Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

June 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.

My one trip in June 2010 was to a Salzburg Seminar conference in Klingenberg, near Strasbourg in Alsace. Pictures are here; this is the best one of me (getting an interrogative look from Anwar Akhtar).

Edited to add: Oh yeah, this month saw the first Belgian election in which I voted after becoming a citizen. I voted Green for the lower house and Trotskyist for the Senate.

This was also the month of the Bloody Sunday report, back in the days when there was a British prime minister who thought that shooting civilians is sometimes wrong.

On a happier note, the World Cup kicked off and I ran a series of polls on my LJ asking people to predict who would win; and also did some hypothetical number-crunching.

non-fiction 5 (YTD 30)
Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places, by Paul Collier
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, by Kathryn Harrison
This Is Me, Jack Vance (Or, More Properly, This Is 'I'), by Jack Vance
The Provinces of the Roman Empire, by Theodor Mommsen
The Bloody Sunday Report, Volume I

non-genre 2 (YTD 25)
The Portadown News, by Newton Emerson
Twilight Whispers, by Barbara Delinsky

sf 5 (YTD 45)
Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd Century America, by Robert Charles Wilson
The God Engines, by John Scalzi
Mother of Plenty, by Colin Greenland
Lud-In-The-Mist, by Hope Mirrlees

Doctor Who 4 (YTD 32, 36 counting comics and non-fiction)
Option Lock, by Justin Richards
The Time Travellers, by Simon Guerrier
Wetworld, by Mark Michalowski
Doctor Who Annual 1971

comics 3 (YTD 7)
Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm, by Kaja and Phil Foglio
The Betrothal of Sontar, edited by Clayton Hickman
Schlock Mercenary: Longshoreman of the Apocalypse, by Howard Tayler

~5,800 pages (YTD 42,900)
5/19 (YTD 34/144) by women (Harrison, Delinsky, Valente, Mirrlees, Foglio)
0/19 (YTD 11/144) by PoC (as far as I know)

The best of these was the first volume of the Bloody Sunday Report, but I'll save analysis of that for a later month. Other very good books were Lud-in-the-mist, by Hope Mirrlees, which you can get here; Palimpsest, by Catherynne Valente, which you can get here (it got my Hugo vote); and Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places, by Paul Collier, which you can get here. I thoroughly bounced off Mother of Plenty, by Colin Greenland; you can get it here.

Tags: bookblog 2010, bookblog nostalgia

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