2 November 2021

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

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