This post nearly got away from me.
It would seem that I read all of three books this month which is at least two more than I can remember. Short story collections by certain authors always hold such a powerful allure over me but it seems no matter when I get around to reading them that they always go by slowly with no regard to quality. 'The Matter of Seggri' from The Birthday of the World and other Stories by Ursula K Le Guin was certainly the best thing I read in October. Werewolves in Their Youth by Michael Chabon and Fevre Dream by George Martin were both very good as well.
How do you like those three for reading variety?
I'm halfway through John Siddique's book of poetry Full Blood but other than that I've no idea what else I'll get through this month.
The National Book of the year award is going to be given out in a few days and while I usually read at least one from the list every read in a vain effort to keep a finger on the pulse of contemporary fiction it ain't gonna happen this year. Tenth of December by George Saunders and Far Far Away by Tom McNeil were the two that caught my eye from the list. I'll get to them eventually. Of the others listed I've heard of Two Boys Kissing if only because I'm familiar with David Levithan so I'll probably get to it some time too.
In other 'book prize' news, I may also check out The Testament of Mary if only because it's so short and the premise is unique to say the least. I've tried Toibin before and he wasn't for me, but I'm willing to give anyone a second shot.
I'm sure there is much more going on but I can't recall it now. More later.