November 2011 Reading Wrap-Up
Books Read: 16
Pages Read: 4326
Hours Listened To: 0
- Chike and the River – Achebe, Chinua
- Out of Oz – Maguire, Gregory
- Incidents at the Shrine – Okri, Ben
- Like One of the Family – Childress, Alice
- Two Thousand Seasons – Armah, Ayi Kwei
- The Other Crucifix – Kwakye, Benjamin
- African Love Stories – Aidoo, Ama Ata
- The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa - Aidoo, Ama Ata
- The Chicken Thief – Leonard, Fiona
- Astonishing the Gods – Okri, Ben
- Ain’t I A Woman? – hooks, bell
- Out of the House of Bondage – Glymph, Thavolia
- The Collector of Treasures – Head, Bessie
- African Roar 2011 – Hartmann, Ivor and Emmanuel Sigauke
- Twilight at Terracotta Indigo – Ayim, Umira
- Inheritance – Paolini, Christopher
Another rather crazy month of travel for work. I started the month in Mississippi and then had a mini weekend vacation with Alix in New Orleans before having my mother visit me for a few days in Toronto. I then had one long trip spanning Hay River, Northwest Territories and -30 degree Celsius weather to work in Aruba and vacation in Venezuela and +30 degree Celsius weather. Needless to say I’ve been dragging around a large and heavy suitcase. With the recent few days in Venezuela I’ve now managed to visit five continents in my 25th year, and actually within the span of three months which is rather crazy. But also fun!
In addition to what reading and reviewing I did this week (and I did read more despite all the travel mostly because you don’t really want to spend time outside when it is -30…!) I posted for our BAND topic and Amanda and I hosted two more of our The Real Help reads (Like One of the Family and Out of the House of Bondage). I was also able to participate in Kinna’s Ghanaian Literature week (intro and wrap-up). As part of the celebration she hosted a twitter chat with author Nii Ayikwei Parkes which I highly recommend you check out as there were a lot of interesting topics discussed.
All through my life I’ve considered myself not to be a huge fan of short stories. While I occasionally would read one or two, or a collection, I didn’t really enjoy them. This month I finally admitted to myself how much I seem to love them. How it took me this long to figure it out, I’m not sure, but I’m glad that I finally have. A number of my reads this month were short stories and generally I really enjoyed them. This doesn’t, of course, mean that I enjoy all short stories but it does make me want to search out more – I think a good editor is the real key, as well as ensuring that I like the theme behind the collection. Thanks to Kinna for convincing me to read more of them!
I’ve booked a ticket home for the holidays though I may have to cancel it yet depending on the work schedule(everything has been rather last-minute lately with work) but I am hopeful I will get a Christmas dinner wherever I end up, even if I am cooking it myself. I hope that everyone else has plans for the holiday season and end of year festivities and enjoys the month. Here’s to more happy reading and the wrap-up of fun challenges and projects people have been involved with through the year.