarah Vowell
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Ever Seen – Christopher McDougall
A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
Once a Runner – John Parker, Jr.

Total: 16 (some jump, eh?)

Favorite (tie): The Blind Assassin and A Thousand Acres
These two books were very different, but at their cores, they both strike at the idea of sisterhood in an insightful way. I like both Atwood’s and Smiley’s writing styles and found their novels compelling.

Least favorite: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I wanted very badly to like this book, but I just…didn’t. I didn’t think most of the additions were clever or provocative enough to warrant the sorts of praise I’ve heard heaped upon this mash-up.


January Wrap-up

Month in Review, Reading, Running

Apologies for the (nearly) two week delay of my January mileage and book-age. I blame reading for my master’s exam for making my brain implode at the end of the month and preventing me from making a post. I’m hoping to be more consistent when I actually get in the habit of blogging on a regular basis and when I join a running club.

January miles: 53 miles
January books: 7 books
Book list:
Throne of Jade – Naomi Novik
Black Powder War – Naomi Novik
Middlemarch – George Eliot
The Seven Types of Ambiguity – William Empson
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories – Flannery O’Connor
Song of the Earth – Jonathan Bate
Oroonoko, The Rover, and Other Works – Aphra Behn

Overall, not a bad month at all. I’m still building my base running-wise, so I’m hoping that my mileage will perk up in the next few weeks. As far as reading goes, Middlemarch was a bear and took up a lot of reading time, something which is likely to be an issue until I take my exam in March.