Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

May 2007 books

In May 2007, I had an extended work trip to Cyprus via Istanbul, then Kosovo and then (North) Macedonia. I had the incredible experience of tracking down the very same Macedonian hill from which my grandfather had led an Allied retreat in December 1915., having also taken in Skopje, Stobi and Štip. I then had anothe extended work trip to Berne, Switzerland, and the Portuguese mid-Atlantic island of Madeira for a conference. Meanwhile devolution was restored in Northern Ireland, with Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in coalition, and the Republic had an election in which Fianna Fail (for the last time) crushed all other parties.

Young F was gratifying us with Doctor Who fan art again:

With all the travel (mostly in daytime), I read 26 books in May 2007.

Non-fiction 7 (YTD 31)
The Life of W.T. Stead, by Frederic Whyte
Reclaiming Democracy: Civil Society and Electoral Change in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Joerg Forbrig and Pavol Demeš
Military Operations Macedonia: From the Outbreak of War to Spring 1917, by Captain Cyril Falls
The Age of Kali, by William Dalrymple
Islam in Azerbaijan, by Arif Yunusov
Troubled Images: Posters and Images of the Northern Ireland Conflict from the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, ed. Yvonne Murphy, Allan Leonard, Gordon Gillespie and Kris Brown
The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod, ed. Andrew M Butler and Farah Mendlesohn

Non-genre 8 (YTD 16)
Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope
Kaddish for a Child Unborn, by Imre Kertész
Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis
The Druid King, by Norman Spinrad
In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, by Marcel Proust
Dead Air, by Iain Banks
Gilead, by Marilynn Robinson
Palace Walk, by Naguib Mahfouz

SF 9 (YTD 35)
Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the year 2660, by Hugo Gernsback
Backdrop of Stars, edited by Harry Harrison
Singing the Dogstar Blues, by Alison Goodman
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Sailing to Sarantium, by Guy Gavriel Kay
George's Marvelous Medicine, by Roald Dahl
Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman
Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy
Northern Storm, by Juliet E. McKenna

Comics 2 (YTD 11)
Fun Home: a family tragicomedy, by Alison Bechdel
Diary of a Teenage Girl, by Phoebe Gloeckner

9,000 pages (YTD 33,700)
8/26 by women (YTD 27/106)
1/26 by PoC (YTD 3/106)

The best book of the month for me - indeed, the best book of the year - was Alison Bechdel's family chronicle, Fun Home, which you can get here. I also hugely enjoyed Sailing to Sarantium, whoch you can get here. However I thoroughly bounced off Nobel laureate Kertész' Kaddish for a Child Unborn; you can get it here anyway.

Tags: bookblog 2007, bookblog nostalgia
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