Laurie has started a new event, Blogging the Spirit, which I’m participating in on the last Sunday of the month, and so my monthly review will now be on the first Sunday of the following month — just in case any of you were desperately waiting for its appearance.
Since I asked for recommendations of contemporary fiction, I’ve been sampling quite a lot and enjoying how this adds some variety to my reading life. I’ve also visited a few far-flung countries for the Reading All Around the World project — this month, Lebanon, with An Unnecessary Woman — and that’s been very rewarding. I’m making some progress with my Mount TBR shelf, but as usual polishing off one book tends to lead me to acquire even more — as when reading a Blandings Castle omnibus made want to find more unread P.G. Wodehouse, and I discovered the delightful Uncle Fred series. The quest never ends!
Where has your reading been taking you this month?
- I found Frankenstein to be a more subtle, psychologically astute tale than the image in the popular imagination.
- Listen, Liberal offered a blistering critique of the trajectory the Democratic party has taken over the last half a century.
- I really wanted to like The One That Got Away, an update of Persuasion, but it wasn’t a good match for me.
- For Blogging the Spirit, I wrote about my current daily reading, Everyone Belongs to God.
Other Books Read
- The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
- Life at Blandings by P.G. Wodehouse – Mount TBR
- The Shore by Sara Taylor
- Uncle Dynamite by P.G. Wodehouse
- Excellent Women by Barbara Pym – Mount TBR, Classics Club
- An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine – Reading All Around the World
- Mansfield Park Revisited by Joan Aiken – Reread, Mount TBR, Austen in August
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Other Features and Events
- I created a video of my recent Folio Society acquisitions, which was surprisingly enjoyable.
- A trip to the Niantic Book Barn in Connecticut meant I had to post about my book haul and the wonderful bloggers I met up with.
- My discussion question this month was Do you read in other languages? Seems a lot of us wish we could!