135. Books Bought & Read, December 2014…

14 Jan
135. Books Bought & Read, December 2014…

Twenty-four books bought, nineteen read. My piles will never go down at this rate…

(And in case you’re wondering, yes, I am counting the early 17th century Portuguese classic ‘Peregrinação‘ as ten different books, since: a) each volume is massive, and b) it’s my blog, whilst also acknowledging that I will almost certainly never get around to reading this gorgeous collection.)



(And I am also counting the cute, colourful kids’ adaptations of Portuguese classic novels and poems as fourteen books, even though they only took me a few hours to read them. See above.)


I have my reasons, (OK, OK, excuses: you say potato, I say butternut squash), for not reading more ‘real‘ books. Firstly, the first ‘real’ book I finished was about a thousand pages long, the surprisingly good Anne Rice novel which was gifted to me, began with some trepidation, but finished with pleasure, (although towards the middle there was a little too much focus on interior design for my liking, and not enough myth and darkness, which had been the staple for the majority of this history of witches).

The other is that, as pointed out last blog, I was rather busy launching my first book and didn’t have much time to spend reading, (although the sharp-witted amongst you will point out that I still managed to find time to purchase a couple of dozen books).

Since I am writing this a few weeks into January, I can tell you that I bought some crackers last month, and have already read half a dozen of them, but you will have to wait until next month what I think about lonely long distance running, or what the rule of law means. But I can tell you that I was glad to finally find and read the classic tale of a woman’s love affair with a book-shop,’84 Charing Cross Road,’ which will be featured in its own blog entry shortly. 


Goodbye, 2014! Hello 2015! And a book-filled, literary year to you all!


Books Bought, December 2014

Blandings Castle,’ P.G.Wodehouse

A Minha Primeira Amália,’ (‘My First Amália’), Maria Do Rosário Pedreira & João Fazenda

Peregrinação,’ x10 volumes, Fernão Mendes Pinto

Mensagem,’ Fernando Pessoa

Antología Poética,’ (‘Poetry Anthology’), Fererico García Lorca

Histórias Falsas,’ Gonçalo.M.Tavares

Novas Poesias Inéditas,’ Fernando Pessoa

84 Charing Cross Road,’ Helene Hanff

Ode Marítima,’ Fernando Pessoa

The Rule Of Law,’ Tom Bingham

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner,’ Alan Sillitoe

Bounce: how champions are made,’ Matthew Syed

Scoop: what your stuff says about you,’ Sam Gosling

Absolutely, Jeeves,’ P.G.Wodehouse

Territorial Rights,’ Muriel Spark


Books Read, December 2014

The Witching Hour,’ Anne Rice

A Volta Do Día Em 80 Mundos,’ (‘Around The Day In 80 Worlds’), Julio Cortázar

84 Charing Cross Road,’ Helene Hanff  borges

Try Rebooting Yourself,’ Scott Adams

Shark And Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure,’ Viviane Schwarz & Joel Stewart

Millennium/Sol series: Classics Of Portuguese Literature, adapted for children:

-‘Os Maias,’ Eça de Quieroz

-‘Auto Da Barca Do Inferno,’ Gil Vicente

-‘Mensagem,’ Fernando Pessoa

-‘O Bobo,’ Alexandre Herculano

-‘As Pupilas Do Senhor Reitor,’ Júlio Dinis

-‘Amor De Perdição,’ Camilo Castelo Branco

-‘O Banquiero Anarquista,’ Fernando Pessoa

-‘A Queda De Um Anjo,’ Camilo Casteo Branco

-‘A Cidade E As Serras,’ Eça de Queiroz

-‘Sermão De Santo António Aos Peixes,’ Padre António Vieira

-‘Viagens Na Minha Terra,’ Almeida Garrett

-‘A Morgadinha Dos Canaviais,’ Júlio Dinis

-‘A Relíquia,’ Eça de Queiroz

-‘Os Fidalgos Da Casa Mourisca,’ Júlio Dinis

51ZdqIUAJEL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ 1668934 220px-TheWitchingHourCover Prod662 cover-84-charing-cross-road Kit Quasi, Sol, Expresso


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2 responses to “135. Books Bought & Read, December 2014…

  1. Ronan McNamee

    January 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I honestly imagined you purchasing and attempting to read a few Cream Crackers. Funny if inaccurate image…

    • doronklemer

      January 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Is it terribly non-PC of me to reply to that comment by saying that I don’t read braille?…


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