March 2010

Good God, it's been so long. I feel TERRIBLE. What has my problem been? I've been reading, but I haven't been logging. Probably because we've been traveling all over the place. We've been traveling so much, in fact, that I've left books all over the place. I fear I won't be able to log everything. Three Junes by Julia Glass This was a reread, because I'm trying to figure out what makes really good three-part novels tick. It's a terrific novel. You should read it if you hadn't.

The County of Birches by Judith Kalman This is a short story by a Canadian-Hungarian writer. If you're Canadian or Hungarian, or if you're writing a novel like mine, by all means read it.

The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam A perfect specimen of one of my favorite genres of English novels.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham Again, another three-part novel. Equally marvelous.

Kingdom of Shadows by Alan Furst I love a good spy novel, and this one is about a Hungarian.

In Other Rooms Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin This is a marvelous first story collection.

Too Much Happiness by Alice MunroI love Alice Munro. She's so quiet, and so incisive.

One Must Also Be Hungarian by Adam Biro This book is sort of impossible to understand. I feel like I have to reread.

Morning, Noon & Night by Spalding Gray There's something just a little bit depressing about how privileged he is and how unhappy.

The Innocent by Ian McEwan Oh LORD this book is KILLER.

Nazi Women by Cate Haste As bad as the men.

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje This is really the most perfect novel ever.

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford Very silly but fun.

Of the Farm by John UpdikeA fine little novel. Maybe my favorite of his.

Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson A pure delight.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Oh lord was this ever FUN.