I had to go on a trip to New York this month, and I decided to treat myself to a drive through the Pioneer Valley on the way home. After searching for literary locations to visit, I stopped by the Montague Book Mill, part of a quirky complex of a few stores and restaurants in an old grist mill. I loved the atmospheric location, but it was too hot to browse comfortably or even wait in line in the cafe, so I left without buying anything. I’d like to visit again on a brisk autumn day.
|The inviting environs of Montague Book Mill|
Meanwhile, back at the blog. . .
- Victorian Fairy Tales – A splendid new collection of old tales from Oxford University Press.
- Alias Hook – Now in paperback, a solidly imagined alternative take on the Peter Pan story.
- The Bees – Also a new paperback release, a imaginative venture inside the workings of a beehive. Be sure to visit the “book club” discussion over at Shiny New Books as well.
- Bitter Greens – This was for the “fairy tale” category of the Once Upon a Time Challenge — a wonderful historical novel centered around the tale of Rapunzel, and its real-life author.
- The Penelopiad – Also for OUAT, in the “myth” category. An ancient story gets a very modern, feminist update.
Other features and events
- This month’s discussion topic was on a question very dear to my heart, “Does reading matter?” I deeply appreciated the many thoughtful responses in the comments.
- I was pleased to interview the enterprising Charlotte Brentwood, author of The Vagabond Vicar.
- I enjoyed Dolce Belleza’s readalong of Little, Big, making my way through this complex, elaborate fantasy at a leisurely pace throughout the month.
- I reviewed my progress with The Classics Club so far.
- And, I participated in Armchair BEA for my second year with an intro post and a giveaway.
Other books read
- Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
- An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott – Back to the Classics challenge
- Good Daughters by Mary Hocking – for Remember Mary Hocking week, hosted by Heavenali
- Period Piece by Gwen Raverat – Reread
- A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson – for the Socratic Salon discussion on June 4
- Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
- The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder – for the Back to the Classics challenge
- The Fellowship by Carol Zaleski and Philip Zaleski – Review to come
- In a Dark Wood by Joseph Luzzi – Book tour, June 22
Favorite posts from other bloggers
- At Wildmoo Books, a photo recap of Vermont’s Booktopia event by one very lucky participant (the event sold out in two minutes).
- Some interesting points on publishing today from a bookseller’s perspective, at Books on the Table.
- Views from the Tesseract showcases some good, bad, and ugly cover art based on The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones.
- To help your eyes stop hurting, here is some lovely pre-Raphaelite art based on literature at Behold the Stars.
- Fleur in Her World gives a new spin to her 100 Years of Books project and shares her latest ten titles read. They all sound so good!
- An exceptionally thoughtful anniversary post, at The Book Stop.
What have you done and read this month that stands out for you?
Linked in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer