This month, I read a book in French! I was not blown away by Coeur de Cristal by Frédéric Lenoir, a fairy-tale style novel about a prince who is unable to love, but it was easy to read and helped me with my efforts to improve my French skills. I hope to move on to some more interesting works. Any suggestions?
And after enjoying Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor, I had to finally read Dracula — and was seriously underwhelmed. After a few deliciously creepy scenes, the story deteriorates into a lot of absurdly bad English, male incompetence, and a boring, anticlimactic final chase scene. Interesting idea, uneven execution.
On the plus side, I finally read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and liked it a lot. What have you been reading, good and bad, this month?
- I reviewed my Classics Club Spin book, My Brilliant Career, perfect for Australian Reading Month.
- Howl’s Moving Castle and Kindred are two beautiful, and utterly different, new productions from the Folio Society.
Other Books Read
Other Features and Events
- I came up with a fiction/nonfiction book pairing for Nonfiction November.
- For discussion, I asked Do you find some book titles confusing?