It feels like a lot happened this month! Along with a ton of fantastic reading, I made the big jump to self-hosted WordPress from Blogger. I still have a lot of things to figure out, but I’m getting there. I’m sad that I seem to have lost some Feedly and Blogger followers. I don’t have so many, but every one matters to me.
In real life, summer is really here. School is out, vacation from work starts in less than two weeks, and we’re headed to Switzerland. I have plenty of content scheduled but I might be slightly out of touch for a while, since I won’t always have Internet access. Please, comment away, and I’ll be sure to respond when I get back.
- Good Daughters – My first book by Mary Hocking, which I hunted down for Heavenali’s event.
- The Golem and the Jinni – I enjoyed this fantasy about two very unusual immigrants to New York.
- The Valley of Song – A nearly plotless paean to the divine creative power in the world, in the form of a children’s fantasy set in an 18th century shipbuilding town. By Elizabeth Goudge, of course.
- Three childhood memoirs that share a Victorian connection: Period Piece by Gwen Raverat, Three Houses by Angela Thirkell, and My Grandmothers and I by Diana Holman-Hunt.
- The Fellowship – An excellent new group biography of the Inklings (CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and co.)
Other features and events
- I asked, “How do you find under-the-radar books?“ If you have any ideas, please join the discussion!
- I was excited to be part of the “book breakdown” of Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins over at The Socratic Salon.
- I listed Ten books I want to read this summer.
- I participated in the blog tours for In a Dark Wood and The Lover’s Path, two very different books that share an Italian connection.
Other books read
- The Aspern Papers by Henry James – Back to the Classics Challenge (novella)
- Seacrow Island and Mio, My Son by Astrid Lindgren – Review to come in Shiny New Books
- The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton – Review to come
- The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth – Blog tour and giveaway, July 3
- The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff – Review to come
- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – Back to the Classics Challenge (Twentieth century classic)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Black Hearts in Battersea, Nightbirds on Nantucket by Joan Aiken – Reread
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Favorite posts from other bloggers
- A timely reminder from These Paper Hearts to Always Test All Aspects of Your Blog and Design.
- Ten Paperback Picks for Summer and Ten Nonfiction Paperback Picks from Books on the Table.
- A thoughtful discussion on Faith in Blogging from Feed Your Fiction Addiction.
- Another discussion on What Is a Book Review Worth? got me quite riled up at River City Reading.
- Book Snob went to the Carnegie and Greenaway Awards with her class. What a great experience!
- At A Gallimaufry, Reading Boys as Girls proves to be a fascinating experiment.
- A thoughtful discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird at The Midnight Garden.
How was your month? What does summer hold in store for you?
Linked in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer