Book of the Month
This month is the first time I think I’ve reviewed four new releases in a row (other than in brief overviews). And it was an unusually fine group of them too — some of my favorite books of the year so far.
I wasn’t blown away by most of my other reading this month, however, until I finally got around to one of last year’s buzz books, Station Eleven. Once I overcame my dislike of post-apocalyptic novels (they give me nightmares), I tore through it, loving the characters and their journey.
- The Children was a wryly humorous yet poignant look at the secrets that haunt a wealthy Connecticut family.
- A Man of Genius took us on a powerful, dark journey into nineteenth-century London and Venice.
- The Summer Guest was a beautiful novel of life, language, and literature, weaving together fact and fiction around a real-life incident from the life of Anton Chekhov.
- New England Bound offered a sobering look at the cruelty and injustice found at the roots of our nation’s drive for freedom.
Other Books Read
- Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman
- The Sun King Conspiracy by Yves Lago and Denis Lepec
- Mort by Terry Pratchett – Reread
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
- The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
- The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
- The Mage of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
- Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
- Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis – Classics Club Spin
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Other Features and Events
- This month’s discussion question was How do you deal with images? Lots of interesting ideas and feedback here.
- I reviewed my progress with The Classics Club and participated in the CC Spin.
- I also reviewed what I’ve read so far for Reading New England – I can’t believe the year is almost half over!
- I joined in the Summer Comment Challenge for July, hoping to make some new blogging friends.