All my reviews this month were of quite introspective and intense books, and all nonfiction (I think that’s a first for me). But that’s not all I read! I’ve just finished the new Joan Aiken collection from Virago, The Gift Giving, and was delighted that it included some of my favorite fairy tales by a marvelous storyteller. I also enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow for the local book club I’ve just joined, which, though it takes place in the tumultuous years following the Russian Revolution, maintains a generally humorous and uplifting tone. And I finally read another deliciously inventive Frances Hardinge novel, her debut Fly by Night.
Next month I have quite a few reviews of new releases in store, including some stellar children’s and YA books, plus I’ll be participating in the blog tour for The Essex Serpent, a historical novel that’s taken the UK by storm and is now getting a US edition.
And starting on May 31, I’m also looking forward to participating in Armchair Book Expo, an event I discovered in my first year of blogging that really helped me make connections to other bloggers. If you haven’t yet participated, here’s a complete how-to guide to get you started. I hope you will join us!
- Strangers in Their Own Land offered insight into the political and social climate of America today.
- There is much wise guidance to be found in Four books to feed the spirit.
- A long-ago read from school remains just as relevant today: Man’s Search for Meaning.
Other Books Read
- Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- The Gift Giving by Joan Aiken
- The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry – Review to come
Other Features and Events
- I couldn’t resist the invitation to discuss the question What’s in your personal canon?
- I summed up my reading from my third year of The Classics Club.