November Book Log

December 16, 2015

I completely forgot to post this when November ended. Whoops. Here it is, super-quick.

  1. The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie (4/5) – I’ve read a couple of volumes of Jamie poetry via Cate’s recommendation. This was my favorite so far. My only issue, really, is that I find her uneven. One poem will blow me away while the next leaves me unmoved. Still, very worth reading for the good bits.
  2. Slade House by David Mitchell (4/5) – The Bone Clocks was one of my very favorite books of 2014. This is a bit like the unreleased bonus tracks to that book. It’s good. Dark, compelling, sad. But it’s not as cohesive¬†as the book it extends from.
  3. One the Eve by Ivan Turgenev (4.5/5) – Turgenev. I’ve read two of his books now. I’m probably going to have to go read all of them now. He seems to have a nearly perfect grasp of the complexities of love and the pain that can ensue because of it.
  4. The First Four Books of Poems by Louise Gluck (5/5) – I don’t even know what to say about Louise Gluck except that I can’t believe I hadn’t read her before this year. She is now one of my favorite poets and this volume is spectacular and perfect.
  5. Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck (4/5) – This is less-perfect Louise Gluck, but only marginally so. There are some prose poems here that are among the best I’ve ever read.
  6. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (5/5) – Taught this book to my AP class. I hadn’t read it in years. It still holds up, though, as is often the case, older Jason relates to the characters much differently. A good exercise in empathy.
  7. When We Leave Each Other by Henrik Nordbrandt (4.5/5) – I’ve been reading a ton of poetry lately. There are a small handful in this volume that are not great. The rest are wonderful, perfect articulations of longing.