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.
- Carry On was a heartfelt and moving memoir of an ESPN reporter and the story she couldn’t let go.
- In Johnny Tremain and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation I found two very different takes on the American revolution.
- Three Men in a Boat took me on a rambling journey that is deservedly a comedic classic.
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
- How do you follow other blogs? was a fun topic to explore with others.
- I featured Candlewick Press, an exciting success story in independent publishing, for the Reading New England publisher spotlight.