Book of the Month
The last Sunday of the month was co-opted by Elizabeth Goudge Day, so here’s a slightly later-than-usual monthly review post. I’m putting together a wrap-up post, but in the meantime, do please visit my review of The Rosemary Tree, enter the giveaway (US only, open till midnight tomorrow), and leave me a comment if you posted a review on your own blog, so I can include it in the round-up. I’m so excited to share this event with you.
For my Book of the Month I’m picking one that I actually read at the tail end of last month, and will be reviewing at the end of this one: Frances Hardinge’s latest YA novel The Lie Tree — a delicious combination of history and myth and science and suspense. Hardinge is now officially a new favorite author of mine, and I look forward to seeking out more of her books. Have you read any? What are your favorites?
In real life, I’m looking forward to facilitating a New England book blogger get-together in the Boston literary district on May 22. If you’d like to join us, tweet me at @LoryECBR, or email me at lory AT emeraldcitybookreview DOT com.
- Galvanized was a wonderfully rich and rewarding collection by Vermont poet Leland Kinsey, perfect for the poetry category of my Reading New England challenge.
- Also for Reading New England (and the 1938 Club), I read the classic play Our Town by Thornton Wilder.
- I was pleased to be part of the blog tour for the newest Maisie Dobbs historical mystery, Journey to Munich.
- And for Brooding About the Brontes, I reviewed The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, a literary romp that I enjoyed more than I expected to.
Other Books Read
- The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell – Review to come
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown – Review to come
- Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery – Reread
- Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery – Reread
- The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida – Doing Dewey’s Nonfiction Book Club
- Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill – Reading New England
- Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich
- Persepolis II by Marjane Satrapi
- The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett – Review to come
- The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman – Reading New England
- False Colours by Georgette Heyer – Reread
- The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard – Review to come
Other Features and Events
- I listed ten books I’d like to read in 2016, meant to push me out of my comfort zone a bit. I’ve loved the ones I’ve read already, so the experiment has been a smashing success so far.
- For Brooding About the Brontes, I was honored to be asked to contribute a guest post, and chose to write about children’s books influenced by the Brontes.
- I participated once more in the Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps, and had a lovely time giving and receiving some fun packages.
- My discussion post this month, How do you use Twitter? generated some useful advice and commentary. Thank you all!