July seemed to be another relatively quiet month on the books side.
I feel I am getting increasingly distracted, especially by technology related matters, so don’t read as much as I used. I guess I am looking for an ideal reading chair, with good lighting, and I still haven’t really found that yet. The search is definitely on.
So I completed five books during the month: four fiction and one non-fiction. There was one African author, three non-Africans, and the last was a collection of British authors. Unusually mostly male authors (three) versus one female author, with the short story collection a mix. These are the titles:
- Mixed blood, by Roger Smith [a pretty good debut thriller, based in South Africa]
- What women want, by Paco Underhill [the need for marketing targeted at women]
- The angel’s game, by Carlos Zuiz Zafon [fantasy, thriller, Faustian tale set in Spain]
- Ox-tales – Air [collection of short stories]
- Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel [started ages ago, and finally finished; Booker prize winning historical novel]
My book-buying was a bit restrained too – I only bought four physical books, and no ebooks
- The librarian as a manager, by Mac-Anthony Cobblah
- Fulani in Ghana, by Steve Tonah
- Six frames, by Edward de Bono
- In pursuit of my destiny: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian, by Kosi Kedem
Interestingly two of the above are by colleague Ghanaian librarians, though Kedem did leave the practice of working in libraries for politics for several years.
I attended a couple of bookish related activities in July: a library related conference (CULD – Committee of University Librarians and Deputies) in Cape Coast and the official Burt award ceremony, which I posted about earlier.