I’m still in Switzerland, but here’s what’s been going on with the blog during the last few weeks (hooray for post scheduling!). I’ll be back soon to catch up on comments and such. What have you all been up to?
- The Aspern Papers – A second look at Henry James.
- The Wild Girl – A powerful imagining of the untold story behind the Grimm tales and their tellers.
- An Old-Fashioned Girl – Louisa May Alcott’s didactic story held some surprises for me.
- The Mark of the Horse Lord – An atmospheric venture into Roman and tribal Britain.
- The Philosopher Kings – Jo Walton’s follow-up to the mind-bending The Just City.
- CS Lewis and His Circle – A treat for fans of the Inklings.
- The Matchmaker – Thornton Wilder’s classic farce, on page and screen.
Other Books Read
- The Whispering Mountain by Joan Aiken – Review to come
- The Cuckoo Tree by Joan Aiken – Review to come
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Reread
- Sophie and the Sibyl by Patricia Duncker – Review to come
- The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks – Review to come
- The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz – Review to come
- The Marvels by Brian Selznick
- The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain
- Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
- Armadale by Wilkie Collins – Back to the Classics Challenge
- Fair Play by Tove Jansson
- The Four Graces by DE Stevenson
Other Features and Events
- I asked What do you like about your blogging platform? and found ten things I love about mine.
- I listed Ten hyped books I haven’t read yet.
- I read the extravagantly weird The Sundial for Shirley Jackson Reading Week.
- Over at Shiny New Books, I reviewed two overlooked gems by Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren: Seacrow Island and Mio, My Son.
Favorite Posts from Other Bloggers
- At Bookish Whimsy, a video inspires some additional insights into Jane Eyre.
- Boats Against the Current has helpful tips for new book bloggers.
- In the season of summer reading lists, thoughts on non-required reading from Books on the Table.
- At the Book View Cafe, author Sherwood Smith lists four examples of influential fantasy for heroines (including three of my longtime favorites).
- The Girl with Her Head in a Book comes up with some highly creative ways of reinventing the classics.