This month I’ve been bridging the old year and the new, sharing my favorite reads from 2016 and wrapping up the Reading New England challenge with a giveaway, while also looking forward to some new challenges and other projects.
I also shared my intention to post a bit less often for a while, with just one or two posts per week. This was supposed to allow me to get some other writing done, but at the moment I’m completely distracted by the bizarre antics of our dysfunctional government, and our now clearly deranged head of state. Reading still remains my lifeline, and as long as I am able, I will still be reading and sharing my thoughts with you.
I have also decided to start a real-life book club in my area to bring together people who want to try to understand and meet the challenges of our time. I hope to have our first meeting next month (reading The Unwinding, reviewed below), although who knows what else will have happened by then. As Robert F. Kennedy put it, “There is a Chinese curse which says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times.”
- I found Katherine Arden’s debut novel The Bear and the Nightingale to be the best kind of fairy tale fiction.
- For a readalong hosted by Hibernator’s Library, I read The Unwinding by George Packer, trying to understand the situation we find ourselves in now. Many, many thanks to all who took the time to read this post and share their own comments as well.
- I read Britannia Mews for Jane’s Margery Sharp Day, an annual event to celebrate.
Other Books Read
- Soul Music, Hogfather, and Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
- Troy Chimneys by Margaret Kennedy – Review to come, Mount TBR
- The Great and the Good by Michel Deon – Review to come
- Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay
- War Diaries by Astrid Lindgren – Reading All Around the World
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – Reread
- Midnight Is a Place by Joan Aiken – Reread, Mount TBR
- I Was a Stranger by John Hackett – Reading All Around the World, Mount TBR
- The Lord’s Prayer and Rudolf Steiner by Peter Selg
- Carry On, Mister Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham – Mount TBR
Other Features and Events
- Gems of 2016
- A New Blogging Year
- Challenge posts: Reading All Around the World, Discussion Challenge, Backlist Reader Challenge
- Discussion: What books would you like to bring back?