The top 7 books to read in October 2022

Here are
The top 7 books
I plan to read in October 2022

One special event I’ll be participating in this month (October 24-30):

The 1929 Club

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📚 CURRENTLY READING 📚

Absolutely on Music Maigret

📚 Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa
Nonfiction
小澤征爾さんと、音楽について話をする in 2011
Translated by Jay Rubin in 2016

Murakami is my favorite contemporary Japanese author.
This book is doubly special, as I bought it in a bookstore in “Three Pines” in Quebec, several years ago. I am finally taking time to read it and am really enjoying all the insights on classical music.

“A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Haruki Murakami’s passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood to Franz Liszt’s Years of Pilgrimage, the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the two maestros. It is essential reading for book and music lovers everywhere.”

📚 Maigret (Inspecteur Maigret #19), by Georges Simenon
Mystery
Published in 1934
Reading it with one of my French students

At the end of #18, we read that Maigret is going to retire.
At the beginning of this one, he has just retired, but goes back to work to help his nephew, accused of a crime.
It was indeed supposed to be the last book of the series.
The series ended up having 75 books!

I’m just 10% in the story, but I like the personal details, like the Maigrets woken up around 4am by their nephew, then Maigret half asleep bumping his head as he goes down the stairs. Very down to earth.

“Maigret’s peaceful retirement in the countryside is disrupted when a relative, his nephew, unwittingly embroils himself in a crime he did not commit. The Inspector returns to Police Headquarters in Paris once again.”

📚 READING NEXT 📚

Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

The Picadilly Murder   The Sound and the Fury  

📚 Selected Poems, by Rainer Maria Rilke
Poems
Written between 1899-1926.
Collection published in 1948, translated by Robert Bly
It counts for The Classics Club.

This is the book I got for The Classics Club Spin #31.
It’s a bilingual edition, it will be fun going back to German.

📚  The Picadilly Murder (Ambrose Chitterwick #1), by Anthony Berkeley
Mystery
Published in 1929
It counts for The Classics Club
Will be reading for the 1929 Club

“Has Mr Ambrose Chitterwick witnessed suicide or murder at the Piccadilly Palace Hotel? Chief Inspector Moresby of Scotland Yard believes Major Sinclair, her nephew and heir, poisoned the old lady, and he has Chitterwick down as chief witness for the prosecution. Chitterwick finds himself drawn ever deeper into the case following a succession of unexpected twists and turns of the plot…”

📚  The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
Literary fiction
Published in 1929
It counts for The Classics Club
Will be reading for the 1929 Club

I think I have only read As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, and I enjoyed it a lot. But I have heard this one is very challenging. We’ll see.

The tragedy of the Compson family features some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. ”

🎧 CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS 🎧

  The Roman Hat Mystery      The 39 Steps

🎧  The Roman Hat Mystery (Ellery Queen Detective #1), by Ellery Queen
Mystery
Published in 1929
It counts for The Classics Club
Will be reading for the 1929 Club

This is my first book by this author, and so far I really like the characters and the details.

“A fine silk custom top-hat is missing from a crooked lawyer who was poisoned by lead alcohol in the Roman theater at the close of the second act, 9:55 pm. Inspector Richard Q, sneezing snuff; a thin, multi-faced, small “Old Man”; and the Inspector’s large writer son Ellery, puffing cigarettes, investigate. They start with maps of theater, the victim’s bedroom, and a list of names appended with flavorful commentary: the finder of the body is “cranially a brachycephalic”, and Dolly “a lady of reputation”. The flavor of 1929 costume and culture, with evening attire de rigueur, and hip flasks full of bootleg liquor.”

🎧  The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay #1), by John Buchan
Mystery
Published in 1915
It counts for The Classics Club

I am really looking forward to this one. I watched the movie such a long time ago that I have no memory of it, which is a good thing, it will be a total rediscovery.

“Adventurer Richard Hannay, just returned from South Africa, is thoroughly bored with London life—until he is accosted by a mysterious American, who warns him of an assassination plot that could completely destabalise the fragile political balance of Europe. Initially sceptical, Hannay nonetheless harbours the man—but one day returns home to find him murdered… An obvious suspect, Hannay flees to his native Scotland, pursued by both the police and a cunning, ruthless enemy. His life and the security of Britain are in grave peril, and everything rests on the solution to a baffling enigma: what are the ‘thirty nine steps?'”

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR OCTOBER?

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24 thoughts on “The top 7 books to read in October 2022

  1. Always intriguing to read your monthly book lists! You keep me inspired and broaden my library with new ideas. I am tackling Goethe’s Faust this month–it is typically the introduction for many readers to the works of Goethe, but not me! It will take me a bit to get through it and blog, but excited for this adventure!

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  2. Sounds like an interesting bunch! I once saw the 39 steps as a theatre play, but I doubt it had much to do with the book. Might pick up the book at some point – will await your verdict.

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  3. Nice choices and variety. I must read more Murakami. I am planning to start from the beginning. I have only read a book of stories and the excellent Killing Commendatore. I read a McQueen many, many years ago. Maigret is always a nice treat. Loved the 39 steps, but surprised that it was different from the film.
    You have inspired me to read Rilke, so will look for something by him. Any suggestions to start with? I tried Faulkner once and that’s it. I don’t like his style of writing.

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    • The first novels by Murakami are not the easiest. 1Q84 might be easier to start with.
      Yes, The 39 Steps didn’t connect with anything I remember from the movie.
      For Rilke, I think starting with a collection like this one is a good way, because you have a bi of everything

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      • I liked After Dark a lot, set in Tokyo after the last trains have left the city for the night. It resonated with me because of the relationship between the two sisters. When I got lost in Japan some years later, I went to a Denny’s restaurant (one is featured in the book) and the waitress helped me make a call in to family re my location.

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  4. I read The Sound and the Fury in college and really loved it. Other than that, I’ve only read a few short stories by Faulkner but would like to know more of his work. Eager to read what you think.

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