Read in March 2011

March has been flying so quickly, and I thought I had not read much this past month; this probably reflects my frustration when, after my morning online French tutoring, and my afternoon work at the library, I cannot enjoy a good few hours of leisurely reading because I have to work on some major translation contracts. But they bring bread on the table, and books don’t, so the choice is rather limited.

Anyway, it’s good to do a monthly recap, because I discovered I still read 7 books, with a total of 2243 pages, that is an average of 72.35 pages/day! This is my highest monthly average so far for 2011, but it’s kind of cheating, as I finished for instance a book of 597 pages that I started in 2010 – A Distant Mirror, by Barbara Tuchman, on the 14th century.

I have not listened to any audiobook this month, or rather I have started one, but I’m still in process – Atlantic, by Simon Winchester, excellent but very long.

Of the 7 books I read, only 2 were fiction:
All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost, by Lan Samantha Chang – 205 p
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, by Benjamin Hale – 576 p. Alas, this is the 1st of the 5 books I have not had time yet to review, so no link for that one.

I don’t think I can select a favorite of these 2, they are both excellent, though very different one from the other – actually with the theme of language at the center of them both.

The 5 non-fiction books I read this month are:
The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic, by Steve Turner  – 221 p
Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors,  by E. M. Collingham – 257 p –  a food history of India. Review to come soon, hopefully!
I And Thou, by Martin Buber – 168 p. – Philosophy. Review to come soon
The Planet In A Pebble, by Jan Zalasiewicz – 219 p. Geology. Review to come soon
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, by Barbara W. Tuchman  – 597 p. Review to come soon

My favorite may be I And Thou; that’s a reread of a book I about fell in love with when I was 16-17, discovering the world of philosophy.

With all these non-fiction books, I have almost completed 3 times already the Dewey Decimal Challenge, which only required 4 books for the top level.
I’m doing good as well for the Non-fiction Challenge, I have even graduated to the top level category: 7-9 books from different categories: Future Jeopardy Champion. See here

What’s next?

Well, expect to see soon 5 reviews!

I have just begun Girl in Translation for fiction books, and for non-fiction, I’m going to try The Worst Hard Time, on the Depression. I have more than 1 religious books going on, because of Lent, I’m about done with the one on the Transfiguration in Theology and Iconography, and will go from there to Being in Communion, by Zizioulas, a reread I’m really looking forward to.

And I’ll post tomorrow 5 titles that could be YOUR next great reads!





2 thoughts on “Read in March 2011

  1. My two friends, a philsopher and theologian, are always going on about Buber. Maybe I”ll have to check him out to know what you’re talking about. The food history of India sounds great. Looking forward to your review. And the book about musicians on the Titanic. Thanks for some great book ideas I hadn’t heard of and for stopping by my blog.


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