My virtual bookshelf
Just Kids – Patti Smith (11/12/13 – 29/12/13)
Inter Rail – Alessandro Gallenzi (30/11/13 – 2/12/13)
SMiLE: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece – Domenic Priore (27/10/13 – 2/11/13)
A well written tale whose enthusiasm carries you along with just the right amount of historical context.
Moonlight Mile – Dennis Lehene (26/10/13 – 27/10/13)
Alice In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (10/10/13 – 17/11/13)
The Japanese Wife – Kunal Basu (19/10/13 – 30/11/13)
One Night @ The Call Centre – Chetan Bhagat (12/10/13 – 17/10/13)
The Long Fall – Walter Mosley (4/10/13 – 12/10/13)
It’s So Easy (and other lies) – Duff Mckagan (28/9/13 – 3/10/13)
Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne (23/9/13 – 7/10/13)
Very enjoyable, even when you know not only how it’s going end but most of what will take place before it does so
Virago is 40: A Celebrations – Various (1/9/13 – 22/9/13)
Rip It Up and Start Again – Simon Reynolds (29/8/13 –
The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel Of Fevers, Delirium And Discovery – Amitav Ghosh (27/8/13 – 19/9/13)
Like swimming through treacle, it’s only saving grace was the descriptions of Kolkata
The White Stripes: 21st Century Blues – Dick Porter (17/8/13 – 28/8/13)
Poems – Langston Hughes (17/8/13 – 11/12/13)
The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides (16/8/13 – 26/8/13)
The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larssen (13/8/13 – 15/8/13)
Between The Assassinations – Aravind Ardiga (5/8/13 – 12/8/13)
Breaking Into Heaven: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of the Stone Roses – Mick Middles (2/8/13 – 5/8/13)
A frustratingly partial and badly written book about a great band. It lacks any meaningful attempt to place The Stone Roses in a musical context that doesn’t originate from Manchester, and even then does barely enough to get by.
Known To Evil – Walter Mosley (29/7/13 – 1/8/13)
The Good Muslim – Tahmima Anam (25/7/13 – 28/7/13)
Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed – Dave Thompson (20/7/13 – 24/7/13)
Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story – Various (11/7/13 – 19/7/13)
Ladysmith – Giles Foden (20/6/13 – 26/6/13)
Slowly Down the Ganges – Eric Newby (20/5/13 – 11/7/13)
J Pod – Douglas Coupland (8/5/13 – 19/5/13)
Not the best Coupland book I’ve read, but by no means a disaster. Even the increasingly heavily self-referential (Brett Eastern Ellis-ian, perhaps) touches didn’t grate as much as they should have. The sort of book-author combination that makes me look forward to reading all those other books of his that I’ve yet to get.
Heart Songs – Annie Proulx (14/4/13 – 7/5/13)
Sometimes all you need are well-written, smartly-crafted and captivating stories that linger well after you close the book for the final time. Nothing more, nothing less.
Charles Bukowski: Locked In The Arms Of A Crazy Life – Howard Sounes (31/3/13 – 10/4/13)
I got such a sense of deju from this, having read so much of his poetry, short stories and novels, but it’s such an well-researched and easy to read book that it filled in many gaps and sorted much fact from fiction in the way Bukowski presented his life.
To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (27/2/12 – 24/5/13)
Regardless of the fact that I read this on the Kindle app on my phone, if I’d actually liked it I wouldn’t have taken nearly three months to finish it. Nevertheless, from a technical standpoint it was dazzling, despite the difficulty in becoming attuned to the author’s style.
Brown’s Requiem – James Ellroy (25/1/13 – 26/1/13)
Ellroy’s debut betrays, as he notes in the introduction to the 1990s edition I read, his debt to Raymond Chandler. Nevertheless the story crackles along at a fair pace and puts an interesting ’80s spin on the classic LA noir clothes he wears.
Aesop’s Fables (17/1/12 – 31/1/13)
My first e-book and just the type of book I can imagine reading on my phone – ones I want to read, or feel i ought to, but won’t read again or want to keep for posterity
The Sea is My Brother – Jack Kerouac (2/1/12 – 7/4/13)
I’ve read quite a bit of Kerouac and love books like On The Road, Dharma Bums, Lonesome Traveller, but this, perhaps like much ‘juvenilia’, is of mainly academic interest with much of it devoted not to the previously unpublished novel but to a lengthy selection of correspondence. Ultimately it wouldn’t have taken four months to read if I’d been really taken by it
Bollywood Roulette – Rajul Bajaj (28/12/12 – 2/1/13)
Badly written excuse for a pot-boiler, if it were a Bollywood film it would not even make it as a ‘time-pass’ movie (2/5)
Teach Yourself Bengali – DF Hudson (18/10/12 –