July 2016 reading round-up

This has been an okay month for reading, a bad month for review-writing. But in my defence we’ve been on holiday and that’s definitely a time for reading without thinking too hard about analysis. I do have some thoughts running around my brain that I will at some point turn into reviews when time allows. I also bought quite a lot of books while we were away, which I’ll share pics of soon.

For now I have about a thousand holiday photos to scan through for highlights and half a dozen loads of laundry to wash. Ah, that coming home from holiday feeling! I have a few posts planned about our recent holiday but for now I’ll tease with this photo. There will be many more to come.

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How was your July?

Books read

Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson
Romance and fantasy meet the Arab Spring. A romp of an adventure centred around a hacker who gets out of his depth.

Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales
Folk tales from all over the world collected and curated by Angela Carter, with a heavy emphasis on capable and/or cunning women. They’re not actually written by Carter and the quality varies a lot but it’s certainly an interesting curio.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin
The first part of the Earthsea saga, this classic children’s fantasy centres around a young wizard’s coming of age, from his education to his first major adversary. The storyline is fascinating but I felt the characters were only really sketches. Perhaps I prefer her adult books. Or her science fiction.

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
A Finnish classic, this is the (lightly fictionalised) story of young Sophia (Jansson’s niece) and her grandmother (Jansson’s mother) over the course of a few summers spent at their family home on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. Grandmother is as open about her impending death as the family is silent about the recent death of Sophia’s mother. A beautiful, sad but still uplifting book. I’ll write a review soon as I have thoughts!

The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier
When in Fowey… Before leaving for holiday I picked up a random Cornwall-set Du Maurier, little realising how well I’d chosen. This is a fictionalised account of the occupants of Du Maurier’s Cornwall home Menabilly during the Civil War. It’s a romantic historical adventure – not a new favourite Du Maurier for me, but it was pretty amazing to read about the Rashleigh family while seeing their name everywhere we went this past week.

I can hardly believe it’s August tomorrow. Time flies faster every year. I look forward to plenty more lazy warm summer evenings. Happy summer!

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