04 October 2011

Reading report for September 2011

You may have noticed that I have been going through a rather bad reviewing slump for the past three or four months, that has gone hand-in-hand with a reading slump. Not that I haven’t been reading, but I have been sticking to re-reads and favourite authors and rejecting one book after another that doesn’t fit into this category.

I think I have finally managed to break out of the reviewing slump - at least I actually find myself interested in reviewing again. I am also clearly in the middle of a turn-around genre-wise. Every few years throughout my reading life I have found myself focusing strongly on a particular genre. For about 6 years now this genre has been that of crime literature, but now I find myself focusing more on romances, adventure and non-fiction. I also find myself longing to re-read old childhood favourites I haven’t thought about in years, and I see no reason why I shouldn’t review them. These include some classic adventure and sea-faring tales, and I also have a couple of non-fiction adventure books I suddenly find myself interested in reading. This goes hand-in hand with my return to school. I am taking a couple of very interesting but demanding university courses in editing and terminology management, which you might think would mean I will have less time to look after my blogs, but as a matter of fact I find that going back to school stimulates my brain and gives me more energy, which in turn means I have more interest in blogging. So that’s a good thing. It’s only personal misfortunes and illness (and I count my periodic descents into depression as illness) that decrease my interest in blogging.

For those of you who mostly come here or originally discovered this blog because of the strong crime literature slant, I hope you will stay even if the content will start to go more in the direction of these other genres. There will always be a few reviews of crime novels - just will not as many - and I will continue to review Icelandic crime novels that are being translated into other languages.

This month’s finished books numbered seven, five of which were rereads. Additionally, I gave up on one brand-new book I was sent for reviewing a couple of months ago, which is a pity because it sounded really interesting and I was all set to enjoy it, but the writing style was not to my liking and so I gave up on it.

The first-time reads were:

  • Rachel Gibson : Not Another Bad Date . Contemporary romance. The review will post tomorrow.
  • Georgette Heyer : Sylvester, or The Bad Uncle . Historical romance.

The re-reads:
  • Georgette Heyer : Lady of Quality , The Corinthian and The Unknown Ajax
  • J.K. Rowling : Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Audio books, read by Stephen Fry.

1 comment:

MarthaE said...

Hello Bibliophile! How unfortunate I hadn't found your blog before my cruise last month when we stopped in Reykijavik! Beautiful place and very green which is unexpected considering the name of Iceland. :-) Sorry to say we didn't see much at that port.
You read some good re-reads.
I enjoy Heyer - fun, easy complications and it is nice that you don't have to worry about sexual content.
Have a great reading week!