Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Salon: May's Accomplishments, June's Goals

So I ended up having a really good month of reading in May; my goal was to read only/mostly 2011 releases and I managed to restrict myself in all but one case, and that was to read a Booker winner (it was Bernice Ruben's The Elected Member, the second book to win, I think).
The list:
  • If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, by Robin Black
  • The Year We Left Home, by Jean Thompson
  • French Leave, by Anna Gavalda
  • The Storm at the Door, by Stefan Merrill Block
  • Fatale, by Jean-Patrick Manchette
  • To Be With Her, by Syed Afzal Haider
  • The Dry Grass of August, by Anna Jean Mayhew
  • The Elected Member, by Bernice Rubens
  • Ghost Light, by Joseph O'Connor
  • The Last Brother, by Nathacha Appanah
Technically, Robin Black's book came out last year but I got a hot-off-the-presses 2011 paperback so I say it counts. I'll be reviewing all of them eventually! I'm starting on Tuesday with The Last Brother, which as far as I'm concerned should be the next book you pick up!

For June, I'm reading backlist books- or trying to. I read Election, by Tom Perrotta, first; it took me a day. Then I moved on to Assaf Gavron's Almost Dead, a black comedy about a man who keeps almost being killed in suicide bombing attacks in Israel, until he becomes a minor celebrity and an actual target. So far it's really good; it's told from the perspective of the erstwhile victim and from that of a potential bomber languishing in a coma. Then I'll pick a Booker to read, then go on from there with something else off the shelf.

Speaking of the Booker pick, I was going to read V.S. Naipaul's In A Free State, which won in 1971, but I'm thinking I'll choose something else for now. Maybe Heat and Dust, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's 1975 winner? Or The Conservationist, by Nadine Gordimer, which won in 1974? Or maybe The Bone People, by Kerri Hulme, which won in 1985. So many choices. What do you think?

But for today I'm going to keep going with Almost Dead, although with the gym and my improv class it promises to be a busy day. What are you up to today? Have a great Sunday no matter what!

EDIT: It looks like the verdict is unanimous from the comments and Twitter: The Bone People it shall be, and soon! Thanks to everyone for your input!

More Sunday Salon here.