Only A Novel

An interlude

Posted in Books, Reading, Thoughts by onlyanovel on August 16, 2009

Hi. Once again, there has been a long lull in my blog posts here. Not that most should notice, it’s just that pointing out my absence is an easy way to re-introduce myself on my blog. Since this is a book blog, I am pleased to report that the creator of this blog, who has a short attention span which is susceptible to the temptation of bite-size lifestreams, has still managed to cling to books. Writing about what I have read is another story. As it is, the writing will probably not catch up with the reading, so instead I list below most of my recent reads. I shall, however, still endeavor to write even short paragraphs for those books in the list which left more than a passing impression on me, and longer ones for those which really got to me.

I should note that, apart from everything else, I find that the greatest threat to my reading time is Web 2.0. Being the geek that I am, it has been a big distraction. Of course, thanks to RSS feeds, there is also a lot of reading that goes on there. A lot of it is transient information, which combine to form a constant hiss of white noise. They are shiny objects, though, and before I know it, when I look up from examining them, I am wondering what has happened to my time.

Be well, dear readers, and should the internet not eat me, I will hopefully be here again soon.

Novels and novellas:
* Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
* Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
* The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
* Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
* The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
* Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
* An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym
* The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
* Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
* Bittersweet by Nevada Barr
* The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
* Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

Short stories:
* The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
* The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
* The Christmas Banquet by Nathaniel Hawthorne

* The Complete Poems and Plays of T. S. Eliot (I have not read all in the collection, but have already enjoyed reading many)


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  1. missra said, on August 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I loved Frankenstein! I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

  2. onlyanovel said, on August 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    missra, thanks for the comment. I plan to write a blog entry for Frankenstein but, in short, I was amazed with it. I was amazed because of the thoughts and ideas that Shelley put forward and which I found myself reflecting on since those thoughts and ideas are surprisingly relevant to me. I had many “OMG” moments as I was reading it. I will no doubt find even more in it when I reread it. Yes, I loved it, too.

  3. adevotedreader said, on August 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Good to see you blogging again.

    RSS feeds are amazing in how much time they can absorb without you noticing. I find it hard to balance reading books and blogs and writing about my reading. The later invariably falls by the wayside!

  4. onlyanovel said, on August 16, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    adevotedreader, hi! If it’s good to see me blogging again, I dare say it’s even better for me to read a comment from a fellow reader, especially since your RSS feed (to which I am subscribed) has also been quiet. But I will think warmly that your writing time is being usurped by the worthy activity of reading. 🙂

  5. Arti said, on September 1, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Glad to have you back in the blogosphere. It’s been a while. I’m glad you’re still reading, and look forward to your writing. I’ve recently read an excellent book, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which I think is quite unique, accessible philosophy.

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