These are the books I read in November, 2013 –  4 contemporary fiction,   6 crime,  3 classics,  and 3 non-fiction for a total of 16 books –  of which 4 were by women authors – a pretty normal month.    Ratings are based on a scale of 1-10 except for crime where I use A-F.


My Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante (Italian)
translated by Ann Goldstein
2012/ 336 pages
rating:  8.5 /21st cent lit

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
2013/259 pages (Kindle)
rating:  4  /fantasy

The Last Chinese Chef
by Nicole Mones
2007/ 278 pages
read by Elizabeth Rogers /James Chen /10h 54m
rating:   7 /romance-cooking

The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton
2013/848 pages
rating  9.5 / literary crime and historical fiction

Questions of Travel
by Michele de Kretzer
2013 / 481 pages
rating:  5 /contemp fiction

Norwegian by Night x2

by Derek B. Miller
Read by Sean Mangan 10h. 36m.
2013 / 306 pages
Rating:  A- / literary crime

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
by Alexander McCall Smith
(The #1 Ladies Detective Agency series #14)
2013/256 pages
read by Lisette Lecat  9h 43m
Rating:  A / VERY cozy crime (guilty pleasure)

Zoo Station
by David Downing
2007 / 304 pages
read by Simon Prebble 10h. 1m.
rating  B / WWII spy novel

The Fourth Watcher: A Novel of Bangkok
by Timothy Hallinan
2008/320 pages
read by Victor Bevine 10h 53m
rating  A / crime  (#2 in Poke Rafferty series)

The Ophelia Cut
by John Lescroart
2013/432 pages
read by David Colacci 16h 20m
rating:  A /crime  (#14 in the Dismas Hardy series)


by William Faulkner
1931/ 315 pages
rating:  7.5 / classic

Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
1878 / 448 pages
rating:  9.5 / Brit classic

Howards End
by E.M. Forster
1910 / 318 pages
rating: 9 / classic Brit

Civilization: The West and the Rest
by Niall Ferguson (Brit)
2011 / 432 pages
Rating:   8.5 /  Socio-Economic History

David and Goliath:  Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell
2013/ 320 pages
rating: 7.5 / nonfiction – psychology

Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
by Tom Kizzia
2013 / 336 pages
read by Fred Sanders 10h 15m
rating:  A / true crime

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