November has been a slow month in reading. I’ve started a new job, have had constant family gatherings, and best of all, our Eid also took place this month (a three day holiday). It was a busy busy busy month and I didn’t get a lot of reading done.

Books I read this month:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
Moods by Louisa May Alcott
Kidnapped by Robert Stevenson

Agatha Christie re-reads:

At Bertram’s Hotel
A Pocket Full of Rye
Evil Under the Sun
The Moving Finger

I hope to make it all up next month with a nice new bag of books I bought a couple of days ago. Some I’ve reserved for My Blind Date with a Book feature, and others on a comparison I want to make between books and their movies. 

The Princess by D. H. Lawrence
Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost
The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
The Clocks by Agatha Christie
Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Currently, I am reading The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. An unusual book for me – a new genre which I’ve never read before. I’ll have to read more before I can give an opinion on him (I’m also in the middle of What We Say Goes, interviews of Noam Chomsky. I find it very interesting so far! Again, I can’t give an opinion till I read much much more on this subject.)

Books I read in October:

Murder on the Orient Express

The Lord of the Rings
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Mysterious Mr. Quin

This month hasn’t been really productive reading wise (although The Lord of the Rings does count for more than one novel!!), but I have added quite a few pages to my blog!

My trip to the bookshop for November was mostly about re-reading and reading books I’ve seen movies of. With that in mind I bought The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis (although I couldn’t find the first of the series.) and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. After the South Pacific Book Chat on Gothic Literature, I was inspired to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley so I bought that as well (Belle from Belle’s Bookshelf got me interested in it)! That’s going to be my reading for next month (along with a few others I’ll pick up next time).

So, it’s the last day of September and I still haven’t finished Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton. Well, the day, if not young, isn’t quite dead and I can squeeze in a couple of reading hours yet. This month started out being a “re-read Agatha Christie” month, but turned into a semi-mystery month. I’ve read a mystery thriller by Henry James and am currently reading detective fiction Father Brown besides the 7 Agatha Christies I’ve re-read. Overall, this is my most productive reading month in a long time!

What I’ve been reading:

The Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Aspern Papers by Henry James
The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer

Agatha Christie re-reads this month:

The Pale Horse
The Sittaford Mystery
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Death Comes as the End
The Mirror Crack’d
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?
Poirot’s Early Cases

and hopefully, Father Brown by the end of the day. See y’all next month!

August Wind-Up

The year began with August for me. That’s because I had been so busy with exams since January that I had no time for reading! This month I finally started on my challenges completing the Victorian Literature Challenge hosted by Subtle Melodrama, and starting with the Historical Fiction Challenge hosted by Historical Tapestry. I’ve also started on my plans for a literature blog for the students of Masters in English Literature here in Pakistan. I intend to include the courses of Punjab University because I find it surprisingly hard to find suitable material for some of our books. Libraries are scarce and the internet, although it has a lot of great material, is not a reliable source for exams unless it’s verified.

Books I’ve read and reviewed this month:

Venetia by Georgette Heyer
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Castle Dor by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and Daphne du Maurier

I am going to have an Agatha Christie page up soon with reviews as soon as I re-read her books! I’ve read all her books and enjoyed them all. It’s time I started expanding my blog! Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy all I have planned….