Book of the Month
This month, I was most impressed by The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. It’s a fantastically-written revisionist view of the American War of Independence, largely from the point of view of a slave who has grown up as the subject of experimentation by his white masters. I’ll be sharing more after I finish the second volume.
Here’s the rest of what I reviewed and read this month, which took me all over the map both geographically and emotionally…
- I reviewed my Classics Club Spin book, Lucky Jim, widely acclaimed as one of the funniest books of all time.
- From hilarious to heartbreaking: Edith Wharton’s relentlessly gloomy Ethan Frome was my next read.
- After that, it was a relief to celebrate Paris in July with four French delights: The Sun King Conspiracy, Constellation, Girl in the Afternoon, and The Life of Elves.
Other Books Read
- Christianity and Islam by Rudolf Frieling
- Roses and Rot by Kat Howard – Reading New England
- Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell – Reading New England
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Reread
- The Shimmers in the Night by Lydia Millet – Reading New England
- Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell – Reread
- The Sirens Sang of Murder by Sarah Caudwell – Reread
- The Sibyl in Her Grave by Sarah Caudwell – Reread
- The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Part One: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson – Reading New England
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes – Reading New England
- Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome – Classics Club
- To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis – Reread
Other Features and Events
- I praised once more the marvelous Slightly Foxed, the appearance of which in my mailbox is always cause for celebration.
- After noticing that male writers dominate in the usual lists of comic masterpieces, I had to make a list of my favorite funny books by women just to balance things out a bit.
- In my discussion post this month, I asked Do we need genres? My somewhat incoherent rant produced some interesting responses.
- We got to take a trip to Amesbury, MA with author Edith Maxwell, visiting locations from her new historical mystery Delivering the Truth.
- And I got to take a trip to Washington, DC, and shared some pictures of my favorite bookish locations there.
- Throughout July I participated in the Summer Comment Challenge, paired up with Kathryn of The Book Date. Thanks, Kathryn, for visiting and commenting on my posts this month! I enjoyed checking out your blog and getting to know you a bit.