July reading round-up

Is it this time again already? The month started so well, with our lovely lovely holiday in Cornwall where I did a whole lotta reading. But since then I have finished just one more book. One. In two and a half weeks. It’s like I overindulged on holiday and needed to lay off for a while! And I’ve not got through many short stories either because I usually listen to them at the gym and, well, I’ve not been to the gym a whole lot this month. Truly, I am disappointed with myself. I’ve also been a bit rubbish at posting reviews.

Clearly I need to buck up for August. My stack of books for next month’s reading is pretty big already, but on the plus side I’m looking forward to every single one. (And I’m already partway through two of them, which may help my goals a tiny bit.)

August book stack

Books read

The Wine of Solitude by Irène Némirovsky (review here)

Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill (review here)

Ashes by Sergios Gakas (review here)

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman (review to follow)

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (review to follow)

Short stories read

“The children’s grandmother” by Sylvia Townsend Warner (New Yorker fiction podcast)

“Cryptology” by Leonard Michaels (New Yorker fiction podcast)

“Special delivery” by Emma Newman (read by the author here)

“A fair exchange” by Emma Newman (read by the author here)

“The quiet librarian by Emma Newman (available online here)

“Wilderness” by Sarah Hall (online here)

5 thoughts on “July reading round-up

  1. Martin July 31, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I’ve been listening to the New Yorker short stories podcast since you mentioned it a few months back – thanks for that! Another short story podcast I’ve been listening to for even longer is Selected Shorts – you may find it worth a look (although that may mean more visits to the gym…sorry).


  2. Kate Gardner August 1, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Martin Thank you. Not that I need another podcast to get behind on, but that one sounds ace!

  3. Laura August 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Oooooh, The Year of the Flood- loved that book! Well, love most Atwood books, really 🙂

  4. Susan August 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Well July flew by so give yourself a break. It’s summer after all and life is busy. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on The White Tiger whenever your review comes out. cheers

  5. Kate Gardner August 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Laura It’s fab. I have the sequel lined up to read next.

    Susan We’re discussing it at book club tomorrow night so I’ll be reporting back soon!

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