Hello, ECBR readers! After a short break I’m back and ready for more reading and blogging adventures. Here are some of the things I got done while I was away, as well as a preview of coming attractions.
I moved my TBR/blogging pile from the ugly box upon which it was haphazardly stacked to a lovely new bookshelf by my bed. Much better! And, I finally framed the limited-edition Fire and Hemlock print I bought a year ago from artist Emma Jane Falconer. (Next I have to actually hang it up.) At a thrift store I found a small gliding rocker that was perfect for creating a cozy reading corner in my bedroom. All of these improvements please me inordinately.
I wrote reviews for a whole slew of new releases that had been piling up on my shelves: Goodbye Stranger, The Marvels, The Hired Girl, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and Girl Waits with Gun, as well as a fascinating book on translation, Is That a Fish in Your Ear? There’s lots of good reading in these!
Finishing 10 Books of Summer
As summer came to an end, I had to wrap up this challenge hosted by 746 Books. I started out well, but got distracted partway through the summer and failed to complete all ten books. Still, I did finish seven from my original list including the enormous Anna Karenina (over 800 pages!) so I’m not unhappy with that result.
Here are the books I read, with links to the ones I’ve already reviewed:
- Seacrow Island by Astrid Lindgren
- The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz – Review to come
- Sophie and the Sibyl by Patricia Dunker
- The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
- The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – Review to come
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Have not read (yet):
- The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell
- Love by Elizabeth von Arnim
- Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
Now, what’s coming up next? Inspired by the wild enthusiasm of other bloggers, I’m joining in the tenth annual Readers Imbibing Peril event, and have already polished off my first title, Girl Waits with Gun, which was outstanding (review coming soon). Other books I’d like to read for this event are:
- The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse (trying again!)
- The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher
- Traitor’s Purse or The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham, and perhaps some others of the Albert Campion mysteries
- The Seventh Raven and/or Death of a Unicorn by Peter Dickinson
I can’t wait to see what everyone else is reading! Let me know if you’re participating and what’s on your list.
Monthly Wrap-up Round-up
At the end of the month, be sure to check out this new link-up originated by Nicole of Feed Your Fiction Addiction. I love monthly wrap-up posts — both my own and others’ — and this is a fun way to collect them in one place so we can easily find and visit them.
Nicole’s idea was to encourage said visiting with a giveaway each month, and she’s invited other bloggers to join in as giveaway sponsors. I’m excited to be sponsoring the September edition with a giveaway of one of my favorite book-related products. Check back here on October 6 to find out what it is!
And I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be hosting Witch Week again this year, celebrating our favorite fantasy books and authors at that time of year “when there is so much magic about in the world that all sorts of peculiar things happen,” according to Diana Wynne Jones. More details are coming soon, and I hope to hear about what you would like to read.
What are you most excited about this month?