Coming in a little late but here’s my September Reading Round-Up:
Dubliners – James Joyce (Penguin Books, 1979)
I’ve read Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and made two separate attempts at Ulysses. Dubliners was so much easier. It was a very smart, very moving, often unexpected collection of short stories.
Herzog – Saul Bellow (Penguin Books, 1992)
It took me a while to get into this one. For a good while I felt like I had no idea what the book was about or why I should really care about Moses Herzog. But I’m glad I stuck with it because as I got into the rhythm of the story and of Herzog’s voice I found I did actually care about him and was interested in what would happen to him.
Motherhood – Sheila Heti (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018)
Full review here. Since I read this and wrote my review Motherhood has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize so clearly opinions are mixed!
Washington Black – Esi Edugyan (Patrick Crean Editions, 2018)
Full review here. Another one that’s getting lots of press and award buzz. This time I agree with it.
We Are All Made of Molecules – Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books, 2015)
Full review here.
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
(And enjoying it but it is so long. My goal is to finish it before the end of the year.)
Prayer – Timothy Keller
(This is a re-read for me so I’m not sure if I read it in its entirety again.)