This month was incredibly intense as various work, personal, and health crises hit all at once. Everything is fine, but it was stressful for a while! I apologize for not visiting and commenting on as many blogs as I usually do — hopefully I will have time for this enjoyable task again very soon.
In spite of all the craziness, I did manage to mount the third annual Elizabeth Goudge Day, with many thanks to all who participated. I always find Goudge’s books to be a source of comfort and solace in such hectic times, so it was actually a helpful focus to have. I hope you found it so as well.
My real-life “Trying to Understand” book club has folded for lack of attendance after three meetings. However, I’ll still be reviewing books on this topic on the blog — Strangers in Their Own Land will be next — and look forward to discussing them with you.
On the plus side, I just discovered that my small town has an ongoing book club that I never knew about, even though I’ve lived here for four years. (Ah, those secretive New Englanders…) The next selections are A Gentleman in Moscow and The Last Days of Night, both of which I really want to read, so I’m excited. I’ll let you know how it goes.
- Bronze and Sunflower was a lovely story of friendship set in rural China.
- A new memoir of spiritual enlightenment through abortion, May Cause Love addresses a controversial but important topic.
- For the 1951 Club, My Cousin Rachel was a masterfully ambiguous story of Gothic suspense.
- Towers in the Mist, set in Elizabethan Oxford, was my read for Elizabeth Goudge Day this year.
Other Books Read
- The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
- The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry – Review to come
- Smoky House by Elizabeth Goudge – Mount TBR
- The Transcendental Murder by Jane Langton – Mount TBR
- The Incomplete Amorist by E. Nesbit
- It Ends with Revelations by Dodie Smith – Mount TBR
- The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Abrams
- Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild – Review to come
- Why On Earth? by Signe Schaefer – Mount TBR
- The People in the Castle by Joan Aiken
Other Features and Events
- Are you going to Book Expo? If you are, I hope you have a wonderful time!
- I passed my first quarterly Mount TBR Challenge checkpoint. I’m on track so far.