Books Read October 2018

This month’s books read pile looks rather modest, but the picture is misleading, as I did in fact read 3 more in preparation for #germanlitmonth.  They’ll get their photo opportunity in next month’s wrap-up.

The tone was set for October with the inaugural NYRB classics fortnight (to be repeated next year, if there’s enough interest.) That was followed by the 1944 club with some classic crime making up the rest of my October blogging.  I also took advantage of one of the milder days of what has become a very chilly autumn to enjoy a Muriel Spark literary tour in Edinburgh.

Which makes for a particularly satisfying classic month of reading and blogging.  Just the ticket when the nights are drawing in.

Books reviewed
Wish Her Safe at Home – Stephen Benetar ***** (Book of the Month)
The Case of the Gilded Fly – Edmund Crispin *** 1/2
Vanish In An Instant – Margaret Millar ****
The Mangan Inheritance – Brian Moore *** 1/2
The Portable Dorothy Parker (Reread) *****
Transit – Anna Seghers ****
Stoner – John Williams ****

Spark 100: Loitering with Intent on the Royal Mile

The Great TBR Declutter
I fell off the wagon this month.  I was already a bit disgruntled at the end of September, and subconsciously I must have decided that the fight against the TBR was pointless.  I bought way more than I should have done in October. Though some purchases were a necessity.  Doctors are insisting on a change of diet and so the kitchen shelf needed to be supplemented with a number of gluten-free cookbooks.  (Other purchases were a kind of consolation.) Which leaves me where? Looking at the figures, the only way to hit my target now is for a complete book buying ban.  With German Literature Month just around the corner, who am I kidding?

Declutter target for 2018 is X-60 where X is number of books owned on 31.12.2017.
TBR 30.09 = X-15
Total read = 9 (8 physical and 1 e-book)
TBR 30.09 = X-15 + 19 purchases + 9 review copies – 8 physical reads – 33 TBR culled  = X-28