Nearly forgot to do the monthly round-up of my reading, until I saw Tony’s meticulous accounting of his time. I cannot compete with that, of course. August has been haphazard and I’m frankly surprised I got any reading or reviewing done at all.
I participated (loosely, very loosely speaking) in two challenges this summer.
Women in Translation Month – failed
Although I tried to sneak in two books I read in July for this category (they also fit in the next category, so it is double cheating), I only truly read one book by a woman writer translated into English this month. And it was a reread.
20 Books of Summer – failed
I only got as far as 13 books in total, of which I read two in August.
Wolf Haas: Komm, suesser Tod (same link as above)
Books for Review (but unreviewed in time thanks to internet circumstances so another failure)
Clare Mackintosh: I See You
Unplanned Books – unreviewed
Arthur Ransome: Swallowdale (reread, picked up at my parents’ house in Romania)
Kate Tempest: The Bricks that Built the Houses (I admire her poetry and couldn’t resist when I saw this featured at the local library)
Only 6 books! I think you will agree that is highly unusual for me. I don’t even have enough to do a ‘best of’.
But there’s always the optimism of September and the fresh page of a new school year.
I will be #ReadingRhys together with Jacqui and Eric.
I’ve just finished rereading The Moonstone, that famed ‘first ever detective novel’ and will be featuring it in Classics in September, together with another feature on ‘literary crime’ (I have my own list of obvious suspects there, but any suggestions you might have would be gratefully received).
Catching up with my long-inaccessible and neglected Netgalley shelves. I’ll be working in pairs of ‘recent/older’ titles. First up: Pascal Garnier’s The Eskimo Solution and Essential Poems by 10 American poets.