Month in Review: February 2017

This month I started a book club! We are reading books to try to help us understand and meet the current situation in our country and the world. The first meeting was small — only three of us — but I hope our numbers will grow. We had a great discussion of The Unwinding by George Packer, which I reviewed on the blog last month. Next month we’ll be reading Dark Money by Jane Mayer, which I will plan to post about as well.

I find myself getting more philosophical these days, and putting forth more of my personal beliefs and questions on the blog. I hope this doesn’t put anyone off, but I find it a valuable opportunity to clarify and express my thoughts. As always, thank you for listening.



  • I reviewed two recent offerings from Gallic Books, a publisher that aims to give us “the best of French in English”: French Rhapsody and The Great and the Good.
  • A visit to Troy Chimneys was a sometimes puzzling, but ultimately satisfying way to enter the Regency period.
  • The past, present and future of another English house was explored in A Fugue in Time.

Other Books Read

  • Old and New Mysteries by Bastiaan Baan
  • The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson – Reread, Mount TBR
  • The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz, a new rendering by John Crowley – Mount TBR
  • The Moral Basis of Democracy by Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell – Mount TBR
  • Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini – Review to come
  • The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault – Reread, Mount TBR, Review to come
  • The Lark by E. Nesbit – Review to come
  • Tom Tiddler’s Ground by Ursula Orange – Review to come
  • A Winter Away by Elizabeth Fair – Review to come
  • A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr – Mount TBR

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

18 thoughts on “Month in Review: February 2017

  1. What a varied and stimulating range of books read, Lory! Looking forward to those reviews now. 🙂 Impressive too that you’ve found time for a book club, that’s a real commitment even if a sociable way to ponder writings.

    Yes, I find myself gravitating towards more serious subjects too or, as I note in my most recent post, titles that somehow have a resonance with today’s topsy-turvy world.


    1. I truly do not know what I would do without books. What a solace they are in this topsy-turvy world. Loved your indications of how some of your reading relates to current events…I do find those parallels and echoes eternally fascinating.


  2. What is happening politically in the world esp UK, USA and even here in Australia is most disturbing. I think all the book bloggers I follow agree. It is good you have organised a book club to air topics around the books and the world. We do it here too. One of our most popular children’s authors, Mem Fox has travelled to USA 115 times without incident to work with children and publishing in the USA and on her last trip she was detained for hours entering the country. She said she doubts she’ll go back in the current climate. She’s an elderly woman and has written many well known books for children. So sad. Otherwise, the list of books you have read look most eclectic and isn’t that a lot of fun.


    1. I heard of that incident and it is so embarrassing and shameful for Americans, but typical of the absurd situation we are in right now. And at least she is safe and bodily unharmed, unlike so many others. We have so very far to go, alas.


  3. I am pleased your first book club meeting went well and I appreciated you sharing your personal beliefs and questions on this blog. I also look forward to reading your thoughts on Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini and The Lark by E. Nesbit 🙂


    1. I do not think you need any history background for these at all, though if you’re interested in the ancient world you’ll find them especially fascinating. Renault does a brilliant job of painting the setting for us.


  4. I love that you’ve started a book club! I’ve never been able to find a reading group that works for me. I think I would prefer one like yours, with a smaller group. I hope you continue to have great discussions.


    1. I think a small group is fine. Having just a few more people would be good — so that if one or two are absent the group doesn’t disappear!


  5. congrats on your book club! I started one for our block 5 years ago. we meet once a month, but it’s special in the sense that each member shares each time about one of their latest good reads. It allows both men and women (we are in between 8 to 15) to enjoy our meetings and share passionately about their books! But this is terrible for the TBR, because you get to discover all kinds of fascinating books in all genres, lol!


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