Kerry (avatiakh) and her books in 2014 #4
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Bahaus in Tel Aviv
I wasn't going to bother with a new thread but decided that it would be easier to load without all the past few months worth of images -
Jerusalem: a biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore - iPod audio
Shop in Neve Tzedek neighbourhood in Tel Aviv
The link to my 2014 Category Challenge:
I consider a category finished when I've read 10 or more books
In the meantime I was able to borrow the e-book of Michel Faber's latest, The book of Strange New Things through my library's Borrowbox which is an Australian digital provider run by audio publisher Bolinda. I had checked the library's Overdrive and they didn't have any Faber books so I was delighted to find my sleuthing around the library's digital content reward me with Faber's book. I have found a few gems on Borrowbox including the audio of Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
I'll be travelling with 'just a few books' and mainly reading on my iPad and kindle so e-books from the library suddenly look far more attractive propsitions.
I'll have a few hours in Hong Kong, then 4 days in Tel Aviv before heading on to Spain (again, I love this place) before heading back to Israel in mid January for a couple of weeks and then back home via a stopover in Hong Kong. Travelling this time with my youngest two and hope to see my London-based daughter if she comes to Spain for a weekend.
While the friend we are staying with in Tel Aviv is not into social media, internet etc I will have to rely on cafe wifi and the city's free wifi hot spots so I won't be online too much. In Spain I plan to keep undating my reading but won't stray much past my own thread as I'll be quite busy.
Physical books I'm looking at taking though this list will probably contract as I'm taking a smaller suitcase than last trip and haven't packed my clothes as yet:
The Ruby in Her Navel - Barry Unsworth - shared TIOLI read
The girl with all the gifts - M.R. Carey
Fatherland - Robert Harris
Le Chien Couchant (Salad Days) - Francoise Sagan - TIOLI novella
The History of Love - Nicole Kraus (my Orange Jan read)
Let the river stand - Vincent O'Sullivan - NZ fiction with Spanish Civil War component
The Vanishing - Tim Krabbé - thriller novella
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North
Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
Troubles by J.G.Farrell
The Dangerous Summer by Ernest Hemingway
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
The Man of Feeling by Javier Marias - novella
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Barton de Trevino - children's fiction
Holy Smoke - Tonino Benacquista
plus a few crime novels set in Spain
Or the bull kills you - Valencia
The Angst-Ridden Executive- Barcelona
The Maze of Cadiz
Death in Seville
Most of these are quite slim volumes, but I have so many excellent books available in the digital format.
I have an 11.5 hour flight, an 8 hour layover and then a 12.5 hr flight to begin with so there's some good reading time in there somewhere I hope.
140) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (2013)
Bleak but stunning fictionalised account of condemned woman, Agnes Magnúsdóttir's last months. The book is set in 19th century rural Iceland and Magnúsdóttir is sent to live with a farming family and to be visited by a local priest who must prepare her for her public execution. Kent brings these hardy rural Icelandic characters vividly to life as we find out more and more about the circumstances of the crime, Agnes's bitter life and the growing compassion of the family who must share their home with her. The narration by Morven Christie is just wonderful
My next audiobook will probably be Jerusalem: a biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore.
The Ransom of Dond sounds exactly like my kind of read and I had the Bog Child already for some time on my WL.
Burial Rites is still sitting on my TBR and I see you are reading The Girl with All the Gifts I read this not long ago and really enjoyed this book greatly.
Siobhan Dowd's books are very good, The Ransom of Dond is really just a folktale, so would suggest you try to find it at the library.
I'm looking forward to The girl with all the gifts, it's a large book but I'm taking it on the trip with me regardless. I'll stuff it into my son's bag when he's not looking.
I've been trying to talk one of my sons (I have 3 living at home still) into getting his hair cut for ages, it was getting really long and tonight he said ok, but only if I cut it. I'm completely untrained and have done badly at this before. So now he has a shorter rather haphazard haircut and is wearing his hoodie up and will be at the barber's shop first thing in the morning!
Have a wonderful trip: it sounds amazing! Good luck with fitting in some clothes around your books. ;-)
Seems like a lot of physical books to be carrying around all over the place, but you know best of course. I used to travel with so many books and magazines, but then last time I boarded a plane was seven years ago, which seems unbelievable since I was such a big traveller, hard to fathom how I completely stopped since and now can't seem to get started again, but that was before I'd discovered audio or eBooks, so I have no idea how I'd go about it now.
>12 labfs39: Hi Lisa - I had thought about just letting my old thread continue as I wont be posting much but it started taking a while to load so a new thread was welcome for me too. Great to see you again.
>13 Smiler69: Hi Ilana - I'm pleased that you're enjoying the Unsworth. I'll be picking it up next week sometime. I've read Morality Play and Land of Marvels. The others of his that look enticing are The Song of the Kings and Stone Virgin. Sacred Hunger is a chunkster so doesn't so much appeal.
That does seem like a lot of books but almost all are chosen by weight and while I say that I'll read digital books the lure of taking a pile of paperbacks away with me and turfing them once read is quite irresistible. The three heavier books are ones I really would like to read on the trip and none of them are available as e-books from the library. The other good thing about taking a pile of books away is that my suitcase becomes more and more roomy as the trip continues (in theory at least).
So last night I started reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.
Yesterday I went into central Auckland and visited my favourite inner city used bookstore, Jasons, coming away with two books -
Strandloper by Alan Garner - very happy to get this, about a convict to Australia who escapes and lives as an aborigine for 30 years.
The King of the Fields by Isaac Bashevis Singer - a fable on the founding of Poland
Annoyed about my audio of Jerusalem: the biography as the book petered out after 2 chapters so I'll have to re-download it. It's annoying as the audible downloads play up with my wifi connection somehow so it will be a slog getting another copy. In the meantime I've started Carol by Patricia Highsmith and enjoying that.
Great picks all considered to accompany you on your journey - Cider with Rosie is one of my absolute favourite books and I also really like the late Barry Unsworth.
Your Auckland purchases also intrigue. I haven't read that Garner or the Singer you picked up but I really feel that I ought.
Have a lovely weekend, my dear.
141) The Middle East : a brief history of the last 2,000 years by Bernard Lewis (1995)
Ok, this one took me a while to get through and on finishing it I've also completed my category challenge so double celebrations here. The book was a bit stuffy in the middle patches and I kept putting it aside for other reads. I didn't think i'd have time to finish it before my trip but the stuff up I had with my Jerusalem audiobook (now fixed thank goodness) and the arrival at the final part which was much more interesting really helped.
The book is divided into 5 parts:
2) Before Christianity & Before Islam
3) The Dawn & Noon of Islam
These first three were really interesting but it was part 4 that was equally interesting but also stuffy
4) The State / The Economy / The Elites / The Commonality / Religion and Law / Culture
5) The Challenge of Modernity
The book ends in the mid 1990s so there has been a fair bit left out, but this book provides the reader with a sweeping overview of how the Middle East came to be as it is today. This year I also read Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present which is a good companion to this one.
Now I'll read some nonfiction and get back to my audiobook on Jerusalem in a couple of days.
I also love discarding books and magazines as I travel.... very satisfying indeed.
Too bad the history of the ME was so stuffy.
I'm struggling to read Kelly Gardiner's Goddess, it just doesn't feel solid enough. I know she did lots of research for it so will continue to struggle through. I flipped over (kindle reading makes this easy) to Paul Cleave's The Cleaner while flying yesterday and that was a very good move. i would have finished it except I was too tired last night and crashed at around 7pm.
So since I was last here I've travelled half way round the world and my progress reading wise -
The Vanishing by Tim Krabbe - such a quick read that I had finished before boarding my first flight.
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith - on audio
The ruby in her navel by Barry Unsworth
The book of strange new things by Michel Faber
I'm well into the Claire North book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and slowly reading Tel Aviv Noir.
I just found our National library has Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories on audio, which has The Price of Salt as well as Strangers on a Train on it, the latter had been on my wishlist for a long time, so I'll make sure to get my hands on it that way I'll get both novels, plus a bunch of short stories.
Hope you're enjoying your trip!
I recently read this one and really enjoyed it, glad you did too!
Love to see your book planning took precedence over your clothes-planning :) Happy travels!
Thanks for visiting and, yes, we have been very busy. We've just had 4 great days in Seville and now returned to the coast near Estepona for 10 or so days before we go on a jaunt around more of Spain for a couple of weeks.
Had lunch here today, Setenil de las Bodegas in Andalucia. We were really keen to go here as not only is it a scenic little cave town, it is the exact antipodal match to our home city, Auckland, New Zealand.
142) The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith - audio
143) The Ruby in her navel by Barry Unsworth (historical)
144) The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (scifi with questions of faith)
145) The Vanishing by Tim Krabbe (crime)
146) The cleaner by Paul Cleave (crime)
147) The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North (scifi -y)
148) Fatherland by Robert Harris (alternate history/crime)
149) Goddess by Kelly Gardiner (YA)
150) Le Chien Couchant by Francoise Sagan (France)
151) The Girl with all the gifts by M.R. Carey (zombie dystopian)
152) Tel Aviv Noir by various (Israel)
153) The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron (Israel)
154) A single light by Maia Wojciechowska (junior fiction)
155) The city and the mountains by Eca de Queiroz (Portugal)
156) Death in Seville by David Hewson (crime)
157) Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher (crime)
I'm now reading The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway (dystopian)
The Maze of Cadiz by Aly Monroe (crime)
The Man of Feeling by Javier Marías (Spain)
Red Shadow by Paul Dowswell (YA)
and listening to Jerusalem: a biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
I've enjoyed all my reads, I finished Death in Seville in Seville! We visited the bullring there on Thursday and a couple of days later I was reading an extremely gruesome murder scene taking place in the bullring. I thought some of what happened to the main character (a woman) in the closing scenes was perhaps a little too much.
The Gavron novel was a great read, I didn't like any of the characters but loved how they all interacted together.
The girl with all the gifts ended up being a little more 'zombie' than I expected from the first chapter but was a good dystopian read.
Fatherland was more crime than alternate history in the end, highly enjoyable.
The Price of Salt or 'Carol' was one of Highsmith's first novels but originally published under a pseudonym. I enjoyed it, the novel explores a young woman's relationship with an older woman, Carol, who is a customer at the department store that Therese works at. According to wikipedia it is one of the first lesbian novels to have a happy ending.
The Ruby in the Navel by Unsworth was a pure delight, see Ilana's review for more
The Book of Strange New Things - I loved this and suggest you check out jnwelch's review - http://www.librarything.com/topic/183280#4931068
The Vanishing by Tim Krabbe is a quick, quite creepy read.
The first fifteen lives of Harry August - others probably liked this more than I did, still quite a satisfying read
Kelly Gardiner's 'Goddess' is a first-person narrated historical fiction 'based on the life of the remarkable Julie d’Aubigny, known as Mademoiselle de Maupin – swordswoman, opera singer, occasional nun and seventeenth century superstar.'
Le Chien Couchant is a novella by Francoise Sagan and was an entertaining read with a sad but inevitable ending. The characters were a little unusual but so well written.
Tel Aviv Noir is one of the Noir City series and I enjoyed most of the stories.
A single light by Maia Wojciechowska is a children's story set in an Andalucian village, about a deaf dumb girl who grows up completely shunned by all and sundry. Quick read and quite soulful. There were some parallels with Joy Cowley's The Silent One.
The city and the mountains was a delightful read and I'll definitely read more by de Queiroz. Do check out his books.
Bitter Wash Road is a police procedure novel set in South Australia that I found hard to put down.
158) Tita by Marie Houzelle - probably YA fiction even though the main character is only seven years old. I'll write a review in the next few days
160) The Maze of Cadiz by Aly Monroe - the first in the Peter Cotton series. I felt this was a bit of a slow burner, ok sort of read that stepped up at the very end. Depiction of 1940s Cadiz was great.
Hope those travels are going well in between the reading
I don't think I've read a single book on your recent list - I have read Highsmith and I intend to read Unsworth!
More photos pls!
>36 nittnut: Thanks
>37 msf59: Mark, I've been enjoying it though haven't picked it up for a few days. I'm reading it on the iPad which is not my preferred reading device. Anyway it's quite different from most stories I've read of late which is good. Just need to finish a stuffy novella so I can get back to it.
>39 avatiakh: Lucy - it's winter here in Spain too, though we are in the warmer south at present. We had a fairly miserable day in Jerez today. We walked all through the old centre, most of which is a neglected gypsy barrio, with occasional plazas and churches. It looked like it would rain the whole time and finally poured down as we had lunch, outside under sun umbrellas. Most bars are tiny, all full, so no choice really if you want to eat, you have to sit outside. The highlight apart from the tapas were the young women at the next table who kept breaking out into flamenco style singing.
I am utterly impressed by the amount of reading you managed whilst travelling. I think I managed ONE book on our 4 week holiday in Eastern Europe this summer.
We went to Latvia, Lithuania and Poland into the foot steps of WWI, WWII and the remnants of Communism. By the end of each day I was physically and mentally so exhausted that I even didn't manage to read.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels.
162) Red Shadow by Paul Dowswell - YA set in 1940s Moscow just as the Germans break their treaty with Russia and invade.
163) Or the bull kills you by Jason Webster - Max Camera#1 - I really enjoyed this police procedural set in Valencia and I learnt a lot about bullfighting customs and ancient origins as well - very interesting.
Still making my way slowly through The Gone-away world and also reading a YA about a youth with tourette syndrome, 'When Mr dog bites and also started another Montalban, The angst-ridden executive
Kerry, so glad that we got to continue getting to know each other this year. Your travel pictures and reading lists always fascinate me. I'm so grateful to have you in my life.
Happy Holidays to you and your family, Kerry! I look forward to more of reports and photos from Spain.
165) The angst-ridden executive by Manuel Vazquez Montalban - #3 Pepe Carvalho - interesting crime fiction set in Barcelona
166) Holy Smoke by Tonino Benacquista - enjoying his books, sort of crime/mystery set in Paris and a rural town near Naples. Will keep reading his books.
167) When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan - YA about a tourette syndrome sufferer, teen angst with a twist.
Thanks for all the Christmas, New Year greetings.
I've been without internet for a week and now we are busy every day on our road trip around north and central Spain. I'll set up my new 2015 thread next week, when the pace slows up. I'll also have time to upload some photos which I'll add to my new thread.
I have lurked on a few threads but don't really have time to post at present.
Happy new year from Wellington. Sounds like you're having a fantastic time in Spain (and getting lots read) and I'm looking forward to the photos.