Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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What's really important, though, is that I made apple crumble today.

I'm intrigued at the way my reading habits have evolved over the past few years. I used to be an avid re-reader. I own books whose re-read counts approach or surpass double digits, most of which are fiction (either novels or collections of short stories). I would also rarely fail to finish a book, even if I hated it.

Now, however, I read a good deal more non-fiction that isn't just science articles. I'm also very choosy about the fiction I read. If something fails to grip me, it goes to the charity shop without any sense of guilt or agonizing over my inability to appreciate it.

Below the cut are the books I've read since I started commuting from Cambridge to London at the end of July. Not a single one is a re-read.


  1. Marilynne Robinson Housekeeping, fiction
  2. Mitchio Kaku Physics of the Impossible, popular science
  3. Margaret Atwood Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, non-fiction
  4. Mark Kurlansky Nonviolence, non-fiction
  5. Anne Brontë The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, fiction
  6. W. Somerset Maugham Ah King, fictional short stories
  7. Hanif Kureishi Midnight All Day, fictional short stories
  8. Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front, fiction
  9. David Low Dodge War Inconsistent with the Religion of Jesus Christ, non-fiction, referenced by 4
  10. Anne Brontë Agnes Grey, fiction
  11. Orhan Pamuk My Name is Red, Nobel fiction
  12. Orhan Pamuk Istanbul, autobiographical
  13. Edith Wharton The House of Mirth, fiction
  14. Mary Elizabeth Braddon Lady Audley's Secret, fiction
  15. Jane Austen Northanger Abbey, fiction
  16. Richard Matheson Button, Button, fictional short stories
  17. Jane Austen & Ben H. Winters Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, fan fiction
  18. Ben Goldacre Bad Science, popular science
  19. J. M. Coetze Disgrace, Nobel fiction
  20. Gerald Durrell The Stationary Ark, non-fiction
  21. C. P. Snow A Coat of Varnish, fiction
  22. Simon Singh Fermat's Last Theorem, popular maths
  23. Georgina Ferry Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life, biography
  24. Saul Bellow Herzog, Nobel fiction
  25. Muriel Barberry The Elegance of the Hedgehog, fiction



I could probably have gotten through more if I didn't mix in the New Scientist, the Economist and the more than occasional guilty indulgence in sudoku & crosswords. However, I think my Christmas present to myself might be a re-reading of the David Eddings series The Belgariad, which I adored when I was twelve but hardly qualifies as Nobel-prize winning literature.
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