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March 2010 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family developments as well as the books I read in that month. I've found it a pleasantly cathartic process, especially in recent circumstances. If you want to look back at previous entries, they are all tagged under bookblog nostalgia.

One notable event at work in March 2010 was that my American intern C left, and was replaced by K, an Irish chap. C joined another NGO office in Brussels and ended up running it, before her diplomat husband was posted to her home city, New York, where she still is.

Not a particularly pleasant month for me health-wise; I was wiped out with flu for a couple of weeks, and then had a gruesome tooth extraction, quite the most horrible dental experience of my life, followed by a root canal operation. Still, I read 25 books.

Non-Fiction 6 (YTD 18)
Radical Islam's Rules, edited by Paul Marshall
Profiles of the Future, by Arthur C. Clarke
Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV, by Brian J. Robb
Mr Bloomfield's Orchard, by Nicholas P. Money
Leviathan, or, The Whale, by Philip Hoare
Dreams from my Father, by Barack Obama

Fiction (non-sf) 6 (YTD 15)
Pomegranate Soup, by Marsha Mehran
Black and Blue, by Ian Rankin
Wandering Star, by J.M.G. Le Clézio
Moby-dick, or, the Whale, by Herman Melville
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

SF (non-Who) 5 (YTD 23)
Witch Week, by Diana Wynne Jones
Forbidden Acts, ed. Nancy A. Collins and Edward E. Kramer
Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code, by Eoin Colfer
A Different Kingdom, by Paul Kearney

Doctor Who etc fiction 8 (YTD 17, 19 counting comics and non-fiction)
Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark, by Andrew Hunt
War of the Daleks, by John Peel
Doctor Who Annual 1969
Decalog 4: Re:Generations, ed. Andy Lane and Justin Richards
Forever Autumn, by Mark Morris
Dead Air, by James Goss
Ten Little Aliens, by Stephen Cole
The Last Voyage, by Dan Abnett

Page count ~8,000 (YTD ~22,400) including a notional 100 for Dead Air and 200 for The Last Voyage.
5/25 (YTD 16/73) by women (Jones, Collins, Mehran, Montgomery, Picoult)
2/25 (YTD 7/73) by PoC (Mehran, Obama)

The title of the anthology co-edited by Ed Kramer is grimly appropriate, though I did not realise it at the time.

Top book for the month is Barack Obama's autobiography, which you can get here, though I always enjoy returning to Moby-dick, which you can get here. Some real clunkers this month too, however, of which the most disappointing was the lazy Doctor Who guide Timeless Adventures, probably the worst reference book on Who that I have read; still, you can get it here.

Tags: bookblog 2010, bookblog nostalgia
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