Month in Review: August 2016

Book of the Month


There’s not much activity to report this month, as I took a two-week blogging break. But along with keeping up with the Reading New England and Back to the Classics challenges, I was kept busy getting ready for some coming attractions.

These include the third annual Witch Week, which I’m pleased to announce will take place once more from October 31 to November 6, featuring contributions from some of my favorite bloggers. Watch for more details early in September.

As for my book of the month, Naomi Novik created a fabulous imaginative world in her Temeraire series, and the ninth and last book, League of Dragons, was a worthy conclusion. But I’m left with many questions, and I hope that Novik may consider returning to the same world but perhaps jumping a century or so. I need to know what happens now that dragons are being admitted as members of Parliament.




Other Books Read

  • Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather – Reread
  • The Shortest Way to Hades by Sarah Caudwell – Reread
  • Looking for Betty MacDonald by Paula Becker – Review to come
  • League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
  • The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding – Review to come
  • Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart – Review to come
  • The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy
  • Worlds Afire by Paul Janeczko – Reading New England
  • Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett


Other Features and Events


Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, the Month in Review linkup at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction

24 thoughts on “Month in Review: August 2016

  1. Now that Novik has finished the series, it is time for me to settle in and finally catch up! I have most of them. I will have to figure out which ones I am missing! Glad the series ended well, though.


    1. I’m also interested to see what I think of Something Wicked This Way Comes. I like Bradbury’s writing too, but I always thought that book looked too scary for me. I seem to be becoming slightly braver as I get older.


  2. The Three Men in a Boat audiobook was really funny, and I enjoyed The Worst Witch ones also (although I have only listened to a couple, since they aren’t on Audible anymore). I haven’t read Small Gods yet since there are just so many other Discworld books to finish first. And I am very grateful to Candlewick for bringing Ambelin Kwaymullina’s The Tribe series to America.

    Sunday Summary #17


    1. Small Gods was filling in a gap in my Discworld reading. It’s the new edition from Folio and I wanted to see if I thought it was worth buying.

      I had not heard of the Tribe series — looks fascinating!


  3. Wow there are 9 books in the Temeraire series?! I’ve not even read 1 but I would love too as I’ve heard good things 🙂 I wish you more happy reading in September and I look forward to more reviews.


    1. Ha ha, yes, that series did become quite a collection. The Aubrey/Maturin series (which it somewhat resembles, except with dragons) was up to 21 books, though, when the author died…


  4. I am adding genre stickers to the books in my classroom library, as it’s easier for students to locate and return books by that instead of by author. I just realized that each book has the publisher on the spine, and I’ve been paying attention to which ones are from Candlewick, as well as noticing which other publishers I see frequently. Again, not something I’d really paid attention to before, so thanks for bringing it up!


    1. One of the best things about the series is that there is not just one variety of dragon – they exist all over the world and have very different characteristics and relationships with the humans in their environment. I think you’d find it quite interesting.


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