I read a fair number of books (although I don’t always write about them). Recently I engaged in a discussion about rating books on Goodreads in which we discussed how 5-star rating systems don’t work very well. What does a 3 mean for instance? I proposed simply stack ranking my reviews and winding up with a system that simply shows relative quality (according to me).
Kicking that off:
- Spinning Silver – Maybe it’s hot this summer and the snowy setting won me over but I really liked this book and couldn’t put it down.
- Circe – I knew the story of Circe only through the Odyssey. This book really brought everything to light. Seems I am reading a lot of “retellings” lately.
- The Name of the Wind – No idea where the story of Kvothe is going but it sure is well written.
- Vindolanda (1 and 2) – Romans in Britain. No idea why but I am a sucker for Romans in Britain stories. This one is about a grumpy old cavalry centurion.
- L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home – cute story of an American trying to refurbish an apartment in Paris.
- October: The Story of the Russian Revolution – the first time I enjoyed a book by China Mieville. I know he is a literary darling but his books are too grim for me. I enjoy this book as a nicely written account of the year leading up to the Russian Revolution in 1917.
- Akata Warrior – Follow up to Akata Witch which I liked a lot better. I never quite figured out what this book was about but I still liked reading about these four witches in Africa.
- Outlaw – Retelling of Robin Hood and his trusty knave Alan. Sheesh, I am really in a rut with all the retelling books.
- Mortal Heart – #3 of a trilogy and definitely my least favorite. Contrived books all around (why do such powerful female characters need a guy?) but the world/historical fiction element is lovely.
- Grey Sister – Better I think than Red Sister but still not all the way there yet. I love the idea of a dying sun and a cooling world but it feels like the book just hasn’t hit on that theme yet.
- Quillifer – fun world, decent character, clever writing
- Red Sister – decent world-building, decent characters, didn’t absolutely love it.
- Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels For A New Life In Rural France – I like books about bike touring even while I no longer want to do tours by bike. This was a lovely book, not as good as Tim Moore’s epics, but nice.
- Coyote Blue – I like the books of Christopher Moore, but this one wasn’t very good. I like the idea of Coyote but this was a disjointed mess.
- Cookham To Cannes: The South of France – Lobsters & Lunatics – Couple of Brits move to France and work as “guardians” for insane people.
- The Invisible Library – Couldn’t get through it.
- Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels For A New Life In Rural France – what a dud. Not much about France, loads and loads about not finding a love life, woe is me.
- Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French by Paul Shore | Goodreads – absolutely terrible