Thoughts and other Miscellany

Looking back on June, looking forward to July

In June I got through 11 books, a huge number for me! I don’t feel like I’ve had masses of reading time, but clearly I have. Books read were (links to reviews):

Reviews which have gone up already:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Before I Die  by Jenny Downham

Purgatory Road by Peter J. Earle

Snapshot by Craig Robertson

Taboo by Casey Hill

The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker (I really hope I never have to type that title again – fun as it is, I always get the words in the wrong order)

You can see from the number of unreviewed books that I’m a bit behind, but I’m hoping to catch up on reviews soon and give myself a bit of a buffer.

I’m not reading anything right at the moment – The Resident Cousin keeps urging me to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, and I’ve been carrying it around for a while but haven’t opened it yet.

Coming up, I’ve got (starred ones were on this list a month ago!):

Susan Hill’s The Various Haunts of Men – an Angelmooch which I need to get on its way sooner rather than later.

*Justin Cronin’s The Passage, won in paperback form from Orion via Material Witness

*Carolyn Hart’s Death at Midnight, won in a giveaway from Beth Fish

*Helen Garner’s The Spare Room, borrowed from my father

I’m not expecting July to be a good month for reading because

(a) I have my final accountancy exams on 25-27 July and will have to do some revision

(b) I foolishly agreed to do the cycle leg of a team triathlon on 30 July and will have to do a little training

(c) my friend is coming from Australia via Russia to visit me and help me celebrate my wedding anniversary on 17 July in the Physicist’s absence (yes, he’s away on our first anniversary. Public scorn to be directed towards him, please) and we will be chatting about books and gadding about the country, rather than reading.

A fun month, but not a productive reading month, I think!


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