As I mentioned, I moved this month, so I feel I missed a good deal of great book reviews. I’ve done some quick reviews of Google Reader and I’ve tried to visit a number of blogs; as I did so, I didn’t always comment, but I did read your reviews. As compensation for not commenting, here’s a list of what I found notable as I read your blogs this month.
Did you write a really good book review or read a really good book that I haven’t comment on? Please share and I’ll make sure I come visit!
- 1984 by George Orwell. This is already on my TBR list, but I loved book-a-rama‘s review. I reread this years ago, but I think I’m due for a reread.
- A Room of One’s Own by Virigina Woolf. Lisa‘s review got me to add this one.
- Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. I haven’t read enough Victorian literature, but Tuesday in silhouette‘s review of this reminded me that I should.
- Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, thanks to Amanda’s review at 5-Squared.
- Beowulf trans. by Seamus Heaney. Lisa’s review at Booknotes by Lisa convinced me to read this book sooner, rather than later.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, thanks to In the Spring It’s the Dawn‘s review.
- Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut. Nymeth’s review at things mean a lot convinced me that Vonnegut is odd but diverting, so I should give it a try.
- Gilead by Marianne Robinson. Rose City Reader‘s review encouraged me to bring this Pulitzer Award winning novel forward in the lineup.
- Naguib Mahfouz’ Cairo Trilogy, thanks to The Armenian Odar.
- Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope. Age 30+ A Lifetime of Books says when she read this book, she said, with a smile on her face, “Oh, how lovely!”
- Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Rose City Reader‘s review got me interested (and not because she liked it…).
- Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian. Tuesday’s review at Tuesday in Silhouette really made me curious to read this one.
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. hamilcar barca’s review at 5-Squared captured my interest. Sounds quirky! Jackets and Covers had a review too, and I think I’ll take her advice and reread Jane Eyre and read Martin Chuzzlewit first.
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. Amanda at 5-Squared. This was already on my list for the year, but might as well move it up the lineup!
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I know dozens of people have reviewed this recently, but Literate Housewife‘s review got me to finally add it to my list! Also, ChainReading wrote a concise seven-word review of it.
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I am quite intrigued after reading Nymeth‘s review.
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I’ve been scared of this book but hamilcar barca’s review at 5-Squared suggested focusing on the character development and then it’s pretty good, so now I’m intrigued.
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. I was told this was a novel about philosophy. Hmm. Sounds very interesting. Recommended to me in the comments of this post of mine.
- Scott Westerfield’s Uglies series reviewed by Amanda here and here. I don’t normally pick up YA fiction, but these sound good. Also reviewed by Ladytink.
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Lisa at Booknotes by Lisa really got me interested in this “fable.”
- The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger by Lois Lowry. 5-Squared. I’ve read The Giver before and the others sound interesting.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Maw Books Blog. I was going to read it because of the Newbery, but now I’ll also read it because I’m intrigued.
- The Witches by Roald Dahl. Ladytink’s review reminded me that I havne’t read Roald Dahl for a very long time. Maybe that is a good thing? Maybe not? Time to revisit.
- The Economist Book of Obituaries. Shelf Love‘s review of this showed me that obituaries might actually be interesting.
- City of Oranges by Adam LeBor. Eva at A Striped Armchair shared a review of this book, and it sounds like a great overview of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
- Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton. About ten people have mentioned this, either as a review or as a Library Loot or whatnot. So I think that means I should read it, huh.
- We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin. Dewey’s review of this book convinced me to give graphic novels; Nymeth’s review at things mean a lot got me to add this one to my list. I still avoid graphic novels, but maybe someday I’ll give this one a try.