Legi, Lego, Legam – I read, I am reading, I will read …
It’s monthly round up time. Like last month, I finished seven books, but the page count was well up as four out of seven had more than 425 pages. The books I read were:
37. Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver (7.5/10) O Review Buy
38. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters O* Buy
39. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (bedtime read aloud) O* Review Buy
40. Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah (7.3/10) O Review Buy
41. The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons (9.5/10) AV Review Buy
42. The Dark Tower Bk 2: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King (7.5/10) O Review Buy
43. The Rules of Engagement by Anita Brookner O* (6.5/10) Review Buy
Book Club: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – we’ll be discussing that next week, so look out for the write-up and review.
Book of the month: The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons. A lovely wartime romance book that had enough grit to escape being at all twee.
Currently Reading: Jill Dawson’s new novel about an East End girl who becomes a female crime wave. Full of period detail from the Blitz onwards – very enjoyable so far.
Readalongs: I’m keeping up with the Dark Tower readalong at Shelf Love. I have started reading the Gormenghast Trilogy for Jackie’s readalong at Farm Lane Books but have a way to catch up. I may only be a few chapters in, but the book is visionary – as good as I remember it, if not better.
Reading Plans for July into August:
- At book group, the exciting thing is that for the first time we’re reading on a theme rather than a specific title. We started with a big theme – dystopias. It will be fascinating to see which ones our members choose. I’m still deciding what to read, but it may be a re-read of Lord of the Flies.
- I have a couple of new young adult novels in the bedside pile – A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, featuring four generations of a family, and Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet – a coming of age story set against the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
- I’m also very excited about David Almond’s new novel The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, which is being marketed in adult and YA versions by Penguin. It’s published in September, but I managed to get an ARC.
- I’ve also acquired several of the books from the TV Book Club and Richard and Judy summer reading lists.
So that’ll keep me going this month! How’s your reading been in June?