November 2021 Reading List
Not a good reading month for me. I just seemed to struggle to settle into it and it was a little bit of an effort. It happens sometimes and the four short books at the end of the month reflect my approach when I find my concentration is a bit waffy.
Unusually, two fiction books are on the list this month. I’ve read all of the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly but I was a bit adrift with A Book of Bones as there is another one after that now out. It is a bit of a brick, coming in at around 200,000 words, and although it did still give me a lot of pleasure I’m not quite convinced it warranted that length. The very short and nearly perfectly formed Small Things Like These was recommended, several times, in a New Statesman ‘best of 2021’ list sits in contrast, lengthwise in any case.
Sad Little Men kicks the hell out of the boarding school system and I can’t recommend Austerity which was way too technical to be enjoyable.
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
- Sad Little Men by Richard Beard
- Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth
- A Book of Bones by John Connolly
- Write Useful Books by Rob Fitzpatrick
- Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller
- Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
- Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge