Babbling about books: March

At the end of last month I decided to integrate my reading catalog from LibraryThing here. I’m slightly ashamed about the amount of reading I completed–I’ve been stressing like crazy about how much I have to do, but apparently I’ve still been reading quite a bit. And so, without further ado…

March 2011
25. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
26. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
27. Beauty, Robin McKinley
28. The African Queen, C. S. Forester
29. Old Lady Mary, Margaret Oliphant
30. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
31. The Ladies of Grace Adieu, Susanna Clarke
32. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewyck
33. March, Geraldine Brooks
34. The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber
35. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
36. Henry VI (2), William Shakespeare

Favorite books of the month: This is difficult- I enjoyed most of what I read this month.

  • March, by Geraldine Brooks was great, I’ve already babbled about that;
  • The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber was enormously long (944 pgs) and kept me totally entranced for the two days or so that I lived in it. It tells the story of a Victorian-era prostitute who ascends the ranks of society–and about the various characters in that society. The ‘mad wife’ with the undiagnosed tumor (which will always remain undiagnosed, as the nameless postmodern narrator tells us) was possibly my favorite character; the way the household works around her ‘quirks’ was meticulously detailed and fascinating.
  • Best first line: “Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blond Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade…” from A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka

I loved nearly all of these, and on a different day I certainly would have chosen different favorites (Rebecca!) (and Old Lady Mary!) (and even, problematic elements aside, Beauty!) – check out my opinions on the rest, if you’re interested, here.

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